FBC reunion concert
WHAT: 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
From about 1975 to 1983, the FBC band was one of the area’s most popular local rock groups.
Members split up, however, went their separate ways and haven’t played together publicly since — until this Saturday.
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!