The Mad Poets


Lead Guitar.


The Mad Poets, one of Chicago's hottest new bands, is a captivating experience that you won't want to miss.

The Mad Poets is more than just a band. It's a dazzling live show and a great, entertaining experience for your customers. We love to have fun with the crowd and stop at nothing to make sure the audience has a mad adventure!

If you can name it, The Mad Poets can play it. Our repertoire includes cover songs from the 1950s to today and original works spotlighting rock, classic rock, alternative, pop, punk, blues, rhythm and blues, south of the border, ballads, jump 'n jive, and an occasional jaunt into the obscure. The Mad Poets has such an extensive library of tunes, that no request is too great. Comprised of Chicago area rock veterans of the highest caliber, The Mad Poets never disappoint!

If you want entertainment that offers raw, classically fresh and exciting music run mad, then book The Mad Poets and treat your guests to a night of pure madness!

themadpoets at gmail dot com

Screen name:
Member since:
Aug 01 2007
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
58 years


Our song list is perpetually evolving and changing: Green Day, Jet, the Kings of Leon, Dave Clark 5, Eve 6, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, Posies, Material Issue, Coldplay, 311, Justyn Kase, Semisonic, the Cure, the Offspring, Screaming Trees, Johnny Lang, Death Cab for Cutie, Badfinger, etc.

Members Of Band

Bob Mazalin
Russ Dillenburg
Tim McCarthy


Bob Mazalin

PRS Custom 24 24 fret "10 Top" guitar 1989
Fender Strat Modified Strat--rosewood neck 1979
Cremer Custom made by Rick Cremer Guitars (Aurora) 2000
Tom Anderson Custom made by Tom Anderson 2001
Brian Moore iGuitar 21.13 1 RMC piezo and 13 pin system for access to 13 pin Roland and compatible guitar processors 2006
Yamaha 1 Bass Guitar 1995

DC-5 Dual Caliber (DC-5) Head
DC-5 Dual Caliber Combo
F-50 1-12 Tube Combo amp
Studio 50/50 50 watt per channel power amp.

Soldano SP-77 II Tube Pre Amp

Roland GI 20 1 13 Pin Guitar Midi Interface

Korg Toneworks AX1000G Multi-effects modeling Foot Pedal
AX3000G Multi-effects modeling Foot Pedal

G112 Vintage styled 1 12 cabinet w/1 Celestion Vintage 30
G212 Vintage styled 2 12 cabinet w/2 Celestion Vintage 30

Behringer Bass V-Amp Multi-effects modeling processor

Ampeg BA115 100 watt Bass Combo Amp 1 15

Peavey TNT 75 watt bass amp

Tim McCarthy

1964 5-piece Slingerland Drum Set, Black Diamond Pearl
1975 4-piece Slingerland Drum Set, Natural Wood Finish
Pearl Hardware
Zildjian Cymbals (the only choice...)