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  • Dog Voices
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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.
Open Mic Jam | Monte And The Betty Ford All-Stars | Interview
www.chorusandverse.com, 1 Mar 2002 [cached]
We encourage people getting up there for the first time. - Rob Monte
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Rob Monte Mugs for the Camera with a Fan at the Ringside Pub (March 2002)
Monte and the Betty Ford All-Stars open mic jam is a chance for local musicians to possibly further their careers.
"Everybody gets a chance, nobody gets preferential treatment," said Rob Monte, event founder and lead singer of the mega-popular cover band Dog Voices.
For the summer, the event is held at Long Beach Island's Quarter Deck. It moves there from the Ringside Pub in Caldwell, New Jersey, which plays host during the spring.
Walter Stacey, lead guitarist for Big Orange Cone, regularly plays the show, and has since its inception, said Monte.
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The event also draws other top-notch musicians, including Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' guitarist, shore legend Bobby Bandiera and John Allen, from Tommy Lee's band, said Monte.
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Monte had a night off from his Dog Voices schedule and his agent suggested doing a show alone. Since its beginning, Monte has tried to arrange the format so bands get more than one chance to play. This takes some of the pressure off them. "It was very quick and also it was intimidating," Monte said of the situation for bands when it first started. Bands had to prove themselves in their first week playing, and a change was needed so they could be given more a chance to play, Monte said.
"We like to showcase bands that want to become a part of S.T.A.R.S. Productions," Monte said.
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"We encourage people getting up there for the first time," Monte said. "We try not to discourage first-timers. Participants don't even need to bring their own instruments. The format has the Betty Ford All-Stars doing two or three songs and then calling others who are looking to play up on stage.
The Amy Ward band, who Monte now works with personally after seeing perform at the event, is one of the up-and-coming bands to play the event, said Monte. He is also impressed with a band called the Monster. The show gives him a chance to work with younger bands. "I try to give them constructive criticism," he said. The jams give Monte a chance to see bands repeatedly and take additional looks at bands he potentially would like to book with S.T.A.R.S.
"There's a lot of agents out there that grab bands when they're not ready," said Monte. The opportunity to see a band perform many times over several weeks gives Monte a chance to make quality decisions in choosing bands for working with in the future, he said.
The shows are also a chance for Monte to stay out in the music scene, even on his night off. "I enjoy it. I really enjoy the whole music scene," he said.
A Very Unique Thing | An Introduction To The Asbury Music Scene | Interview
www.chorusandverse.com, 23 Oct 2001 [cached]
The scene is ideal for singer Rob Monte whose band, Dog Voices, is another cover band that has found it's way to the forefront of the scene. Like the Nerds they had trouble drawing crowds to originals, so they play other people's music. According to Monte the seven-year old band is now a business that pays taxes and offers insurance. "It's gotten so busy as a cover band, it's a career," he said. "When people ask what I do, (I say) I'm a singer. Monte can be seen stage diving at Bar Anticipation in Belmar, and jumping on bar tops at Chubby's. He has heard stories of people doing crazy things on stage before. One includes a guy who would climb through Chubby's floorboards on their ceilings. "To be a band like ours you've got to evolve, you've got to respect music," said Monte.
Aside from playing cover songs with accuracy or their own special spin, Dog Voices will do whatever they can to get a crowd going. "There's no place in the whole country like the New Jersey shore scene," he said.
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Slightly newer to the scene, Monte noticed how changes music goes through nationally affects the music Dog Voices plays. "It's easier to do the music that's out now," he said. He added that cover bands have to be open minded and play popular music even if it isn't challenging as old Van Halen music of the 80's. "It's entertainment," said Monte.
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"(The Nerds are) the epitome of what a cover band is," said Monte.
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Monte said that shore clubs' changes in atmosphere and audience change just like bands do.
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Monte gave an example of how legislation affects clubs saying that since the drinking age went up, some clubs only stay open from Thursday to Saturday, instead of all week.
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Both Garcia and Monte said there is strong camaraderie with cover bands. "Monte" says other bands such as the Nerds influenced Dog Voices. "They've been doing it such a long time," he said.
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