My parents bought me a guitar when I was 12. The Beatles and the Stones were top of the charts and I tried to copy what they were doing vocally, and started learning a few chords from a Beatles book. I always wanted to be in a band, but I was too into sports. I didn't have a clue how to put a group together.
When I met Pete Culverhouse at Trent U., Pete was a lead guitar player and needed another vocalist and rhythm guitar player to start a band. Pete really taught me how to play. We formed Mona's Boys, and had a lot of good times. I traveled west in a van in 1980, and ended up in Edmonton for 5 years. During this time, I played in a folk band, and then formed a rock band in law school. We broke up when I graduated.
When I moved back to Ontario in 1985, Pete and I revived Mona's Boys with Eric Jonasson on keyboards, and my brother Pete Cox on drums. We played the GTA bar scene until 1995. Eric and I have been playing together for 31 years.
I met Darren in 1995 and I couldn't believe that a guy this talented was not performing. Darren came out to a practice one night in 1997, and although he doesn't know it, he was in the band after the first song.
When Pete moved to France in 2002, and my brother moved up north, we were fortunate to find Jimmy Sutcliffe to play bass. He is our voice of reason.
This band has gone through a number of incarnations over the years. This past year was particularly sad, losing our founding member Pete Culverhouse in December 2012, and then best friend Eric Swan in April 2013. I am left with great memories about how these two performers could really rock out.
And the current band continues with a group of friends that love playing classic rock. I think the passion comes across in the sound.