‘Journey’ back to the 1980s with RockStar

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 Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is one of many rock frontmen Ken Lewandowski portrays. Lewandowski grew up in Sterling Heights and attended school in Warren and Fraser.

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is a single of quite a few rock frontmen Ken Lewandowski portrays. Lewandowski grew up in Sterling Heights and attended university in Warren and Fraser.

Photograph by Anne Nicolazzo

 RockStar vocalist and showman Ken Lewandowski, left, who grew up in Macomb County, got to meet one of his music idols, Bret Michaels of Poison,  during a show.

RockStar vocalist and showman Ken Lewandowski, still left, who grew up in Macomb County, acquired to meet up with a single of his audio idols, Bret Michaels of Poison, through a exhibit.

Photo offered by Ken Lewandowski

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — “Catching Up With Alumni” highlights the achievements of community high school alumni. In this issue, the spotlight falls on 1997 Cousino High Faculty graduate Ken Lewandowski, who also attended St. John Lutheran University in Fraser from kindergarten by way of eighth grade.

Welcome to the jungle, where the rock music is cranked to 11, the hair is teased to the max and the get together under no circumstances finishes.

For the earlier nine years, “The Intercontinental Arena Rock Revolution” recognized as RockStar has been bringing the Spandex-fueled times of ’80s rock ‘n’ roll to audiences of all ages. There’s even area for some ’70s rock stars that still produced audio a decade later on.

Primary the RockStar pack is frontman and 1997 Cousino Substantial College graduate Ken Lewandowski, who on stage pays homage to the movers and shakers of the rock scene: Bret Michaels, Dee Snider, Steve Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Axl Rose and extra.

By way of costume adjustments, wigs, potent vocal performances and choreography, Lewandowski transforms himself into various songs idols for an entertaining present that relives the heydays of massive arena tours, hair band anthems and broken eardrums. Because the stage show is so grand, the band commonly performs at festivals and outside venues, but has been regarded to draw supporters in bars. The band even has a tour bus.

At each display, you are going to see the likeness of David Lee Roth’s soar splits, Alice Cooper’s top hat, lots of glitter make-up and a lot more old university throwbacks from Lewandowski, guide guitarist Gordie O’Shea, bassist/keyboardist Michael Marzolo, drummer Dan Niewolak and guide guitarist Dave Hamilton.

“I required to build a show with the electricity that was the ’80s. Men and women arrive to see us and it can take them again to a time they had been actually pleased,” said Lewandowski, who grew up in Sterling Heights. “Everybody in the band is seriously passionate about the audio and nailing it dwell. They are seasoned professionals and amazing musicians.”

The section that typically garners the most response is Lewandowski’s recreation of Freddie Mercury’s 1985 Reside Aid overall performance with Queen. The RockStar singer goes all out with a black wig, moustache, sleeveless white T-shirt and stonewashed Wranglers. “Hands down,” it is Lewandowski’s most loved section of the display. It is noticeable 30 yrs immediately after he died, supporters however skip Mercury.

“He was so talented,” Lewandowski explained. “He’s an icon. There was a presence about him and these an strength.”

Other standouts incorporate Night time Ranger’s “Sister Christian,” Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Residence,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” and the band always brings it residence when the viewers joins in on Journey’s “Don’t Cease Believin.’”

“Everybody sings that. They appreciate it,” the vocalist claimed. “Steve Perry is a person of the finest vocalists live.”

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Lewandowski was 9 when bands like Twisted Sister, Def Leppard and Van Halen caught his awareness on MTV. He’s wished to be a singer at any time given that.

“They did not glimpse like any one else,” Lewandowski claimed. “It seemed like a wild occasion.”    

The musician would select Sammy Hagar as his “favorite artist right now.”

“I loved him in Van Halen,” the phase performer said. “That’s the initially album I listened to.”

RockStar receives its mojo cranking with support from organization lover Janisse Nickola, who has an eye for element and makes all the band members’ costumes and wigs by hand. There’s loads of leather-based, studs and headbands. Nickola, known as Sloan Wolf, also manages the band and publications their gigs.

“I like to function with denim and leather. My aim is every solitary male on the stage should really pop. I want all the guys to get as much interest as Ken,” she explained. “Our objective is to make it enjoyable and put smiles on people’s faces. I assume the visual part of the live performance is so significant. How they search would make it a fun spectacle. We have taken the entertaining of the ’80s and just blown it up to more substantial than it at any time was.”

Nickola stated the purpose is to increase some other bands to the repertoire that started in the 1970s, which include Boston, Styx and Kansas. A little something that Nickola has seen is the technology hole closing a little bit when mothers and fathers convey their young ones to RockStar displays.

“They’ll say, ‘I hated my mother and dad’s songs right up until I observed the exhibit,” Nickola said.

Previous RockStar performances consist of Warren’s Birthday Bash, the Magic Bag in Ferndale and the Lexington Village Theatre. The band not only performs in metro Detroit, but has traveled to Traverse Town, Ohio, Las Vegas, and Cancun for demonstrates.

RockStar has done ’80s situations at a vacation resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with Berlin, the Romantics, and Loverboy on the invoice. It’s exactly where Lewandowski achieved Tony Lewis of the Outfield, ’80s video clip babe Tawny Kitaen and Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy. Unfortunately, Lewis and Kitaen have considering the fact that died.

“Great man,” he claimed of Lewis. “Tawny Kitaen was a sweetheart. She was just awesome.”

Conference “super personable” Bret Michaels of Poison through a functionality was a thrill. The two singers located they experienced a thing in popular: Equally have Style I diabetic issues.

RockStar also likes to give back to its supporters. In coordination with Skull Island Camp in White Lake, Michigan, the band just elevated $24,000 for the Terrific Lakes Burn Camp of Michigan at its yearly summer months display on the island.

On July 14, RockStar executed at the Music on the Lake Live performance sequence at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores. The live performance attracted about 5,000 lovers.

“They have an extraordinary track record for putting on a fantastic functionality. Petitpren our sponsor was quite happy with their involvement,” Parks & Recreation Director Henry Bowman mentioned in an email. “I believe it was a excellent clearly show and the dance floor was packed. Somebody texted me throughout the display and reported we needed a bouncer on the ground. The band was very skilled. They are unquestionably a band we would like to see appear again.”

For additional on RockStar, stop by www.fb.com/RockStar80s Band. Make contact with [email protected] for booking info.


Bang your head!

RockStar has two gigs coming up. The band will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Romeo Peach Competition, at the Romeo Lions Club Refreshment Fieldhouse, 269 East Washington. In accordance to romeopeachfestival.com, the display is ages 21 and older. Doors open up at 6 p.m. with a $5 donation to enter. RockStar is also slated to perform Sept. 18 at the “Saturday Night time Throwback” at Charlevoix and Maryland streets in Grosse Pointe Park. The celebration is from 7 to 11 p.m.

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