Interview with Doc Rock-It and the Radio Fliers

Doc Rock-It and the Radio Fliers
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Describe the band
Doc Rock-It is a small powerhouse rock'n'roll band playing the best oldies hits.

How long has the band been together?
Since 2003 formally, but the members have known each other and played together in various other groups for over 10 years.

Who founded the band? Who is the leader?
The founders are Roland "Rolo" Guerrero and John "Johnny D" Steinreich

How did you come up with the concept for the band?
We really have a great passion for the oldies. The 50's, 60's, and 70's were simpler times and while there were many changes going on in society the music of that time reflected a spirit of joy. Oldies music makes people smile, dance, and generally have a great time. That spirit is rare to find in contemporary music.

What kind of response do you get from your audiences?
We get an incredibly positive response from audiences of all ages. During our shows people are on the dance floor and partying the whole time. We have kids come up on stage and participate in our act.

Is it hard to keep the oldies alive with all of the pop, alternative rock and rap music of today?
This is a tough question. The oldies are actually alive and well, but just not on the forefront of today's music scene. More mature audiences are eager to hear familiar music and they really want to have a good time without having to put up with the explicit and unnecessarily provocative language in alt rock and rap. It's interesting that Radio Disney plays quite a lot of oldies in its rotation (and how about all those oldies that appear in movies like Shrek--for example, "I'm A Believer" and "You Belong To Me") so we find that younger audiences respond with great enthusiasm to the oldies because they have an emerging knowledge of the style and because it is so exciting, danceable, and positive.

Describe your first performances.
Our performances are like a freight train picking up steam! We build our set lists in such a way that we rev people up and get them out on the dance floor as soon as possible. We have a number of ballads for sweethearts to have a slow dance. We are also known for our audience participation and we have the crowd singing along to songs like "Land of 1000 Dances" and "Hey Bo Diddley." Additionally, we teach the crowd two popular dances--the "Hand Jive" and the "Stroll"--and that gets everybody involved in the performance.

Do you have any musical training?
We have a variety of musical training, but we are mostly self-taught. Our guitarist, Rich "Flash" Alexander, was music major in college and is a graduate of the highly respected Musician's Institute of Technology in Hollywood.

What is your most memorable experience with music?
Our most memorable moment was getting the opportunity to play with the legendary Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man") at a private party. Mr. Rivers was one of the guests at this event and he joined the band on stage to sing and play guitar on two Chuck Berry songs, "Memphis" and "Maybelline."

What is your favorite venue?
Our favorite venue is our annual performance at the Laguna Woods concert in the park series in Orange County.

Where is the farthest you have traveled for a gig?
Our group played a theme party at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at a gig?
I'm not sure that this is the craziest thing that ever happened, but we did have one very crazy request! We were in the middle of a totally rockin' set--songs like "Johnny B. Goode," "Louie Louie," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Great Balls of Fire"--and one of the guests (anonymously, of course) passed a note to me requesting a waltz! Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) we could not oblige!

Have you done any radio or TV performances?
We were interviewed by a local radio station in Santa Clarita, CA before a live performance in July 2005.

Do you use any props or special effects at your performances? Costume changes?
We have props for a segment of the show when we have kids come up on stage for a pretend guitar solo. We also use both formal and casual wardrobe (all coordinated) depending on the show and venue.

Do you use any vintage instruments?
Our guitarist uses a hollow body Gretsch for that Chuck Berry/George Harrison sound. Our bassist uses a Hofner copy bass reminiscent of Paul McCartney.

What would you like to share with potential clients?
Doc Rock-It is the band for your event! While we specialize in the oldies, we will without a doubt have everyone up and rockin' all night long. We are professional, easy to work with, and generally good guys. We are self-contained and can provide all the backline gear, PA system, and emcee services as well.