Birthday: September 10
From/Currently: Henderson, Nevada
Instrument: Drums, Vocals
Hobbies, Interests, Pets:
The only member of the band to actually be born in Southern Nevada, Kelly began playing the drums around the sixth grade when he acquired his first snare drum and began playing percussion in the school band. Initially pushed into piano lessons at an early age, his parents recognized the much stronger desire to play drums and bought him his first drum set. That obsession for drumming led Kelly to play and practice constantly, with his dreams of performing and making music not allowing him to let up.
Kelly studied percussion and music theory throughout high school and college while playing with friends and forming bands to perform with. Eventually he moved to Southern California and began playing in various clubs around the San Diego area as well as the Del Mar Fair. He also landed a gig in one of the original house bands at Sea World for their Summer Nights program.
Kelly moved back to Las Vegas and began playing in a growing music scene that had him performing in the hottest clubs in town, including Paradise Alley, The Main Gate, Club Rock, and the infamous Calamity Jane’s, just to name a few.
His early schooling in piano and his studies in music theory came to good use when his interest in playing guitar began to grow, and his rhythmic abilities caused him to excel on not just the guitar, but playing bass as well… forming him into an exceptionally well-rounded musician. He has played rhythm and lead guitar in several bands, and currently plays bass in the U2 tribute band U2LV, along with his Burn Unit bandmates, David and Rich.
Once bitter adversaries in the Las Vegas convention industry, Kelly formed an unlikely alliance and strong friendship with Roger Stevenson when a bass player was needed for Burn Unit in it’s early development. Up to that point, they were not even aware of each others musical ambitions! What resulted was a rock-solid foundation for the current lineup to grow on… the most important ingredient for a great rock and roll band.