Holy Terrors' Rob Elba Talks Dan Hosker Tribute Show: "He Left Such a Legacy"
How did The Holy Terrors come together?
We met down here in 1984. It's funny. At this point, everyone assumes I come from Boston. I'm from New York. Everyone assumes me and Dan grew up in Boston together, but we totally didn't. When we met in 1984, he moved back to Boston and I went up with him. That was the first time I'd ever been there. We moved back in 1990. That's when we formed The Terrors.
Why did you move back to Miami?
Oh, I know. Why come back down when you've actually escaped. [Laughs]. For me, it was a family thing. When I moved up [to Boston], I got married and had my daughter. My wife really missed her family [in Florida]. I told Dan, "I'm moving back down." And he said, "I'll come back down too."
From '90 to '94 and '95 was really great down here. We just happened to come down when this whole scene started. It was actually better than what we left in Boston. Eventually, it all died, of course.
How did Dan come to be a figure in the experimental music scene? Did you guys have a pre-existing relationship to that sort of stuff down here?
Dan fell in with the weirdos, really. Dan was an amazing guitar player. But when I met him, he couldn't play shit. He sucked. But he never stopped. He never stopped exploring. When we came down here in '90, he started coming into his own.
One band was definitely not enough for Dan. I would play in my band and do my own thing. But Dan would be out every night meeting different people. I hear from people all the time, "Oh, I played with Dan, too!" He spread himself far and wide. When his family came down, they couldn't believe how many people were at his funeral. They knew he was down here and played music. But they had no idea that he left such a legacy.
Dan Hosker Memorial Show. Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. There is a barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. and the music starts at 8:45. Cover costs $5 and all proceeds go to the Dan Hosker Music Continuum. Call 305-757-1807 or visit churchillspub.com.
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