Jeff Axelsen -Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals got his very first guitar on Christmas day in 1978.  The very first full song he learned was a simple three chord song from an orange & yellow Capitol Records 45 called Ramblin Gamblin Man.  Not long after, and knowing Jeffs love for Bob Seger music, his sister took him to his very first concert at Pine Knob to see Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. She hoped that somehow an $8.00 5th row seat might just inspire the young lad’s passion for music. IT WORKED & BOY IS JEFF HAPPY NOW!  Jeff has never stopped making music and loves to share his memories performing at old Detroit venues like; The Crystal, Walsh’s On The Border, Harpos, Blondies, The Old Miami, and just about every other live music clubs in Metro Detroit.  Some of the groups he’s been with include: Shamus Whiskey, Bad Habit, Ten Pound Head, MSA, Raggle Taggle, The Sax Maniacs, The Leftovers; and opened for national touring acts Bad Finger, Molley Hatchet, Mitch Ryder and Glengarry Boys.   Over the years Jeff has became a multi-instrumentalist by adding mandolin, bass guitar, piano, banjo, bodhran and harmonica to his outstanding guitar talent.  Jeff accepted his dream job as guitarist for Lookin’ Back in 2017, and it seems his life’s passion has come full circle from his first song learned, to first concert experience, Jeff is now playing all the lead guitar parts in Detroit’s first AND BEST Bob Seger Tribute Band.  BOTH PLAYERS AND FANS CAN’T BE MORE HAPPY!

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Mark Salvaggio – Lead Vocalist/Piano/Acustic Guitar started his foray into music playing the piano at the tender age of 9.  Later Mark would go on to study piano, vocal, and music theory at The LaMonte studio in Troy, MI under founder Jim LaMonte.  Mark had formal vocal training under popular classical singer DJ Davis Geoff.  By his late teens Mark was also teaching himself to play the guitar and has been rocking Detroit’s music scene for over twenty years with original projects: Open Fire, Load, 13th Floor, The Motor City Edge, and most recently Throttle.  Mark has performed in all the popular rock clubs across Metro Detroit and has opened for touring acts like; LA Guns, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, and Lynch Mob.  Mark is a true and long time Bob Seger fan that loves to tell people how he wore out & repurchased several Bob Seger 8 Track tapes in his past.  Singers Mark enjoys listening to and influenced most by are: Meat Loaf, Dennis DeYoung, and Steven Tyler.  Believe it or not Mark is Lookin’ Back’s first singer who came into it as a Bob Seger FAN first…..rather than a convert.  Lookin’ Back fulfills a childhood dream (to a lessor degree) of playing piano or second guitar in the Silver Bullet Band!

Jim Molnar – Piano/Backing Vocals has been with Lookin’ Back off and on since 2011.  He’s been playing piano since the age of 6.  After winning multiple talent shows in his youth, and performing with several successful cover bands over the years, Jim decided he enjoyed the rush of performing for large audiences, and Lookin’ Back delivers!  A humble savant (we think), Jim has always played by ear because reading notes just seemed to only slow him down, and has had no problem feeling the music and delivering the goods.  When he’s playing with Lookin’ Back fans and players enjoy the texture and emotions unlike any other player we’ve run across since the band was formed.  Jim endeavors to replicate Bob Seger’s songs note for note and uses all of his twin 88 note keyboards.  He’s an optimistic and loyal team member and Lookin’ Back is very fortunate to have him playing along with our full time organist noted below.

MARKEDWARDEdward Mark – Hammond Organ/Strings/Horn Section Sounds – “Fast Eddie”, originally from Brooklyn, NY has been playing keys and bass in various blues, rock and jazz bands throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan for over 40 years. He was formally trained in piano and music theory as a young man and brings his early training and decades of experience to Lookin’ Back in 2016. Eddie plays a hi-tech Hammond organ that combines classic organ and piano with the sounds of modern keyboards. Catch Eddie and Jim playing keys together at ALL OUR SHOWS STARTING 2018!

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Todd Stoney – Drums has played rock n roll drums his entire life.  Originally taking private lessons in Lansing, MI at age 9 he quickly grasped the rudiments and moved on developing his skills over the years rehearsing along with Bob Seger records and some of the worlds best progressive rock bands in his headphones.  Later Todd started rehearsing with many AMAZING bands and original projects that never escaped the dank smelly basements, garages, and attics in places from Lansing to Albion, from Pinckney to St. Johns, MI.  Todd’s “never say die” attitude and entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with years of experience building businesses has proven itself since the bands debut Aug. 29, 2009.  Todd acts as band leader, H.R. manager, booking agent, marketer, talent scout, promoter, event coordinator, media relations, and social media point man.  The 10 years prior to forming Lookin’ Back Todd found himself performing on “mega-church” stages like Oak Pointe in Novi, Kensington’s “The River” Community Church in Hartland, Brightmoor Tabernacle in Commerce, and Ward Presbyterian in Novi.  Some of Todd’s most influential drummers are Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Alan White (Yes), and Charlie Martin (Silver Bullet Band).

