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.
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.