Band members Brian McCarron, Gary “Meatball” McMeekin, Mike Monroe, Randy Scarbeary and Wayne Neukom will reunite for a concert at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.
We recently caught up with four members for a quick Q & A. Here’s what they had to say:
Q: What have you been doing in your time since leaving the band?
Randy: I’ve been playing in Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) a few years. There wasn’t much of a music scene there, so I moved to Los Angeles. In 1991, I joined a band called Dead White and Blue. We got a record deal with MCA records, but the band broke up before the record ever came out. I’ve been in the music scene in LA ever since. In my day job, I work as an art handler, installing, shipping and storing art for museums and art collectors, etc.
Mike: Having a family and raising children who only look at you wondering why they don’t have what almost everyone else around them has. But then, they live in Boca (Boca Raton, Fla.) … another reality all together. We could write a book about that.
Q: What made you decide to get back together for a reunion?
Brian: Cindy “The Angel of God” Raimey called. She asked me, “What are you doing with your life, Brian?” All the motivation I needed.
Gary: This is more than a reunion — it’s a family reuniting for the first time in 33 years. We made a lot of life-long friends and changed a lot of lives along the way.
Q: What made you choose the genre of music that you did?
Brian: God. No, only kidding, … it was Gary. He’s got a lot of love in his heart. He really is the brains. Otherwise, we would have played cartoon music.
Q: What is your favorite memory of your time with FBC?
Brian: The van — the green Ford van. Life spun completely out of control in that van. I nearly cried when I got rid of it last year. I had to, the carpet smelled really bad! Or, the first week on the road we played a six-hour night in Peoria, Ill., for six straight nights. I was reaching (screeching) for notes I had no business trying. Very sad. Painful — for everyone within hearing distance.
Q: What is your favorite favorite part if band life?
Brian: The road.
Gary: The camaraderie. We shared rooms, cars, food, and chased the same dreams for almost eight years in a true brotherhood. It was an education of life and music that no college could prepare you for. A lot of people wanted to be part of this band of gypsies!
FBC reunion concertWHAT: Former members of the local rock band FBC will get back together to perform.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park
•Brian McCarron: Lead singer, flute, sax, guitar and drums
•Gary “Meatball” McMeekin: Lead guitar and vocals
•Mike Monroe: Keyboards and vocals
•Randy Scarbeary: Drummer
•Wayne Neukom: Lead singer and bass guitar