Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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18 Summer 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine summer at Rockin' on the River in East Fay- etteville on July 19 and at the Salt Bar on Emerald Isle on Aug. 30. "I wouldn't trade it for nothing," he said. "I don't have a 401k. I pretty much gave up my life for the band." Hence, Shrimp Mate. It's not all that diŠerent, really, for Mi- chael Connell, who in his second year in law school back in 1984 teamed with his brother, David, and formed 'e Connells, whose breakout hit "'74-'75" in 1995 climbed to No. 14 in the United Kingdom and became a Top 10 MTV Europe music video (Albeit, it was less successful in the States.) A Euro- pean tour ensued. "Budapest to Dublin to lots of points in between," Connell, on an afternoon break from his law practice as a worker compensa- tion attorney, said from his Raleigh home. 'e song even hit platinum — in Norway. "It doesn't take a lot to go platinum in Norway," he said. "It's the same ratio, but maybe 20,000 in sales. … We got lucky with that song for sure." Just the night before, Connell and the 2019 version of 'e Connells played at Vollis Simpson Whirlygig Park — with its gigantic kinetic sculptures — in Wilson, the band's ¡rst gig in many months since drummer Rob Ladd was recuperating from an automobile accident, he said. "'e songs we played so many times fall back into place pretty quickly," he said of a gig that was preceded by only two rehearsals. "I enjoyed last night a lot. … I'm reminded of why I started doing it in the ¡rst place." Continued on Page 20 kk PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB KARP Charley, the Connell family's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, listens in as Michael Connell plays a piece SJXLIFERH´WLMXVIGSVH±´´²WEMHXSXIPPXLIWXSV]SJVIYRMXMRK[MXLSPHWGLSSPJVMIRHWERHVIZMWMXMRKPMJIEW a young person. Above and below you can view some of the musician's memorabilia on his rec room walls. Watch this video of The Connells MR&SRR+IVQER]XLILIMKLX SJXLIMV)YVSTIERWYGGIWW https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ls-b2qO3WOY

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