Theater & Arts

Artists you should know: Shuvelhead

You have to know what you're getting yourself into with Shuvelhead.

This is not a regular rock band. It's made up of over-the-top characters with names like BigRock, The Falcon, Good Time Ronnie and Bimbo.

Their music is a mix of hard rock and Southern rock, what they call "three-chord raunch 'n' roll."

See Shuvelhead live and you'll know they love the good ol' U.S. of A. but detest wimpy rock.

To warm you up for the band's 9 p.m. Saturday show at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave., we talked to BigRock about the Shuvelhead lore.

How did Shuvelhead get started? What came first, the Shuvel or the Head?

I named the band Shuvelhead after my '74 Harley. It was loud, proud and American made. And being the local rock legend that I am, I decided that I was tired of the wimp, weak-kneed rock 'n' roll I saw all around. So, I got on the rock-line and contacted old friends and rock superheroes.

The members of Shuvelhead have at one time or another released material for major labels and/or played with national acts like Tesla, White Zombie, Cinderella, Jackyl, Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns.

You describe Shuvelhead as a "top-secret, underground rock 'n' roll weapon of mass destruction." Tell us more please.

Shuvelhead is bombastic and over-the-top. We know that our fans spend hard-earned money when they come see us. We respect that and give you a show worth every cent -- and then we ratchet it up a notch. It's called a rock show! We want you to leave our show with the same grin on your face as the one you had when you left the AC/DC show. We set our goals pretty high.

I've read that Shuvelhead counts Ted Nugent and the U.S. Constitution among its influences. What else?

Ronald Reagan, General George S. Patton and any man or woman who has served this great country of ours.

What's a Shuvelhead live show like?

Shuvelhead doesn't play every weekend. It's a big deal when we perform. We don't want to burn out fans. I wouldn't go see Mötley Crüe if they played in Fresno every weekend. So, Shuvelhead keeps it to one performance every six weeks or so. Shuvelhead is a throwback to a time that once was. When bands put every cent of the money they made back into their shows. Refusing to just get up and play, we bring stacks of Marshalls, lights and smoke and big sound. We get to the venue early, we check everything. Make sure everything is just the way we want it. Why? We know our fans deserve nothing less.

True or false: Shuvelhead eats wussy bands for breakfast instead of cereal?

True. They're G-R-E-A-T!!!

What do the members of Shuvelhead do in their down time?

Search for Osama bin Laden.

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