‘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.”