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The Gear Daddies is a band from Austin, Minnesota that enjoyed moderate success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Its members were Randy Broughten (electric and steel guitar), Nick Ciola (bass), Billy Dankert (drums and vocals), and Martin Zellar (guitar and vocals).

Their most mainstream success was when they played Late Night with David Letterman in 1991. Ciola and Dankert did not play on the show because many bands simply sat in with Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band when playing the show. Zellar had this to say of the experience: “I was so nervous, and it happened so quick. I couldn’t tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughton), ‘Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?’ When I watched it that night in the hotel room ( the Omni in New York), I had no recollection of having lived it.”

The band broke up in 1992 but has since performed reunion concerts. In an interview on Minnesota Public Radio on February 10, 2005 Martin Zellar said that he hoped the Gear Daddies will regroup for a concert in the near future. Most recently, the band appeared at the Minnesota State Fair in August, 2006 along with another popular late 80s/early 90s band from neighboring Wisconsin, the BoDeans.


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  • tohvri

    I Wanna Drive The Zamboni :D

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • ask4fish

    Back in 1985 I paid these guys $100 to play at my wedding dance. Our 25th anniversary party is this summer, do you think I could get them to do a reunion show? :)

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • PThomasAnderson

    Somebody have "Can't Have Nothin' Nice " tho share? thanks a lot

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • JoeHemlock

    martin zellar is playing in dubuque iowa on august 30th. YAY! even better, it's only $10. that is more culture than this no-horse town has seen in quite a while.

    22 Aug 2008 Reply
  • legbamel

    I remember seeing these guys an embarrassing number of years ago. Their live shows were, if possible, even better than their recorded stuff.

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • pbparker

    I hate it when you realize your CD's are missing - both my Billy's and Scare Al CD's are MIA.

    19 Mar 2008 Reply

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