Rochester rock heroes Duke Jupiter are one of music’s great ‘should have been’ stories. Emerging in the late ’70s, the band opened for the era’s biggest names, including ZZ Top, Bob Seger, REO Speedwagon, Toto, Foreigner, Blue Öyster Cult, David Bowie, and many more. In 1982, the band played a free concert in Rochester and 25,000 fans attended — more than 10 times as many as expected. The show caused the biggest traffic jam that the city had seen and ended up making national news. Somehow, those wins were not enough to cement stardom for the hard-working quartet. But Duke Jupiter remains fondly remembered not only in upstate New York but among power pop and melodic rock enthusiasts worldwide.
Did you know?
- Duke Jupiter 1 was actually the band’s fourth album
- Their original song “Don’t You Look At Me Like That” was later covered by Meat Loaf
- Singer/keyboardist/songwriter Marshall Styler now records new age music