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[Chorus and Verse] January 2002 Feature: Rob Monte of Dog Voices (Part Two)

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Rob Monte

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Click here to read Part One of Chorus and Verse's exclusive interview with Rob Monte of Dog Voices
For more about VH1 Cover Wars, read: VH1 Cover Wars: A New Jersey Music Craze Hits the National Airwaves
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Chorus and Verse: Rob Monte of Dog Voices (Part Two)
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According to their lead vocalist, Rob Monte, they play each show whether it's one person or a thousand in the audience by giving 100 percent.
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Rob Monte: Dog Voices formed in '96, I think, '95 (or) '96.


[Chorus and Verse] Band Index (A-D)

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Crazy Stage Stories | Tales About Music, Alcohol And Calling The Cops | Interview

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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.


[Chorus and Verse] Crazy Stage Stories

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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.
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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.


Erica Zwickel | First Annual Erica Zwickel Memorial Concert | Interview

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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.
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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