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Interview:
The Upbeat: Rattlesnake Shake
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Formed: Circa 2001 in St. Clair Shores as a tribute to the first generation of Fleetwood Mac.

Sound: Blues and rock

Members: Danny Methric, guitar and vocals (Ferndale); Brett Lucas, guitar and vocals (Detroit); Tony DeNardo, bass (St. Clair Shores); Todd Glass, drums (Royal Oak). Influences: Fleetwood Mac 1967-70.

Day Jobs: Methric works at the Cadieux Cafe. Glass is a licensed massage therapist. Lucas and DeNardo are full-time musicians, and all four members play in a variety of other bands, including the Muggs, the Rumpshakers, the Paybacks, Grievous Angel, RSS, Black Irish and MegaWeedge. Lucas has also toured with soul singer Bettye LaVette. What’s In a Name? The group took its moniker from a song written by Peter Green and released on Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 album “Then Play On.”

Oh Well: Methric says Rattlesnake Shake came from a basement jam among friends, during which they had “one big conversation about how much we liked Fleetwood Mac.” The early Fleetwood Mac, however. “Yeah, it’s amazing how many people ask, ‘Do you guys do ‘Rumours?’ Who are the girls in the band?’ ‘No, it’s Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.’ ‘Peter who ... ?’ ”

Big Mac: Methric says part of the tribute band’s mission is to turn people on to the less-celebrated early period of Fleetwood Mac’s career. “People still think Santana wrote ‘Black Magic Woman.’ They think the Rockets wrote ‘Oh Well.’ We’re trying to spread the word and show people who these guys were and how special that band was.”

Hear ’em: Though a couple of homemade audio and video recordings exist, Rattlesnake Shake has not released a formal CD or DVD. “We tell ’em, ‘You like it? Go buy this record. Go buy that record ... Go buy Fleetwood Mac stuff and hear it from the masters who did it,’ ” Methric says. “We’re just trying to recreate the experience and the music.”

See ’em: Rattlesnake Shake performs with Black Irish on Dec. 19 at the Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux

Road, Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

Call (313) 882-8560 or visit www.cadieuxcafe.com.

Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/rattlesnakeshake detroit

Web Site: www.myspace.com/rattesnakeshakedetroit

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