According to the guitar player known as Happy, hard-rock tribute band Hairball began as a joke that has grown into something with much more significance.
“It was an accident, a fabulous disaster that just went right,” he said.
Hairball impersonates hard-rock acts from the 1970s and ’80s, such as Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, AC/DC and Poison. The group features dual frontmen, vocalists Bobby Jensen and Kris Voxx, who take on the personas of legendary hard-rock singers. They alternate stage time, rapidly changing costumes between songs to present new characters, such as Paul Stanley and Alice Cooper, every five to 10 minutes.
Guitarist Happy, bassist Shawn Pop and drummer Colt Python provide the musicianship that reproduces the distinctive sound of the genre and era.
The Minnesota-based act started out as comedy but has developed into a serious endeavor to keep the music of classic arena rock bands alive. Happy joined the group about two years after it began.