Heather has decided to skip Rocklahoma this year. Like a lot of people, she is a little disappointed in the lineup, and has decided to save her money for other vacations. I can't disagree or fault her on the decision. Even though she won't be backstage with Bring Back Glam!, she'll be there in spirit for sure and even offered to research some bands. Today, Heather's take on Zebra.
Time to learn a little about one of the lesser-known bands that will be taking the stage during Rocklahoma 2008. Zebra is on the bill for Sunday, July 13. The band formed in 1975 in New Orleans. Their mainstream debut dropped in 1983. The self-titled album became the fastest selling debut record in Atlantic Records history, shipping 75,000 copies in the first week. The album stayed on the Billboard charts for eight months, peaking at number 29.
The second album came a year later with disappointing results. Sales never took off, and there was no hit single to be found.
Zebra released a new album in 2003, and in 2007 a DVD of a live performance from The House of Blues. Throughout their career, the boys have opened for major acts such as Aerosmith, Kiss, and ZZ Top.
Mentioned on the band's website as a touring "lowlight," Zebra's equipment was stolen after a gig in Houston back in 1981. They say that's when Twisted Sister, Rat Race Choir, the Good Rats and Southern Cross staged a benefit concert on their behalf, raising money to replace the equipment.
In addition to Rocklahoma, Zebra will play the Tomato Fest in Chalmette, Louisiana and the Metro New York Balloon and Music Festival in Shirley, New York.
Aside from the "busy" touring schedule, the guys are working on solo careers. Lead singer Randy Jackson's solo album Randy Jackson's China Rain hit store shelves in 1993. Felix Hanemann plays acoustic guitar and piano in unplugged shows, singing his own tunes along with covers from Rod Stewart, Oasis and Eric Clapton. He hopes to release a solo album in the near future. Following a battle with breast cancer, drummer Guy Gelso is starting a blues band.
If you'd like to know more, you can always visit the bands website. I feel the site leaves much to be desired, starting with the fact that it is silent. Typically bands like to promote their music, and it blasts the moment you click on their site. Not Zebra. This dare-to-be different group apparently wants to attract fans with their lack of music.
After finding some of their tunes on YouTube, I can honestly say I am not impressed. But you judge for yourself.
First, "Who's Behind the Door."
Now, the video for "Tell Me What You Want."