The Official Blog Of The Glam Slam Big Haired Bad Boys Out Of Omaha, NE, 3D In Your Face

Friday, March 17, 2017

Twisted as Hell Pt. 2 - Interview with John Hennis.

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  I meant to get this thing out last week but I completely ran out of time.  Things have been happening so fast it's tough to get a minute to sit down and collect my thoughts.  This weekend is huge and we are very excited to be bringing you some amazing shows, not to mention today we are celebrating my birthday and St. Patty's Day.  Tonight The Midnight Devils will be opening for "Rock of Ages" the musical at The Omaha Community Playhouse.  We will begin playing around 6 PM in the corridor to the theatre and we will play right up until 7:30 when they open the doors.  Saturday night we are heading back down south to St. Joe, MO for a big rock n roll riot with Coverboy at The 'Vous.  Show starts around 10PM.  Also if you can't make any of these shows please keep it tuned to 101.9 The Keg all weekend.  I will be hanging out live with Crash Davis this morning as he does his St. Patty's Day Beer and Breakfast party at The Brick Street Tavern in Omaha.  I will also be doing Saturday morning on The Keg 12 AM - 3 PM and my show Hair In The Air Saturday night at 11 PM.  There's a ton of rock n roll mayhem happening and you just have to be apart of it.

If you missed it, The Midnight Devils will be opening for the mighty Jackyl on Friday, April 14th at The Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln.  Tickets available here.

Last week I talked to you about The Twisted Diamond, a sacred place in Topeka KS.  It's a rock n roll/hair metal/glam rock museum located in John Hennis' basement.  John runs security at The Boobie Trap Bar and has one of the coolest places I've ever seen.  For guys like us it's a little slice of heaven away from home.  Here is our tribute to John for taking us under his wing and become a good friend.  Enjoy the interviews and the pictures.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Twisted As Hell Pt. 1

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  I'm sorry I missed last week.  This tour has got us working our asses off and I ran out of time during the week to get my thoughts in order.  We had an absolute blast in Brandon, SD at Double D's Saloon.  The great people there treated us amazingly and we can't wait to come back.  Sioux City was a thrill to say the least.  The Filling Station was an amazing setting for this giant rock n roll reunion.  Can you believe it had been almost two years since we played in Sioux City?  See all of you again was exactly what the doctor ordered.  Trust me we wont wait that long to come back again.  This week I want to try and do something very special.  Before we get into the nuts and bolts there are a lot of great things happening this week in our word.  Tonight we have the amazing honor of playing at The Legendary Boobie Trap Bar in Topeka, KS.  This will be our second trip on this tour to one of Topeka's finest rock n roll establishments.  We've got a few miles under our belts and we are out for blood this time.  Saturday we head back to Fremont, NE for a wild rock n roll party at Tin Lizzy's Tavern.  Fremont happens to be my home town and it's getting closer to my birthday.  Get ready to party.  On the radio front, I will be doing an over night shift on 101.9 The Keg tonight at midnight and then my normal show also called HAIR IN THE AIR will be one at 11 PM CST.  If you can't make the shows at least tune in and get your fix over the air.

As I said earlier we are heading back to Topeka, KS for a big rock n roll party at The Legendary Boobie Trap Bar.  We hit up this historic landmark back near Thanksgiving of 2016 on the first leg of this tour.  The big thing for all of us was not only the fantastic people we met but a little unknown place called The Twisted Diamond located in a the security guard, John's basement.  An avid Twisted Sister fan, John has turned his basemen,t now know as The Twisted Diamond into a hair metal museum.  It's paradise for glam rockers the world over.  My goal is to capture just a little bit of the magic and report back to you.  This story needs to be told.  Funny enough, back when we released The Midnight Devils album in 2013 I was shopping around for radio interviews to promote the new album.  I came across a Internet podcast called Bleach Bangs that was right up our alley.  I emailed and messaged and got a big fat nothing in return.  Four years later in Topeka I run into John and learn he was a host of Bleach Bangs.  I was like "What the hell man?"   No hard feelings but I think it's time we turn the tide on John and sit him down for an interview at The Twisted Diamond.  My college radio skills are totally coming in handy this weekend.  Sorr to cut this blog short but my goal is to report back to you Saturday with the second part of this blog. Until then keep spreading the word.  The Midnight Devils tour is almost full and we wont rest until Rocklahoma.



