DAILY NEBRASKAN

Return to Eddie Spaghetti

Supersuckers’ reunion tour stops in to Duffy’s


By MEGAN R. ROONEY
September 13, 2005


On the heels of playing several Canadian shows with Pearl Jam, the Supersuckers are back in the United States for a reunion tour of sorts.

Ten years have passed since the last time the self-proclaimed greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world rocked places like Sioux Falls, S.D., Fargo, N.D. and Lincoln.

They come back to rock Lincoln tonight at Duffy’s Tavern, with The Terminals opening.

Earlier this year, the Supersuckers released “Devil’s Food: A Collection of Rare Treats & Evil Sweets.” In October, lead singer and bassist Eddie Spaghetti will release his second solo effort, “Old No. 2,” with accompanying solo shows.

The band, which also features guitarists Dan “Thunder” Bolton and Rontrose Heathman and drummer Dancing Eagle, comes to Lincoln tonight with its inimitable rock sound.

Although they are playing in support of two new albums, the band also has ulterior motives for its shows.

“What we’re really supporting is our habits, debauchery and lechery,” Spaghetti said. “The seven deadly sins, basically.”

The band’s decade-long absence from some of its current venues shows in the audience, Spaghetti said. The Supersuckers have not exactly been building a fan base, he said.

The harder-to-discover musical stylings of the Supersuckers instill a certain pride in Spaghetti for the fans who do come to the shows.

“I’d classify Supersuckers fans as people of impeccable taste. They have to really scratch below the surface to find the Supersuckers,” Spaghetti said. “We’re really below the radar, so it takes someone who really loves rock ’n’ roll to find us.”

In addition to the two albums the band and contributing members have out this year, Spaghetti also is working on a book about the Supersuckers.

The van rides between venues might not make it into the book because the band is wired, but not in the sense of overly caffeinated.

“We don’t even talk to each other, so there’s no fighting. We have our iPods and our laptops and cell phones,” Spaghetti said. “We’re like robots. We’re the most wired band in the world. ”

Quirkier tales come from the shows themselves. At a show with the Reverend Horton Heat, Spaghetti got the opportunity to trash his dressing room.

“I got thrown out of a show for trying to get backstage at one of our shows. The doorman saw me go up and down the backstage stairs probably 100 times, but suddenly I needed my pass,” Spaghetti said.

After being put in a headlock, Spaghetti was ready to ruin a dressing room.

The singer needs more practice at trashing places, though, Spaghetti said.

For Lincolnites unfamiliar with the rocking power of the Supersuckers, Spaghetti has some questions.

“Do you have any AC/DC records and do you enjoy them? Do you have any Ramones records and do you enjoy them? Do you have any Motorhead records and do you like them? If you said yes to any of those, then you should come to the show and you should own our records, because we’re that,” he said.

“Come to the show and wear your clean underwear, ’cause we’re gonna rock your pants off.”