I finally got the chance to see one of the more talked about bands in the Midwest, Hairball, this weekend. Hairball advertises itself as a “Bombastic celebration of arena rock.” And that they are. They could also be billed as an homage to all hair bands from the 1980’s.
Hairball is probably the best cover band going when it comes to the Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Def Leppard, Motley Crue era. For two straight hours Saturday night (without a break) Hairball blew a very large crowd away with equal parts musical ability, flamboyance and of course, pyrotechnics. What self-respecting 80’s group would skip the opportunity to add fire to a show? And I’m pretty sure that I saw a real live snake at one point.
Hairball pulls off this monster show by rotating lead singers. While one singer is portraying Axl Rose of Guns ‘N Roses, the other is preparing for his next set as Vince Neil from Motley Crue. And so it goes. The lead singers trade off after about three songs and the rest of the band stays on stage and doesn’t skip a beat. Especially Happy, the guitarist for Hairball. He seems to be the leader of this three ring circus and lived up to his name.
A few of my personal favorites from the night were “Panama,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and “Girls Girls Girls.”
A good time was had by all and I was especially excited today to regain my hearing.