Zebra returns to the Hudson Valley this weekend
80s rockers Zebra return to the Hudson Valley for a show this Sunday, June 26.
Zebra was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1975 by Randy Jackson with bassist/keyboardist Felix Hanemann and drummer Guy Gelso. The group moved to Long Island, New York in 1977 and was prominent on the Long Island club circuit throughout the 80s with bands like Twisted Sister and Rat Race Choir, often playing shows all over New York.
They signed to Atlantic Records in 1982 and their debut album Zebra would go gold becoming the best-selling debut album in Atlantic Records history. The band has opened for bands like Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Journey, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, Sammy Hagar and Reo Speedwagon. Randy Jackson and Zebra are members of the Long Island Hall of Fame.
Long history between Zebra and WPDH
Tigman suspended with Zebra after a show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie.
I remember back in the 80s listening to PDH when many Zebra songs were playing the airwaves regularly. Songs like “Tell Me What You Want”, “Whos’ Behind the Door” and “Bears” to name a few, have always been popular on the radio station. And these days, we get requests for Zebra tunes all the time.
Many Zebra shows over the years, including at The Chance, have always been presented by WPDH. In addition to Zebra’s shows, the band members also performed with their other projects. Whether it’s vocalist/guitarist Randy Jackson doing a solo acoustic show (he even played one of the WPDH Roof-a-Thon events years ago in Wappingers Falls) or bassist/keyboardist Felix Hanemann performing with a Led Zeppelin tribute band (he played with Hindenberg for many years), the shows are always memorable.
I’ve seen the band many times over the years and even sold merchandise for them one night when help was needed.
Bringing Zebra on stage to a packed house at The Chance in 2017
Zebra returns to Daryl’s house in Pawling, NY
Zebra will play Daryl’s House Club in Pawling this Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. The band is ready to perform all the Zebra classics! Zebra is definitely one of the biggest guys, and a power trio that I rank up there with all the other great hard rock power trios like Rush, Triumph and King’s X. If you can hang out in Pawling, NY this Sunday night , check out Zebra. The group never disappoints. Be sure to stop by the merch table and grab a t-shirt from my friend and merch girl Debbie DelGuidice. To learn more about Zebra, check out their official website here.
Some great Zebra classics
By far, Zebra’s most popular song, “Tell Me What You Want” from the band’s self-titled debut album, is still a popular request at WPDH.
“Who’s Behind the Door” is another popular favorite and one of the band’s biggest songs from the debut album.
My first introduction to the band, “Bears” appeared on Zebra’s second studio album No revealing lies. I first heard the song after buying a hard rock/heavy metal compilation tape at a flea market when I was about 8 years old and became a fan of the band from that day on.
One of my favorite Zebra songs “He’s Making You the Fool” appeared on the band’s third studio album 3.V. Released in 1986, the album unfortunately didn’t have much success and failed to chart, but does feature some popular Zebra favorites.