Kevin J. Marcot (Lead Vocalist/2nd Guitar) from Sterling Heights, MI, Joined 10/11/20  This Michigan native is now the youngest member of Lookin’ Back. 😉 Born in a Metro Detroit city that shall remain nameless, Kevin started playing the guitar at age 8 and went on to study music theory and become the best and loudest singer in his high school choir.  Not long after graduating Kevin got into recording “experimental music” at home under the name “ID” and would use audio loops and drum machine tracks as a foundation and play guitar, bass, and keyboards over the tracks.  Later Kevin would attend The Disk School of Recording Arts.  Kevin’s singing style was influenced by some of the biggest voices in Rock music.  Bob Seger, David Coverdale of White Snake & Deep Purple, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden & Audio Slave, Dave Draiman of Disturbed, and Brent Smith of Shine Down.   Bands Kevin has performed with over the years include Rane, Pain Inc, Mean Machine, & MAINLINE being his most successful!  When Kevin’s not singing with Lookin’ Back he’s an MRI Technologist.  After hours you might find him hunting, running trails, weight lifting, or several other health and fitness-related activities.  He loves working on cars and his home, but mostly he’s a family man who loves spending quality time with his wife of 17 years and their two small children.  Interestingly Kevin took a several-year hiatus from music to raise a family and pursue his medical tech career goals…..until one day in 2020 he actually contracted COVID19.  While quarantined in his basement, and safely distanced from his family for many weeks, Kevin decided to pick up his old guitar and start playing again.  When he became strong enough to start singing HE DID.…..and fortunately for our Bob Seger/Lookin’ Back fans he NEVER WANTS TO STOP!  SO, in our opinion, the only two good things to come out of this 2020 global pandemic are: 1.) Kevin reunited with his musical passions.  2.) He found our help wanted ad!

Cezaar Wade (Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals/Keys) from Jackson, MI Joined 2/14/2020  Mr. Wade has been playing guitar since Jr. High School, but his earliest memories of being anything musical dates all the way back to 5th grade.  It was more about getting out of classes than pursuing an innate love for violin music.  Like nearly every kid Cezaar didn’t love the violin in the beginning, but over time he did appreciate just how expressive the violin was and helped him realize the beauty of melodies and that he could make his own.  The first time Cezaar ever saw an electric guitar being played in person was actually in the living room of his childhood home one day when he got home from school.  After that, he was never quite the same – or let’s say he discovered his lifetime passion.  Quickly he came to realize, and in absolute astonishment that with no coaching he could actually play most of Ted Nugent’s songs.  It wasn’t too long after that he would go on to figure out all the guitar parts of all his favorite songs.  As with any serious musician playing over the last 40 years, Cezaar was always been aware of and appreciated Bob Seger’s music.  But, when he honestly started to dig deep into the Seger material Lookin’ Back planned to perform in 2020 he finally realized Bob’s songwriting genius.  Epiphone Epiphany!  Welcome, Cezaar Wade to Lookin’ Back 2020.  Debut performance would have been at the 11th Annual Bob Seger Birthday Bash on May 8 (COVID19 CANCELED).  LABOR  DAY Weekend in Celina, OH was his first day on the job and our only show of the year and HE KILLED IT!

Jim Molnar – (Piano / Backing Vocals)  from Livonia, MI Joined 1/30/2011  Jim has been with Lookin’ Back off and on since 2011…..AND NOW HE’S BACK AGAIN for 2021!  He’s played piano since the tender age of 6.  After winning every single youth talent show his parents entered him in, the writing was on the wall.  Jim would eventually and naturally go on to play in several successful area cover bands.  Jim said he enjoyed the applause so much he needed MUCH MORE so he joined Lookin’ Back at the exact time we needed him!  A humble savant who loves his beer and has always played by ear, because he said, “reading notes just slowed me down”.  Jim loves Bob Seger music and has no problem covering Silver Bullet Craig Frost or even Bruce Hornsby parts as he replicates Bob’s most challenging piano songs with a note for note accuracy (Fire Inside/Brave Strangers, etc).  He will use every single one of his twin 88-note keyboards.  He’s scary quiet, an eternal optimist, and a loyal team member.

Carl Cafagna (SAX AXE/Backing Vocals/Percussion) from Troy, MI Joined 7/1/2012  Carl’s not only a gifted sax man, but he’s also a clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, drummer, and not bad with the tambourine.  He has shared the stage with the Temptations, Regis Philbin, Natalie Cole, Martha Reeves, Amy Grant, Verve Pipe, Neil McCoy, the Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Simone Vitale, Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, James Carter, Hot Club of Detroit and the Detroit Lions Pep Band, among many others.  Carl has performed in most major cities in the US, and in 4 other countries. Carl has taught music for the Detroit Symphony youth program, Lake Orion High School, Oakland University, Western Michigan University, and the world-renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and a Masters in Music from Western Michigan University. A Family Man, he lives in Metro Detroit with his wife and their 4 gifted children.

MARKEDWARDEdward Mark (Hammond Organ / Strings & Things) from Toledo, OH Joined 3/23/2016  “Fast Eddie” is really really really fast…once he gets to his organ. Originally from Brooklyn, NY Ed is just a little less than patient and a complete perfectionist.  He’s has been playing keys and bass in various blues, rock, and jazz bands throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan for over 40 years, and less than 100.  He was formally trained in piano and music theory as a young man and he brings 100% of his training and decades of experience to Lookin’ Back since 2016. Eddie plays a NEW hi-tech Hammond B3 organ and is on par with Robyn Robbins but of course, that’s his job, right?  New technology allows him to combine classic organ sounds with whatever we need.  Catch FAST Eddie and NOT SO SLOW Jim playing together at ALL OUR 2021 SHOWS!

