Days of our Lives Casey Moss (JJ Deveraux) made his live performance debut with his rock and roll band Eyes of One last week at the world famous Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles. As music fans know, the Whiskey is the place where many a famous rocker got their start!
Moss rocked the house with his vocals, guitar skills, and his original songs, but in the audience to support him were some of his Salem cast mates: Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Shawn Christian (Daniel), and Greg Vaughan (Eric). After the show, while Casey was getting props from the audience in attendance, On-Air On-Soaps sat down with his co-stars to get the inside scoop on their thoughts on Casey’s musical talents and more!
And what better way to pay tribute to their friend and cast mate than to spoof him first, and then settle down and tell us what they really think of a young man breaking on to the music scene where the sky’s the limit for him. So here now is the DAYS gang, first answering On-Air On-Soaps as if they were Casey, and then as you will read, switching gears and answering as themselves!
So Casey, how did you prepare for the concert tonight?
ARIANNE (as Casey): Well, I had no idea I had this voice until a year ago when Eric Martsolf and I were jamming in his room. He really got me to focus on my instrument! (Laughs)
Did you plan to say (bleep) so many times during the show?
ERIC (as Casey): I can’t be responsible for what my guitarist yells out to the audience, but there is an aura about the Whiskey that elicits responses that tend to be vulgar! So we just went for the moment and honestly Michael, when you are talking about rock n’ roll … vulgarities come into play.
What was the inspiration for the outfit that you wore on stage?
GREG (as Casey): Well, as for my inspiration … well, actually I made this myself! I have a talent that nobody knows about! I do wardrobe! I actually made all the outfits for the band! It took a lot of effort, but I stayed up a lot of hours the other night and the red and the black just rocks!
How long did you rehearse for this performance tonight with your band Eyes of One?
SHAWN (as Casey): None, not at all. It (bleep) comes from my soul! Yeah, it (bleep) did! I don’t need to rehearse sometimes, but the music comes from my (bleep) soul!
Was it tough going to DAYS and working in scenes as JJ, and then coming to the Whiskey to pull off this amazing concert?
ARIANNE (as Casey): No, man. I took the day off of DAYS. I needed to be prepared for tonight. It’s the Whiskey … it’s legendary!
Your father told me he gave you your first guitar. Did you realize Dad was sort of pushing you along the way to be the musical artist that you are today?
ERIC (as Casey): Mom may push you out in the beginning, but it’s your dad who pushed you along the way. My dad has just as much rock and roll blood in his blood as I do, and it’s a tradition in my family to uphold. I take that very seriously and I heard through the grapevine that he actually bought some of the DAYS cast members, particularly Eric Martsolf and Shawn Christian, a couple rounds tonight, and that’s why I love my dad! He is the real deal.
Who was your inspiration for your musical sound?
ERIC (as Casey): Madonna!
SHAWN (as Casey): It started with Spandau Ballet, but then I realized I needed more of an edge! So it’s combination of Motley Crue and Spandau Ballet!
ERIC: Now I would like to say something as myself right now. This is Eric Martsolf talking. It’s amazing that a young man like Casey Moss loves the kind of music that is so outside of his generation. That is why guys like Shawn Christian and I gravitate towards him, because we love the fact he loves the kind of music we do, but he has no business loving this kind of music, because he was born in a different era, and the fact that he loves it … it’s truthful! Everyone is this world had tried to sell Casey on a different product, but he has gone back to what he loves. So you have to respect a kid who loves what he loves, instead of what society is telling him!
ARIANNE: If you noticed during the performance, I was a groupie!
SHAWN: At DAYS we were all down in my dressing room. Casey brought his guitar and we casually brought out some libations (laughs) and he rocked out songs that we all love! We were just blown away! Casey is our jukebox!
ERIC: It’s strange to share with a kid, who is about half your age, the same music that you do! He’s good and talented and it paid-off for him!
So I heard Eric, that you and Casey had sort of an impromptu sing-off in Sin City recently?
ERIC: We were in Las Vegas the other week and we sang “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. We traded versus as if we had rehearsed it. It was completely improvisational and it was great, and we want to do it more of it, and we will!
ARIANNE: I will do back-up vocals!
SHAWN: I heard Ari sing, “There’s going to be a ‘Heartache Tonight”’!
ARIANNE: Yes, I have sung it poorly! (Laughs) The good thing is nobody hears the back-up singers! (Laughs) Casey writes his own music. He is really good at what he does and it’s impressive. He is literally finding his way with his voice and his writing. This all only happened less than a year ago.
ERIC: And up until a couple of a weeks ago, he was somewhat insecure about singing in front of people, but the best part about the performance tonight was he was a caterpillar who just busted out of his cocoon. I believe tonight was a turning point in his career. He was always confident with his guitar playing, but tonight he let his voice out on the Sunset Strip! So now the world is his little oyster, as far as what he is going to sing and what he is going to do.
Can we just all admit that Casey’s guitar playing is amazing!
ERIC: Let’s face it! There are 1000 actors out there who think they have musical potential. They put out albums and they have gone down in the toilet. But the reason so many of his cast members came out here to support him, is that Casey is the real deal, and I am happy to celebrate that. He brought down the house down tonight.
ARIANNE: The other thing is; he always texts somebody in the cast. He is such a good kid, and he will ask if this, or that, is the right choice.
ERIC: Here is the powerful thing about Casey: He is not afraid to ask questions. Whereas other kids in Hollywood think they know everything. Casey understands that he is 20 and he asks questions, and that he knows knowledge is important, and so he want to be the best he can be.
SHAWN: He wants to know how things work or how to make them better. He is not afraid to ask any question, even at the risk of sounding stupid!
ARIANNE: I think Casey had like four agents right here! (Laughs)
GREG: We will talk about everything with him!
ERIC: He will ask his elders, for lack of a better phrase, “I have an issue. I don’t know what to do about it. And it’s smart to come to us, because we know everything! (Laughs)
What would you grade Casey for his performance at the Whiskey a Go Go? Shall we just give him an A and be done with it?
GREG: I am going to give him a B – I have to keep him grounded! If I give him an A, I don’t know what will happen! (Laughs)
SHAWN: I give him a B+!
ERIC: I can’t grade him. He is in a category all his own!
ARIANNE: I already said A like a hundred times!
SHAWN: Oh, please! He deserves an A+ at that age and he is playing the legendary Whiskey A Go Go! What is great about what Casey does is that it is pure rock and roll. That is why we love the Guns N’ Roses of the world and the AC/DC’s of the world, because it’s pure rock and roll, and there is nothing false about it. Casey is that kind of guy. We all listen to the same bands he emulates. He finger plays his guitar like Eddie Van Halen!
ERIC: I say, “Rick Springfield …. watch out, man!” Casey has good musicianship to back up all of his talent too!
So, what did you think of the hilarious and insightful comments from Arianne, Eric, Greg and Shawn on Casey Moss and his performance at the Whiskey? Let us know!