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Speedy Greasy and Rocket 455/Orpheum Theatre

Raw rock and roll heading to Orpheum

September 22, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Fans of straightforward, raw rock and roll will get a heavy dose of it Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

Detroit bands Speedy Greasy and Rocket 455 are making a mini-tour of the Upper Peninsula, and are stopping by the Orpheum.

Speedy Greasy is composed of four veteran musicians - Craig Marrerro on guitar and lead vocals, Rob Dey on guitar and vocals, Chris Kro on bass and vocals and Mike Latulippe on drums and vocals - that decided to form a band in 2007 and have been playing together off and on since.

"We got together to jam, and Rob and Craig had some songs from a previous band, and we just started working those out," Latulippe said. "We were together for about three years, then we took a little break, but we came back together in October of last year and recorded a single."

Speedy Greasy mostly plays original rock and roll songs, but will dust off a cover or two by bands like The Who, The Black Keys and The Passions.

"People can expect a good time with high volume, some loud rock and roll," Latulippe said.

The other band on the marquee, Rocket 455, was part of the late 1990s rock and roll scene that spawned The White Stripes. Although the band broke up in 1999, they recently reunited and are playing a handful of shows.

"They were just always a really great show, high-energy, and it was always a great party when they played," Latulippe said of Rocket 455. "Rocket was one of those bands made up of a group of soon-to-be veteran musicians, a small group of people in the Detroit circuit in this style of rock and roll."

Also playing at the show will be Electric Park/Boone Fiala.

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