Every holiday has a hero.
Well, sort of.
Bare cherubs in (questionable) favor aside, celebrating the unwavering devotion to the Grand Strand’s favorite cover band is what’s happening this Valentine’s Day at The Dead Dog Saloon.
Getting the party started at 8 p.m., The Mullets will perform at their own birthday bash to commemorate a milestone of many years – three decades strong and still rocking – on the day everyone wants to be like Cupid.
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“We’re expecting a big crowd,” said Bob O’Connor, founding member of The Mullets. “We have friends flying in from all over.”
Fans are invited to join the celebration as O’Connor (guitar, vocals), Terry Amaker (guitar, vocals) Russ Flack (drums), Tom Smith (bass, vocals) and Jack Willits (sound man and singer) share the spotlight on love’s night with music and melodies that have led to the band being touted as the Grand Stand’s favorite cover band.
O’Connor’s son Casey, 26, is expected to join in on a set or two.
“Casey can play a mean blues-harmonica,” his dad said proudly.
The Mullets first performed on love’s holiday in 1984 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
“The person who got us all together for our first gig is Phyllis Tanner Frye. She is a singer-songwriter who lives in Murrells Inlet,” O’Connor explained. “We’ve only gone through one change with a bass player in 30 years – when Smith replaced our original bass player, Dave Gifford, in 1994.”
No strangers to publicity, O’Connor jokingly said “We’re (a bit) over-exposed,” adding “(but) it’s been a lot of fun.”
A band of five guys with day jobs who’ve made their way on the Strand while making a name, O’Connor also noted “entertaining is so much weirder these days; you look out into a crowd and see feet tapping with faces fixed on phones.”
Faces that, O’Connor said, “range in age from 20-something to the social-security-collecting crowd.”
With careers to complete the daily grind, The Mullets are content to keep the local weekend gigs going.
“We had a CD come out in the late 1990s,” said O’Connor, who didn’t mention plans for another.
O’Connor also explained their play list at performances always includes “five or six ‘dead songs.’ ”
“We’re from the rock ‘n’ roll era, Woodstock, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones …” O’Connor said.