DETROIT LAKES – With pyrotechnics, myriad costume changes and classic songs played with precision, Hairball delivered an action-packed performance at Friday night’s Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival the 15th of July.

An event planner for the Detroit Lakes Jaycees said they sold out all of the tickets they pre-printed for the lakeside party and needed to print more the night of the show to accommodate the wide audience of sandy-footed spectators.

Hairball performs at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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“I don’t know if we’ve ever sold a track before, but if my guitar works, I’m happy,” Hairball guitarist Happy said before taking the stage for the band’s show. “Whether it’s five smiley faces or 5,000, we try to earn them all.”

The legendary tribute band have covered medleys of songs with iconic vocalists including: KISS, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Journey, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne. During the medleys, at least one of the Hairball band members would change into costume and, if necessary, make up each of the singers to give the audience a more accurate portrayal of the famous singers.

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An event attendee, dressed as Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash, laughs among the crowd during Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes, part of the 10-day 86th Northwest Water Carnival July 15, 2022.

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Hairball performs at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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Happy also said that one of the most important things for him is to keep doing what he loves, which is playing music for others.

“Fortunately for me, a lot of other people like the same thing,” he said.

The lead guitarist is also currently battling cancer, he said, which has given him a new appreciation for life and his music.

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Hairball performs at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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Hairball performs at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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“Every day that I wake up and everything is working, I appreciate everything,” Happy said.

Hairball’s opening act, The Fabulous Armadillos, also delivered hits from the 1960s and 1970s, which, combined with Hairball’s catalog, spanned music from over four decades.

The fabulous Armadillos saxophonist, Mike Kreitzer, and his bandmate, Pat Thorn, are also professional musicians who play with their own group: The Affordable Horns, from St. Cloud.

Krietzer said performing with The Fabulous Armadillos was not his first beach gig.

“We did a few trips to Mexico and took a bunch of fans, a couple hundred fans, and we played a couple beaches in Mexico, so that was pretty cool,” Krietzer said.

He also reluctantly admitted that playing on the Detroit Lakes beach was fine, “it’s not like being in Mexico,” he laughed.

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The Fabulous Armadillos perform at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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The Fabulous Armadillos perform at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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Regarding his bandmates, Krietzer said, “We’re always amazed, as horn players, we never get tired of hearing these guys play, especially the guitarist. He’s got this thing not just to get the good ratings on the record, but the tone, and a lot of guitarists don’t do that, but it’s just great.”

Krietzer also said he and his wife will always have very fond and special memories of the Detroit Lakes as they were married in the city on July 5, 1980 and are currently celebrating 42 years together.

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The Fabulous Armadillos perform at Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 15, 2022.

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He added that Friday night’s gig was literally the hottest gig they’ve played all summer and was thankful the band didn’t need horns on every song, so they could get their groove on. The shadow.

“The other guys up there are dying,” Krietzer said, figuratively speaking. “But it’s still a lot of fun doing outdoors (concerts), especially after COVID.”

Check out all the videos and photos from the first night of Bash on the Beach on DL-Online.

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Members of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees sell mugs and other items during Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes, part of the 10-day 86th Northwest Water Carnival, July 15, 2022.

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