Labor Day weekend is often name-checked as the unofficial conclusion to summer. If that’s sadly the case, we still closed it out in style! Saint Francis Days could not have been more inviting to us. Great sound and hospitality. Despite a couple of us feeling under the weather, we powered through it like champions. We lucked out in the weather department, as the rain stayed away and the sun shined through the clouds. We certainly hope to be included in next year’s event! Thank you all for a tremendous summer. Our travels now take us back indoors. Our club season officially begins at Mo’s Irish Pub in Wauwatosa on Friday, September 28th. Come party with us!
An Acoustic Trip to the Sunset Strip
Think back to the days of loud guitars, Aqua Net, spandex, big hair and rock and roll. The 80’s saw a decade of bands storm the airwaves, from radio to MTV. Stadiums and arenas around the world saw some of the biggest, loudest productions, and there was no doubt that this music ruled the day.
The four musicians in STRIP’D have a goal. We want to bring this music back to stages all over the midwest. The sounds of hot summer nights, car windows down, fist pumping anthem rock. We’ve built a stage show that fits anywhere and shows off the talents these five veteran musicians bring.
Bringing these epic songs back in an acoustic setting shows they were more than just loud music. Rock and roll, however, needs to be powerful. That’s why we will still feature electric guitar and thunderous drums. Whatever the song calls for, that’s what we do.
STRIP’D is going to be that show you hear over and over again “OMG, I love this song” and “I wonder what they’ll do next!”
Hello friends! After 3 years of bringing you our unique brand of 80's hair metal, the members of Strip'd have decided to pursue new and exciting projects. It was an absolute blast not only for the band members to play this music for you, but we loved your passion and support.
A few very special thanks need to go out. Jon Kruger, you make every band you've worked with so much better. Tireless work ethic and your personality fits with us knucklehead musicians. You are the best and will be called upon again!
Taylor Thompson, our little brother. How could we ever ask for a better ambassador of all things glam? You worked for nothing and made us more professional as our main media guy. We all saw each other thru some tough times, just like a family. May that brotherhood continue.
Lisa Ramos, if you weren't cooking pre-practice dinners for us, you were making sure we were all happy and ready to rock on stage. Not to mention you got people out of their seats and dancing. To our very special "sticker queen", we love you.
Darrell Radke, you helped launch the band and gave us instant credibility with that crazy voice and bowling shoes! We appreciate your time with us and love seeing you still shredding ears!
Thanks to John Conhartoski for being one of the original 5 to get the band off the ground. Kelley O'Brien, you are one of a kind sweet thru and thru. Thank you for all your love and cookies!
To all the clubs, bars, festivals and anyone else who would have us, thank you so much for allowing us to play the songs we grew up on. Special thanks to our home base, Paulie's for being so very good to us. You and your staff are fantastic.
Oscar, Brian, Dave and Gary may pop on your social media to say thanks personally, and if we missed anyone, they will make sure you are thanked properly.
So are the guys in Strip'd put out to pasture? Hardly! All four are pursuing new musical stories. We hope you will continue to support us all.
Will Strip'd ever come back together to rock it up? We all remain great friends, and our love for you and the music may be the magnet that puts us back onstage, ready to relive that decade of decadence once again. We love you, and thanks!
- Brian, Dave, Oscar and Gary