January 24, 2008

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Cadillacs back on the road
With a new ‘Fleetwood,’ ’70s tribute band plays regular rotation
By Alec O’Meara aomeara@hippopress.com

After spending six months in the garage tuning things up, the Rusty Cadillacs are back out on the road with a new front man and the same sweet sound that made the band Hippo readers’ 2007 runner-up choice for “Best Cover Band.”

The Rusty Cadillacs are a cover/party band with a catalog of 60 to 70 classic and hard rock tunes. After forming in 2005, the band, consisting of Colin King “Eldorado” on drums, Chris “Sammy Seville” Therrien on bass, Shawn “Coupe DeVille” McKormick on guitar and Joey P “Fleetwood,” set up shop at Slammers in Bedford and built a large following locally for their entertaining brand of hard rock favorites. When Joey P left the band in March of 2007 to pursue other interests, the Caddies put the brakes on their non-stop gigs to find just the right replacement.

“We must have done something like 20 interviews looking for the right guy,” Eldorado said. The band eventually found its man in Ronnie “Fleetwood” Adams. Adams, who operates a recording studio in Los Angeles, plays an acoustic solo act locally.

“He’s a great fit for our sound,” Eldorado said.

The Cadillacs pride themselves on showmanship not just with their instruments but also with jokes, funny stories and stage theatrics. Eldorado goes as far as to call the band’s sets a tribute to the vaudeville days of yore, only if the “days of yore” rocked really hard.

“We all kind of talk into the mike, telling jokes in between songs. It’s more than just a concert, really, it’s a routine almost. We’re up there entertaining,” Eldorado said.

The band’s playlist includes lots of classic rock of the ‘70s — Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. However, the band has not turned its back on the present, and has no problem playing Jet, John Mayer, or Big and Rich if the mood requires it. The addition of Adams means that the band will likely “salt in” some original songs as part of the gigs as well, said Eldorado.

Since they went back on the road in December, the Rusty Cadillacs have been planning to return to a regular tour schedule, playing most regularly at Slammers. The Caddy motif, which has seeped into everything from the band member’s nicknames to the slick stage art and logo, isn’t going anywhere.

“You know how a lot of bands like to sign a symbol as a tribute gift? Well, we sign Cadillac hubcaps,” Eldorado said.

The Rusty Cadillacs’ comeback continues with upcoming shows on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. at Slammers, 547 Donald St. in Bedford, and on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. at Mad Bob’s Saloon, 342 Lincoln St. in Manchester. There is no cover for either show.

“The only covers that night will be the ones we play,” said Eldorado.

To learn more about the Rusty Cadillacs experience, visit the band’s Web site at www.rustycadillacs.com.