Bangor Daily News
If you’re a rock fan, you’ve likely been unhappy the last two decades, as rap, techno and pop bands have dominated the charts. You are not alone. According to an article in Newsweek magazine, that so-called “garage rock” has been making rock and roll cool again – and nobody knows it better than the Rock Dox. With driving rhythm and top-shelf vocals, their sound is reminiscent of everything from ACDC to Van Halen, to currents like Metallica and Theory of a Deadman. The Rock Dox take you back to the good old days and make you feel brand new.
The Rock Dox, founded in 1997, was originally the brainchild of three local doctors – thus the name. Over the years the band has evolved, to include Singer John Dickey, Guitarist Greg Beidelman, Bassist Dr. Hank Ford, Keyboardist Dr. Renee Fournier, and returning to the fold, drummer Richard Newland. Four guys and one girl from every walk of life with one thing in common: they want rock and roll back on top.
The band, along with their road crew, delivers a much needed dose of rock and roll with their live shows. “We love to play with our audience, not at them,” explained Hank. “We’re all part of the same party.”
The Rock Dox is the band with the sound and the show you’ll remember and love. Playing good rock and roll music of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.
In 2002, The Rock Dox released their first independent CD entitled “Fully Medicated”. It features 10 original songs. Cuts like “Holding On” and the title track, received radio play across Maine. The band followed up in 2004 with their second release, “House Call”, which features eleven more original tracks of unabashed fan friendly rock and roll. Songs like “Game Over” and “Take it Back” helped to take the band to new heights.
Greg says the Rock Dox know how to give the crowd what they want. “Our music has a classic rock influence,” Greg explained. “We’re not ground-breaking; we just stick to the basics and keep the good rock and roll alive.”
Hank says the Rock Dox’s music is all about chemistry and communication. “It’s a combination of people together looking for a common sound,” he said during a recent interview. “Some songs, like We Go On, are really representative of what we loved to listen to – music with lyrics that make sense, with harmony, guitar, chorus – all together in a sound that works.”
Rich says every member brings life to the music. “The magic is the diversity of the band and the music. We’re loud and aggressive, we have a good time, and we give 200%.”
The Rock Dox have performed shows from Madawaska, Maine to Atlantic City, New Jersey and continues to play to sell out crowds all over the Northeast. In September 2010 the band opened the Summer-Fest concert at Spud Speedway for 12 Stones, Eve 6 and Theory of a Deadman.