In 1971, Mike Dapcevich bought his first guitar, a Sears Silvertone which was twenty dollars brand new. Back in the 70s he played in two bands with a Gibson Les Paul Standard. His last live gig before, as he put it, “disco killed the gigging band,” was in 1979 at Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska.
In 1971, Mike Dapcevich bought his first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, which was twenty dollars band new. Back in the '70s, he played in two bands with a Gibson Les Paul Standard. His last live gig before creating The Colorado Cruisers Band was in 1979 at the Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska for a Battle of the Bands contest.
When Mike’s brother, Curtis Goldbach, relocated to Colorado from Anchorage, Alaska late in October 2008 the idea of forming a band accelerated. In January of 2009, Mike, and Curtis began playing music out of Mike’s house, and Mike says the magic was there instantly. It was at this point, when they were becoming more serious about the music, that Mike sold one of his classic cars to purchase three Crown XTi amps, six JBL P.A. Cabs with matching monitors, a pearl drum set, and other miscellaneous stage gear. The purchase of band equipment provided the band a way to set up and perform anywhere.
Mike’s earliest guitar influences were: Walter Becker, Rossington Collins, Tom Johnston, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Jimmy Page. His later guitar influences include: Jeff Beck, Tommy Shaw, Tom Sholtz, Eddie Van Halen, Phil Cullen, and Slash. “It’s too bad the younger guitarists in the last ten years, or so, rely predominately on power chords; I don’t see any real guitar heroes out there,” Mike says. “Most of the leads you hear are complementary, melodic background fill and not the rip-roaring ‘LISTEN TO ME, DAMNIT’ guitar solos I grew up with.”
Mike’s currently uses a 1972 Geddy Lee Signature Fender Jazz Bass and is powered by an AMPEG SVT Classic amp pushing six ten-inch cab speakers in his AMPEG SVT Classic cabinet.
Biggest musical influence: “Growing up I remember my mother would crank up Motown, Elvis, and The Beatles on every day but Saturday when we had to listen to classical music.”
First 45 records: One Bad Apple and ABC.
First LP: Bachman Turner Overdrive II.
First Eight Track: Chicago IV.
First Cassette: “Fandango” by ZZ Top.
Favorite musical group: Steely Dan.
Musical Favorites: [1970s] Wings, Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Led Zeppelin; [1980s] Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Guns & Roses; [1990s] Nirvana and Green Day; [2000s] Train, 3 Doors Down, and Green Day.
Best Live Concert: Led Zeppelin in 1977; Journey in 1985; and Def Leppard in 1987. Mike says, “I can’t just pick one, they all had mind-boggling perfection!”
Favorite Quote: “This is rock and roll, not a jazz band!” – Joe Elliot.
Previous Band: Four Wheel Drive, circa 1977-1979.
Closet fan of: Rick Springfield and Michael Jackson