The Great Escape
Bob Wheeler (Bass and Vocals)
Bob Wheeler, bass player and backing vocalist in the band, started playing bass
around the age of 16 when he and some high school friends wanted to start a band.
Bass was the only instrument left that was needed in the band so Bob gave it a shot
and picked it up fairly quickly. Self-teaching himself and having a good ear for
music Bob was able to learn the cover songs that the band wanted to play.
Initially just playing cover songs the band eventually started writing original
music and performed live throughout many of the popular venues at the time in and
around Boston, including The Channel, The Paradise, Bunratty's and The Rockpile.
After a few years the band eventually broke up, Bob played in a few more bands but
nothing that matched the success of his first band so Bob decided to take a break
from the live music scene. A few years later Bob's first band tried to get back
together but the music styles had changed so much (from 80s rock to 90s alternative)
that the band knew it wasn't going to work out. At that point Bob pretty much hung
up the bass and figured his time of performing and playing music was done.
About 10 years later Bob got the itch to pick up the bass again and just wanted to
find some people who wanted to get together and jam, nothing serious. During this
time of seeking out people to play with Bob found an ad for auditions for a bass
player in a Journey Tribute Band. Journey was always one of Bob's favorite bands
so the thought of playing their music live interested him. That tribute band and
audition never happened but he kept that idea in his head.
Eventually Bob found himself playing in a cover band and when that band was holding auditions for a singer Jason (The Great Escape's lead singer) was one of the people to come down. The cover band played a couple Journey songs and to hear Jason sing them was amazing. Bob and Jason got to talking about a Journey band and after some back and forth they decided to give it a shot and eventually put the band together that consists of the same original players that make up The Great Escape today.