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Talking with 60's rock Band The Invictas, still rocking after all these years

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During the 60’s, The Invictas (based out of Rochester, NY) had fan clubs, police escorts and a hit record and dance known as The Hump. The band wore English riding boots, drove a 1955 Cadillac hearse and thousands of fans would mob events where they played. Today, some 40 years later, and the band has reunited and is rocking thousands of baby boomers and young families. The Associated Press did a feature article on the band that appeared in newspapers across America. NBC’s TODAY show did a story when The Invictas played with the Beach Boys. The band has even had young girls screaming at the front of the stage again and yes, there’s another hearse. When The Invictas take the stage, the show is all about having fun and creating excitement. Herb Gross, the original lead singer of the band does a Mick Jagger type performance running from one end of the stage to the other singing and dancing with the crowd. Jim Kohler, the original bass player gets on top of his amp and rocks the crowd, and Dave Hickey the original drummer puts his shades on and lays down a good solid drum beat just like he did during the 60’s. Three of the four original Invictas are on stage, all in the 60’s. Cracker Jack musicians augment the band like Dave Profeta on lead guitar, guitarist Dick Callari and on keyboards there’s Sam Gruttadauria. As a result of the band playing and seeing the reaction of the crowds, Herb decided to write a book about the band entitled Rock Till Ya Drop.

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