Photo by Fred Hilker

Photo by Fred Hilker


That Summer of 1981, following the Battle of The Bands, the Ratler guys went on the road to Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Bass Player Russ Boyer got homesick for his sheep back on the farm. Mitch met Grandville (Grandy) Cleveland in the restroom of a bar where the band was blowing off some steam who claimed to be a bass player and he was looking for a gig. The band was excited to find someone so fast, and began planning for Russ to fly back to Iowa.Unfortunately, after playing one weekend in Estes Park with Grandy, he flaked out and the band was again without a bass player.

So the band put out a "cattle call" with ads in 3 newspapers to find a suitable replacement for Russ. Out of 5 bass players that actually tried out, we decided on Waterloo Bassist, Tim Weidman, who showed some great chops and seemed pretty straight-laced (heh!). As long as the band was going to be working in the new guy, Steve, Kevin and Mitch bargained to add female singer/guitarist, Kari Skogman, who had approached them at a Cedar Rapids bar called "Katz 'n Jammers" back before they went on the road. It was a big change, but it opened up the opportunity to play material with higher vocals, such as Loverboy, Journey, Pat Benetar and others.



 

 
 

 
 

 
 



 

 
 


Photos by Steve Amos

 

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