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HIGH PROFILE: Phillip Jeffery Wallace carried on early legacy of The Rockets when band’s leader retired

Now, almost 25 years later, Phillip Wallace and The Rockets have played their last gig

By Joe Stumpe Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 24, 2018 at 2:22 a.m.

“All we ever wanted was that the variety of music we played touch everybody in the room at least once during the night. And I think this band did that.” - Phillip Wallace

SELF PORTRAIT

Phillip Wallace

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 12, 1960, Newport.

• FAVORITE PERFORMER: Sir Paul McCartney.

• GROWING UP I THOUGHT I WOULD: Travel the world.

• THE ACTOR WHO WOULD PLAY ME IN A MOVIE: Sean Connery.

• I RELAX BY: Watching baseball or reading military history.

• LAST VACATION WAS TO: Great Britain.

• MY FAMILY THINKS I'M: Loyal.

• MY MOST MEMORIAL GIG: Minneapolis for a national health care convention or the private party for the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center.

• GUESTS AT FANTASY DINNER PARTY: Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth II; Paul McCartney; Robert E. Lee; Clarence Darrow; Margaret Thatcher; and my father. He would find a way to hijack the discussion.

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Relentless.

“Every bride and groom we ever played for, I met with them face to face — 260 couples. For most corporate gigs, I tried to do the same. That’s the bes...

The lifespan of local rock bands is usually measured in months or years, not decades. Egos, lousy gigs, day jobs and the tug of other responsibilities eventually trump the thrill musicians find in playing together.

SELF PORTRAIT

Phillip Wallace

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 12, 1960, Newport.

• FAVORITE PERFORMER: Sir Paul McCartney.

• GROWING UP I THOUGHT I WOULD: Travel the world.

• THE ACTOR WHO WOULD PLAY ME IN A MOVIE: Sean Connery.

• I RELAX BY: Watching baseball or reading military history.

• LAST VACATION WAS TO: Great Britain.

• MY FAMILY THINKS I'M: Loyal.

• MY MOST MEMORIAL GIG: Minneapolis for a national health care convention or the private party for the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center.

• GUESTS AT FANTASY DINNER PARTY: Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth II; Paul McCartney; Robert E. Lee; Clarence Darrow; Margaret Thatcher; and my father. He would find a way to hijack the discussion.

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Relentless.

“Every bride and groom we ever played for, I met with them face to face — 260 couples. For most corporate gigs, I tried to do the same. That’s the bes...

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Razrbak says... June 24, 2018 at 8:16 a.m.

“They are definitely the horn mercenaries for the state of Arkansas,” Wallace says. “They basically gave The Rockets the edge over any band in the state and beyond.” BULLCRAP. Ever heard of the band called the Big Damn Horns? I never heard of the Rockets before or say them play at any venue, but the Big Dam Horns have played at RiverFest opening for Chicago and they constantly play at public venues all over the state all the time.

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