Rock Pilots

Rock Pilots


Each band member’s rock idol invades his soul hours before a show. We can't help being consumed by their mad musical genius, yet offering our own youth driven energy to leave the audience wondering if they saw... perhaps just the tiniest glimpse... what a band of legends might have been like.


Rock Pilots is a four-piece Classic Rock band that thrives on covering the history of popular music from 1953 to the present. Despite their young ages, the band has been performing for several years at numerous venues between Lacrosse and Madison where they play 80-90 shows annually. Rock Pilots performed during the summers of 2004 and 2005 as the house band at Marley's in Wisconsin Dells where they performed every Tuesday from May through September before giving up the position due to other commitments. This talented quartet has expanded their influence into Madison by playing frequent shows in the area.

While the musicians have written their own music and plans to write more, they feel they cannot ignore the vast body of classic rock that already exists. The Rock Pilot philosophy is simple: the best way to lay a foundation for composing original music is by understanding the work of the musical genius they most respect. This not only includes legends like Led Zeppelin, Gun's N'Roses and AC/DC, but their local role models Midlife Crisis and Super Tuesday as well as regional heroes such as Road Trip and The Love Monkeys.

In a recent review of a live show at The Badger Bowl in Madison the Wisconsin regional music newspaper Rick's Café exclaimed:

The Band: "These guys may be the only cover band around to actually resemble the Rock Gods whose music they perform"

Dillon: "with heavy vocal duties his ability to maintain the rhythm while supplying full harmonies and solid melodies helped keep the band both in check and in time"

Alex: "solid and flamboyant...his tone shows his utter appreciation of the psychedelic guitar legends"

Tony: "shines during his extended bass solos, alternating from heavy slaps to intricate fingering"

Matt: "Control of the stage belongs solely to Moore...offering a lead presence, a solid rhythmic performance, and a tight harmony to fill in the mix"

Covering other artists has vastly increased each performer's musicianship. Each member has 100's of hours of practice perfecting the difficult licks and riffs that have inspired audiences for decades. Covering history's greats forces a performer to extent his current abilities each time a new song is attempted. If a vocalist can't hit the high F sharp, you're done. If the guitarist can't cut the wicked solos of the legends, the crowd is out the door! With 2500 watts of chest pounding bass, if there are mistakes in tunes the listener already knows, you might just as well pack up your gear. If the drum fills are not all there and in time, the audience seems to sense that something is wrong and the owner doesn't book you back. With the catalog of music Rock Pilots performs everyone from Baby Boomers to Generation X has responded with enthusiasm whether it be at their table or on the dance floor.

Rock Pilots brings to the show "Moore Power Audio" featuring a full array of Turbosound cabinets. The bottom is anchored through a thumping pair of dual 18-inch Turbosound subwoofers and the whole mix is done through a 32-channel Allen and Heath console assisted by Lexicon effects and DBX Driverack. This quality gear was not selected for volume alone, although it can rattle the house if that is what the owner wants. Rather, the components were selected for clarity and transparency that allows the character of the musician's quality amps and mic's to remain unmasked, even at lower volumes in smaller venues. The high energy show is illuminated by a truss mounted overhead system as well as frontal lighting and special effects.


Full Promotional CD Recorded at Sleepless Nights Recording Studio is Available

Set List

This selection of Classic Rock is used by Rock Pilots to create their set lists. There is enough music for two completely different four-hour shows that would appeal to everyone from baby-boomers to twenty-somethings. We even take requests!

1953 Lucille Little Richard
1955 Johnnie B. Goode Chuck Berry
1956 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
1957 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
1959 La Bamba Ritchie Valens
1963 Twist and Shout The Beatles
1963 Wipe Out The Safaris
1963 Louie, Louie The Kingsmen
1964 Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
1964 You Really Got Me The Kinks
1965 Satisfaction Rolling Stones
1965 My Girl Temptations
1966 Gotta Get Out of This Place Animals
1966 Break on Through Doors
1967 Fire Jimi Hendrix
1967 Sunshine of Your Love Cream
1967 Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix
1967 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
1967 Foxy Lady Jimi Hendrix
1967 Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix
1968 Jumping Jack Flash Rolling Stones