Rock band Hairball returns to Grand Forks with Friday show at Alerus Center

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Nov. 30—GRAND FORKS — The rock band Hairball will light up the stage — and bring music icons such as Gene Simmons of Kiss and David Lee Roth of Van Halen, among others, to life — in a concert set for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Alerus Center.

Tickets, ranging from $30 to $60, may be purchased online at



Described as "a bombastic celebration of arena rock" and "Las Vegas meets Arena Rock" on the band's website, the show dazzles fans with lights, sound, smoke and pyrotechnics.

Over the past 20 years, Hairball has evolved into an explosive national touring act that brings the glory of the '80s to hundreds of thousands of fans throughout the country. The group has performed several times in Grand Forks.

The Minneapolis-based, costume-donning musicians pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flair that they have cultivated over decades of performing.

Vocalists Kris Vox, Dave Moody and Drew Hart lead the band through a "two-hour-plus, mind-blowing and dropdead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world," according to promoters. Van Halen, Kiss, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey and Aerosmith are a few of the acts fans will see brought to life on stage. They are joined by guitarist Mike ("Happy") Schneider, drummer Billy Thommes, and bassist Brian ("HBK") Hollenbeck.

Moody performs as singers from Kiss, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Quiet Riot and others. Hart impersonates David Lee Roth of Van Halen, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Poison and more. Vox handles Queen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and others.

The show has been described as 20 concerts in one.

This is the 23rd year Hairball has been performing throughout the U.S. The group plays more than 150 state fairs and arenas each year across the country, mostly in the Midwest.

The band constantly adds more characters, pyrotechnics, light, sound, props and surprises to the show. Each performance is touted as "a 100%, full-on, no-holds-barred, exciting, chaotic, fiery party that has to be experienced to be believed" on the band's website.

The Alerus Center is located at 1200 S. 42nd St.

For more information, call the Alerus Center box office at (701) 792-1417.