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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Chris 'Sniper' Hineline- The Art of Shredding

Hello everyone and welcome back to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog for 3D In Your Face.  You thought I forgot about you, didn't you?  I had a rather rough week last week and I thought it would be better if I just didn't post a blog up.  A moment of silence if you will.  This week I am back and better than ever and I have a very special blog for you this week.  First of all I would like to take a minute and thank everyone that came out and saw 3D In Your Face last weekend.  Our Friday Omaha show at The 21st Saloon was out of control.  We celebrated Sniper's birthday in true Rock N Roll fashion.  Sioux City, you blew our mind again and again.  Thank you to all of our fans for coming out and meeting us for a wild night in The Sewer.  We over-nighted it out of Sioux City to Papillion, NE grabbed a few hours of sleep and woke up early to play The Totally Rad 80's 5K Run at Werner Park.  Let me tell you that is one of the funnest 80's themed parties 3D In Your Face has ever played and it happened on a Sunday before noon.  Just imagine, if you will, 1200 runners all dressed in neon spandex, teased hair, and sunglasses.  That is what happened to me this Sunday.  How was yours?

The real reason we are here to today is to celebrate the man, the myth, and the legend Chris 'Sniper' Hineline.  Happy Birthday buddy you deserve it.  If you haven't guessed yet our guitar player Sniper will be officially celebrating his birthday this weekend in Kearney, NE with two wild nights at Shooters.  Before I get into that I want to take you on a little trip.  I first met Sniper before he was the leather pants, leather jacket, HAIR IN THE AIR shred-a-holic you all know and love.  In March of 2011 3D In Your Face found itself in quite the situation.  We were out on a two day tour and the second night our old guitar player decided to leave the band for good.  We were in Wayne, NE at The National Rugby Tournament and there were 1000 thirsty punters descending on the venue eager to blow of some steam and listen to some Rock N Roll music. We were up the creak.  We were in the shit and nobody knew what to do or who to call.  Our old bass player had apparently jammed with Chris a few times and knew he was good.  A few calls were made and a couple hundred miles later Sniper arrived and my life hasn't been the same since.  Sniper walked in with 4 guitars which was three more than the old guitar player and played in front of 1000 toga-clad rugby players.  It was hot, it was sweaty, and to top it all of Sniper had to play through a make-shift PA instead of a guitar rig.  He nailed every song on the list perfectly without even complaining about the lack of accommodations.  I knew that night that I had a new best friend and this was going to be a really fun band again.  Two years later we have had the ride of a lifetime and things just keep getting better.  Thank you Snype for the best two years of my life.  We couldn't have done any of this without you.

Sniper's musical career started in a galaxy far far away.  The place was called The 80's.  It was a strange and magical place were Rock N Roll reigned supreme as the king of all music.  In 1980 a gallon of gas cost you $1.38, a stamp cost .$.15 and a dozen eggs ran you a whooping $.90.  Snyper's first real band was formed and started playing shows in this other realmly world.  The band was called Middle Earth.  Middle Earth started out playing parties and cover tunes by Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent, and Foghat.  After Middle Earth split up a year latter in 1981, Sniper joined Factor from '81 to 83.  A power trio, Factor cut it's teeth in local Omaha bars and parties playing Rush, Triumph, and Van Halen covers.  In 1984, Sniper joined his first glam band as the hair metal movement was sweeping the world.  Stacks was formed and played bigger outdoor shows and Omaha rock clubs.  On the set list was UFO, Motley Crue, Ratt, Ozzy, and of course Van Halen.  Stacks lasted until 1985 when Sniper joined his first real road band Justin Morgan.  For those keeping score at home, yes in fact the same Justin Morgan that Alan 'Hot Rod' King played in.  Justin Morgan played 6 nights a week and traveled the country playing originals and cover tunes.  In those days you didn't need a job and Sniper was no exception to the rule.  He was a career musician on the road living like a dirty Rock N Roll gypsy.  In 1987 Dallas, TX called and Sniper joined forces with a metal band called Sheer Threat.  The gig didn't last long and he soon found himself in Cincinnati, OH with an outfit called Witch Way.  For the better part of 6 months he traveled up and down the East Coast playing shows.  Later in 1988 Sniper moved to Detroit to join forces with a sleaze rock band called LA Trace.  The band toured playing original and covers of Guns N Roses, Skid Row, and LA Guns.  As the 80s turned into the 90s Sniper moved back to Omaha and joined a band called October.  Three years later in 1994 Monster Zero was formed as an Omaha based road band and lasted for 7 years.  "We did a lot darker stuff by Alice In Chains,  Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sound Garden until I convinced them to play more Poison, VH and Crüe. We recorded a CD that was played on the radio !!! Once.".  
In 2001 Sniper took a break from music to serve his country in The Army.  Upon returning in 2006, he joined Pranxter.  Pranxter was an Omaha cover band that scored a lot of fans and climbed through the ranks of the cover band circuit.  The stuck to their guns and played Rock N Roll music and their fans responded by packing their shows and supporting Pranxter all the way until 2011, when they decided to call it a day.  This ultimately brings us back to that day in late March 2011 in Wayne, NE.  The last two years have been a wild ride and I wouldn't change any of it for the world.  Sniper has become our quarterback on stage.  He is the best musician I have ever met ever since I have met him and joined 3D In Your Face I have spent more and more time in the practice room learning bass riffs and writing songs.  He constantly inspires me to practice hard, play hard, and never ever give up.  Sniper is a true Rock Star in my book.  When he tells stories of the old days, I know to shut up and listen because he has been there and done things that I could only dream of.  From day one I knew that we would end up being best friends.  I think it had to do with both loving KISS, but honestly there was more than that.  Every time I look to my left and see him on stage I smile (also when I am laying in bed after a show and my ears are ringing).  3D In Your Face has become quite a family and I thank God every night for the guys in my band (I also thank God for Rock N Roll but that is between me and Him).  

This Friday and Saturday April 12th and 13th we will be celebrating Snipers actual birthday on the road in Kearney, NE.  We will be doing two nights at Kearney Shooters.  That's right 3D In Your Face will be throwing the biggest 80's Rock N Roll bash Kearney, NE has ever seen and you are all invited to partake.  Now Shooters is a country bar but don't let that stop you.  These guys really know how to throw the Rock N Roll bash of a lifetime.  We will be serving up hot-sticky-sweat piles of dirty HAIR IN THE AIR melt your face off Rock N Roll by the bucket full.  Also be sure to tune I will be doing two interview for this show.  The first will be Thursday afternoon on 91.1 KLPR around 1:45.  The second interview will be Friday on NTV aroun 12:45.  Tune in and get your free SPADE fix live on the air.  Look out Kearney 3D In Your Face is coming.  Get those signs out.  






  1. Always impressed with the way you put "words" together to connect with! Sniper is quite the rocker it seems! Cannot wait to see you guys again.

  2. Thank you Kelsey Homolka. Can't wait to see you again too.