Friday, February 24, 2017

What Will Your Actions Say?

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  Gearing up for another wild weekend and of course it snows like crazy all night.  No worries on our part.  There is nothing that can stop us from playing tonight's 21st Saloon Tribute Show at Sneaky Pete's Saloon in Omaha, NE.  It's been almost a month since we last played Omaha and the last place we played was of course The 21st Saloon.  We were devastated to see it go like everyone else but it's time to move on and remember all the good times we had there.  That's exactly what we are doing tonight at Sneaky Pete's.  We can't wait to see some familiar faces and this will be the first time we ever played with The Playboy at this bar.  I don't have to tell you how this is going to go down.  Saturday we are heading back west across the state to a bar that welcomed us with open arms back in July.  Get ready for a very special night of boogie woogie rock n roll at The Glass Bar in Grand Island, NE.  This is one of the coolest bars in central Nebraska and the basement/our dressing room is supposedly haunted.  I will try and get video proof for you.  I will be doing lots more radio this week with another show tonight/Saturday morning from 12 AM to 3 AM and my radio show also called Hair in the Air on Saturday night at 11 PM all on 101.9 The Keg.

Things are going very well for The Midnight Devils and that makes my job a little easier.  We have been traveling a ton hitting up towns north, south, east, and west of Omaha.  That's the one thing that makes me happy, we are finally getting out and spreading our wings.  Preaching the good word to the great people of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and soon South Dakota.  Our summer dates are starting to fill up and we only have about 8 more available dates until August.  Right now we are looking for a show in central Iowa, April 8th.  We also have April 14th and 15th available but not for long.  I feel so lucky that we get to hit the open highway every weekend and see people that we normally didn't get to see but once a year.  It's still exciting and it's still fun.  You never really know what you are getting into but you know there's going to be some great stories along the way.  Just wait until I start writing my book.  Our show schedule has been updated as of Wednesday and is available here.  Keep spreading the word because we can't do all of this without your help.

I wanted to address something but I wasn't really sure how to make this negative thing into a positive, so kind of read between the lines.  We as a band are relatively quiet on our social media pages and that is definitely intentional.  Unless it relates directly to the band or public appearances we don't post  it.  There are so many terrible things being said on Facebook and Twitter and if someone reads a post made by one of the guys in the band and doesn't agree with you the entire band comes off looking like a bunch of assholes.  It's pretty simple and we have had tons of conversations about this "don't alienate your audience by what you say on social media."  More importantly who has the time to focus on negativity when there are shows to be booked, emails to be sent, and songs to written.  It really comes down to priorities and putting your money where your mouth is.  In order to move forward and achieve the our goals we must first remove that "attack mentality".  Sure there are plenty of things I see on the Internet that I don't like or don't agree with but on the other side of the coin there are people that disagree with me and my outlook.  If I went after ever person I disagreed with than I would be no better off than I was before I started.  Go ahead and make your point on religion, politics, music but honestly how many times have you had that conversation with a person and changed their minds.  Never.  The focus needs to shift to taking care of business and progressing in a positive light.  Let your actions speak louder than your words.

Always Loud
Forever Proud

Sam Spade

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Best is Yet To Come - OEAA Bound

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  Could this be two blogs in a row?  For you my friends, anything.  The Midnight Devils have been hitting the road pretty hard the last few weeks.  We would like to thank the great people of Kearney for an amazing time and the private party in Chapman, NE totally blew us away.  That was a show were we new absolutely nobody and they welcomed us into their family with open arms.  Now I know it's been a while since we've been home or in the area so for some of you the only way to stay in touch is with this blog.  I am trying to be more diligent with my writing.  Tonight we head out again to Benevolent Studios in Hamburg, IA, just 45 miles south of Omaha and I-29.  We will be teaming up with Omaha punk rock legends Cordial Spew who have been slinging skate inspired punk rock anthems since the 80's.  Not to mention my AA sponsor happens to be their lead singer Jay Bacon.  Saturday we head to Lincoln, NE to a bar that has become our unofficial home Gray's Keg Saloon.  For this show we have PolyFaze opening up the festivities around 8:30 PM.  For the biggest news of all we have the first official The Midnight Devils t-shirts available in sizes S-2XL but we only have 35 so supplies are very limited.  We will have a link available as soon as the graphics come in from the designer.  As for the upcoming tour dates I should have everything update by the end of the weekend.  There are only a small amount of dates left going into August.  Right now we are looking for a show March 3rd and 17th and April 7th and 8th.  Watch for a massive summer concert announcement coming very soon.  Last but not least, I can't quite spill the beans yet but I am doing some overnight voice tracking on 101.9 The Keg in addition to my regular Saturday night show HAIR IN THE AIR.  If you missed this mornings show from 12 AM -3 AM tune in tonight at 12 AM again and catch my overnight shift.  The wheels are in motion.

