The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 21, 2013

'80s rock tribute band Hairball in Mankato on Friday


The Free Press

MANKATO — What began as a joke more than a decade ago has turned into a serious, if ear-splitting, endeavor for the Minnesota ‘80s tribute band Hairball.

Members have said often in interviews that the original members (only drummer Colt Python remains) formed with the intent of making fun of 1980s-era hair metal for its glamorous excess and overwrought theatrics. What they found during performances, however, was a crowd eager to relive memories of big sounds, big guitars and big pyrotechnics.

Now, Hairball bills itself as the “world’s ultimate ’80s rock impersonation act” and plays a regular lineup of concerts that stretches coast to coast all year long.

The band includes three lead singers, all of whom rotate vocal duties while the other change makeup and costumes backstage. The result is a fast-paced concert that typically includes one or two songs from upward of 15 1980s rock giants such as KISS, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Poison and others.

The band boasts a traveling warehouse of costumes and stage props, and their concerts strive to recreate an arena rock atmosphere.

“This relentless, rapid-fire style is constant,” says the band in their promotional materials. “Along with their enormous backline of amplifiers and mammoth drums, these guys outgun everybody in every department.”

The band consists of: Rockstar Bob (vocals), Kris Voxx (vocals), Joe Dandy (vocals), Happy (lead guitar), Freaky (bass) and Colt Python (drums).