Bio

The Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band Shadow Of Doubt was founded in January 2009 by Rod Wolanin. Sadly he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in spring of 2010, carrying on with the band until his passing in March 2011. His passion for Tom Petty carries on with Band providing a great source for the many thousands of die-hard Tom Petty fans in our immediate area. Since the untimely passing of Tom Petty in October of 2017, it has become our mission to carry on his legacy. We are grateful to play for so many wonderful audiences and die-hard Tom Petty fans. We play all the big hits, to be sure, and plenty of "deep cuts" as well.

Mike Kearns (Mike Campbell - lead guitar, vocals). Studied composition and classical guitar at Baldwin-Wallace with Dr. Loris O. Chobanian. Appears regularly in NE Ohio and environs with Acoustic Tuma, DePrator/Kearns, and Mike, Jim & Bill Do The White Album. Teaches at School of Rock. Past projects: The Impostors, Robin Stone Band, Blue Cafe, Iguana Conduct, Fuse Five, Two of Us, and Detour. Also has greatly enjoyed the occasional excursion into sound design, music direction, cabaret and musical theater, including onstage guitar work in Cameo Theater productions of GODSPELL (2016), RENT (2014) and MACBETH: A ROCK OPERA (2012).

Jack Paletta (Stan Lynch - drums) founded Private Drive 1984-1990, and has also played with Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar tribute), Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin tribute), and Desi Dorsey (oldies, 70s, 80s, 90s). Jack has sat in with Roger Martin Band, Richard & the Heartbeats, Michael Cavanaugh Band, and Billy Morris. Jack also hosted a jam night at Biggies in the Flats, at one point playing with Ace Frehley. His gear includes Gretch and Orange County custom-built drums and Zildjian cymbals.

Jim Wilson (Tom Petty - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, blues harp) has been in the Cleveland music scene for quite some time, playing in various classic rock bands such as Libido, The Quads, Dark Horse, Cloud Nine, and The Impostors. Jim also currently is a part of the semi-acoustic trio Mike, Jim & Bill Do The White Album. Jim plays a Rickenbacker 6-string electric guitar (Tom Petty Style), a 6-string Gibson Firebird, and a 12-string Schecter Stargazer electric.

Pete Algotson (Benmont Tench - keyboards) grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. His passion for music began at 5 with classical piano, organ, guitar, accordion and harmonica. At age 20 he left Sweden behind to begin his soul search landing him in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Capital of the world.  Pete has played in several well known Dance and Rock bands. Venues include performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, countless festivals, private engagements and many of your favorite local night clubs. He has been playing with Shadow of Doubt since 2015 and uses a Yamaha ES8 board coupled with a Hammond XK5 for authentic sound reproduction.

Jonathan Salerno (Ron Blair - bass, vocals) Jon's musical interests started at a young age, with both sides of his family active in the music field. He was drawn to drums around the age of 5, influenced by an older drum-playing cousin. Jon briefly dabbled with the trumpet in 5th grade but gave it up after having his appendix out... which led to him trying the clarinet! His uncle tried teaching him guitar but Jon just couldn't find his focus until summer 1980 when his mother bought him his first bass: a no-name Fender Jazz knock-off purchased for $44. From there his musical interests skyrocketed. Jon is a self-taught instinctive musician learning from other friends & musicians and listening to records or tapes to hone his craft. His first official bass amp was a Peavy TNT100 100-watt amp and he was on his way. Since then he's been gigging all around the Cleveland area playing with: Yantra, XLR8, The Choice, Art Attack, Picture This, Forte’, DreamLine, Signals, Perfect Logic, Driven, Grooved Pavement, and now Shadow of Doubt.