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The Republican News   June 18, 2009

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CHIT-CHAT: St. Charles hosts rock-a-billy band “Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones”

Members of “The Wild Ones” live up to their name. With upbeat music and a charismatic group, the band offers to take listeners to “the wild side of town.”

The band started in 2000, when lead singer Rick Lindy decided to start his own rock-a-billy band. Today, the group consists of Lindy, Joe Smith on drums, Dave Eliot on guitar, Eric T. Stoliker on bass, and the newest addition, Gary Bloom on the keyboard.

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The Wild Ones, led by singer Rick Lindy pose before a performance. They will be playing at St. Charles' Concert in the Park series on Thursday, June 25. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS ECKERSALL


How did your band get its name?

We actually got the name from the 1953 movie “The Wild One,” with Marlon Brando. There is a theory that John Lennon got the name for the Beatles from one of the gangs in that movie. I thought it was a cool name with a ‘50s edge.

What type of music do you focus on?

The music is a retro-rock with hints of rock-a-billy, surf, ‘50s, ‘60s, and Americana. We play a lot of my idols, like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams.

Who inspires you and your music?
My family has always inspired me. My sister bought me my first guitar when I was 11. My father was a musician as well, so music was always a big thing around the house. I was always entertaining our guests with my music when I was growing up. My dad died when I was twelve, so I started playing music in his honor.

What is your favorite part about being a musician?

My favorite part is being able to touch people with my music, and moving them emotionally. It’s also great to have people, like Scott Mackay of The River (95.9 FM), who support us.

What has been your favorite performance?

One of my favorite trips was when the band performed all over Europe. We played in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the Faeroe Islands. The Faeroe Island show was one of the most unique. In between songs, the audience wasn’t applauding. They were like zombies. I guess they had a different way of looking at our performance than most Americans because they were so isolated, and the people were so unique.

HEAR THEM PLAY
WHAT The Wild Ones play as part of the Concerts in the Park series
WHERE Lincoln Park, corner of Main and 5th streets, St. Charles; (708) 795-9378
WHEN 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday
HOW MUCH Free
 

 While surfing the net, I found a very flattering review from a writer aka Bandstalker of the McHenry County Band Circuit after he saw our March 2009 show at Duke's in Crystal Lake.......read on...
This has been a good week end! I saw a great blues/rock band at Porters last night and an absolutely SUPERB 50s/60s retro-rock rockabilly band at Duke's : Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones . This is one of the best bands I have ever seen at Duke's and I certainly hope they come back!

This is one hell of a great band. The vocals are GREAT and .... I have to say it ... almost beautiful! Lindy sings in tune even in some difficult passages and registers. I was impressed to say the least. But it doesn't stop there. The Telecaster player was very good and the drums/bass guitar team was tight and seamless.

I had to leave Dukes for a short time but had to come back to catch some more. It was a terrible night out weather-wise and I know how it is to play to a very small audience on nights like this. But even so, they presented themselves like the professionals they are.

Check out the band's web site and look at the experience this band has and keep the name of this band in mind. Your assignment is to see Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones the very next time you have the chance!