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doing a sound check, and we’ll say it doesn’t sound right. Then we do the moves while we play. And it sounds great.” What seems astonishing is that the band never

practices and never socializes. They do their jobs, they have their lives, and then there they are – together on stage. “It’s like riding a bicycle,” Bob explains. “We do

the same songs in the same order. It’s a professional presentation. We don’t even have any nervousness before

we go on. I guess it’s because we’ve been doing it so long, and it’s always worked.” When they’re on stage, he says, they all seem to be

able to shut out everything else that’s going on in their lives. They get lost in the music, in the adrenalin, in “the pure joy you get when you see people smiling, dancing, pointing, watching --- just having a great time.” Nothing, Bob says, can break through that until the show is over and it’s time to go home. “We’ll be driving away and you’d swear it’s four

different guys. We’re going back to real life. The ‘other’ is no longer real. It’s over.” The band doesn’t need much promotion. It has been

around for long enough that almost everyone has heard of it. “It just kind of runs itself now,”

says Bob, who is also its chief organizer and manager. “We don’t go looking for work, but the phone rings all the time.” Even though they don’t rehearse,

they are in touch, usually by email. They check the web site to see where they have to be next. “We’re really lucky,” Bob says, “to

have come up with an idea and to be tenacious in sticking to it.” The idea is expanding a bit, however.

Eddy and the Stingrays are still devoted to old 50s rock ‘n’ roll, but they’re aware that their audience is aging. And so they’re moving with the times, so to speak. They sing 60s rock, too. And in the latter part of a performance, they don tie-dyed shirts and sing songs from the 70s.

Bob doesn’t call their music “great”.

But he knows it’s fun to listen to. “There are fantastic musicians out

there,” he says. “I don’t think we’re great, but we’re great at what we do. Let’s say there’s more to us than you might think at a casual glance.” He says he knows they’re not the

Eagles and they’re not April Wine, and that’s okay. “We’re not going to Nashville,”

he says, “and we don’t aspire to. We won’t ‘make it’ in that sense, and we absolutely don’t care. We like things exactly as they are.”

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