Rockford's Forevers Ending just beginning

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11206704281275.jpg’, ‘Photo by Holly Myers’, ‘Forevers Ending are (from left to right) Jon Leaf, Dave Crosby, Jim Newman and Erick Anderson.’);

Forever isn’t ending anytime soon for four men in a band that just started rising on the local scene.

Dave Crosby, Jon Leaf, Jim Newman and Erick Anderson of Forevers Ending are going on their tenth show in the area after six or seven months of playing together.

Crosby, Newman and Anderson are long-time friends, and have also been playing together for a long time.

“We used to jam in Dave’s basement … trying to throw stuff together,” Anderson said.

At the time, Leaf was playing in a different band when Crosby played one of his songs for him and asked him to join the band.

“He’s the one that keeps us in line,” Crosby said of Leaf.

Leaf has been playing guitar for about 16 years, but said he is “more of a backup dancer than a guitar player.”

“Jon writes all our choreography,” Newman said, as the rest of the band laughed.

Even though Crosby has been writing music for more than six years, he hasn’t been playing guitar or singing for nearly as long.

“I’ve been playing guitar for two years and singing for like two days,” Crosby said.

Erick (everyone calls me “Spencer”) Anderson has been playing bass on and off for 13 years.

Newman started basic percussion in grade school and eventually moved up to a drum set. He said he tried to play piano a few times, but never really had the discipline to keep up with it.

“I believe that what you’re going to stick with, you have to start at a young age,” he said. “That’s probably why I’m still playing the drums.”

When asked about what kind of music they play, the response was quite uncertain.

“I hate that question,” Newman said.

The band isn’t sure what to name the type of music they play. They have even asked show-goers what they think it is, and the answer remains a question.

“It’s rock, it’s not heavy, it’s not anything that’s going to scare the older crowd away, but it’s still kind of hip enough for the youngsters,” Crosby said.

Anderson said the bands they would normally cover are just coming into their own stardom. They’ve been thinking about doing a cover just for the fun of it.

“Covers would be more of a fun thing to do,” Newman said.

“Like Madonna,” Leaf added.

Forevers Ending has played mostly at local bars like Kryptonite, Chubby Rain and Minglewood. They have also played in some smaller cities in southern Illinois.

“Pretty soon, we’re going to be focusing on the Chicago area,” Newman said.

At this time, Forevers Ending is recording its first full-length album. They had a small demo out to send to venues, but really wanted to record something better. The album should be finished in the next couple of weeks.

“The name [of the album] is yet to be determined,” Anderson said.

On an ending note, each member was asked why they are in the band.

“Where else can I hang out with three good friends and play music?” Newman said. “It makes me happy.”

Anderson said: “It’s one of the coolest possible jobs you can have. Who wouldn’t want to be a rock star?”

“It makes me just a decent human being for about 45 minutes because I’m not thinking about anything else,” Leaf said.

Crosby said: “Because I wrote a song one day, and it turned out pretty good. People liked it, and I didn’t want to stop.”

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From the July 6-12, 2005, issue

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