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WHEN: 6 p.m. June 4
WHERE: Rockin’ Horse Show Arena, Rockin’ Horse Entertainment Complex, 3110 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
Rock ‘n’ roll’s chainsaw guitarist Jesse James Dupree is still going strong with his band Jackyl, which sliced through the grunge zeitgeist nearly 20 years ago with a heaping plate of southern fried rock.
Not only did the band release its latest album “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” last year, but the 41-year-old Atlanta resident has crafted his own brew, Outlaw Beer, and appears on Tru-TV reality show “Full Throttle Saloon.”
Not only did the band release its latest album “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” last year, but the 41-year-old Atlanta resident has crafted his own brew, Outlaw Beer, and appears on Tru-TV reality show “Full Throttle Saloon.” The latter involves the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This also explains why Dupree and his band are coming to the Rockin’ Horse Arena for an Ohio Bike Week show at the Erie County Fairgrounds.
Funcoast talked to Dupree about his soggy memories of Sandusky, the spiritual connection between Ohio Bike Week and Sturgis and the overall allure of Jackyl.
Jackyl last played in our area around 2005 at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion. Do you have any recollection of that show?
I think it rained, and I remember I stepped out from underneath the stage covering and got wet with everybody in the crowd. It was great. Everybody was electric that day. The crowd was great. Nothing stopped us from doing what we needed to do.
In your opinion, why does Jackyl playing a bike event make sense?
Why does it make sense? Hell, it would be a crime not to. I ride about 20,000 miles a year on my motorcycle. Even when I’m out on tour, it’s a great excuse. It’s a natural for us to play these kinds of events because it’s a paternity of people who share the same enthusiasm for riding.
Obviously you’re connected with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally based on your reality show. How do you think that monster event and the Ohio Bike Week are connected?
The first thing is you have people who love beautiful women, rock ‘n’ roll and motorcycles. They’re connected through that, and the fact Sturgis is a very doable event for people in Ohio. There are a lot of people from Ohio who make the trek over there, and if I’m not mistaken, Ohio probably still has the most motorcycles per capita of any state in the country. The people of Ohio truly connect with a grandfather event like Sturgis.
As for your television show, why is it so successful?
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been going on for over 70 years now. People who ride definitely know about it. I think the coolest thing is the viewers out there - a couple million people a week are dialing in to watch the show - are able to turn that event into a show and share it with people who will never be able to make it up there for whatever reason or haven’t made it up there that maybe now will come. Also, we’ve got a great new season lined up. People should make plans to come out there and get in front of a camera and be a part of the show.
As for Jackyl, “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” marks your first studio release in eight years. What took so long?
We had stuff going on, and we never stopped touring. I did a solo record and toured behind it. And then we took another approach to this record because we spent some time, (the) better part of a couple of years writing and playing the songs live before we ever recorded them. And just like the first record, it brought a whole great energy to the record.
What are your favorite songs from the new album?
I think my favorite ones are probably tracks 1 through 11. Given the response of it, it’s been a humbling experience. For us, it’s just reinvigorated us. Everything is still alive and kicking out there. People are ready to embrace some new rock ‘n’ roll.
Do you think the chainsaw is underrated as a musical instrument?
If you’re asking me if I’m surprised more people don’t play one, yes. I mean, it’s a very definitive instrument for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s loud. It’s aggressive. It’s abrasive. It’s destructive. It’s everything that rock ‘n’ roll proper should be.
Finally, why should fans check out the upcoming Jackyl show?
Because it’s not about coming out to see the show. It’s about coming out to be a part of it. That’s the great thing about a Jackyl gathering, or what I’ll call Jackyl-stock 2011 - it’s coming out to get right in the mix of things. Everybody will come out and be part of it. I don’t know why they’d want to sit at home and miss out. If you’re overanalyzing it, you’re missing out. It’s just two guitars, a bass, drums and a good time.
Jackyl is scheduled to play at 6 p.m. June 4 at the Rockin’ Horse Arena, Erie County Fairgrounds, 3310 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Opening are Jackie and the Funcoast 2011 Battle of the Bands winner. Tickets are $10 to $25. For more information, visit ohiobikeweek.com.
The infamous chainsaw antic:
Jackyl performing at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis: