LIMA — This weekend is a rock fan’s dream come true. Loud N Lima is bringing more than 20 rock bands and stars to the Allen County Fairgrounds. The concert is the idea of two Lima residents, Jake Bame and Eric Schaaf.
While Bame no longer lives in Lima, he works in the music industry and has done festivals in the past. Schaaf is hoping to bring economic dollars to Lima, while enhancing Lima’s image at the same time.
Vinny Appice is the drummer from Last in Line.
“We have been doing gigs throughout the last three or four years. We try to play as much as we can. Right now we are doing the round of eight shows, then going over to Europe and playing festivals,” said Appice. “We are heavy rock. I played in Black Sabbath too. It’s along the lines of that kind of music, heavier rock.”
Appice started playing drums when he was about 8 and considers music and performing to be in his blood.
“We are looking forward to the show. It should be quite a big event,” said Appice.
Eric Martin, known as Mr. Big, is also a performer at this concert.
“Well, I’ve been doing this thing for thousands of years, it feels like. I am the lead singer of the band Mr. Big and I have been with Mr. Big for almost 26 years. In between Mr. Big tours, like now we have a new album out, ‘Defying Gravity,’ we have already done a United States tour and we’re taking a month off to do more rehearsals before we go to South America, Europe and Asia and all of that,” said Martin.
In this downtime, Martin has put together a side group with P.J. Farley and Steve Brown from the band Trixter and another friend Rich Skennella, a drummer that plays with Jon Bon Jovi’s solo band, and the four of them formed a group known as the USA Pop Brigade.
“This is a fun side project,” said Martin. “There’s no agenda, nothing to sell. We’re playing our ’90s hit that we had from Mr. Big and Trixter to entertain the troops while we’re there,” said Martin.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511