This week 3D In Your Face is so honored to be heading back to the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.  This year we are actually closing the evening with an explosive celebration of "In Your Face" rock n roll.  I don't want to write the same blog I write every year but honestly I always think of this as one of the biggest honors a band from Omaha can get.  A nomination by our fans to represent them in front of the rest of the Omaha arts community.  It's a privilege and we don't take that lightly.  It's not about us this award has always been about you, our loyal fans, friends, and family.  The best part about this years OEAA experience has been the great friends we've already made along the way.  From the other great bands, to the promoters, to the talent, and the organizers I can safely say I'm proud as hell to be from this great state.  The first few times we lost the award I was absolutely torn up but I tried to keep it in check.  This year I already feel like I won the lottery, no trophy needed.  On top of all of this craziness, The Midnight Devils will be out for two nights and cap the weekend of with an award ceremony rock n roll bash.  That right there is the reason we keep going out for more.

I want to thank personally thank everyone that got us to this point.  I don't say it nearly enough but thank you to our fans for being the light in an often dark place, thank you to our families for being there even when we are off traveling around the country side,  thank you to all of you that have taken a chance on us and talked us through the rough patches.  That we can never repay.  I feel blessed and even as I write this I am smiling.  There's still a long road ahead of us.  There are a lot of things to get done, a lot of shows to book, a video to shoot, a trip to Rocklahoma, a new tour to plan, and a new album to write.  I know that with all of you standing in our corner pushing us forward we can accomplish these goals we have set out for ourselves.  I truly believe that the very best is yet to come.


Sam Spade

Friday, February 10, 2017

Here's To You and Here's To The 21st Saloon

Hello everybody and welcome to Hair in the Air, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  I want to apologize for missing last weeks blog.  Things were quite crazy and we were all trying to sort out what to do next after the closing of our home bar The 21st Saloon, but I will get to that later.  The Midnight Devils are beyond excited and ready to hit the road later today.  It seems we do the best when the van is full of gear and we are cruising with the radio on.  Tonight we will be making our debut at Nick's on the Bricks in our "home away from home", Kearney, NE.  I already know this is going to be a wild rock n roll party and we can't wait to see all of our Kearney friends and family.  It has been way to long.  Saturday was originally scheduled for Groovy's Pub in Oakland, NE but due to some unforeseen circumstances the show was rescheduled to Friday, May 5th.  Instead we got offered a private party in Chapman, NE on Saturday and it will be quite an honor for us to play this party.  Please don't forget to listen to my radio show on Saturday night also called Hair in the Air, on 101.9 The Keg.  I can't divulge the information yet that I want to but because you people are always so great to me I can tell you that I'm working on something really cool and it has to do with rock n roll radio.  Don't ask because I can't tell and I don't want to jinx it.  Just keep sending your good vibes my way.

So the big news last week that took the Omaha music community by storm was the sudden closing of The 21st Saloon.  I promised myself this would not be a negative blog but a tribute to everything that Scott Kirk and The 21st Saloon stood for.  We started playing The 21st Saloon almost six years ago.  I remember being sober at the time we got the gig and I was still the guitar tech and stage manager for 3D In Your Face.  I remember getting on stage to play Thunderstuck, running out into the audience, jumping on a rolling chair, and the whole thing slipping out from underneath me.  Luckily it was somebody's birthday and their cupcake table broke my fall.  Frosting everywhere.  The 21st Saloon was a bar unlike any I have ever been to and I doubt anything like it will take it's place.  Scott and his amazing staff believed in the music, the blues, and the rock n roll so heavily up until that very last day.  Scott, Sniper, and I talked often about only bringing in quality bands with heart and soul because the people would be able to spot the wanna-be's.  It was a bar built on a reputation of great live music, guaranteed.  We played over 160 shows there with 3D In Your Face and without The 21st Saloon there wouldn't be The Midnight Devils.  Scott gave us a chance and place to realize our dreams.  I met so many amazing people that I love dearly to this day at this bar.  At the end of the last 3D In Your Face residency it had become a family affair.  Every Friday we would all gather to celebrate life, love, and rock n roll.  I know this bar meant as much to you as it did to us.

