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Here is a pic I took of my little cousin wearing the official DEMOLISH sweatshirt (but as a dress)! I spiked up her hair for her as well. I miss all the big hair chic’s!
*I think this came from Seattle’s music paper called The Rocket. Ah’ the Sub Pop days….did Grunge Music kill Metal?
I ended up stealing their guitar player to jam and eventually formed SLEEPY TRIP.
*Yes, a still-intact original Kiss tattoo from the KISS Alive II LP
*Of course this was on regular rotation when it was released in 1977! I wish I still had the full color booklet (see below) that was packaged with it!
*Gee, that looks pretty crappy now! We only had IBM typewriters + xerox copy machines then…
Scroll down for more on New York!
*This is where I “cut my teeth” for all things rock n’ roll, hard rock and metal. Kramer’s was an amusement park/lake by day and sleazy rock joint by Sunday evening.
*several of my buddies are in this rockin’ crowd pic.
Got to see lots of good bands such as NEW YORK & BUSTER BROWN (who’s singer, Johnny Edwards went on to sing with Montrose, King Cobra, Northrup, Royal Jelly and Foreigner). Their drummer James Kottak went on to play with Kingdom Come and is still rockin’ with the Scorpions! Nice work James.
Listen to the track: “Bounty Hunter” from Sign of Victory (1985)
Listen to a rare/unreleased demo track: “Flesh & Blood” (circa’ 83′/84′)
*one of the best bands to never get a major label deal! Why, I dunno…insane.
Listen to a track from the Loud & Clear LP: “Days Across the Nile” (1984)
*Watch “Loud and Clear” from the Buster Brown LP in 1984!
*This is a great live clip from when Johnny was in FOREIGNER.
“Ready for the Rain” is a cool song!_
Other noteworthy bands who played at Kramer’s:
Why on Earth, Mach (a local Evansville favorite), Moonrocker and Arch Rival from Ohio, but the best was WRATHCHILD. This was long before they had to change their name to WRATHCHILD AMERICA because of the UK glam boyz band with the same name. Anyway these guys tore it up! Check out my special feature post on Wrathchild here (finally unearthed & published after 22 years).
*Listen to “Candy From A Madman” from their 87′ demo.
*Listen to “Slave to My Dick” (Subhumans cover) Live @ Kramer’s (Evansville, IN.) 3-19-1988
Check out the “Climbing the Walls” video clip – excellent! esp. the middle breakdown…”blues mosh” part!
Watch their super-rare clip for “Surrounded by Idiots”. Did MTV ever play this vid.?
*These guys were lucky enough to land the opening spot for Accept & Iron Maiden at Mesker!
*Have a listen to the catchy “Sex City” track.
ROX SEDAN from Northern Indiana were yet another quality act! Their demo tape proved that they could rock with the best of the Cali bands back then (Dokken, Ratt, Motley Crue etc.)
*Check out the rockin’ “Better off Dead” track
ARCH RIVAL from Dayton, Ohio was another great Midwest Metal band. I thought for sure they were going to “make it” with their original brand of melodic/powerful metal.
Watch an older live video clip for “Rock the Night Away”
While we are on the topic of Ohio and the greater Midwest Area. I might as well toss in David T. Chastain (ex-SPIKE) -one of the best shredders to ever come out of this area!
*listen to a live/demo track called “World Gone Mad” from 1985.
CJSS was formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain during early 1984 with two other members of the band Spike, drummer Les Sharp and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn, and vocalist Russell Jinkens who had gained fame for his stint in local Cincinnati cover band Prizoner.
*Michael Harris from ARCH RIVAL (see above) also played with Chastain in several incarnations as well.
*Pay attention all of you “shredder” wanna-bees!
*Old school promo pic…These boys knew how to rock!
*Rockin’ an outdoor event in Cinci, Ohio w/around 10K fans.
My favorite local band has to be AMULET. I respect these guys because they concentrated on originals as opposed to just being another “local garage/club cover band”.
*Have a listen to their great track “Just Like A Woman”
Founded in Evansville, IN. in the autumn of 1978, Amulet was a hard rockin’ quartet. The band was comprised of singer Cliff Hill, guitarist Bob Becker, bassist Paul Skelton, and drummer John Becker. “The band’s purpose from the beginning was to compose and perform its own music. The band began composing its material and blending it with cover material during live performances” added Bob Becker. By mid 1979 they had developed a repertoire they felt was worthy of recording for what would become their (self-produced) début album.
*Click to listen to “Life is Living”
Check out our full-length feature on these Midwest Favorites here!
Very rare show flyer for Weslake.
Another talented Southern Indiana band who released a 4 song (EP) in 1982
- Let the Band Play
- She’s A Lady
- Mine Tonight
*Stay tuned for a upcoming full feature on these guys!
I was once instrumental in getting some “heavier” bands to play at Kramer’s (namely Wrathchild!). Another such band was: TYRANT’S REIGN from the great “Hoosier” State (Indiana).
Kramer’s “Mini Shrine” Cont.
