The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week are The Muggs

photo by Doug CoombeThe Muggs are a three piece blues rock band hailing from Detroit, Michigan. The Muggs formed in 2000 with all three members: Danny Methric on guitar & lead vox, Tony DeNardo on bass guitar & backing vox and Matt Rost on drums.

From February 2000 through September 2001, the Muggs enjoyed playing many shows gaining the hearts of fans throughout metro Detroit. However, this was short lived after DeNardo suffered a stroke at 28 years old which nearly ended his young life. As fairy tales go, DeNardo was able to rejoin the band almost exactly two years from that fateful day in September 2003. This time, he was playing his bass lines on a Fender Rhodes piano through a bass amplifier. The result……..the Muggs are back in business!

In August 2004, the Muggs were signed to indie label Times Beach Records and in July 2005, the band released their self titled LP, “the Muggs”. The band worked with Dodge in 2005 and 2006 sponsoring their Charger on line with three songs, “Need Ya Baby”, “Gonna Need My Help” and “Rollin’ B-Side Blues”. In January 2007, they were on PBS(aired in the entire nation of Canada & all of Michigan) for a one hour live concert and documentary as part of a rock and roll series called “Rock n’ Roll Safari”. Also, in January 2007, the Muggs toured in Spain for two weeks.

Later that year in August 2007, the Muggs were selected to audition for the Fox T.V. show, “The Next Great American Band” and were selected to the Top 12 out of 10,000+ applicants. The band were on “The Next Great American Band” for four episodes and got to play two originals for the entire nation to see. “Should’ve Learned My Lesson” off the Muggs
first LP, and “Slow Curve” off their “yet to be released” 2nd LP.

The Muggs won Riff 2’s (local WRIF on line radio) “Best Rock Band of the Year 2007” award in February 2008 and released their 2nd LP, entitled “On With The Show” on May 9th 2008. The Muggs teamed up with Dodge in 2008 yet again for a promotional comp cd entitled, “Out of Detroit & into Dodge”. “Need Ya Baby” off the Muggs 1st LP, is the song Dodge selected to be on the compilation. Dodge pressed 100,000 CD’s to go over to Europe and into Dodge Dealerships. Lucky new EU buyers of Dodge automobiles get the comp cd!

At the 2008 Detroit Music Awards, the Muggs won “Outstanding Rock Artist/Group” and Danny Methric, guitarist/lead singer of the Muggs won “Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist” for his electric guitar playing!

On May 9th, 2008 the Muggs released their 2nd LP entitled, “On With The Show”! The Muggs currently have 60,000+ fans on http://www.myspace.com/themuggs. In the August 2008 issue of Classic Rock Magazine, the Muggs review of “On With The Show” received an 8/10! The Muggs have opened for countless classic rock and various national acts including Mountain, Robin Trower, Cactus, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, Johnny Lang, Candlebox, North Mississippi Allstars, the Verve Pipe, Electric Six, & the Detroit Cobras.

In December 2008, the Muggs were listed as ‘the 100 HOT Unsigned Bands’ in Music Connection Magazine.

You can order all the Muggs CDs and merch that your little hearts desire at http://www.themuggs.com/merch.

And to get you going here is a free MP3 of Get It On for your rock and roll fix this week courtesy of the band and The Rock and Roll Report!