Tribute band to perform in Spencer on Friday, Feb. 22

Fans of the 1980s should get ready have some fun.

Hairball is back.

The 1980s tribute band will be returning to the Clay County Fair & Events Center to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

The band is a popular one that plays hits from some of the biggest bands of the ’80s. But they don’t just play the music. They do so much more than that. They personify the musicians.

“Hairball is one of the top tribute bands in the United States featuring music from Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith, plus many more,” said Jeremy Parsons, the CEO of Clay County Fair & Events Center. “In their 19 years together, Hairball has developed quite a following because of their show — it is more than a concert — it’s indoor fireworks and a huge production.”

The Clay County Fair & Events Center has hosted Hairball in the past, but they hadn’t performed there recently.

“It has been several years since we had Hairball here in the Events Center so we thought it was time for a return visit from these great rockers,” Parsons said. “February and March are always busy times here at the Fair & Events Center – Hairball on Feb. 22, Family Fest (our one-day children’s event) on March 2 and Rock’n Bac’n Brew’n (our craft beer and bacon festival featuring The Johnny Holm Band) on March 30.”

Parsons believes that this show should appeal to lovers of this era of music.

“If you are a fan of ‘80s rock music, this is the show you won’t want to miss,” Parsons said. “It’s always fun to bring a show with this type of following here to Spencer. They have passionate fans who are fun to watch.”

‘I would go see Hairball’: Band brings ’80s back

ENID, Okla. — Just how does one describe the Hairball experience?

“It’s like a rapid-fire Mount Rushmore of cool rock and roll,” said the band’s guitarist, Happy, on Monday.

In its 19th year, Hairball provides concert-goers a trip back into the era of 1980s arena rock. The lights, sound and pyro offered by Hairball harken back to the times of audacious hairstyles, loud guitars and a no-holds-barred attitude.

“The Hairball show evolves right in front of your face,” Happy said. “It’s kind of 20 concerts in one. When we open up, it might be KISS; two songs later, it turns into Journey. Two songs later, it might be Queen.”

Members of the group include vocalists Bobby, Kris Box and Joe Dandy, with Freaky on electric bass, Billy on the drums and Happy on lead guitar.

Hairball does it “with all the blood, sweat and fire that the groups that originally did this back in the day did when arena rock was in its peak,” Happy said. Artists like Gene Simmons and Steven Tyler are brought to life with each show.

“… It’s music that people use to get fired up. It represents a good time in life … time for a little reckless fun,” Happy said. “People need a little bit every now and then.”

Happy said the lead singers might get most of the attention, but there’s a lot of sweat and stamina coming from everyone every single show. Challenges come from some of the more unexpected places, like pyrotechnics — Happy said a band member’s hair caught on fire at a recent show.

“We put in the effort … that’s one of the things that’s made Hairball successful. We’re using every weapon we can to amuse and things that these groups did (back in the ’80s) when they were selling out arenas,” Happy said.

Hairball comes to Central National Bank Center in downtown Enid at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased at cnbcenter.com, by calling (855) TIX-ENID or at the box office.

“If I wasn’t in Hairball, I would go see Hairball,” Happy said. “If I was in Oklahoma wondering whether to go see this show or not, I would definitely want to see it and not just hear about it from people later.”

‘Expect surprises and miracles’

By Colin Van Westen, Staff Writer

As the area rock tribute band, Hairball, prepares to return to the Clay County Fair and Events Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, the band has a simple message for its fans: “Expect surprises and miracles.”

“Sometimes, it comes down to a bottle of Jager and a dart board,” band member Happy said. “We are really putting on the smorgasbord concert we would like to see. The reality of it is that we are just fans like the people who come to see us. The experience is about more than just seeing the band.”

The band provides the audience with a retro glimpse of some of the most influential arena rock bands. Happy explained that they attempt to reconnect longtime fans and expose new fans to a time when rock was expressed through larger-than-life personalities, showmanship and attitude.

“I think cool is cool,” Happy said. “I think Elvis is going to be around for a long time. Anything that sets a standard and starts a movement has its place in history. I think the bands that we tip our hats to in the show will be around a lot longer than I will be. We represent a mystic period, preinternet and social media.

He added, “Hairball is for everybody and when we do our best work is when I look out and see an 8-year-old kid next to their parents and grandparents. They are singing “Sweet Child of Mine.” I see that every night we play and I am honored.”

As the band enters its 19th year of live performances, the lineup has only undergone a few changes. Happy said recently he has been investing more time in learning Queen songs and that much of the music which inspired him as child continues to resonate with the band and fans today.

“I was always a squirrelly kid that loved the physical aspects of the three chord,” Happy said. “One of the first songs I remember as a kid, ‘Pinball Wizard’ by The Who. I was drawn to the powerful chords. The sound of a guitar. That still remains and I will always come back to it. The music we portray is more of a fun, party atmosphere that existed in the heyday of MTV. People wanted to buy into that rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. It was a spirited time in music history.”

He added, “I am still just a rock ‘n’ roll kid and I still like those simple songs that I can move to. I just like getting up on stage and running around. Once we get doing the show, we just feed off the audience, so every song is my favorite. I think everyone should get the chance to perform a scissor kick during a rock ‘n’ roll show during their life.”

Tickets are available online at www.midwestix.com or by phone at 515-244-2771 for $23. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Clay County Fair and Events Center for $23 and at the door for $28.