Three outstanding Corydon youth meet bad but good rock guitarist
Take away his five-inch mohawk, tattoos, and long, twisting goatee, and Barry Stock is still physically imposing. Toss in a Canadian accent and guitar and you have the classic rock-n-roll bad boy image.
In a manner of speaking, Stock was the reward for three outstanding young leaders from the Gerdon Youth Center in Corydon who had never been to a rock concert and had all turned 18 this year.
Youth Council President Leah Lee and former president Tina Whittaker, both Bell Award winners, and Daniel Rogers, captain of the Law Enforcement Explorers Post, traveled to Akron, Ohio, to watch Nickelback and meet Stock and his bandmates in Three Days Grace on Oct. 28.
Stock might seem an odd choice for three students known for making the right choices, but he’s a reminder that appearances aren’t everything, and sometimes they are very misleading.
‘I’m the most noticeable guy in the state. I wouldn’t look like this if I didn’t have to. That’s why I’m in this band,’ said Stock, 36, who doesn’t buy into the rock-n-roll lifestyle.
‘People at the show, that’s their night out. For us, it’s work,’ said Stock.
While he’s touring, his wife is selling real estate in Toronto. That may soon change. Anyone who listens to modern rock has probably heard the current single, ‘(I Hate) Everything About You’ from Three Days Grace’s self-titled debut album.
The group was originally a trio. Stock was added to the line-up in May to fill out their live sound as they and Trapt open for fellow Canadians Nickelback on ‘The Long Road World Tour.’
The concert trip wasn’t a Gerdon Youth Center trip, but it was arranged by GYC Program Coordinator Brent Lewis and Dr. Chris Stock of Corydon Chiropractic Rehab and Wellness Center. Dr. Stock is Barry Stock’s brother and managed to snag backstage passes for the event.
‘Brent has done a lot of really good work, and I like the kids a lot. Since it was my brother, and it was the closest one I could attend, I took the kids there for a really good reward,’ Dr. Stock said.
‘Music, acting ‘ two industries where people can try forever and never make it. My only message for any kid is that I want them to absolutely realize that quitting is never an option,’ Dr. Stock said.
Lewis said that Barry Stock, who doesn’t drink and seems to barely notice the hordes of groupies (though sometimes, he explains, ‘they are hanging off of you’) is a positive example that kids can benefit from.
‘He still sends a positive message to the kids that you can achieve your goals without having to conform to the stereotypes that some careers carry,’ he said.
Long after the show was over and other band members had retreated to their tour buses and the distractions within, Stock stayed outside to talk about his career with the Corydon youths.
The road ahead of Stock and his bandmates isn’t an easy one.
They’ve been touring since May. The last show of this year is Dec. 10, but they’ll be back on tour with Nickelback in January.
‘It’s starting to take off,’ Stock said. ‘There is tons of money generated all the time, but it’s budgeted.’
The band breaks even on touring and is working to recoup the quarter-million-dollar price tag on its first two videos through album sales. However, with more than 100,000 albums sold in Canada and about 8,000 a week in the United States, Stock is banking on an early retirement.