FENDER BENDER

FENDER BENDER IS A SIX-PIECE COVER BAND FROM THE TWIN CITIES AREA OF MINNESOTA. THEIR REPERTOIRE SPANS ROCK, COUNTRY, POP, AND BLUES. THEY PLAY ANYTHING THEY WANT TO AND ANYTHING YOU WILL DANCE TO.

BAND MEMBERS

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MATT “MATTY ICE” THIELE

Lead vocals

Matt has been singing his whole life. Growing up, he took 9 years of voice lessons and performed in choir, musicals and other singing groups. Matt has been a vocalist for many bands including: Radio Flyer, Load Bearing Poster, Mirror Image and 253.

When he’s not singing, Matt likes yoga, Surly Furious, camping, hunting, laughing, watching the Vikings and “Step Brothers” with his son, Alex, and playing Legos with his daughter, Olivia. He is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo; a nine-time Minnesota State Champion and one-time National Champion.

Favorite Artists: Counting Crows, U2, Eric Hutchinson, Jason Mraz, Eric Church

 

DAVE “CUE BALL” THIELE

Bass, Backup vocals

Dave has played in several bands over the years including his church’s worship band. He grooves on a Fender P Bass Special and can fly his fingers over a six-string as well. He is handsome, highly intelligent, and humble with a kind and gentle spirit.

Dave is a true Renaissance man: a legend in his own mind. He likes sunsets, long walks on the beach, fast cars and cold beer. Women love Cue Ball, and men want to be like him. His pride and joy are his seven grandchildren and his beautiful wife, Renee. That’s right, ladies! He’s taken.

Favorite Artists: The Beach Boys, Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Chris Daughtry

JESS “FLO” DOFFING

Keys, Vocals

Jess has participated in multiple choirs, musicals, worship bands, variety shows and showchoir performances. She even got a concussion during a rehearsal on a cruise ship. A guy hit her in the head with his Heelys (shoes with wheels) during an acrobatic trick, and she hasn’t been the same since.

Jess isn’t sure how she ended up being the only young woman in an old fogies’ band, but she hopes to get discovered in the process.

Favorite Artists: Coldplay, Angels & Airwaves, Ed Sheeran, Switchfoot, Relient K, City of the Weak

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ROB “THE DOCTOR” YOUNG

Lead guitar, Vocals

Rob has played in many bands throughout his life. In the ‘80s, he played with The Stingrays, a high-energy ‘50s/‘60s rock show that performed across the five-state Midwest area. They were backup musicians for Tommy Roe, Johnny Tillotson, and Bobby Vee. They opened for Jan and Dean and The Guess Who.

In the ‘90s, Rob formed The High Tops who were awarded “Best Dance Band” by the Minnesota Ballroom Operator’s Association. Rob and his wife, Lorri, love to motorcycle and spend time with friends and family.

Favorite Artists: The Beach Boys, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gordon Lightfoot 

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LUKE “SKYFOX” THIELE

Drums

Luke was exposed to rock music at an early age by his father, which molded him into the legend he is today. Bands like Rush, Styx and Van Halen influenced him to shape each song into a masterpiece of rock fury. Over the last 16 years, he has drummed with bands like Catalyst and Vendetta, which have all gone absolutely nowhere. Probably his fault, but it’s hard to say.

Playing with various worship bands helped Luke tone down his chaotic tendencies, and now Fender Bender has allowed him to unleash his inner rocker without ridicule. While Luke shreds the drums, you can expect an attitude of spontaneous unpredictability and a tendency to ride “the line”.

Favorite artists: Styx, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Toto, Van Halen

RANDY “MOONDOG” THIELE

Rhythm guitar, Backup vocals

Randy joined the band after he lost his job as a trapeze flyer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when they shut down in 2017. He used to be a decent quarterback and since throwing a football and playing guitar are similar in numerous ways, he’s also a decent guitar player (just don’t ask him to play lead).

Randy is married to Fender Bender’s #1 Groupie, Sandy, who was basically forced into the role. Randy has three kids he has helped put through college, including Luke (stud on the drums). Therefore, he hopes that Fender Bender will eventually turn a modest profit.

Favorite Artists: Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, most classic rock bands

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