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Ball 'n' Chain

Basically it started when Tommy, Al and Kay joined Gråsten Garden. Gråsten Garden is a combined concert and marching band, consisting of youths at the age of 10-23 years. The three joined at the age of 10 in 1990. Back then they hardly ever spoke together as Tommy was part of the brass band and Al and Kay played drums. Actually they didn’t talk very much before Gråsten Garden had to go on a trip to Copenhagen to participate in a competition for orchestras like Gråsten Garden. In the bus Tommy began talking to Kay who said that Al was a Queen fan just like Tommy. That was the beginning of a friendship that later resulted in the start of Shockwave which later became Ball’N’Chain, as Al told Tommy that he and his brother Kay were trying to start a band, but needed a bass player. As Tommy had played the bass a little in school, he said yes. At that time it was Kay who was to play the drums, but after a few weeks, they agreed that Kay was to play the bass and Tommy should sit behind the drum kit.After Al, Kay and Tommy talked in Copenhagen it was to be another four weeks before they held their first practice session. They practiced some tunes so that they could play at Al and Kay’s mother’s 40th birthday. And so they spent three days, the weekend before the party practicing old Beatles and Smokie tunes.And a week later they actually stood on a stage for the first time as a band. They played numbers like “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and “I Saw Her Standing There”. And all the guests just sat in their chairs and looked as the three dead-nervous friends fought their way through a half-hour of playing music on a stage for the first time.But back then it wasn’t Shockwave or Ball’N’Chain. They didn’t really have a name, as they had only played live once with only three days of practice in advance. Then Al suggested that they applied for a lead singer, as Al didn’t wanted to sing, and Kay and Tommy also didn’t want to. So Al suggested Bob. Al and Kay have known Bob for many years through school. And Bob said he’d love to try, so just after the summer holiday in 1997 the four guys held their first practice session as a complete band. Then after some time they came up with their name: Shockwave.Just two days after Tommy came home from a trip to London, in the fall of 1998, they all met at MS Studios in a little town near Sønderborg where Tommy lives. They should record their first demo CD.They used four days to record three songs, which they could have done in only two or two-and-a-half days if only Michael, the producer, didn’t have a Nintendo 64… But after those four days they had their first CD on MD and the next week, Michael had the first official Shockwave CD. Shockwave agreed on celebrating the event, and held a meeting at their meeting room, the local pizzeria in Tinglev and afterwards they went back to practice…perhaps for another CD.About a month later, they had to play live at Bob’ fathers birthday, and in the evening they went on stage and played for about two hours. And this time the guests where dancing and cheering.So they continued practicing at Tinglev School, where they had gotten a room, and they actually held an audition for a girl whose father knew Al and Kay’s father. But it didn’t result in anything, so they have just continued playing and practicing for a great New Years party 1999/2000. But six months before the party it was cancelled. That resulted in a period that lasted about a year.During this year many things happened for the band. At first Bob joined the army, so he wasn’t home very often. Later on, he stated, that he actually didn’t want to continue in the band, so the Shockwave time was officially brought to an end. Then in late November 1999, Al, Kay and Tommy was asked to play at a school, but cancelled at the last minute, as they couldn’t’ play  “their” music. They, of course, wanted to play rock’n’roll, but the other members in the “band” didn’t want to, so Tommy, Al, and Kay said no one week before the concert.Then at Christmas 1999, They were all together for the first time since the summer ’99. Then Bob had to admit that he wanted to continue after all, so they agreed on starting over with a new name, new music style and …well, to start all over again. And as they all love Glam Rock and Hair Metal (Cinderella, Warrant, Kiss etc.) they decided they wanted to play that sort of music. And they came up with their new name : Ball 'n' Chain. Recently they practiced for the first time in just about a year. They practiced three days and with a spirit that surprised them all. They had never played so good or so much.So now they just sit and wait for Tommy to finish school at the end of June 2000. A month earlier Bob is finished in the army, and then they want to make a new demo CD.

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