Not My Circus


Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Background Singer.


I recently joined a Fakebook group for local musicians. I joined mainly because this was part of their mission statement:

“Cover bands are getting their collective name ruined by amateurs who think they can rehearse for a month, rent a PA, pick out a stupid name, have some cards printed up for a couple of bucks (and they'll be on their way to fame), play the same 30 songs as several other bands, and disappear within months. That's not good - we should be encouraging even the cover bands to be top shelf.”

This is what I have been harping on about for years.

EVERYONE and his moron brother plays Tom Pity, Neil Yuck, Creedence Crapwater Regurgitation ... the freakin' Beetles?! There's a few dozen bands just in this area that have that turf well staked out.

Us older guys – who cut our teeth on KISS, Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Deep Purple/Rainbow, DIO, Motley Crue, Blue Oyster Cult – have a large pool of song information and playing ability where we could blaze our own trail (at least as far as cover bands go, but I have a few originals, too).

Why should we purposely follow the crowd so we can accept the same awful deals they do?

If we do something different … “Fresh”, in a way, we can entertain people who are starving to hear this kind of music again (in a live setting) and make the other stuck-in-the-rut bands up their game, at the same time.

Interested? I have been playing the guitar and bass for four decades. I prefer to play the guitar, but for what I consider to be the ideal situation, I might play the bass.

So, that leaves us with needing another guitar player (no “lead” players. No “rhythm” players; just guitar players), a bass player and a drummer. Each band member (who wants to) sings. There will be no lead singer (unless RJD comes back from the dead [and even he played bass, back in his salad days]).

I do not (at present) have space to practice a whole band, but I do have the means to get a space, if the right situation presents itself.

We can start off slowly; just two of the pieces to begin with or, we can go big (depending upon the amount of responses this receives), putting all the pieces in place at once.

If you're tired of forming a band to play hard rock and winding up in a CCR cover band, why not break out of the mold and give something different a shot.

I'm in. Are you?

Proposed list of bands covered:

Blue Oyster Cult
Alice Cooper
(Old) Aerosmith
Judas Priest
Deep Purple/Rainbow
Iron Maiden
(Old) RUSH
Thin Lizzy

You get the idea.

Take a chance! What have you got to lose? It's not like the rut you're in is making you a ton of money or filling that musical hole in your soul.

I can read music, but sight-reading isn't even in my time zone, mush less, my area code. I play very well by ear.

I show up (on time, even) for rehearsals. I do not suffer from stage fright.

I have the right equipment and the right desire. Let's see if you have the right situation.

No drug or alcohol issues.

Musicianship is important and working with people who want to “get it right” is paramount.

I don't want to commute more than a maximum of 45 minutes (one way) unless it is for a very lucrative situation.

I offer musicianship, dedication, focus, punctuality, and good humor (I've been known to tell a funny joke, occasionally, but I also know when to stop kidding around. I can “read a room”).

So ... You took a quick peek at my profile and you saw "Bass" listed as one of the instruments I play and you NEED a bass player.

That's great, but please read what's above this and, read on a bit more ...

Tom Petty and Neil Young do NOT (in my mind) represent "hard" rock. I may agree to do one song from each of them (but I probably won't), but they are not my cup of tea.

If you want to get my juices flowing, show me a song list which includes: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, KISS, RUSH, Triumph, Queensryche, Motley Crue, etc.

Alternatively, if you're going to try to convince me why your band is different and I should bend to your way of doing things, start off with dollars and sense, please.

Screen name:
Not My Circus
Member since:
Aug 07 2017
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:


Ace Frehley, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle,

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Tenor:
Rhythm Guitar:
Bass Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Background Singer:
Acoustic Guitar:


American and Squier strats.
Epiphone Les Pauls.
Jackson Randy Rhoads Vs.
Epiphone Tony Iommi SG
Ibanez SA
Fender Mustang amplifier(S)
Boss Katana MKII
Various Pedals and sound boards