There were lots of other bands that played @ Kramer’s during the 80′s (mostly cover bands). Here are a few more from memory: Maiden America, Victorian Blitz, Rox Sedan, Abby Normal, Hard Attak, Bad Manners,Talon, Chet & The Molesters, & Cody Lee.
*Have a listen to their excellent “Quiet Nights” track from their demo.
*Special thanks for the pics and demo Nick & Kevin!
*Check out this old MACH business card -it even survived a local house fire!
*special thanks to Doug over @ crackrabbit.com for this local artifact.
Other local bands played at FUNKY’S or NEON’S such as:
HOT ICE (w/Jeff Ennis & Dennis Kemper), STREETWALKER, SIDE-EFFEX and a 3T’s favorite: FRONTRUNNER. Another local band to play the ROSS (other than Stop the Car!) was ATTAK.
Their business card:
Speaking of comics…this was buried deep in the VAULTS
Ha! check out that NEW YORK band t-shirt (yes, the same band from the Kramer’s Lake newspaper ad) from above.
*Special thanks to my “rocker mom” Wilma King for the above pic’s
Other Local Items :
Left to right-
Scott Ridge(Drums), Andy Wonn(Kneeling -Lead Vocals), Louie Killion(GTR), Andy Wyant(Bass), Jeff Ennis(GTR)
NEW YORK (Tinkers Damm Productions 1984). They put out a indie record back in the day called “Carry the Torch” that is much sought after today. They were one of the best bands that played @ Kramer’s. They were from South Carolina.
*Click to listen to “Nite Flyer” by NEW YORK
I also have a very rare (unreleased) demo recording called “Electric Thunder” they did with ex-KISS drummer Eric Carr (R.I.P) @ Millbrook Studios.
This “new” sound direction had a more up-to-date production & songs that reminded me of early Y&T, Ratt, Dokken and Motley Crue. Enjoy!
Listen to “Electric Thunder” (co-written by Eric Carr)
You can def. hear Eric Carr’s powerful “I Love it Loud” drum sound on this track. Crank it!
*L-R Paul Orofino (Producer),Freddie Foster, Jimmy Ennis, Eric Carr (KISS), Scott Mills & Johnny Glover
*Michael was a great drummer, but Scott Mills (ex-Prizoner) was the drummer on these sessions.
L – R: Michael Constable, Freddie Foster, Jimmy Ennis & Johnny Glover
*Special thanks to New York, Doug Vogel, Scott Mills and Marlene Ennis! You rock…
Val Shaffer (Bass), Tim Hall (Guitar), Randy Bienhaus (Drums), Adrian Scott (Vox). Evansville, IN.
Even deeper in the Vaults!
*I need a ticket stub scan for this concert folks. Mine is currently M.I.A. -anybody still have theirs?
For more local E’ville concerts (that were held @ Robert’s Stadium or Mesker) check here
Start-em’ young! Yes that is a skateboard necklace I’m wearing.
*Boy o’ boy were my parents happy to see this “work-in-progress” when they came home that day!
*Lots of thumb tacks and Scotch tape were used on that wall!
*Don’t ask why, other than every hallway has two sides!
*Notice the Peter Frampton pics that were added later!
*I had four tower speakers hooked up to this bad boy.
The Metal Years
Got this cool shirt from Lenny Rutledge (Sanctuary guitarist) and pre-release demo right after Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) produced their début LP.
SANCTUARY was an excellent 80′s melodic power metal band from the Pacific Northwest!
I met up with Mr. Mustaine backstage at the Savatage, Megadeth and Dio show at the Nashville Municipal Coliseum Jan 19, 1988 in TN.
What a show!
I was so excited and happy to meet the band (as you can see from my young + naïve “red cheeks” below) but of course Dave had to be “Dave” and sneered at me for wearing that Sanctuary T-shirt. At the time, the album was not out yet and he was not sure how or why I had that! So, after I told him where I got it, he did not seem too interested after all, let alone hanging out for the scheduled interview!
I decided to scrap the interview on the spot and proceeded to hang out with the rest of the Megadeth band and also Jon Oliva (Savatage singer) backstage…all of which were SUPER cool. The “Mega-breath” (as they used to call Dave -ed) interview was to be the special cover story but I ended up giving that to King Diamond, as he was very cool and seemed rather excited to be talking to another “King”, which is my last name.
So as you can see, I was at one time a very young magazine editor that was able to rebound rather quickly and make the best of the situation!
Someone recently sent me this rare show flyer for the same Dio, Megadeth and Savatage show I attended. This was either right before or right after in Chicago.
The funny pic below is of my friends little boy Aiden Pence, posing with one of my most valuable/treasured
Metal History Artifacts -an autographed KING DIAMOND poster. What’s rare about this piece is that it is an original “Abigail” promo poster from Roadrunner Records, however, he signed it in Cinci, Ohio (Bogart’s) when I met him for our special Demolish Mag. cover story + interview, but on his “Them” album tour the following year (stay tuned for this killer article Metal fans!).
So, knowing how rare this is, I finally bought a decent frame for it.
*I think I may have a couple of these posters if anyone out there wants to offer me something obscene for one! If so, get in touch here.
*Thanks to Chuck Gee and Daniel Phillips for contributing scans and names.
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