Fastball Continues to Win Over Austin Fans
The band Fastball is best known nationally for its 1998 hit “The Way” from their second album All the Pain Money Can Buy. The Austin, Texas band has been a staple in the city since its inception in 1994. The band’s original lineup of Tony Scalzo, Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga remains unchanged. Fastball continues to tour extensively, including many appearances throughout Austin, delighting fans both old and new.
Fastball got its start with the name Magneto U.S.A. Some early fans may remember the band playing local clubs in Austin under this name. When the band signed to Hollywood Records in 1994, Fastball was officially born. As Fastball, the band found success. Aside from earning two Grammy nominations, the band received five Austin Chronicle Awards. The band members, while appreciative of their success, remained cautious and kept side jobs even as they were on the verge of breaking into the mainstream with “The Way.”
The band’s lead singer, Tony Scalzo, credits the Austin press for helping the band breakthrough on the national scene. It was a local reporter who put the band in touch with Hollywood Records, leading to a record deal. Although the band has remained largely out of the national spotlight with subsequent albums, none of the members seem to mind. Tony and the other band members have commented in interviews that they are “one of the few bands still making and playing rock music” and are proud of that fact. Fastball released their fifth studio album, Little White Lies, in 2009. Austin critics and local fans welcomed the release. Fastball, like many bands that got their start in Austin, measure their success by more than just chart success.