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Rob Monte of Dog Voices
One, the singer of one of the state's most popular cover bands, Dog Voices' Rob Monte
bands have graced the stages of many of the tri-state area's top clubs for years.
was climbing towards the ceiling of the venue when he
saw a guy who had no legs in a wheelchair.
The man told Monte he
band and wanted to come up and do some rap songs.
"I jump down off the stage with my friends and we pick up his
wheelchair and put him on stage," Monte
The man came up and did "Fly" by Sugar Ray.
The guy did a good job rapping and Dog Voices
took over with some Rage Against the Machine until Monte
noticed a strange appearance.
"I turn around and he's
not in his
running on stage on his
The man had one fist raised and pushed himself back onto his
then asked him back up on stage and he
friend picked him off of his
chair, swinging him back and forth.
"And I hear my band going: no, Monte
, don't," Monte
friend sent the guy into the crowd for some stage diving and the crowd caught him.
"Well, needless to say, we got fired from that club," he
said that is something he
would never think of doing now, that story has reached somewhat legendary status.
has heard many area cover bands talking about it without knowing he
was the main culprit.
"And I say, yeah, I'm that guy," he
Another favorite of Monte's
goes back to his
days in another Jersey cover band, Who Brought the Dog.
The band was opening for the Knack at the Tradewinds, in Sea Bright, and was having trouble finding a fill-in guitar and bass player, Monte said.
They finally accomplished that 40 minutes before the show.
went backstage intending to take a shower "and the Knack's
bodyguard wouldn't let me," he
went to find his
manager and got dressed in the bathroom.
"When I go to get ready to appear on stage, half my band is not there - my guitar player and my bass player," he
Those two fill-ins had been busted for pot possession, but the police were able to process them quickly so they could play the gig, Monte
As the band played the show, Monte
could see into the Knack's dressing room and Monte
decided to do a major no-no for a cover band opening for a one-hit wonder; playing its one hit.
"I look at my guitar player and I say, ‘The next song, let's play "My Sharona",'" Monte
The band played the song "and I saw [the Knack] drop their sandwiches," he
Members of the Tradewinds
staff came running on the stage and the PA was shut off after the beginning of the song, he