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June 28, 2013

Hairball excited about Knoxville visit

Knoxville — Hairball front man, Happy, describes his band as a group of guys who never grew out of their love of rock and roll, the concert atmosphere and having nothing but a good time. The band's audiences include people of all ages, and he's hoping that Marion County is ready to party with him during the fair. 

Hairball is a unique arena rock cover band with the ability to seamlessly transform itself into some of the top entertainers of the era, and they are coming to the Marion County Fair on Friday, July 12, at 8 p.m. The band's known covers include Kiss, Poison, Def Leppard, Guns and Roses, Alice Cooper, Journey and many more. 

Happy described the show the band is bringing to Knoxville as a "big rock and roll fantasy," with plenty of magic and big pyrotechnics. It is a fast-paced celebration of arena rock that will likely include several acts, most from the 1980s, in one night. 

"We like to be spontaneous," Happy said. 

The band is known for playing with the fans, and to the fans. Happy has been known to sling a guitar around a fan and pull him or her on stage to strum the guitar for a few bars. Jumping into the audience has also been known to happen. Happy describes the things the band does as the same as when they were in high school.

"It's still fun and it's still cool," Happy said. The concert will take fans back to the era when MTV still played music videos, according to Happy. The band wants to give people the feeling they had in those days of dressing up, going to a concert and having a great time. 

"It's about getting off the Internet for a minute and coming face to face with it," Happy said. 

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