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Luna's Warning

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Benny's, 517 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9309 Friday, March 2, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 21-plus, no cover.

Kinfolks, 950 Manitou Ave., 685-4433 Saturday, March 3, 8-10 p.m. No cover.

Every band has to start somewhere. Bill Richardson, guitar player and vocalist for Luna's Warning, thought he knew where.

"I got my first guitar when I was 9," Richardson explains. "The first thing I did was go and smash it in the driveway. I wanted to be like the guys on MTV. They made it look cool."

We know what you're thinking another Colorado Springs cover band. Not quite. The best way to think of Luna's Warning might be as an attempt to piece the guitar back together.

The band, featuring Chuck Grewe on bass and Ed Kelly on drums, sticks to the songs that Richardson has written over the past year and a half. Working off Richardson's creations, the group offers a sound that can only be described as a fusion of sorts. When fans tell Richardson what his group sounds like, he finds that they list bands he hardly knows.

Richardson credits this to his band's incredibly different backgrounds. Richardson's an "Air Force brat," Kelly's from New York, and, well, Richardson's not sure where Grewe is from. And it only gets more complicated once they start playing.

Is it funk or is it blues? Or is it rock? Well, it's like the smashed guitar, glued back together again.

Colin Stroud


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