Utah has had the first word in concerts from the Connells, and now it will have the final word.
The five members of the 6-year-old band drove from their Raleigh, N.C., homes to a Park City club for the first stop on their 1989 "Fun and Games" tour. Now the band is winding up its U.S. tour in support of its recently released "One Simple Word" album with a Salt Lake City stop Thursday, Feb. 7."Last time we were there, we had a great time," lead vocalist Doug MacMillan said. "Unfortunately, we had to drive out to Denver the next night, but we would have loved to hang out there."
MacMillan said he anticipates the band cutting loose during the show, which will be in the Utah State Fairpark Horticulture Building, including performing some Jethro Tull covers (a band MacMillan said founder and guitarist Mike Connell listened to in his youth) and some David Lee Roth-like antics from himself.
"Well, our band name comes from our guitarist, Mike, like Van Halen's came from its guitarist, so I guess I have to be the wild man onstage," MacMillan said in a telephone interview from Long Beach, Calif.
The band started in 1984 when Connell recruited his younger brother David to play bass for a band he was forming. MacMillan was brought in by the group's first drummer, who was later replaced by Peele Wimberly, the drummer for the defunct Raleigh punk band Johnny Quest. Guitarist, keyboardist and sometimes-vocalist George Huntley joined the band soon after.
Comparisons to other Southern rock bands, including R.E.M., were inevitable, but the band feels it has its own unique sound and influences, MacMillan said.
The opening act for the concert, a Speedway Cafe production, was uncertain at presstime. Tickets for the show, which are $8 in advance ($10 the day of show), are available at all Soundoff Records locations, Bandaloops, Smokey's Records, Stargazer and Reptile Records in Provo. - Jeff Vice