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About 80s Gadgets
Dallas’ 80s band, 80s Gadgets, was formed to pay tribute to a fun decade of music that pushed the limits. The Gadgets were heavily influenced from watching MTV in the early days, where they witnessed big hair, larger-than-life synthesized sounds, massive makeup (on both men and women), and mainstream pop melodies that would always leave behind and earworm.
Tory Smith - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tory Glen Smith is the founder, booking manager, and lead guitarist for Dallas / Ft. Worth’s funnest 80s band. As a child of the 1980s, Tory started 80s Gadgets to release his “inner rock star nerd” while always having the best seat in the house to listen to his older brother (80s Gadgets’ lead singer, Sandy) emulate the raddest 80s rock stars and belt out tunes that take him back to his childhood.
Favorite 80s sitcom: Growing Pains
Most popular question Tory gets asked by fans: “Is that your real hair?”
Sandy Smith - Lead Vocals
Sandy Thomas Smith is the lead singer for 80s Gadgets, and older brother to Tory. Sandy’s passion growing up was listening to rock and pop music, and singing along with his favorite tunes, as well as knowing obscure facts about 80’s bands (such as, how to spell “Nu Shooz”). Like Tory, you could find Sandy most days watching his heroes play guitar on their MTV, or tuning into Headbanger’s Ball on a Saturday night. He’s been singing in a band since 2018.
Favorite 80’s bands: INXS, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, many more
Favorite 80’s movies: The Goonies, Rad, Aliens & Flash Gordon (guilty pleasure)
Favorite 80’s sitcoms: Night Court
Favorite 80’s video games: Castlevania and Rastan (Arcade)
Bruce Ogletree - Drums. Backing Vocals
Favorite 80’s sitcom: Night Court
Most Popular Question: Can I play your drums?
(most popular answer: No.)
Ben Smith - Bass Guitar
After playing professionally for the better part of 15 years, Ben Smith had decided it was time to put his bass guitar in its case and call it a day. Fast forward a few years later and out of the blue, Ben gets the call from Tory about 80s Gadgets. Being an 80s kid and loving the music of the time across all genres (and maybe missing the stage just a little bit), it was an easy decision for him to make after Tory laid out his vision for the band.
Ben was obsessed with the music of the 80s as a child. If there was a music program on, Ben was watching it. Everything from “Headbanger’s Ball” and “Friday Night Videos” to “Hee-Haw” and the “Grand Ole Opry” with some “Yo! MTV Raps” in the middle.
Favorite 80’s cereal: C-3PO’s
Favorite 80’s cartoon: Masters of the Universe
Favorite 80’s politician: Pass
Most common question asked by fans: “Is your lead singer single?” (He’s not, btw)
Adam Wyse - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Being a true teen of the 80s, Adam has been enjoying the music that the 80s Gadgets are performing since this totally awesome genre was just called “music”.
Having played in several high energy successful bands based in the Dallas / Ft Worth metroplex over the last few decades including hard and classic rock, softer and “yacht” rock as well as years of wedding and special event venues has been a foundation of performance which has led to the return of when music was fun and upbeat! It is no wonder that the 80s Gadgets repertoire brings us all back to a simpler and happy time in music history.
Favorite 80’s band: Anything keyboard driven…Journey, Loverboy, Night Ranger, Asia, Styx and many, many more.
Dave Harding - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
“Aussie” Dave Harding grew up in Australia but has been a proud Texas based Ameristraylian for the last 18 years. A teenager in the 80’s, Dave’s staples were the great Australian bands like INXS, Midnight Oil, Men At Work and ACDC.
Dave played in a number of covers, R&B and Prog Rock bands back in Australia, and has been playing with various bands around the DFW area for the last 10 years as well.
He loves being the backup keyboard player for 80s Gadgets and reliving the greatest decade by far through these epic songs.
Fav 80’s bands: Supertramp, Simple Minds, Style Council, Tears For Fears, Genesis.
Fav 80’s Movie – there can only be one: Crocodile Dundee! Yes…”that’s not a knife……..”