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“We’re here to make a stand for all who have been picked on, kicked on, but never licked on,” says singer/guitarist Eugene Over. His band the Pocket Protectors takes its sound from ’80s Freedom Rock albums and its look from Revenge of the Nerds.

The band’s offbeat arrangements take on everything from bloated rock operas to reedy-voiced ballads. According to Over, “Although ‘Mr. Roboto’ [Styx], ‘Beat It’ [Michael Jackson], and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ [Prince] absolutely kill, our medley of the wimpiest ’80s hits, the Wedley, brings both smiles and tears to all who witness it.”

The Pocket Protectors recently earned a residency at Viejas.

“After months of negotiation,” says Over, “the entertainment and production directors were left with only two choices: either a restraining order or hire us.” Asked about their day jobs and other endeavors, Over says, “I cannot reveal any information that could lead to the unveiling of our alter egos.”

However, it’s not hard to ascertain that Eugene Over is actually Eric Golbach, and the Pocket Protectors’ members also perform as Platform 54 (disco), the Aqua Nets (big-hair metal), and Jurassic Rock (classic stadium rock). Of the four groups, the brainy Pocket Protectors are most in demand. They next appear April 12 at Viejas casino’s V Lounge.

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djcoone April 9, 2008 @ 8:20 p.m.


I love The Pocket Protectors!!! I have personally seen them a handful of times and they ROCK! Who ever says Nerds can't Rock!!!?? They will BLOW you away!!!! Thanks for spotlighting "The Pocket Protectors"....They Need Love Too!!!!!


ellisfam5 April 10, 2008 @ 9:26 a.m.

WOW! I love the pocket Protectors!!! We have a group of fans (Anja Place fans) that go up to Viejas casino’s V Lounge every chance we get to rock out with the Nerds.

One of your many fans, Neighbor Kim


DJD April 11, 2008 @ 8:48 a.m.

Super cool guys! I have seen this band perform. They are over the top! The lead singer is absolutely hilarious to watch!! You NEVER really know what is up his sleeve! They truly are the coolest nerds EVER!!

Keep Rockin! You guys are Awesome!!!


RockNRollPrincess April 11, 2008 @ 8:56 a.m.

We went to Viejas unexpectedly with some friends and stumbled (literally) upon this Spectacular Nerdy Show, The Pocket Protectors!!! I cannot believe that the drummer wears a helmet during the entire show!!! WOW! We were at the tables playing and our pit biss told us that it is for the drummers safety that he wear a helmet at all time!!! We said, "Really?!", he chuckled!!!

The Pocket Protectors are a breath of fresh air!!! Thanks Viejas for showing us a fabulous and rockin (in a nerdy way) time! We will definitely check out The Pocket Protectors again!!!


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