The Goonies rock the ’80s and Steamboat’s après ski crowd
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Gear up, dress up, dust off your roller skates and get ready to turn up the volume – Boulder-based ’80s cover band The Goonies are coming to town.
“Steamboatians know how to party,” said Erik Thomsen, The Goonies bassist/guitarist. “A little inebriated, wearing their neon ’80s Obermeyer outfits and completely letting loose on the dance floor, the après ski crowd is our perfect audience.”
The Goonies will be back on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square on Saturday to headline the Rock the Boat Free Concert Series show. Thomsen encourages concert goers to wear their “Members Only jackets, spandex, leather pants, jorts, fanny packs, side pony tails, keyboard neck ties, one white glove, Jheri curls and Vans” to the concert.
The Goonies members include Thomsen; Ashley Eyre, lead singer; Nate Halko, bassist, guitarist and keyboard player; and Ferid Kurjak, drummer. The band brings together a variety of musical backgrounds and perform a setlist of songs from “Take On Me” by one-hit wonder Aha, to “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle, to Duran Duran’s “Hungry like the Wolf.”
Earlier this week Explore Steamboat caught up with Thomsen to chat about his band’s upcoming performance.
Explore Steamboat: How did The Goonies originally form?
Erik Thomsen: Legend is that we were founded in 1985, after escaping a kidnapping by a large sasquatch. We then decided to travel through time (in our Delorean of course) and come light up the 21st century because we heard it needed the most awesome music of all time.
ES: Why did you guys choose the name The Goonies?
ET: Well it’s obviously the best movie ever made, but it also describes who we were when we all met. I’m from Colorado, Ashley and Nate are from parts of California and Ferid is from Croatia. We all have different pasts but come together to rock out, melt faces and The Goonies never say hangover.
ES: Why did you guys want to be an ’80s cover band? What are some of your favorite covers that you guys do?
ET: Eighties music has this never-ending nostalgia and joy to it that has never been matched by another decade’s music. We play weddings often and I’ll see 7-year-olds that not only know all the lyrics to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” but tell me later they’ve been learning the guitar solo off Youtube videos. When Ashley starts playing the piano intro to “Don’t Stop Believin’,” people instantly recognize it and their endorphins go through the roof. Our favorite bands to cover are Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Madonna, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and Michael Jackson.
ES: What makes a show memorable for you?
ET: Certain shows just have this vibe from the very first note we play to the last where everything flows seamlessly. We absorb the energy put out by the crowd, funnel it through our hands and voices and amplify it back to the audience. We love feeling that connection to an audience, and it always makes for the best shows.
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