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Announcements Regarding COVID-19

Hairball fans, We are working closely with promoters and monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC. We will be making statements about individual shows that are affected shortly. Our number one priority is the health and well- being of our fans, crew, and band. We appreciate your…

Hairball marks 20 years of celebrating arena rock

What began as something silly two decades ago has become what is billed now as a bombastic celebration of arena rock. “It started as a joke and it morphed into a career,” said Michael “Happy” Schneider, lead guitarist for Hairball, who perform on March 6 at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet as part of the…

Taking do or dye attitude, Hairball isn’t teasing with a night of shear madness

Doing a phone interview while waiting in line at a suburban Minneapolis Home Depot, Michael Schneider probably doesn't elicit very many stares. But give the man some leather pants, a pair of platform boots and a shred-ready ax, then, he is ready to rock your world. "I have the best job in the world," Schneider,…

Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 132: Hairball

The country’s most ambitious cover band is based right here in Minneapolis — and draws bigger and more fanatical crowds than most “real” bands. A staple of the local scene for almost 20 years, Hairball started out like Spinal Tap on a shoestring budget. According to longtime guitarist Michael “Happy” Schneider, that meant buying itchy wigs from Halloween shops…

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Bayfront Music Festival

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Bayfront Music Festival - Duluth, MN - we’re all set up, sound checked and ready to rock! Our friends in Arena and Zed Leppelin open the show tonight. Hairball has a great history with Duluth and I’ve been looking forward to this show since I started. The weather looks great and…

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: “Shake the Lake”

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: “Shake the Lake” - Madison, WI: lakeside greetings from Madison as we get ready to rock Lake Monona tonight. It’s the last show of this week and it’s going to be a hot one! Rumor has it we are going to be bringing back a set from a band we haven’t…

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Johnstown, PA

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Johnstown, PA - Thunder in the Valley Bike Rally. After a late flight into Pittsburgh and a late night drive to Johnstown we had a little time this afternoon to walk around this historic town, check out America’s oldest record store. Now we wait until dinner and then for our set…

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Arnold’s Park in Okoboji, IA

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Arnold’s Park in Okoboji, IA - and ready for tonight’s show! The weather is clearing and after having to play an “abbreviated” show last night in ND due to severe weather, we are all hoping we get to put on a full show tonight. We are very lucky to get to…

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: I-90 somewhere in Wisconsin

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: I-90 somewhere in Wisconsin...sitting here, watching the miles tick by, on our way back to Minnesota. (Fun fact of the day: last night I learned that more than one member of Hairball can do a great impression of Michael McDonald and those impressions WILL stay stuck in my head for HOURS)…

Postcards from the edge: Goodhue, MN

Postcards from the edge: Goodhue, MN...are you ready?!?!?! It’s a been a little while since my last post but after the “Unofficial” Start of Summer, otherwise known as Memorial Day, the summer tour schedule kicks into high gear. We will crisscross the country in the coming months, keeping arena rock alive and well, all to…