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Waterford Rocker Still Doing It Himself

Of the Oakland Press

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As a former “Mickey Mouse Club” mate of

Justin Timberlake

and onetime opening act for ’NSYNC, Waterford Township native Tony Lucca is not surprised to be getting frequent questions about whether he knew Lance Bass was gay.

It is, the singer-songwriter says, “something I would really rather not comment on — but, in a word, no.” Still, he hopes only for the best for Bass now that he’s made his preference public.

“I hope that makes things easier for him, or makes life a little more enjoyable,” says Lucca, 30, who’s lived in Los Angeles for the past 11 years. “That can’t be easy.”

Lucca certainly knows from doing things the hard way. His music career has been steadfastly DIY as he’s worked the independent route both on the road and via albums such as 2004’s “Shotgun,” the digital EP “Through the Cracks” and the new “Canyon Songs.” Lucca is still pursuing “the whole major label courtship thing,” but he’s not sitting still waiting for that process to yield results.

“Some of the fi rst advice I was given,” he says, “was to go ahead and make records and do as much as I can on my own and generate a really genuine, interesting story along with a good body of work. Eventually the powers that be at any major label are gonna come around and want to come into it.

“This is what seems to keep working for me. I just stay the course. Each time I do something, it’s to the next level. It just keeps amassing along the way.”

Tony Lucca performs with Joe Firstman and Curtis Peoples on Tuesday (August 15th) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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