Hays rocker returns for show
By RANDY GONZALES
Some people might go out to listen to a band for their birthday.
Jordan Bollig already is in a band. He is celebrating his birthday by playing a gig in his hometown.
Bollig, a 2005 graduate of Hays High School and a member of The Banned, will be in Hays on Sept. 21 on his 27th birthday to play at Singers, 114 E.12th.
Shannon Grate, who formed the '80s hair band seven years ago and is the sole remaining original member, said they want to put on a good show.
"I wanted a band where people would look at you, and things going on, not just a guy playing guitar, looking like he's bored," Grate said. "I want people to look at me. That's why I wear what I wear and dress the way I dress, say what I say.
"It's more like a show where you get to look at it as you're having a good time at the bars."
Bollig, who played bass in other bands, joined The Banned two years ago when there was an opening for lead guitar. He never had played it, so it was a quick learning curve.
"It's been really cool, learned a lot," said Bollig, who lives in Wichita and teaches electric bass at Wichita State University.
Bollig, who also is part of other bands, enjoys the change of pace of playing rock-and-roll again with The Banned, just like he did when he was in high school when he was part of a band called Hollow Point.
"Gives me a chance to play some rock 'n' roll again. That's always fun," Bollig said. "My brother and I grew up jamming to Metallica, so it's pretty cool to get back to that."
Being part of a hair band means having a long, flowing mane. That's the case for most of the band's members.
"Three of the guys in the band have longer hair," said Grate, 44, adding he will be with the band as long as he has his hair.
"As long as my hair stays full," he said. "I guess I could pull a Bret Michaels and start wearing bandanas, adding hair extensions, but I couldn't do that."
Bollig, who hasn't been back to Hays for a few years, hopes Singers will be rocking and rolling.
"First time in Hays," Bollig said of The Banned. "I'm hoping it's going to be a pretty good show."