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New Year’s Eve in Shelbyville will be rung in a little more vibrantly this year for folks at the Shelbyville Country Club.
Hard Rock City, a heavy metal cover band that features Brad Holland of Shelby County, will be entertaining at a special show at the Lodge at SCC.
Doors open at 8 p.m., with music from 9 to 11:45 p.m. Finger foods will be available, and the Lodge will be open for dinner.
Hard Rock City plays music by Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, U2, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Rush and other renowned bands from the 1980s.
Hard Rock City was formed in April 2011 to perform at the launch party for an iPhone app called Rockin Ted, which was created by two of the band’s members.
Holland said that he had played with some of the members, but that was the first time they all had played together.
“The band is the product of some of my closest friends and pro players I've played with since college,” said Holland, who gave up professional music to become a financial advisor.
Members are Todd Barton, Tony Fullen and Jon Renner, who have all played with Holland at Southeast Christian Church and in various ministries for nearly 10 years.
Joining them were Kelly Skaggs, the singer from Holland’s college band, and guitarist David Steele, with had played with country artist Gary Allen.
Holland said he moved to Shelbyville from Nashville in 2000 after he stopped touring with country artists Shenandoah and Jeff Wood.
“Shortly thereafter I ran into guitarist Tony Fullen, who I had known since high school,” he said. “We've talked about putting a band like this together ever since anticipating the resurgence in popularity of eighties rock like Journey, Van Halen, U2, Rush, and Bon Jovi.”
He said finding a singer had been the band’s biggest obstacle but Skaggs commuted from near Chicago to perform in April at the band’s first and only show.
“We had such a great time, [that] we decided to do it again,” Holland said. “New Year’s Eve is it.”
Holland said that Allen Early and the country club board were instrumental – pardon the pun – with making that happen.
“They are really working hard to create a great experience for members and drive new membership,” he said.
And a unique opportunity was born.
“I feel very fortunate to get to play with such talented, yet humble, players,” Holland said. “While this set list is 180 degrees from what we play most of the time, we truly enjoy playing the music we grew up on. The music is so fun and full of energy.
“We just hope people have as much fun listening as we have playing it.”
New Year’s Eve event
WHO:Hard Rock City
WHEN:9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE:Shelbyville Country Club
TICKETS:$25 per person or $60 per family in advance, $30 per person at the door
RESERVATIONS:Contact Linda at 502-558-2116