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Rampage reunites for River City show Saturday

October 6, 2011
By RICH GIBSON - The Ticket , Times Leader

Hide the women and children. The rest should make their way to Wheeling's River City Ale Works this Saturday night.

In 1991, a collection of music education majors at West Liberty State formed a heavy metal band, "Rampage."

Some 20 years later, a 'second' version of that hard-rocking, take no prisoners quint are staging a one-time only reunion concert at the popular downtown Wheeling night spot on Main Street.

Says guitarist and Wheeling resident Johnny Bowman: "Of the band formed in 1991, only one original member (bassist Mike Ennis) remains. But we did an extensive search and were able to locate members of the second 'Rampage.' Everyone was enthusiastic about reforming and playing a show in Wheeling."

Regarded as the upper Ohio Valley's resident heavy metal musician/authority, Bowman expects a high-energy, blow-out-the-lights performance Saturday.

"We've just had two full band rehearsals and the guys realized the old magic still exists," he noted. "We're doing a 21-song setlist and are playing two sets."

A Charleston-area band 'The Number Six" opens Saturday night's show at 9:30 p.m. with Rampage to follow at approximately 10:30.

"It's really a great deal. All tickets are just five bucks," Bowman noted. "Any valley fans of metal and hard rock will not go home disappointed."

Bowman points out the band scheduled Saturday's show in conjunction with West Liberty's Homecoming Weekend activities.

"Some old fans of the band are coming in from as far as Arizona. Others we contacted are driving down from Pittsburgh and Cleveland."

Rampage's setlist includes at least five original songs and a number of pleasing covers from classic metal bands including Metallica, Slayer and Megadeath.

"We all grew up in that era when metal was taking the country by storm," Bowman described. "Getting back together and rehearsing some of those songs again for the first time in years really brought back some great memories. We feel we'll be able to get that message across to the fans who come out Saturday."

In addition to Bowman and Ennis, Rampage includes vocalist Doug Fouts; drummer Harry "Beep" Carder and guitarist Roger Hayes.

General admission tickets for Saturday's concert are available at River City and will be available at the door.

Gibson may be reached at rgibson@ timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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