Apr 13, 2019
Oscar Meyer Weiner Song by Spud City, "Music With a Peel," -University of Lowell concert, 1978 (Steve Hoeft/guitar, Bruce Kerr/guitar, Mickey Marien,/bass, & Tyke Ten Eyck/drums.
This is how our rock road band in New England in 1978 opened our shows. For this concert, we played about 12 original songs after this opener. Big stage for us since most of our 4-5 gigs a week those years were clubs, college pubs, bars, ski lodges. But once in a while, a concert like this one came along where, instead of 4 x 45 min. sets including covers, we did an all-original show of songs written by "Loose Bruce" Kerr.
We had a band house in rural northern Massachusetts up on the New Hampshire border, about an hour out of Boston. In those days, around 3 to 5pm, 4-5 times a week, 3 cars loaded with gear would launch down that 1/4 mile driveway (if snow allowed) to drive an hour to 4 hours away in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut or Mass.
In the big snowstorm of '78, we were snowed in at that house for a week, lost a lot of gigs & money, but we made up for it over the following months.
Alas, all bands dis-band (yes, I said it) and dis band did no differently. In 1979 we went back down to Steve & I as a duo, then we split in January, 1980, Steve moved to Boise, Idaho and started various bands. Bruce went to St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands to go solo for the next 12 years there and in California. Tyke ended up in Florida, Mickey in southern California, Bruce in northern California, and Steve in Idaho.
Spud City, "Music With a Peel"