Rolling Stones Tribute Show
Please Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves

Ed Bloom…as “Mick Jagger”– Lead Vocals/Harmonica

An early blues and rock enthusiast, “Krazy Eddie” is the consummate frontman leaving “no stone unturned.”  (No pun intended!) With his flare for showmanship, uncanny “Mick-isms,” costume changes, and boundless energy, Ed fires the audience up every time, making each person feel at home.  It’s been said, “You’ll get tired just watching him!”  Ed is a founding member of Hot Rocks, and is also known as one of the best “Harp” players in the Chicago area!

John Ivan…as “Keith Richards”-Guitar/Vocals

" I will be the best 'Keith'," That's what John said when he joined Hot Rocks in March 2019.  Playing and teaching guitar in many musical styles, flamenco to rock. Band member with 'Off Broadway' and 'Big Guitars From Memphis'.  John really gets into the music and  works the stage, an exciting entertainer who energizes the show. On stage John becomes 'Keith'!

Bobby Koll…as “Brian/Ronnie” – Guitar

With the band since January 2000.  From his blistering guitar licks and hot slide solos, to his brilliant stage charisma, this veteran Chicago axe slinger is “THE essence of ROCK & ROLL.  With keen Rock-A-Billy and blues flavor, a penchant for vintage guitars and amps, this cat rocks like the atomic bomb.  Rocked with Chicago's legendary band -  The Rockaholics.

Carmie Zac as 'Bill Wyman'

Carmie Zac…as “Bill Wyman” – Bass/Background Vocals

Bassman extraordinaire, Carmie joined the band in March 2000.  With Carmie’s diversified tastes in music and some 20+ years of playin’, this dude re-defines the meaning of  “bottom end.”  Carmie also sings potent background vocals and when he’s not playin’ with Hot Rocks, he’s lead singer/frontman for the Chicago based classic rock band, The Detours.

Joe Wejman…as “Charlie Watts” – Drummer

Joe  – the founding father of Hot Rocks is back.  Joe is back after a hiatus from Hot Rocks to pursue writing and performing original music.  Joe has a flair and style that can't be beat.  A drummer who is just as comfortable beating out hard rock and country as he is with Stones - playing drums since he was just a 'kid'. Back since August 2008, Joe commands the drums like he never even left.

Paul Mally as Stu
Paul Mally…as “Ian Stuart” – Keyboards/Background Vocals

Bangin’ those keys since he’s been old enough to breathe, “P.J.” has been on board since the beginning. Whether it’s the boogie/woogie piano solo in “If You Can’t Rock Me,” the B-3 organ fills in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” or the ethereal Melotron sounds of “2000 Light Years From Home,” PJ puts the icing on the cake every time, always making it all sound good! Let’s put it this way, the rock world may have lost the great 'Stu', but thankfully has Paul. When he’s not bangin’ the keys with Hot Rocks, he’s playin’ with Top Dog Band.

James 'Shamus' Bryers "Bobby Keys" - Saxophone

January 27, 2019 was the first show 'Shamus' played sax with Hot Rocks. The show just happened to be at the theater in his old alma mater!  Is that something or what? Playing the sax solo's in favorites such as 'Brown Sugar' and 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' plua many other songs, you think you're hearing 'Bobby Keys' all over again.

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A Footnote In Hot Rocks History

Hot Rocks Rolling Stones Tribute will rock you!
selected by The RollingStones, Martin Scorsese and Paramount Pictures, to represent the Midwest, Hot Rocks presents an all-ages total celebration, theater-like "Rolling Stones" experience with the music, the look, the costumes and energy. Since 1994, Hot Rocks has rocked all types of public and private events including weddings and corporate events throughout the Chicago area and Midwest.  Past special performances include: appearances on WGNTV; sponsored by The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Abbey Road On The River in Cleveland, OH; River Bend Casino in Iowa; Ty Warner (Beanie Babies) Corp. Birthday Party for Ty Warner; McDonald's Volley Ball Tournament Event; Aurora Downtown Alive!; Comiskey Park/Cellular Field in Chicago one week before the "Stones"; Chicago's Green Tie Ball, Chicago's Green Ribbon Rally, Chicago’s HOB, Chicago’s famous Excalibur Nightclub as part of a British Invasion extravaganza; the Pickwick Theatre as part of a 60's revival; Prospect Heights Summerfest; Elmfest; Batavia Fest; Lincoln Ave. Fest; Lake Zurich Fest; St. Bart's Fest; Vernon Hills Fest, Jeff Fest, Polonia Fest, Chicago British Consulate, Toyota Park, Experien Corp Event, Navy Pier, Hard Rock Cafe, Marquette MI Fest, Indianpolis State Fair, plus many others with club and casino shows in-between (too many to list here), and a few Pig Roasts thrown in for flavor. With audiences over 10,000, Hot Rocks Rolling Stones ‘Odyssey Tour’ continues to entertain you with exciting performances. 

Meet Hot Rocks:  

Ed Bloom as ‘Mick’ –Vocals/Harmonica; John Ivan as ‘Keith – Guitar/Vocals;  Bobby Koll as ‘Brian/Ronnie’ – Guitar; Carmie Zac as ‘Bill’ – Bass Guitar/Vocals – Joe Wejman as ‘Charlie’ – Drums; Paul Mally as ‘Stu’ – Keyboard/Vocals - James 'Shamus' Bryers as 'Bobby Keys' - saxophone.

We thank the Rolling Stones for the years of great music, all of the venues, agents and YOU, the audience, for helping us create a live 'Stones' experience.

See YOU at the next show!



Gary Cremeiux…as “Charlie” – Drums
August 2008 - Gary – had to leave Hot Rocks due to  job related travel requirements and to spend more time with his family
- he will sit-in from time to time - we will miss him at the shows. A working drummer since he was 12 years old, and an avid jazz fanatic like 'Charlie' himself,
came on board in March 2000, Gary is the glue that holds this band together.   He rocks like a champion, playing with impeccable timing and textures.
The beat from this "well oiled machine" will make you just wanna get up and boogie!

Chris Minardi as 'Keith'
Chris Minardi…as “Keith”-Guitar/Vocals
 The “Keith,” migrated to Hot Rocks from the defunct “Sticky Fingerz” in July 1996 and has never looked back.
A guitar fanatic, and aficionado of music from the entire rock era. Playing “open tuned” rhythms and fiery guitar licks,
Chris fuels the tunes with “Stonezy” guitar chemistry utilizing the three basic food groups of guitar: vintage “Tele,Strat, and Les Paul.” 
When he’s not playin’ with Hot Rocks, Chris plays a solo acoustic act called “One Man Jam.”
Note: Sept. 28, 2018 was Chris Minardi's last show with Hot Rocks. After 22 yrs with Hot Rocks, he's decided to try different things.
We will miss our 'Keith' and wish him well in his next adventures!