Chris Huff – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals become a regular member of Lookin’ Back on New Year’s Eve 2017.  The band is excited to have a bassist with substantive style and presence AND, for the first time, a position player with singular band focus for all of 2018.  Chris has been the bassist and lead singer for several Detroit area bands back in the 80s and 90s (Apex, Harlot, Blade, Devious).  Recently, Chris moved back from Grand Rapids to Metro Detroit after 23 years performing all over the Western Michigan music scene with: JJ Curtis, The Niche, Formerly Hip at various festivals, as well as Sunday Praise & Worship bassist at Community Reformed (Mega) Church.  Chris returns to Motown to secure a job with Detroit’s FIRST Bob Seger tribute years after he first fell in love and learned to play all of Bob’s 1976 “breakout” albums Live Bullet and Night Moves.  Like all of Lookin’ Back, Bob Seger is part of the soundtrack of our life stories from the very first time we picked up our respective instruments.  Chris Huff does a GREAT Chris Campbell.  Come see for yourself!

 

 

 

 

ALTERNATE PLAYERS (Just In Case)

Pat Shanley – Guitar & Vocals  (Alternate) Pat has earned a solid reputation as being a top notch guitarist and a soulful & passionate vocalist who has worked with many of Detroit’s top blues artists.  Some names you may recognize are RJ Spangler, Regular Boys, Nikki James, Curtis Sumter, Cathy Davis, Terry Thunder, Paul Carey, Chris Codish, Scott Gwinnell and Bob Seger studio session and Silver Bullet Band touring horn section player Keith Kaminski.  As a former member of the folk pop group Tangerine Trowsers, Pat toured the mid-west and South East performing at the legendPabst-at-Memphisary Bluebird Café in Nashville TN, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Folk Festival and a benefit for Alejandro Escovedo in Raleigh, NC, and numerous Folk Festivals across Michigan. Pat also received special mention in Taylor Guitar’s publication Wood & Steel. Pat also helped the Trousers win 3 Detroit Music Awards (DMA’s).  The bands last CD “ Dressed For Success” got strong magazine reviews from Performing Songwriter (“..Damn Cool!!”) and No Depression (“an unassuming powerhouse”). Pat is also a founding member of Blowtop whose debut CD received strong reviews and a DMA nomination for Outstanding Indie Group and for “Best Blues Guitarist”. Pat’s CD with the Dirty Pirate Hookers “Live Anywhere”  also received a DMA nomination for “Best Blues Recording” and reviewed well in several Blues Music publications.

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Carl’s Not only a gifted sax man, he’s also a clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, drummer and pretty good with the tambourine.  Carl has performed with the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Don Rickles, Bobby Watson, Verve Pipe, Johnny Trudell Orchestra, Simone Vitale, Richie Cole, John Hendricks, Detroit Lions Pep Band, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Hot Club of Detroit.  Carl is dedicated to music education, having taught music theory, jazz improvising, jazz performance, and elementary beginning band at Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, CASA School, Berkley Public Schools, East Lansing and other Michigan High Schools. Did we mention the world renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Northern Michigan.

JCR_rocksJef Reynolds – MEGA BASS (Alternate) When called upon a Jef delivers the goods. He’s known around the industry for his eclectic production sense that he has gleaned over the years working in studios around the Motor City. Jef also has multi-instrumental prowess, intuitive voice, and very dry martini sense of humor making Jef a man in demand, but is excited and lookin’ forward to performing Bob Seger music whenever needed.  He has accompanied various artists including Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Archie Bell, The Tokens, Alex Chilton, and Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special Revival Road Show.  He is currently an active part of the Neo-Depression Jazz and Soul music revival happening in Detroit. Jef was mentored from a stable of Detroit jazz legends such as The Funk Brothers, Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler, Scott Gwinnell) and was a member of Shivers (A&M Records 1980s). On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose & Producers Color Service Studios. Early works of Michael King/Gary Nester. Projects include work with national Singer/Songwriters Jo Serrapere (Prairie Home Companion) and Sir Mack Rice (Stax).  Early Influences Include: Chris Campbell, Paul McCartney, Jamie Jamerson.



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