By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The State Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida–December 14, 2017
Zephyrhills band TEER got their start in 1992 by founding members John Teer – drums, Nathan Boone and Shane French, guitarist (also has played with Millennium and Jon Oliva’s Pain). Vocalist Dan Michaels, joined up in 1996, while bassist Frank Bruno is a more recent addition. The band was first signed by Frontiers around 2000, and remain with them, though there were a few inactive years until they reunited in 2013, and they’re back in action again, bringing their melodic hard rock/AOR to the stage in support of one of their biggest influences, Dokken.
Other influences cited are Blue Murder, Whitesnake, TNT, Tesla, Thin Lizzy, Dio, Journey, and Foreigner. Teer recorded several demos and played countless live shows through the 90’s including an annual festival held in Zephyrhills, Florida called “Livestock” held by FM radio station 98 Rock. Teer performed alongside artists such as Slash, Buckcherry and Sammy Hagar at this festival. They played in the U.K. in 1999 and 2000, the ‘Gods of AOR Festival, and toured the U.K. in 2004.
Most of the guys in the band you might pass by and never think “rock musician.” Dan Michaels, especially, looks like he’d be at home in a corporate boardroom – and for all I know, he is! But you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Okay, this is a bit of a detour, but he reminds me of a Modern Family episode where the local pharmacist hits the stage and shocks the crowd by pulling off a spectacular rendition of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” That’s a compliment, by the way, to Dan’s vocal prowess, though the entire band is consummately professional. Drawing from their past albums (a new one is in the works for 2018), songs like “Pride,” “Sadie” and “Devil In Your Eyes,” longtime crowd favorites, kept the crowd going after Undercover Betty’s opening set. I look forward to more activity from this band in the future!