The Retro Rockets
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The year was 1955, and we were starting the 7th grade. The bus arrived. It looked different, with lots of chrome, and white sidewall tires. The driver looked like Chuck Berry. "Y'all git on," he said...and we did. The bus was crowded with older people, and then they started singing. "Pop" artists sang love songs. Quartets sang catchy tunes, And, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, and Chuck introduced us to something new called Rock and Roll. The bus would pick up more riders. Elvis, Buddy Holly, James Brown...even the "genius," Ray Charles. We never got off that bus.
So now the Retro Rockets return to earth, bringing back the joys and the bittersweet emotions of that wonderful bus ride. And, they have no idea how we are affected. Loves found and lost, memories of departed friends, and those special years in school are suddenly recalled. You see it in the misty eyes of the audience and dancers, who are overwhelmed by the accurate and very professional presentation. You all all very meaningful to us, like a family. We all thank you from our hearts.
Bob and Pam Wandres
Tulsa Central High School, '61 & "62
The Retro Rockets, once well known in pure myth, have made their earthly re-entry thru an almost believable portal of rock 'n' roll revivalist history.
Band member and international space exchange correspondent Cosmonaut Ivan Davidovic explains: "The Retro Rockets were a secret division of the USO who were sent to Skylab in 1976 to entertain the astronauts. However, on the return flight, a freak solar storm created a time dilation, which threw the crew forward into the future of 2018. The Retro Rocketeers realized this conundrum but are still only aware of history from their origin point. Hence talk of Space Food Sticks, Billy Beer, Tang and Grit newspapers sometimes happen during between song patter.
Part of the delirium they experienced in this mind whacking re-entry created a confusion that led to them to actually believe (and perform live) as a once famous local band known as Eddie & the Ecclectics. The fact that several of these Rocketeers once were in the Ecclectics nostalgia show only furthered the confusion.
Upon their return they were taken in by Studio 308 in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they encamped and continued rehearsing and performing the songs so memorable that no mental detachment can ever shed. Once while remodeling the studio for their monthly performances, they tore down a wall and found a poster from the 70s of Eddie & the Ecclectics. That epiphany moment caused a cosmic jolt that brought it all back. They remembered they are the Retro Rockets - on a mission to spread the virtues of Space Age Rock 'n' Roll to the masses.
Besides their monthly Studio 308 appearances, the Retro Rockets are fully trained for service at reunions, corporate events, space launchings, festivals, cruises (both on sea and in space), drive in theaters, mall openings and Presidential balls.
Join Commander Buck Zenith and his loyal crew Capt. Cal Corona, Admiral Aurora Armstrong, Lt. Lana Luna, Sargent Cyndy Silver, Corporal Lug Wingnut, Midshipman Jerry Miles, Bosun Jimson Diddlyson and their commie space buddy Ivan Davidovic for a journey thru rollicking and most enjoyable Rock 'n' Roll time and history.