Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor


WAPPINGERS FALLS – Sitting with Pat Gasperini’s and John Regan in Gasperini’s home studio, one would never know that these two local musicians have played on international stages.  The unassuming half of Four X Fate were talking about an up coming gig at The Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsie when the band will take the stage with former Kiss guitarist, Ace Frehley.

“It’s a home coming and a reunion 30 years in the making”, said Four X Fate bassist, John Regan.  “Myself and our lead vocalist, Tod Howarth both played with Ace back in the days of Frehley’s Comet, so it will be good to get back on stage together.”

The event is part of a three band bill with Frehely headlining, and Dark Sky Choir as the opening act.

“We’re working out the logistics now, but we’re planning some surprises”, commented Regan, “Maybe a pretty big grand finale with a lot of people on stage”.

Four X Fate consists of Regan, who played with Peter Frampton for the past 30 years; former front man for Frehley’s Comet Tod Howarth, who also played and toured with Cheap Trick;  former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso, and guitarist Pat Gasperini.

Gasperini is a good example of why the band chose the name Four X Fate, because it certainly appears to be “fate” that brought the four members of the band together.  “We lost our guitarist because he lived in Canada and the distance was getting to be too much”, said Regan.  “Pat asked me to sit in on a song he wrote called “Follow Me”, and when I heard it I thought ‘this is what the band should be playing’, so we needed a guitarist and we asked Pat to play, and thank God he said yes.”

Gasperini is not new to the rigors of a rock and roll touring band.  He was part of the band, Pound for twenty years.  “We signed a record deal with EMI and made a few albums, then I connected with a few of the band members and created a new band called Flywheel.”, recalls Gasperini.

During the day, Gasperini and his wife Susan own and run East Coast Salon in the Village of Wappingers Falls, for the past 12 years.

“This guy is a writing machine”, said Regan of Gasperini.  “I don’t know how he does it while working 14 hours a day at the Salon, but he calls me and says ‘Hey John, I just wrote this’, and when I hear it, it sounds like it’s already been on the radio!”

Both Regan and Gasperini feel fortunate that they get to do something they love and are looking forward to playing for the home town crowd after recent European and Australian tours.

“I’m just blessed that I’ve been able to do something I truly love, for this long”, said Regan.

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