Everyone who loves live rock music, from classic rock to pop-punk, embraces the legacy of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick.
Those Men Inside My Brain, whose name comes from the song Dream Police, brings the music of a sensational on-the-rise Cheap Trick to today’s stage.
Allow Those Men To Introduce Himselves!
Hailing from Cleveland and formed in 2018, Dan Loy (bass), Chris Noble, (drums), Pete Ortenzi (guitar) and Blair Cameron (vocals) bring the sensational music of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick to today’s audiences. Iconic songs like I Want You to Want Me, Surrender, Dream Police, and Ain’t That a Shame are synonymous with rock concerts and festival stages and Those Men Inside My Brain play them with the energy, wit, and edge of a young Cheap Trick emerging onto the late 70s rock scene.
Those Men Inside My Brain, whose name comes from the refrain in the song Dream Police, is rooted in Cheap Trick’s early music, beginning with its smashing debut record in 1977, because there is something exhilarating about a band on the rise. Cheap Trick’s stardom is legendary, and once America found out who they were, it became impossible to imagine a rock concert any other way. It is that moment in time that TMIMB brings forward – the “built-to-rocked-live” repertoire, the punk-edged irreverence, and the relentless power-pop delivery!
Those Men Inside My Brain don’t consider themselves a strict note-for-note tribute because the musical landscape and the songs themselves have evolved over the past 40+ years. “Our tribute,” explains Dan, “is to infuse the songs with some fresh energy and insight for longtime fans and new audiences alike.” He continues, “Those Men Inside My Brain are very much our own band, we each play from our own personalities and influences, but when someone hears a song like Big Eyes for the first time or hundredth, it’s a reminder that great rock-n-roll is timeless and Cheap Trick is the reason.”
Maybe you were with Cheap Trick from the very beginning, lucky enough to find them before the Budokan album, or found them because you love the bands that inspired them (Beatles, Yardbirds, Slade, the Move, etc.). Perhaps you discovered them through the multitude of rock bands they’ve played with (from AC/DC to ZZTop and everyone between), or because of countless bands they have influenced (Poison, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Okay GO! just to name a few). Maybe you are just hearing for the first time about “the magnetism of Robin Zander, the charisma of Rick Nielsen, and the tunes, don’t forget the tunes, da-na-na-na-na-na-na." Whatever brought you to this site, Those Men Inside My Brain asks the same question Cheap Trick asks in the first line of the first song at every concert:
"Are you ready to rock? Are you ready or not?"
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MEET THE BAND
Those Men Inside My Skin
Blair Cameron (singer)
Before Blair joined the group, he was living on a mountain way down over in Australia. Well, rainbows crawled across a mid-day sun, and now we all think he's number one! Blair loves singing the edgier songs like He's A Whore and Big Eyes as much as he likes crooning the hits.
Pete Ortenzi (guitar)
When Pete plays Rick Nielsen's dazzling guitar riffs, you'd swear even his fingers have little bow ties! He especially likes I Want You To Want Me and Ain't That A Shame because there are two solos in each song.
Chris Noble (drums)
He's the beater of the tom toms, the smacker of the snare drum, the sounder of the cymbals, the lifter of the quilts, and the drinker of the ale. That's Chris Noble! His favorite songs to play are Downed, High Roller, and Lookout.
Dan Loy (bass)
Every once in a while, an internet poll goes around asking, "which is the best of Cheap Trick's first five records?" Dan always replies, "Its a five-way tie for number one!" All of the songs are so much fun to play, especially California Man, Hot Love, and Dream Police, which tie all the others for number one.