September 22, 2011
Rosie was rock n’ roll royalty in Columbus in the 80s.
Folks old enough (no offense, folks, we count ourselves among them) can recall packed clubs and concert halls frequently, except when the hard rockers were spreading their wings throughout the Midwest and East Coast. (Read <a href=”http://www.rosieband.com/bio.html”>here the band’s history in the words of frontman Carl Shelor</a>.
Assembled by former Godz (another Columbus rock legend) guitarist Mark Chatfield, the band came together in Columbus, although the band members were not all natives. Still, Shelor considers Columbus Rosie’s home, if not necessarily his own.
“Rosie was born here,” he told The Beast last week, just arrived in town for the band’s latest reunion show, Friday night at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. “It just kind of took off. We made a lot of friends. It was home for a long time for us.”
Like many bands who seemed to keep just missing their big break, Rosie fell victim to some business and management issues that kept gumming up the works.
“Think about (that time) with some regret,” Shelor said. “We could’ve done so much more. We had some bad deals and legal stuff.”
He added, only half-joking, that, “We had a rule that the only good deal was a bad deal.”
By the late 80s, Rosie’s run had ended. Chatfield got a gig in Bob Seger’s band (a role he still holds) and an endless parade of personnel changes made life difficult in the band.
The guys went their separate ways, but in 2007 for the first time in about 25 years reunited their classic lineup for a show that has led to more reunions – once about every-other year, meaning that 2011 I an ideal time.
It’s definitely not the money,” Shelor said regarding why the guys get together and play. “It’s fun to get together. We’re old guys now. I start to forget words that I wrote – and now even sometimes after I write them out.”
For his part, Shelor lives in Daytona Beach, and regularly sates his appetite to play music by entertaining those on the beach, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. But he still gets the jones to rock out. And, he says, who knows – Seger has announced this will be his last tour, which Shelor points out will leave Chatfield in need of a full-time band gig…