|Birthday: August 12
Home: Las Vegas, Nevada
From: Detroit, Michigan
Instrument: Bass Guitar
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Roger had quite a mixed bag of musical influences while growing up in Detroit during the 60’s and 70’s, ranging from Ted Nugent to Smokey Robinson. Musicians in the Detroit area were often rotating in and out of bands fronted by the likes of Nugent, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper (then Vincent Fournier), and many others. Roger thrived in that scene, and learned a lot about the business side of music as well as how to survive on the road at a very early age.
Not too long before that, Roger experienced the defining moment of witnessing Led Zeppelin in concert. “I almost lost my mind,” Roger says. “I knew I had to play music from that moment on.” It didn’t take long for him to learn how to handle a bass, and within a few years, he was performing in a variety of bands playing rock and roll, R&B, and funk in clubs from Detroit to Miami and everywhere in between.
The disco era of the mid/late 70’s came at the right time for Roger, as earning a living and raising a family became priority for the next couple decades. That didn’t, however, stop the family from enjoying a variety of places to call home. They moved from Detroit to Phoenix in the late 70’s, went further west to Huntington Beach after a few years, and back eastward to New Orleans in ‘89 before settling in Las Vegas in 1993.
Roger feels fortunate to have had opportunities over the years to stay involved in playing music and have played with many very talented musicians. Now, with his daughter and two sons grown up and leading successful lives of their own, Roger continues to perform music with Burn Unit and can never wait to get out on any stage with the intent of putting on a great, highly professional, yet extremely fun performance.