3D In Your Face is the nation's number one 80's hair metal tribute band. Hailing from the great state of Nebraska, 3D in Your Face has taken their non-stop Rock N Roll party across the country for close to 15 years. Big hair, tight pants, loud guitars, and more pyro than a the 4th of July all set to the soundtrack of 1989. 3D In Your Face is the living embodyment of 80's hair metal. ROCK N ROLL WILL NEVER DIE.
Now the long story....
CHAPTER ONE.... 3D In Your Face Bio…..
"Is heavy metal dead?"
That's one of the most stupid questions ever asked.
In the 80's decade, more records were set than ever...and musical styles flourished. MTV was the all-American
teenage television icon - and on Saturday night, Headbanger's Ball was the ultimate feature. Every metal band's
dream came true when their video was showcased.....
And the live shows were a phenomenon. Technology was of course a bit scarce back then compared to now, and
the application of 40 foot flames, mind blowing lightshows, and anything else entertaining was considered a necessity.
It wasn't the hair, or the clothes, or the 40 foot flames. It was the music that made history...
Is it just that....history?
The music scene in America has undergone an extreme change during the 80's, obviously. And the rock bands that set
those records 20 years ago are now called by the general public as "hair bands". HAIR BANDS. Because they see
the hair instead of the music. Today's media often refers to them as a joke; "What were they thinking"? "Are they
drag queens? Don't they know what's going on???"
What the media doesn't know, is that whatever label they want to put on this music is bullshit. Why?
Because metal music is still alive. It never died. And it never will die. And if you disagree.....
There are four men from the heart of America who will prove you wrong...
So who is 3D? Who are the members? Why did they get together? And what are they doing?
It happened as early as 1998. A guitarist and drummer who played in a symphonic/melodic metal band, knew
of another plan. The former keyboardist had to be replaced, and the search for another came in the form of a man
named Alan King.
Played keyboards he did, but he had a very impressive and extensive history. He was on the scene during the 80's,
when the "hair" bands were at their peak, doing the same thing, playing the same places, and writing the same
material. He released his own solo album and video, and he was an icon on the music scene.
However, after a few shows with the melodic metal band (then called Revelation), a new idea arose...
The trio (consisting of Jody Kermoad, Dan Owens and Alan King) decided upon a new goal - one which would skyrocket
into a promising career. An idea to pay tribute to the music they loved which seemed so far away. And the decision was made.
It was time to change the midwest's music scene...
After deciding on the name 3D (with the subtitle In Your Face, which expressed the attitude of metal) they decided on the
songs which they would play as a cover band. But the words cover band didn't seem to enthuse the newly formed band.
Sooo...what else was there to do?
A Chicago based band named the Afrodesiacs was a 70's disco tribute band that appeared time to time at a local venue. And
the idea arose "Why not tribute 80's metal bands???)
The question answered itself.
Instead of a cover band, 3D would not only play the part, but become it, dressing in full 80's gear, incorporating
the massive show....nothing was to be overlooked.
However, most bands had the dual guitar attack that made many bands of that era famous. So another member was needed.
And Bill Roundtree accepted the job. Now the band was complete, and after a few months rehearsal, they were ready to
unleash their product on the public.
And the public fell in love.
The band was given their own persona. Each would play a character which fit his part. Jett Animal, Hot Rod and
Trigger. They would become these characters on stage, while
resuming their real identities off stage. How the names were decided has been forgotten.
However, this would play a big role in the band's future...
The first gig was at Ranch Bowl in Omaha, Nebraska, the band's naitive town. And quite a few eyebrows were raised, as well
as glasses. Omaha had never seen anything like them since....well the 80's. And they began a steady rotation of every Friday
night at the Ranch Bowl....and then....
More and more doors were opened, and the band was playing every major club in town. Each club hassled the band for more
dates over and over, and then statewide, and countrywide.
And it was just the beginning....
They decided to release an album dedicated to their fans who were a part of their ever increasing following. After recording, the
band appeared on numerous radio shows for interviews and airplay. It was even scored as number 10 of the top 25 best selling
CD's in their city...
Personal reasons tore guitarist/singer Kermoad from the band, and it was time to make a difficult decision.
That is until Michael Bockman entered the picture.
"I shook his hand and immediately knew he was the new guy", says Trigger.
And he became just that.
With the new vocalist/guitarist (dubbed Slyd'R) the band kicked into full gear like never before.
The band has not only just hired but developed a crew which have since become weekend warriors. The crew is the band's
backbone. The addition of a general drumtech was decided upon a boy named Muffin, and at the same time, a madman
who drank a bit too much at a show dubbed himself Jamal, as the lighting engineer. And after many changes in the
sound console lineup, a boy who called himself Sgt. Stuey (aka Stew-E) entered the picture. And if you never did before,
notice how the techs all have their own personas just as the band...
3D is not only just a tribute band. Their original material has become a standard, and different from any US metal band that exists today.
The band has performed extensively, filmed a promotional DVD, appeared onstage with the legends such as David Lee Roth,
Vince Neil, Jackyl, Nightranger, Faster Pussycat, White Lion, Enuff Znuff and many more, and are now working on a
brand new full length album. The music is best described as the metal you used to hear... heart pounding drums, melodic
vocals, and a two guitar attack that has become the band's trademark.They have signed a distribution deal with Perris Records.
They are currently sponsored by
the Miller brewing company, and they have gained extensive international recognition. They continue to do today what they have
always done from the start....
...to prove that metal is alive. And right here: in your face.
By JAN THOMPSON
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY - It was the best of music, or it was the worst of music - depending
on who's telling the story. But there's no doubt it was loud, costumes were
flashy and hair was big.
It was 1980s heavy metal, and it's at Maxwell's Live in Kearney through
Saturday thanks to the Omaha tribute band 3-D: In Your Face.
The band formed in 1999 when three veteran musicians and heavy metal fans
decided to revive their favorite musical genre. Bassist Alan King said the
one of the group's first gigs was at the Z-92 Freakers Ball. At the time,
none of them knew the band would be a long-term project.
"We were all kind of apprehensive," he said, about what audiences would
think of "a bunch of guys jumping around in spandex." But after the concert,
3-D began getting bookings and haven't stopped playing since.
From the beginning, King said, they knew that a 3-D show would have to be
produced just like the high-energy spectacles of the 1980s. The band not
only plays music from that era, the members dress in 1980s-style costumes
and deliver choreographed moves to each song. There is also, of course, an
elaborate light show while they're on stage.
"It's all about putting on a show," said King, whose stage persona is named
Hot Rod. Each of the four members of 3-D has his own character to play, with
guitarist Michael Bockman performing as Slyd'R, guitarist Bill Roundtree
taking the stage as Trigger and drummer Dan Owens becoming Animal.
King said 3-D plays regionally, with dates in the Omaha area and surrounding
states. He added that the band's trying to expand its market, and is
planning a national tour for this summer.
Wherever they go, King said, the members 3-D find many heavy metal fans.
"The '80s music seems to have come around. People want to hear it again," he
said, adding that over the years 3-D has played with '80s metal stars such
as Poison and Nightranger.
"Every artist we've gotten response or talked to, they think we're great,"
While 3-D's act is all about re-creating music from another era, the band
also plays some original songs. King said the group has one compact disc
out, and plans to release another in April.
"We'd rather be doing all our own material," King said, and one of the
band's goals is to get recognition and a record deal for its original music.
While that music is a new sound, King said it shows plenty of influence from
the musicians' favorite decade.
"We like to think that it's 3-D, it's our own, but it is still that (metal)
genre," King said. "It's kind of like taking '80s music and putting it in
the current century."