Paul Decker (Keyboards/Backing Vocals Lookin’ Back – Allentown (The Piano Man/Lead Vocalist/Lead & 2nd Guitar) from Elkhart, IN.  Joined 9/19/2020   Paul is an extremely seasoned vocalist and all-around entertainer. Working as a full-time musician since 1972, Paul is also a multi-instrumentalist.  He’s proficient on anything keyboards, acoustic & electric guitar, bass, percussion, and trumpet.  His strong vocal capabilities allow him to sing both lead and harmonies.  Paul has opened for such musical greats as Chuck Berry, Rick Nelson, Donnie & Marie Osmond, and jazz greats Ronnie Laws, Frank Gambelli (Chick Corea’s Electrik Band), Steve Smith Fusion Band (former JOURNEY Drummer), and The Godfathers.  He has also performed on The Grand Ol’ Opry stage.  Paul was a travelin’ man and was on the road from 1972 to 1989 with at least a dozen different bands covering everything from YES, TOWER OF POWER, STEELY DAN, The DOOBIE BROS, and everything in between.  Paul’s musical tastes run the full spectrum of genres and performed in 32 states over the years.  Residing in the “concert band instrument capital of the world”, Paul has been staying busy over the past decade working steadily in two bands The REAL DEAL (6 piece jazz/rock band), and The REMNANTS (rock/country band), and dozens of duets and “fill-in” gigs with MANY bands in the Michiana area.  The excitement of being part of the Allentown (BILLY JOEL) tribute band and a supporting role in Lookin’ Back is going to be a fun situation as Paul has performed nearly every Billy Joel song over the past 40 years, and very much respects Bob Seger’s songwriting and composition skills.

photo 3Todd Stoney (Drums & Biz) White Lake, MI founding member since Fall 2008   Todd has played rock n roll drums his entire life.  In fact, Santa Claus delivered his first kit personally…..to his grandparent’s house by mistake on Christmas day.  Todd took private lessons in Lansing, MI at age 9 and quickly grasped the rudiments, developed his skills over the next 8 years locked away in his bedroom rehearsing for this particular gig 30 years in advance.  In his headphones, Todd played along with Bob Seger, and ALL his favorite progressive rock bands and whatever came next on The American Top 40 radio broadcasts.  Todd brags about rehearsing with some of the best bands in the world that never escaped the dank smelly basements and garages from Lansing to Albion, Pinckney to St. Johns, MI.  Todd’s “never say die” and “if you can’t join them – beat them” attitude and entrepreneurial spirit have proven successful since the band’s sold-out debut on August 29, 2009.  The Bandleader, H.R. manager, booking agent, marketer, talent scout, promoter, event coordinator, media relations, and social media point man, this drummer is literally the heartbeat of Lookin’ Back.  A few years prior to forming Lookin Back Todd performed with several “mega-church” stages like Oak Pointe/Novi, Kensington’s River Community Church in Hartland, Brightmoor Tabernacle in Commerce, and Ward Presbyterian in Novi.  Todd’s biggest and earliest drummer influences were Charlie Martin (Silver Bullet Original), Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Joey  Kramer (Aerosmith), and Alan White (Yes).

Jef Reynolds (MEGA BASS / Vocals) St. Clare Shores, MI Joined 1/20/2016  Jef delivers the goods on 4, 5, or 6 string bass. He’s known around the industry for his eclectic production sense gleaned over years working in studios around the Motor City.  Jef also has multi-instrumental prowess, an intuitive voice, and a very dry martini sense of humor making him a man in demand.  Jef is excited and lookin’ forward to more memorable moments performing the music of Bob Seger with Lookin’ Back. Throughout his career, Jef has accompanied various national 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 by a stable of Detroit jazz legends such as The Funk Brothers guitarist Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler Big Band, Scott Gwinnell Orchestra. Jef was a member of the A&M Records artist ‘Shivers’ in the late 80s. On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose, and Producers Color Service Studios. Early works with 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.

 

HIGHEST-QUALITY ALTERNATE PLAYERS (Just In Case!)

Jeff Axelsen (Lead Guitarist / Backing Vocals) Jeff got his very first guitar on Christmas day in 1978.  The very first full song he learned was a simple three-chord song on an orange & yellow 45 Capitol Record called Ramblin Gamblin Man.  Not long after, and knowing Jeffs’s love for Bob Seger music, his sister Vicki loved him enough to escort him to his first concert at Pine Knob. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band no less. She hoped somehow that $8.00 5th row ticket might inspire the lad’s passion for old time rock n roll. IT WORKED, and Vicki now loves him EVEN MORE THAN EVER!  Jeff never stopped making music and loves to share memories (again & again) about the good old days performing at places like; The Crystal, Walsh’s On The Border, Harpos, Blondies, The Old Miami, and other live music clubs in Metro Detroit.  Some past groups include; Shamus Whiskey, Bad Habit, Ten Pound Head, MSA, Raggle Taggle, The Sax Maniacs, & The Leftovers. Jeff opened for national touring acts Bad Finger, Molley Hatchet, Mitch Ryder, and Glengarry Boys.   Over the years he became a multi-instrumentalist by adding mandolin, bass guitar, piano, banjo, bodhran, and harmonica to his stellar guitar talent.  Jeff started playing with Lookin’ Back in 2017 until 2020, and NAILED HIS PARTS!

 Pat Shanley Pabst-at-Memphis(Guitar & Vocals) 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 Trousers, Pat toured the mid-west and South East performing at the legendary 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.