With all that being put out on the table, I am a firm believer that The 21st Saloon closing happened for a reason bigger than just money.  Most of the time these reasons are never clear and you're always asking yourself "I don't understand why something like this would happen."  I was floored and heartbroken last week but I just kept saying "we are moving to bigger and better.  Don't let it stray you from the course."  Last week we ended up losing three gigs.  This week I was pretty down but still pushing on cold calling any bar within 500 miles of Kearney.  Out of the blue a guy called me about a private party that is routed perfectly for the trip.  I was so excited I was dancing up and down in my apartment, just the cat and I.  Later that night we landed a gig in Carrol, IA on our trip to Des Moines next month.  Then we confirmed with Sneaky Pete's in Omaha to pick up our lost 21st Saloon show on Feb. 24th.  I just looked at my cat in disbelief and said "I told you everything happens for a reason."  Sure we don't know the plan and we are mostly just along for the ride but it's so amazing to see bad things turn around into great things.  The rest of the week I've felt pretty inspired and grateful as hell.  I said it on a Facebook post but this business never ceases to amaze me.  It's very fluid and goes this way and that way and you never really know what to expect.  What I have learned is that if you put in the hard work, pay your dues, and do everything from the heart it will always come back to you positively in the end.  I always push to go that extra step and do the things that other bands in our position wouldn't do.  Whatever it takes.  Unanswered messages and phone calls are just "yes's" later on down the line.


Sam Spade

Friday, January 27, 2017

15 minutes isn't just 15 minutes anymore.

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  Time to hit the dusty for a little adventure on the road.  We would like to thank everyone that came out to support our first hometown show of 2017 last week at The 21st Saloon.  We had a blast and it was fantastic seeing all your smiling faces.  Welcome to the party.  Tonight we head off to Broken Bow, NE for a Midnight Devils debut at Sylvester's Bar.  A few years back 3D In Your Face use to frequent this fantastic small town bar and now it's time to rekindle that flame.  If I only could remember the wild times we used to have I might have an interesting book someday.  Saturday we cruise back across the state to Plattsmouth, NE for a very special acoustic show at DC's Waterhole.  I say this every time we head back to DC's, but this bar was one of very first stops on the very first tours The Midnight Devils ever did.  They gave us a chance and we've made it a point to come back on every run since we started.  You know it's going to be one of those kind of nights.  Don't forget to listen to my radio show Saturday night also called HAIR IN THE AIR on 101.9 The Keg.  Just between you and I, there might be a big announcement coming up regarding my radio show.  It's all good news.  Just because I love you for being amazing wonderful people I will give you a big concert announcement as well.  3D In Your Face has been asked to come back to JD's in Kearney, NE for Cruise Night on July 15th.  You want fun?  We bring the fun.  Get ready for a great summer.

I've got a very inspirational blog for you today.  I wanted to write about something that I have been trying to work on in The Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face.  I've had the pleasure of taking some great advice about motivation and staying inspired.  This is a tough lesson that I think I go through everyday.  What am I going to do today that is going to forward my progress or the progress of the band?  What can I accomplish today that is going to get me to the next level?  It's not all about the big things like booking shows or making contacts.  The small things add up to make the big things even better.  Today I started a great partnership with an apparel company in Omaha that is hopefully going to be creating all the new Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face merchandise.  We had an amazing rehearsal this evening and we added a song or two to our set list.  I feel confident that this weekend is going to be great from a musical standpoint.  The hardest part for me is that sometimes I let my emotions dictate my actions.  I let the thoughts running through my head get in the way of accomplishing the work that needs to be done.  As a human being it's almost impossible to not let your emotions get the best of you.  The trick realizing it's happening and how to pull ourselves out?  To overcome the fact that our minds are telling us it would be easier to give up and do nothing than to put in the effort needed to accomplish our goals.

