Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

Favorite places to play?
Our favorite places to play: Herman's Hideaway, Slocum's Underground (Casper, Wyoming), Cricket on the Hill and the Blue Mule, to name a few.

Why music?
Why not music?

If not music, what else?
If not music, we'd all be dead. No other choice.

Love .45
Love .45
DJ Vajra
DJ Vajra

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
90 Grit Nipples, Rex Fetch and a variety of others not worthy of a mention.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Really, any time we play local or on tour, it's hard to keep Chris and Skot in their pants. They like to have naked races -- don't know why. Don't ask. Either way, the stories are good. You'll have to ask one of them personally.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
See above.

Worst gig?
Several bad gigs. Did you hear the one about Rexway playing in a batting cage in thirty-below weather? Lots of nudity at that show!

What do you love about the local scene?
I think the local scene is like a big family. I love that. All the friendships, love and hate that goes along with family life!

What bugs you about the local scene?
Did I mention that the local scene is like a family? Who loves their family all the time?

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Biggest misconception about our band is that we're ska. The Denver Post printed we're a ska band. Huh? Apparently, they haven't seen us!

Any random facts we should know?
Random facts: A forty-pound parrot is a huge bird. It takes a mighty big fish to hump a whale. All the way around a pig's ass is definitely pork!

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avalanche or Broncos? Any other choices?

Parting shot/final comments?
Parting shot: Despite popular rumors, Rexway is not broken up, nor do we plan to break up. Don't know how these things get started. We're breaking for personal time, to regroup, write some new music and come back bigger and better in a month or so!

ROGUE
NOMINATED IN HARD ROCK/METAL/AGGRO
7 P.M., THE CHURCH DOWNSTAIRS

And you are...?
My name is Bill Terrell, and I'm the frontman for Rogue.

Website?
Our website is www.roguemetal.com

How long has your act been together?
We have been together over seven years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We were recently on the cover of Westword, and we recently turned down a full national tour because of an unforeseen member change.

Recent recordings of note?
Our most recent recording is an album called Rogue Nation. We will have another studio album released by the fall.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
I own a nightclub called Whiskey Bill's. One of my guitarists is an ironworker, and the other specializes in automobiles. Our bassist works in a factory.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
The biggest crowd we ever played for was a national opener in front of over 4,000 people. We are totally looking forward to European touring, where the crowds are enormous.

Favorite places to play?
Our favorite places to play would be the Ogden, Iliff Park Saloon, Whiskey Bill's, Pops (St. Louis). This year we plan on making a bunch of new big favorite venues to play.

Why music?
I chose to play music because I had a severe passion for it. It wasn't really a choice; I was just driven to it.

If not music, what else?
If not for music, I would have been some type of martial-arts comedian. You know, the kind of guy who would kick someone's ass if they didn't laugh.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
It's been so long, I couldn't answer that question. I honestly don't remember.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
The debacle at Fat City would be a funny local story. We had a blast playing, but everything surrounding the show was complete chaos. The guy watching their backstage area almost didn't let us get back so we could perform.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
On tour in Indiana, a girl died in front of the stage. She hit her head on the ground and went into insulin shock. She was dead for fifteen minutes before they revived her. That was bizarre.

Worst gig?
The worst gig we ever played would probably be the Milwaukee Metalfest. It was totally disorganized, and we got the runaround from everyone involved. It sucked.

What do you love about the local scene?
I love the drive that a lot of the bands have. More people touring and promoting their asses like they should. I really get to see how much talent there is owning a club -- and there is a lot.

What bugs you about the local scene?
What bugs me and my band the most is the bullshit that people talk. They are usually people who have not earned the right to talk shit because they have done nothing in their own careers. The "I want something for nothing attitude" really gets to us.

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