Classic Rock, Lively Originals
MLC (Mid-Life Crisis) is a popular, award-winning Grand Rapids band that has been rocking West Michigan since 2001. This versatile group of 6 friends and experienced musicians draws musical inspiration from every decade and knows how to get a crowd to their feet with their fun, high-energy performances. MLC loves mixing up their style and their shows feature a variety of songs from their original albums along with classics that everyone loves. MLC can customize shows from an unplugged format in the smallest of venues to a high-energy corporate party. They headline major festivals and open for legendary bands in venues including DeVos Hall and Van Andel Arena. Come out and experience this unforgettable band. Come out and enjoy the fun!
Meet the Band
Keys / Vocals
I began my musical journey in the 60’s in Ann Arbor. My first gig was playing cello in elementary school, then graduating to bass guitar in high school. But it wasn’t ’til college that I got the rock & roll pneumonia (luckily no boogie woogie flu), playing bass and Fender Rhodes in a band called Four Fifths at MSU. Then I took a 20 year break from playing in a band, but honed my skills in the living room and in the car. Turning 40 sent me over the edge and out of the living room, as the onset of my mid-life crisis hurled me back into the band scene.
Bass Guitar / Vocals
Growing up in a family full of performers, I was surrounded by music throughout my childhood. During High School I helped launched a Rock Band with several of my friends. I performed throughout the West Michigan Area (playing the same venues at that time as MLC guitarist Greg Morris). In 1983 I left the rock scene until 2009 when I decided to pick up the Bass Guitar once again and began playing music that I had enjoyed so much during my earlier years of Rock.
Vocals / Keys
I fell in love with music at church. Music lessons began at age 5 with piano, followed by voice. I was involved in choirs and musicals throughout high school, college, and adulthood. After a major life-change, I took a job as an elementary music teacher and, with the busyness of life, I stepped away from performing. Out of the blue, MLC’s bass player, Tom, suggested I audition. I told him he was crazy!! I’ve never been in a rock band. I’m discovering music that provides a creative outlet that I didn’t even know I was craving. Plus it’s just FUN! I’m blown away by the talent of my band mates and love rocking with them.
Guitars / Vocals
I identify myself as a songwriter, producer, musician and artist. The first record I bought was Elton John’s version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” which ignited my fire for music. I was writing songs on the piano before I could officially play an instrument. Fueled by Elton John, Aerosmith, Boston, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and countless other groups, I learned to play the guitar and became very versatile with my songwriting. In my studio I play piano, bass, drums and other instruments as needed, but my real passion is for playing the guitar. I met Kevin many years ago and always hoped that “someday’ we would play in a band together. Well, that someday is today! I recently joined MLC in 2019 and am loving making music with these incredible musicians!
Lead Guitar / Vocals
My first actual performance was at the age of 10, nervously playing in front of my Wayland elementary school on an old acoustic I had acquired from my cousin. From there I went on to various rock bands through my high school years and various bands into the 80’s. With marriage and kids occupying most of my time, I dropped out of bands for a while and focused on playing in my home studio. I started playing out again when I joined CoverStory for a few years and am now very excited to be part of the Mid-Life Crisis family. Let’s ROCK!
Music has been in my blood from 3rd grade on when I received my first Drum Kit… playing along to records in the basement until my first band in the 5th grade Talent Show. That being a long time ago I’ve never slowed down playing as this is something I am, not what I do. I’ve played in many style of bands and recorded several records over the years leading to now where getting out to rock is just plain fun. Having a Mid-Life Crisis of this nature suits me just fine…
Lane comes from a background performing in pop-punk, rock and metal bands and has over 15 years of recording experience. Lane’s deep experience includes his work as a key staff member at Mackinaw Harvest Studios. When it comes to computers and audio, Lane is a natural and his talent extends far beyond the studio. He’s a consummate problem-solver. If something isn’t working, Lane can fix it! (and he will load gear in the pouring rain!!)
It’s About Time
In 2017 MLC returned to the studio for their third full-length Album, “It’s About Time” with some new talented members and some incredible new songs! We have been growing and evolving over 16 years and …
It’s Always Something
Are stories born from your midlife experiences different than those of your youth? Does graying hair bring with it a different insight? West Michigan band Mid-Life Crisis explores these questions and others with it’s second …
It’s All Good
“It’s All Good” is the first full-length, all originals album from the band Mid-Life Crisis. The album is a collection of 13 songs and stories that came from the band’s middle age perspective on life. …
MLC loves performing classics from all decades. Some of the artists we cover are: The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Delbert McClinton, Beatles, Buddy Miles, Billy Joel, The Buckinghams, Carol King, Rare Earth, Bob Seger, Bachman …
All proceeds from our local campaign to benefit the Grand Rapids Public Schools
Reaching Deeper – All original songs written by Phil Biggs, featuring 2 songs with Mid-Life Crisis (Compass Cay and Walk The Red Road), …
STANDING TOGETHER CONTINUES AS A FUND-RAISING BUSINESS-ARTIST COALITION
In late 2002, local musicians Phil Biggs and Michael Crittenden joined together and started a partnership that they called Standing Together. Standing Together was the brainchild of Biggs, who …
Buzz - What they are saying about MLC ...
Print / Media
Grand Rapids Magazine – Battle of Band Article
Mutual of Omaha’s Aha Moment – featuring MLC
Revue Magazine – Saluting West Michigan Rock Cover Bands
On-The-Town Magazine “Best Local Band” 4 years in a row
Grand Rapids Magazine Reader’s Poll “Best Band” 6 years in a row
Grand Rapids Press – Tops in GR – “Best Band”
“Outstanding harmonies, unbelievable arrangements, just tremendous musicianship. …One of the best bands out there.” – Tony Gates, WLAV Radio
“Mid-Life Crisis – Classic Rock Mavens” – John Gonzalez, Grand Rapids Press
“West Michigan’s preeminent classic rock band…” – John Sinkevics, Spins on Music