But when I spoke to singer-bassist Toody Cole recently to get her memories of Loomis, she revealed that she and her husband are done with rock'n'roll—period. That includes Pierced Arrows, the garage-rock trio she and Fred, both 67, started with drummer Kelly Halliburton shortly after the initial dissolution of Dead Moon.
As of now, Toody says, the Coles' final rock'n'roll show was January at the Crystal Ballroom, which they played as Dead Moon with Halliburton on drums.
That doesn't mean they're done with music altogether, though. She and Fred still perform as a duo, playing acoustic renditions of songs from across their career together.
Here's her full quote on the matter:
"At this point, we've already finished with Dead Moon. Fred cannot handle being up onstage for an hour and a half with a 25 pound guitar wrapped around his head. He's becoming too unsteady on his legs; his feet are numb. We're 67 years old!
We're just going to be doing this duo thing from here on out. We basically played the last rock'n'roll show we'll ever do at the Crystal Ballroom….Not Pierced Arrows, either. We're talking rock'n'roll, period. The whole thing. At this point, Fred's rock'n'roll days are over. He knows it and he's happy with it.
It's just the way it needs to be. The last thing he wants to do is look like a complete parody of himself up there and do anything like fall over. He's a very proud man, and he doesn't need it that badly. He's being doing it all of his life, and I know everybody would like him to go on forever, and he will to this extent [playing acoustically], which is making him happy. But the other is just too much for him anymore."