"We'd have burlesque dancers onstage with us," says drummer Morgan Young about his decision to leave the Millionaires, a glam band that packed the Casbah, Ken Club, and the Alibi during its three-year run. "A couple of times, we'd have this all-female dance troupe join us onstage. We had lights and fog machines and glitter. A Millionaires show was like a rock-and-roll circus. We were the only band in town doing that. That's why we always sold out."
Young says the band had "run its course. Our last gig was March 5 at the Casbah.... I was over the glitter thing." No more gold lamé jumpsuits, glitter bow ties, or silver platform boots for him.
"I still play that music every Monday at the Zombie Lounge and every Friday at On Broadway, but I like to wear my street clothes onstage." At those clubs' retro DJ nights, Young says AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and Def Leppard are the most often requested, but he'll go back as far as Sweet and Mott the Hoople. Young's other job is as a studio musician/ arranger primarily with singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Marlow.
"I discovered him on myspace.com," says Young. "I insisted he move out here from Arizona and let me work on his demos." Young plays drums in the Andy Marlow Band.
Millionaires founder and front man Russell Hayden, who would wear hot pants and fishnet stockings onstage, says he has no plans to resurrect the Millionaires. He says he wants to concentrate on his job as a stage tech and his role as a family man. ("I'm not interested in the music scene or pop culture anymore," Hayden says.)
Morgan Young appears tonight with former No Knife singer/guitarist Ryan Ferguson at the House of Blues (opening for Tegan and Sara). All ages.