Molly Hatchet to ‘Flirt’ with Van Wert

VAN WERT —Molly Hatchet is finally set to make it to Van Wert after moving the band’s original May date due to scheduling conflicts.

Singer Bobby Ingram said the southern rock legends are ready to party and bring the storybook to life with the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

“We’re playing stuff from the beginning with the first album all the way through to the unreleased album we just recorded at Abbey Road Studios, which is coming out in the fall,” he said. “So we’re covering the whole gamut for songs that everybody will recognize.”

The band famous for “Flirting with Disaster” is ready to impress fans who have been with them for years and new ones just coming to their first show.

“If you’ve missed all our shows, I don’t know what to say, but welcome aboard,” Ingram said. “We have our core fans that have stuck with us for years and we’re picking up new friends and fans along the way. So like I said, they can expect a walk through history and the soundtrack to their lives.”

Even though Ingram is not a founding member, he said it is important he gets the responsibility to do what he loves and keep the songs alive.

“What I’ve done all my life is play music,” he said. “I started playing at 11 years old and now, I’m the longest-standing member in Molly Hatchet history. We lost our first six original members and we wouldn’t be here now without them, but we’re carrying on the tradition, the legacy and the spirit of the band because we feel that the music is important and still relevant and people love to hear it.”

That means maintaining everything the music is about: truth, honesty and friendship.

“Our music is about the trials and tribulations,” Ingram said. “There are good times and bad times, but it’s a history of the group. And that’s how anyone can relate to the music in their life.”

It is all about the memories, ultimately.

“I hope they relive a lot of memories,” Ingram said about the audience. “They’ve heard our music on the radio for the last 45 years and I want them to walk away with rejuvenated memories and make some more at the concert.”

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