Friday, May 25
The story of Toby Myers and Moe-Z M.D. isn’t simple, but it is sweet. Since the days of Mellencamp, they’ve been performing together in No Net, a ’60s cover band. They return to the Rathskeller Friday.
“When Moe-Z walked in to Belmont Mall Studio [Belmont, Ind.] in 1996 to work on Mr. Happy Go Lucky, I knew I had met the perfect dude to start a side band with,” Myers recounts. “Moe was living in Long Beach and working with Tupac and Snoop early in their careers, producing, writing and creating beats. At the end of the session, we decided to get a band going.
“A couple of years later, I left Mellencamp’s band when my wife became pregnant,” he continues. “I started working on collecting all of the stuff we would need to play out. I had a bunch of cool vintage guitars and collected more Vox amps. I wanted the stage to look straight out of the ’60s, and it does. I’m playing through two Vox AC-30s with the chrome stands and two AC-50s below them exactly like the Beatles had up until 1966.
“Moe and I started rehearsing in 2000 and started playing gigs pretty quickly,” Myers says. “At first, he was playing bass and I was playing guitar because I wanted to do something different after playing bass in bands for 35 years. We went through six drummers before we settled on Moe as the drummer. He is unbelievable, just as good as Kenney Aronoff or Dane Clark, which is why I went through so many drummers. Those guys spoiled me. Craig Koons [bass player] and he and Moe hook up incredibly. Craig is so musical, his uncle played in the Grand Old Opry House for 46 years, so it’s in his DNA.
“The other player in our band is Bobbi Delane, Moe’s lady,” Myers adds. “She’s got a smoking voice, so we have three strong singers, and Craig sings too. Sometimes we have four-part harmonies. With Bobbi, we can cover girl power stuff. Kenney Aronoff is going to do gigs with us as his schedule allows. Moe will be back on keys for that. I’ll be over the moon ... This is the most fun I’ve had in years — as exciting as Roadmaster and the Mellencamp years.”