Chadzilla & the Asteroids
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Chadzilla & the Asteroids

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
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"Chris Isaak In The Snow"

Chadzilla and… Who knows, SOMEBODY! An 80’s cover band. We knew all the cuts...
But the key thing about watching Chadzilla was the vibe. Of live music. For far too long the emphasis has been on studio creations. You can’t feel a record, but you can certainly feel a live show. - Bob Lefsetz


"Chris Isaak In The Snow"

Chadzilla and… Who knows, SOMEBODY! An 80’s cover band. We knew all the cuts...
But the key thing about watching Chadzilla was the vibe. Of live music. For far too long the emphasis has been on studio creations. You can’t feel a record, but you can certainly feel a live show. - Bob Lefsetz


"Chadzilla & the Asteroids invade Street Beat"

VAIL — Children of the ‘80s and new converts alike will gravitate to Vail Village today, as Chadzilla & the Asteroids ride the ‘80s revival wave straight down Gore Creek Drive to Checkpoint Charlie for the final installment of the 2009 Bud Light Street Beat free concert series.
In addition to the final free show of the season, the evening also will feature the grand prize drawings for the brand new Volvo C-30 that one local will drive away and the Volvo Vail Giveaway for a return trip for an out-of-town guest.
Armed with a full repertoire of songs that will both take you back 20 years and forward to dance at the front of the stage, Chadzilla & the Asteroids sing songs that bring tears to your eyes and a bounce to your step.
Thrilling audiences with clas­sics such as “Centerfold,” “Jump,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rebel Yell,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Sunday Bloody Sun­day” and many others, they bring back the fun, the shredding, the harmonies and the unforgettable sounds of th ‘80s, transporting you back to a time when everything was neon and the stand-up video game ruled the universe.
Chad “Chadzilla” Johnson began playing drums at the age of 7, his interest fueled by a very musical family, drum lessons and elementary band. By the time he was 13, Chadzilla found himself playing in working top-40 bands. After high school, he attended the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in music.
While playing with numerous bands, including Little Hercules, Chadzilla has shared the stage with the likes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Walsh, the Sam­ples, Average White Band and the Village People.
Chadzilla on a rampage
Virtually every large venue in Colorado has felt Chadzilla’s thump, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Paramount Theater, the Boulder Theater and the Fillmore Auditorium. He’s also rocked numerous festivals, including The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Taste of Colorado, Tel­luride Blues and Brews and the LoDo Music Festival.
Chadzilla & the Asteroids were born when Denver’s Swallow Hill school director Michael Schlenkelberg approached John­son about an ’80s band opening for the cult film classic “ The Breakfast Club” at Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks, playing to a sold-out crowd.
The final Street Beat concert gets under way at 6 p.m. at Check­point Charlie in the heart of Vail Village. Concert-goers are encour­aged to dress appropriately for the outdoor performances, with food and beverages available for pur­chase at each show.
In addition to the free concert, Eagle, Lake and Summit county residents can register one last time to win the seasonlong grand prize as Volvo Cars of North America will give away a 2009 Vol­vo C-30 to one local. All local con­testants must have their driver’s licenses or local identification to be eligible for the final contest.
Out-of-town guests also can cash in as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Founda­tion and the town of Vail will team up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway for a non­resident, featuring a return vaca­tion trip to Vail with deluxe accommodations.
Along with the Grand Prize Giveaways, the Vail Valley Foun­dation also will conduct an ’80s costume contest, with a pair of Atomic Snoop Daddies skis and bindings as the prize.
The Street Beat concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foun­dation. For additional informa­tion on Street Beat, visit www.streetbeatconcerts.com. For more information on the Vail Val­ley Foundation, contact 970-949­1999 or visit www.vvf.org.
- Vail Daily


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Chadzilla has played in most styles of groups to pass through this area in decades, since being a little drum monster. Chadzilla has recently played with local talent such as SPIV, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Munly and the Lupercalians, Polytoxic and Double Parked. But when Swallow Hill school director Michael Schenkelberg approached him about an 80's band opening for the Breakfast Club at the Film on the Rocks, Chadzilla and the Asteroids were born. With Polytoxic Chadzilla made an indelible mark in the Denver music scene covering 11 classic albums monthly in 2005. Highlights were Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, U2's the Joshua Tree, Zenyatta Mondatta by the Police, Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction and the now annual Last Waltz still performed Thanksgiving Eve. In 2006 he performed This is (not) Spinal Tap in Denver and realized what joy could be brought by the music of the 80's! With local guitar heros Adam Kilgus and special guest Tori Pater to round out the vocals and electric guitar section. Jeff Wahl was the only obvious choice on bass as he and Chadzilla beef out the rhythm section of The Asteroids. The music of the 80's could not be played by guitars and drums alone, so the search was on for now legendary keyboardist Tyson Bennett and The Asteroids were born. So on July 24th, 2008 they played to a sold out crowd at the greatest music venue in the world! Young as a band but nearly a century of combined talent and experience, Chadzilla and the Asteroids are ready to take you back 20 years and forward on the dance floor, singing songs that bring tears to your eyes and a skip to your step.