WANT TO GO?
With Beta Wolf
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8
TICKETS: $35, $45 and $50
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rock 'n' roll isn't dead, rocker Grant Arnow says, but it's sure having a tough time right now.
"It's just not in vogue," the singer bemoaned. "I've got lots of friends jumping on the DJ bandwagon."
Arnow, who fronts Beta Wolf, said there's nothing wrong with electronic music. It's popular right now, and he likes it, but following a trend isn't what Beta Wolf is about.
He said, "I think it takes quite a bit of courage to say, 'We want to be in a rock band. We want to do something that's fresh and unique.'"
Beta Wolf, which opens for Daughtry at the Clay Center on Aug. 8, is not Arnow's first rock band. Not so long ago, he and guitarist Sergio Ruelas were part of another band, called Takota and, in the beginning, he said, they really thought they had a shot at being something.
They had a major record deal. They were touring the country -- but they were going nowhere.
"It's the typical story you hear," Arnow said. "Band gets signed to a record deal but then, three years later, you're still working on the same record."
The group disintegrated. Band members went in one direction or another. Arnow and Ruelas decided to start a new band.