Bare Bones to rock The Barn with 16th anniversary show

Evening of classic rock kicks off at 9:30 p.m.

Not many people can say they have done something they love for five or 10 consecutive years, let alone 16.

The members of Bare Bones can say just that. For the past 16 years, Bare Bones has wowed crowds around the Midwest and especially the stateline area with their amazing array of classic rock tunes from the ’60s and ’70s.

This year marks the band’s 16-year anniversary, and they will celebrate with a show starting at 9:30 p.m., Feb. 4, at The Barn, 1428 N. Main St.

“It’s a big jam session, with free pizza,” said Pat Fenelon, a Bare Bones original member.

Although the names have changed a few times since their inception in 1990, Bare Bones continues to impress audiences everywhere they play.

Night after night, Fenelon (lead vocalist), Wally Houck (drummer), Steve Anderson (bassist) and Craig Myers (lead guitarist) strum out classic hits from such artists as AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan and many more.

Each member brings his own unique experience to the group, which allows the talent to play with these acts such as Badfinger and Rare Earth.

For instance, Fenelon has toured with the likes of Kiss, Survivor and Cheap Trick (even contributing backing vocals) as road crew.

Houck, Bare Bones drummer since 1997, also has a degree in computer programming and spends his days working for a computer repair company. Houck was also a founding member of four-time RAMI Award-winning band Ript.

Anderson is returning to the Bones for the first time in about five years. He played with the Bones for around five years and then decided to take some time off to relax.

Myers was an original member of Fuse, a band started by Rick Nielsen before Cheap Trick. He has been in several bands since that time, and is now lead guitarist for the Bones.

“He is probably the first cool, good lead guitar player in Rockford,” said Fenelon.

Collectively, the band has played with many different musicians over the past 16 years. A vast majority of the former members remain friends.

Many of these musicians, including members of Robin Banks, Men of our Times, Burning Sensations and even Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos, have been known to stop by.

Bare Bones was the first area band to be voted into the RAMI’s “Hall of Fame” for winning five or more times in a given category.

With that kind of experience, dedication and status, their anniversary show is sure to rock The Barn.

For the past 16 years, Paul Tillbury, owner of The Barn, has hosted the anniversary show. For more information about the 16th anniversary show at The Barn, call 965-8069.

From the Feb. 1-7, 2006, issue

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