Arrogance, considered by many North Carolina’s greatest rock n’ roll band, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009. Formed in 1969 in a dorm at UNC by Don Dixon and Robert Kirkland, Arrogance became known for its unique sound, smart lyrics and exceptional harmonies. Dixon (bass) and Kirkland (guitar) were joined by Marty Stout (keyboards), Scott Davison (drums) and Rod Abernethy (guitar), and they conquered the hearts of fans in clubs and venues throughout the southeast with solid, intelligent music. Entertainment critic Godfrey Cheshire characterized the band as “North Carolina’s Beatles,” noting Arrogance’s innovation and insistence on playing original music and releasing their own albums. After two self-released LPs, Arrogance won national label contracts, recording for Vanguard and Warner Brothers. Their catalog of six albums includes the 2002 release “The 5’11” Record.” The influence of this remarkable band is felt through out the pop/rock genre. Recognized as an NC Legend, they recently performed at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Benefit Concert. Other bands inspired by Arrogance are the Connells, the dB’s, Lets Active, REM (Dixon co-produced their first two albums), and the X-Teens.
Everybody that gets out there and plays original songs at the Cat's Cradle and puts out their own records is following in Arrogance's footsteps in North Carolina. . . Godfrey Cheshire, entertainment critic