Preteen musicians power Wireless Soul
BY LILLI KUZMA Special to Sun-Times Media July 30, 2013 5:20AM
Northbrook Days, Village Green at Shermer and Meadows roads
Main Stage, 6 p.m. Aug. 3; (Opening for Buckinghams, who play at 8:30 p.m.)
Opening for The Buckinghams
Updated: October 2, 2013 3:18AM
Being the opening act for a famous ’60s band won’t be mentioned on many sixth-graders’ “what I did this summer” essays.
But the members of “Wireless Soul” can write about that, and it would be just one of several impressive gigs they played while school was out.
Vince Minogue of Northbrook (lead guitarist and vocalist) Spencer Lang of Evanston (rhythm guitar and vocals), and Joe Cangelosi of McHenry (drums and vocals), all 11 years old, comprise “Wireless Soul,” performing Aug. 3 at Northbrook Days as opener for The Buckinghams. A fourth 11-year-old — Joe Verdico of Arlington Heights — will join the group on bass at this show in his debut performance with group.
Wireless Soul concentrates its repertoire in popular and hard rock hits like “You Really Got Me” (The Kinks/Van Halen), “T.N.T.” (AC/DC), “I Wanna Be Sedated” (The Ramones), as well as songs by bands like Megadeth, Audioslave, and The White Stripes. A debut album by Wireless Soul of originals and covers is almost finished.
Wireless Soul has the distinction of being the youngest band to ever play live inside the Allstate Arena, and has also performed at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center and the Cubby Bear North. The band took on a busy summer schedule that includes appearances at : the DuPage County Fair, Streamwood Summer Celebration, Wood Dale Harvest Fest, Six Flags Great America, and the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show.
Shortly after they began a year and a half ago, Wireless Soul won “Best Showmanship” at the 2012 “Rock the Green” Battle of Northbrook Youth Bands event. They also won for “most Likes” on Facebook.
So how did this amazing youth rock band form?
“Vince began playing guitar at age seven, acoustic guitar for about a month,” said Claudine Minogue, his mother and also a band publicist, “and for his birthday that year we asked him what he wanted — an electric guitar or a set of golf clubs — and he picked the guitar. He took a rock class at the North Shore Music Institute and when the session ran out, he wanted to continue with a band.”
Vince now studies guitar with guitar virtuoso Dave Uhrich, of Chicago.
“We give the music our full support, which is key, because if the parents aren’t supportive, a band like this can’t move forward,” his mother continued. “I would compare the band’s schedule to being on a travel sports team, probably devoting the same amount of time (for practice and gigs) as a travel soccer team.”
Said Vince: “It’s awesome, the most fun, and I want to share the music with more people.”
Vince, who sports a stylish Razorback guitar, favors an energetic stage presence. “I looked at a lot of other performers and then made my own moves,” he said.
His particular interest in hard and metal rock goes way back.“When I first heard it, I loved it,” he said.
Bandmate and drummer Joe Cangelosi called the summer schedule “busy and fun,” but is the most excited about the Northbrook Days show, “because of the giant stage!” And he says, like any seasoned performer, I like the crowd roaring.”~.