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  • Dog Voices
  • Singer
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Crazy Stage Stories | Tales About Music, Alcohol And Calling The Cops | Interview
www.chorusandverse.com, 9 May 2004 [cached]
I look at my guitar player and I say, 'The next song, let's play "My Sharona",' ... and I saw [the Knack] drop their sandwiches. - Rob Monte
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Rob Monte of Dog Voices
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One, the singer of one of the state's most popular cover bands, Dog Voices' Rob Monte. His bands have graced the stages of many of the tri-state area's top clubs for years.
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Monte 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 loved his 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 said.
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 wheelchair," Monte said. "He's running on stage on his hands."
The man had one fist raised and pushed himself back onto his wheelchair, Monte said. Monte then asked him back up on stage and he and his friend picked him off of his chair, swinging him back and forth.
"And I hear my band going: no, Monte, don't," Monte said.
Monte and his 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.
While Monte said that is something he would never think of doing now, that story has reached somewhat legendary status. Monte 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 said.
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.
Monte went backstage intending to take a shower "and the Knack's bodyguard wouldn't let me," he said. 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 said.
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 said.
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 said. The band played the song "and I saw [the Knack] drop their sandwiches," he said.
Members of the Tradewinds staff came running on the stage and the PA was shut off after the beginning of the song, he said.
Dog Voices | An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) | Interview
www.chorusandverse.com, 15 Nov 2001 [cached]
Dog Voices: An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) | Dog Voices: An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) (15-Nov-2001)
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Dog Voices: An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) | Dog Voices: An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) (15-Nov-2001)
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An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 1) Dog Voices A lot of original musicians can't stand cover bands. They say, 'you sell out. ' That's the whole difference, I'm still a singer, it's a job, but it's a great job. When my friends put this together I was, like you know what, I still want to sing. I may not make it, but I still want to sing. And I was like, 'lets just do covers.' - Rob Monte
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Led by singer Rob Monte, they deliver consistently solid shows, with a lot of surprises. Whether it's a leap into the crowd, standing on a bar, or an on-stage shot, Monte has developed a stage presence of his own, that other copy bands try to copy.
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Monte himself puts in a six-day week, one of those hosting a shore musician All-Star Jam.
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Monte can always be seen talking to fans between sets and this has become a new way for him to become close with them. So much so that he refers to them as friends, not fans.
This Chorus and Verse feature is the first of a two-part interview with Monte. Part one covers his career prior to Dog Voices, how that band came together, his view of the cover band scene and its history. Part two will examine his career with Dog Voices.
When did you start singing?
Rob Monte: I started singing in high school.
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Rob Monte of Dog Voices
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And that's where it came as where, me as Monte had to stay as the maniac at a party or this and that and I needed a band behind me that's solid and good to offset all that.
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Dog Voices: An Interview With Rob Monte (Part 2) (01-Jan-2002)
[Chorus and Verse] Crazy Stage Stories
www.chorusandverse.com, 9 May 2004 [cached]
Rob Monte
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Photo 1 complements of Rob Monte.
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Rob Monte of Dog Voices
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One, the singer of one of the state's most popular cover bands, Dog Voices' Rob Monte. His bands have graced the stages of many of the tri-state area's top clubs for years.
...
Monte 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 loved his 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 said.
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 wheelchair," Monte said. "He's running on stage on his hands."
The man had one fist raised and pushed himself back onto his wheelchair, Monte said. Monte then asked him back up on stage and he and his friend picked him off of his chair, swinging him back and forth.
"And I hear my band going: no, Monte, don't," Monte said.
Monte and his 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.
While Monte said that is something he would never think of doing now, that story has reached somewhat legendary status. Monte 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 said.
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.
Monte went backstage intending to take a shower "and the Knack's bodyguard wouldn't let me," he said. 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 said.
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 said.
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 said. The band played the song "and I saw [the Knack] drop their sandwiches," he said.
Members of the Tradewinds staff came running on the stage and the PA was shut off after the beginning of the song, he said.
Erica Zwickel | First Annual Erica Zwickel Memorial Concert | Interview
www.chorusandverse.com, 19 June 2003 [cached]
"It's unfortunate that she passed away; we're just trying to keep her name alive," said Rob Monte of Dog Voices, a band Zwickel worked with for many years.
"She genuinely loved the whole music scene," he said. "We want to do this to make people aware of who she was."
Present to pay respects will be Big Orange Cone, Dog Voices, the Nerds, the Monster, Mugshot, Lifespeed, the Benjamins, Screaming Brocolli and other musicians.
Area musicians will also jam with Monte and the Betty Ford All-Stars.
Zwickel developed the job of cover band assistant into her own entity, Monte said.
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"The bands that are playing are just the ones she was closest to," Monte said.
Rob Monte with Erica Zwickel
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Monte was just one person she helped.
"She would welcome anybody in with open arms," Monte said.
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"She worked with our band for 10 years," Monte said.
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"She had her hand in a couple different charities," Monte said. These included art, inner city kids and multiple sclerosis, a disease she suffered from, he said.
"We're just doing this 'cause it's the only thing we know how to do," he said.
[Chorus and Verse] Erica Zwickel Memorial Concert
www.chorusandverse.com, 19 June 2003 [cached]
Rob Monte
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Photos complements of Rob Monte.
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"It's unfortunate that she passed away; we're just trying to keep her name alive," said Rob Monte of Dog Voices, a band Zwickel worked with for many years.
"She genuinely loved the whole music scene," he said. "We want to do this to make people aware of who she was."
Present to pay respects will be Big Orange Cone, Dog Voices, the Nerds, the Monster, Mugshot, Lifespeed, the Benjamins, Screaming Brocolli and other musicians.
Area musicians will also jam with Monte and the Betty Ford All-Stars.
Zwickel developed the job of cover band assistant into her own entity, Monte said.
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"The bands that are playing are just the ones she was closest to," Monte said.
She had a knack for doing things her own way, he said.
"She went above and beyond certain things to make everything happen for club owners and bands," he said.
Rob Monte with Erica Zwickel
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Monte was just one person she helped.
"She would welcome anybody in with open arms," Monte said.
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"She worked with our band for 10 years," Monte said.
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"She had her hand in a couple different charities," Monte said. These included art, inner city kids and multiple sclerosis, a disease she suffered from, he said.
"We're just doing this ‘cause it's the only thing we know how to do," he said.
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