Jennifer Remis is the leader of hair metal cover band Hairbanger's Ball, performing under the stage name "Polly Pantz". Her band covers the look, sound and songs of '80 bands like Metallica, Guns N Roses and Motley Crue. Jennifer is also a businesswoman, working to keep Hairbanger's Ball profitable as well as popular. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DKU: I assume you grew up in the 1980s. Which bands were your personal favorites?
JR: I went through grade school in the '80s. My personal favorites are Guns N Roses, Metallica, Ratt and Motley Crue.
DKU: Of all the '80s music styles, why did you choose hair metal?
JR: I was always fascinated by '80s rock/metal from the first time I heard it and saw the videos. I guess you could call me a rebel--while the rest of the girls at my school were hooked on Debbie Gibson and New Kids on the Block, I wanted to marry Jason Newsted (bass player in Metallica), have big orange hair like Axl Rose (which I did) and be in a Motley Crue video. This music really spoke to me, and still does to this day. It makes me crazy happy.
DKU: How many concerts do you do every year, and how many are outside of Illinois?
JR: On average we do 160 shows a year with half being outside of Illinois.
DKU: What would you say is the main reason for Hairbanger's Ball's success?
JR: I don't think there is just one reason for its success but a combination of a few things. There is a business plan in place; Hairbanger's Ball is first a business/brand and then a cover band. Hard decicions are made daily on how to keep this brand popular and in business. Next, I am fortunate to have the most hardworking, passionate and talented people working with me to achieve the goal of keeping Hairbanger's Ball wildly successful. We are always looking for and working on ways to improve our show.
DKU: Did MTV ever try to sue you over your band name? They did have a show called "Headbanger's Ball.".
JR: No, we have not been sued. If anything, we are helping keep their brand alive, and the same goes for the bands we cover. We are small peanuts to a company like MTV--but we think we are kind of a Big Deal!