Enuff Z'Nuff has new look

Sound Check

April 18, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio | Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff

Bassist Chip Z'Nuff makes no secret about his band's intentions for tomorrow's show at Hammerjacks.

''We're coming in and turning the place into a tiny little indoor Woodstock without the mud,'' Z'Nuff said. ''Tell everybody to come with the peace signs and the paisley and we'll rock the place for an hour and a half.''

Enuff Z'Nuff, the band Chip fronts with singer Donnie Vie, guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx, will be playing its second national date on a tour supporting its latest album, ''Strength.''

The band made big inroads into the hard rock scene in late 1989 and early '90 with its self-titled rookie release that had a pair of radio hits, ''New Thing'' and ''Fly High Michelle.''

''We're kind of hoping to just sneak this new one onto the street without a lot of noise or hoopla,'' Z'Nuff said from his home in Chicago last week. ''We know the album is strong and we're going to take our time and try to build up some momentum as the tour rolls along.''

The band will probably return to the area later this summer as the opening act for Nelson's summer tour.

Only one thing has changed since the band's last appearance in Baltimore a year ago. Following the lead of bands like Motley Crue and Kiss, Enuff Z'Nuff has shed the heavy make-up that made it hard for critics and fans to take the band seriously.

''We didn't know what we were doing,''Z'Nuff said. ''We were just trying to get attention. Besides there's a million other bands out there that look a lot prettier than us with a face full of makeup and lipstick.''

Z'Nuff said his band now will rely on the strength of the music.

''When someone gets in the car and turns on the radio they don't see anything but the road in front of them,'' Z'Nuff said. ''All they hear are the songs and the only question is, 'Are they good?' ''


The concert calendar. . .

Hammerjacks also welcomes Wrathchild America (Saturday), The Fixx, (April 26), Gene Loves Jezebel (April 28), Cheap Trick (April 29), Steelheart (May 2) and The Alarm (May 3).

Max's On Broadway has The Sway reunion (tomorrow, Saturday and April 26-27), David Lowrey (April 21), Fairport Convention (April 29), Blue Rodeo (May 2) and An Emotional Fish (May 8).

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Towson Center (April 28).

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