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Interview:
Upbeat: Fifty Amp Fuse
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Formed: June 2005 in Allen Park

Sound: Classic rock and funk covers

Members: Remy Lambert — vocals and guitar (Allen Park); Tam Johnstone — vocals, drums, guitar, mandolin, bass (Dearborn); David Eversole — bass, guitar, vocals (Milford); Allen David — vocals, keyboards (Allen Park); Billy Kamalay — guitar, vocals (Allen Park). Louis Metoyer — guitar, vocals (Los Angeles) and former Trans Siberian Orchestra member Peter Shaw — vocals, guitar (New York) join for “special events.”

Influences: Musical director Lambert says the diverse playlists of Detroit radio of the ’60s and early ’70s made a mark on all of Fifty Amp Fuse’s members. “Listening to (Windsor’s) DKLW and WKNR, stations like that, there was your Motown stuff and then you’d hear Earth, Wind & Fire and then The Beatles and Peter Frampton. It was a really wide variety of music. I think that shows in what we do.”

Day Jobs: All of Fifty Amp Fuse’s members are full-time musicians.

Under Covers: With a playlist of nearly 200 songs — including pieces as meticulous as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — and by playing at least four nights a week, Fifty Amp Fuse has developed a reputation for uncannily accurate and faithful renditions of these familiar songs. “We pride ourselves on being meticulous about every little detail of a song and recreating them pretty accurately,” Lambert explains. “In our minds, the idea is, ‘Let’s give someone that flashback of, ‘I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard that song the first time.’ It’s designed to do that, so we work hard and rehearse a lot to get things right.”

“Generation” Landslide: This weekend, Fifty Amp Fuse premieres “Your Generation In Concert,” a conceptual show created by Lambert and band manager Steve Trudell that includes a 28-voice choir and 30-piece orchestra and features a “mash-up” of 130 songs in two hours and 10 minutes. The group hopes to develop the production into a traveling tribute show. “I’m completely geeked about this,” Lambert says, “because this is where I’ve always wanted to go with what this (band) is. Ultimately, we knew we had to create something beyond just your average band, and then where else is there to go? How do you turn it into more of a show thing? It’s interesting, and it was really a blast putting it together. We had a lot of fun with it.”

Here ’em: Fifty Amp Fuse has not yet released an album, but Lambert says it’s under consideration.

See ’em: Fifty Amp Fuse debuts “Your Generation In Concert” at 8 p.m. today at the For Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The show is sold out. The group will also perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Uptown Grille, 3100 W. Maple Road, Commerce Township. Call 248-960-3344 or visit www.uptowngrille.com. Both weekend performances will be filmed for a forthcoming DVD.

Surf ’em: www.fiftyampfuse.com

Web Site: www.fiftyampfuse.com

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