Hybrid Ice will rock Brady Fire Company Band to play first concert in coal region in 20 years
RANSHAW - Playing their first show locally in at least two decades, Hybrid Ice will be rocking the night away at Brady Fire Company next month.
Organized by Brady and Mount Carmel's American Hose and Chemical Fire Company, the classic rock band that found popularity in the '80s is booked for a show that will benefit both fire companies.
When the announcement was made via social network, Brady treasurer Bob Derck said the response was immediate and positive. The March 15 event has 600 tickets available.
"We're very excited. We're all pretty confident that it will sell out," Derck said.
Self-described as the "most famous unknown band in the world," the independent rock group from Danville was never signed to a major record label.
Nevertheless, the band is most notable for its song "Magdelene" released on the album Hybrid Ice in 1982, which became a radio hit at the time. "Magdelene" was later covered by Boston on its album Walk On in 1994.
Hybrid Ice now consists Rusty Foulke on guitar and vocal, Chris Alburger on guitar and vocal, Robert Scott Richardson on keyboards and vocals, Jason Shaffer on bass and Rick Klinger on drums.
Over its 45-year history, the band has performed with major acts such as The Beach Boys, Toto, Bad Company, Ted Nugent, Hall & Oats, Todd Rundgren, Kansas, Foreigner, Joan Jet, Steppenwolf, 38 Special, The Outlaws and the Dixie Dregs.
Playing mostly local shows now, they're also booked to play at Middletown Moose Lodge, Middletown, March 8; Washie's Fire Hall, Danville, on March 22, and Legends of Rock 3 in Grand Sunset Princess, Riviera, Mexico, for seven days starting May 3.
They have released three CDs to date and performed throughout the eastern United States.
With American Hose and West End Fire Company working toward consolidation at the American Hose building, the fire company officials re-opened the social quarters in October and wanted to host events in order to raise money.
However, the social hall small, so they teamed up with Brady to utilize their banquet hall.
Tickets, which are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door and include a buffet and show, can be purchased at Brady Fire Company, Schiccatano's Pizza in Kulpmont, American Hose and Chemical Fire Company, Schicky's and Academy Sports in Mount Carmel and Mays, Danny's and Gals in Ashland.
Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
A raffle will also be conducted with a first prize of $1,000.