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Speedealer originally formed in 1992 in Lubbock, TX, under the name REO Speedealer.
In 1997 when REO Speedwagon served the band a cease-and-desist order on their
moniker, they shortened their name to Speedealer and released their debut, self-titled
album on Royalty Records. The following year, after the departure of drummer Todd
Mcglaulin and guitarist Mike Noyes, the hard rocking foursome — made up of
singer/guitarist Jeff Hirshberg, bassist Rodney Skelton, and newly added drummer
Harden Harrison(Rigor Mortis) and guitarist Eric Schmidt(Pervis) –, recorded and
released their follow-up record, Here Comes Death, on the same label. Royalty Records
went bankrupt soon after the band’s second release, leaving Speedealer to their own
devices for exposure.
Label-less and musically driven, they played 309 shows in 1999 to stay in the public
eye, pairing up with such like-minded, aggressive rockers as Motörhead, Fu Manchu,
Neurosis, Zeke, and GWAR. Speedealer’s efforts finally paid off when Palm Records A&R
man Michael Alago (who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen)
contracted the band to his label. Palm Records re-released Here Comes Death in 2000,
and Second Sight (produced by Jason Newstead of Metallica) in 2002. In 2003 Casey Orr
(Rigor Mortis, GWAR, Ministry, and Burden Brothers) took over bass duties for
Speedealer. Then came Dead Teenager’s release of Bleed, and Radical Record’s release
of Speedealer’s live at GBGB recording Burned Alive. In 2012 Jeff Hirshberg decided to
stop playing live shows but continues writing music with the band. Speedealer's
forthcoming album titled Blue Days Black Nights will be released May 6, 2019 Current
touring lineup is Eric Schmidt /Guitar, Harden Harrison/Drums, Rick Pearson (Buck
Pets)/ bass, Daniel Barron (The Swingin’ Dicks) /vocals

Saturday, 12/12, $40ADV, Doors 8PM, Show 9PM