I'm not saying all of this because I am giving you some important life direction.  I am merely getting it out in the open to remind myself that failure isn't an option.  The dream begins and ends right here.  If we aren't out there pushing ourselves on the road or in the rehearsal room than we aren't progressing to the next level.  If one club doesn't respond back to our booking messages than there are 20 other clubs that we will message.  One might bite and we will bust our asses putting on a hell of a performance for the club that actually took a chance on us.  It's the commitment on our part not to do anything halfway.  That all starts the second I wake up and my brain says roll back over you can get 15 more minutes of sleep.  It's so easy to take that road but today I have to mail CD's and t-shirts across the state, teach guitar lessons, send out 5 booking emails, rehearse, learn lyrics, and rent a van.  Not even complaining a little because I know exactly what I signed up for and I love every minute of it.  The hardest part is reconditioning your brain to think that there are a million amazing reason to wake up in the morning.  There are chances, victories, and opportunities that might pass you by if you let your emotions get the best of you.  Break the cycle and go get that thing that makes you happy, even if everyone else is telling you it's impossible.  Don't let it slip away because you didn't give it everything you had.


Sam Spade

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Reach For The Stars Because You Only Get One Shot

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  We started out our first weekend of 2017 on the road in pure unapologetic rock n roll fashion.  Three guys, a van full of speakers, and a few cities that needed a dose of glam fueled boogie woogie rock n roll.  Huge thank you to everyone in Columbus, NE at Micek's Bar.  Every time we go there I wonder how you are going to top yourself and you always do.  Also thank you to the great people of Valley, NE and the Spruce Street Tavern for all your hospitality.  This week we kick things off with a hometown show Friday, Jan. 20th at The 21st Saloon.  Please help us spread the word about this show.  We want to pack the place and show Omaha, our hometown we can throw one hell of a rock n roll party.  As it sits right now there will be no show on Saturday but that doesn't mean you still can't have a good time.  Be sure and tune in to my radio show also called Hair In The Air, Saturday night at 11pm CST on 101.9 The Keg.

If you are just joining us or missed the huge announcement 3D In Your Face is honored to be apart of Rocklahoma 2017.  We will be traveling to Pryor, Ok again this year over the Memorial Day weekend for one of the biggest three day festivals in the country.  It's very hard to describe how amazing this show is.  This is  something you must experience at least once in your life.

Sorry for the lack of blog last week.  Unfortunately right after New Years I came down with a flu that knocked me out for about a week.  Luckily "The Sickness" was during the tour break and we didn't have to fight that battle on stage.  This is that time of year especially for those of us in the Midwest that it can get a bit tough.  The weather is terrible, the nights are cold, and there just isn't a whole lot you can do about it.  What I'm saying is that it's easy to get dragged down into your mind.  The trick is to know the signs and fight through them.  To keep pushing forward when everything around says stop.  It'd be easier to sit at home and not stress about the road, the band, and the shows.  I know the moment that I even think about that option it's over.  I say this on stage every night but we do the best when we stay out on the road playing shows.  It gets in your blood and you crave it.  I love travelling.  I love meeting new people and I love seeing faces that I haven't seen in months.  Being a traveling musician is a blessing and I treat it as that.  It's not easy and don't let anyone ever tell you that it is.  We fight for every inch we get but we also love every minute of the journey.

I'm not immune to getting down or depressed.  I'm not immune to the stress of day to day life.  I struggle with it just like everyone else.  What I have is an outlet and I have two of my best friends on the same journey as me.  It seems like no matter how bad things look as soon as we close up those van doors and get out on the highway the problems and the tension seem to melt away into laughter.  It's all in how you deal with it.  Solution oriented problem solving is a new skill I am learning on this tour along with team building and leadership.  When problems arise, and they always will, how are you going to fix them?  How are you going to overcome?  At the end of the day are you going to be sweaty, tired, and exhausted because you gave it everything you've got?  That's the sign that you know you are doing it right and on the right path.  I did a blog a few months back about taking the step out into dark waters with The Midnight Devils.  We took the step now it's time to tread water and make this thing float.  I've something to prove more to myself than to anybody else.  Reach for the stars because you only get one shot.