The Wild Ones band was formed in 2000 by veteran Vocalist Rick Lindy. After a 5 year stretch as lead singer for Big Guitars from Memphis,
Rick decided that
it was time to start his own original Rock-a-Billy band. Mike Hosman also of Big Guitars was the original drummer. Wild Man Todd Menke on lead guitar, and Malcolm
Didier on Bass. Todd had to
leave the group for personal reasons in 2001, and Ray Kainz took over as lead guitarist.
The band recorded their first CD entitled, “Wild Side of Town” in 2001. The Wild Ones were asked to tour Europe that Spring and landed a
record deal with
Flipside/Amigo Records in Oslo, Norway. The recording received favorable reviews all over
Europe which lead to another schedule tour in
Wild Ones worked hard and achieved another album entitled, “American Dream”. In Spring of 2002 the Wild Ones did another tour
of Europe thru Red Planet agency. Malcolm was
the real winner on this tour. He not only came home with memories of many-a-beers, but he also met his lovely wife Susan while we performed in Bergen, Norway.
The Wild Ones have also performed
around the USA, mainly in Chicago at such places as Navy Pier, Concerts at The Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, Green
Dolphin Street and The United Center .
The band re-formed in 2006 with Todd Menke back on lead guitar and welcomed drummer Butch Nelson (formerly of Rick
Lindy and The Cyclones & Big Guitars from
Memphis) to the line up. Todd had to leave for personal reasons in 2008, and the band now has the pleasure of having Dave
Eliot formerly of the surf trio The Mysterians. Eric Stoliker replaced Malcolm Didier on Upright and Electric Bass, and Joe
Smith replaced Butch Nelson in Spring of 2008.
the current line up have played shows worldwide in Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Finland, The Faeroe Islands, England,Canada
The great thing about this line up is the tremendous chemistry all the members have. Let the Wild Ones
take you to
THE WILD SIDE of TOWN!!!