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VETUNES ® Airborne Rockatorium Southern Fried, Locked and Loaded: Southern Fury
What is the U.S. Paratrooper Life if it Ain’t Rock and Roll? Be Southern Furion!
“Ironically ‘Live to Rock and Roll’ by Southern Fury was born in the early 1980’s at the same time I was Rockin’ and Rollin’ as part of Americas Guard of Honor, the Famed 82nd Airborne Division headquartered at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. If you are or ever have been an U.S. Paratrooper you will testify the following to be true The 82nd Airborne Division and Southern Fury are “Southern Fried and in your face, ROCK & ROLL!” Stay Proud, Stay Airborne, Stay Proud, Stay Southern Fried...BE Southern FURION!”-Greg Kelly Aka Sgt Abn, A-Btry 1/320 AFA, USA 1982-86 VETUNES ® AIRBORNE ROCKATORIUM:
Southern Fury was born back in the early 80’s in the sleepy little town of Springfield Virginia. It all began when Dave “DJ” Fernandez got a call from a college buddy of his named Jamie Magarry, who was playing bass in punk rock bands at the time. Jamie knew of DJ’s musical interests and told him that he had found two guys living in the area that were interested in forming a southern rock band. This was literally “music” to DJ’s ears.
Jaimie told DJ that Tom Fowler, a southern rock lead guitarist, and Steve Kerndt, a southern rock drummer, had been playing together since they were kids. Jaimie suggested that they all get together, jam, see how things felt and hear how they sounded. That jam turned into the nucleus of the band that would one day be known, around the world, as Southern Fury.
Once the guys decided to form a band, they began rehearsing in Tom’s basement every chance they could, learning Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels songs and a variety of other southern rock cover tunes. As time went on they also added a few of DJ’s original songs and the true Southern Fury sound started to grow. To help develop that traditional southern rock sound they decided to add a second lead guitarist, named Dave Havil. Southern Fury was finally complete and the boys began to dig up some gigs to play around town.
Their debut performance was the “now famous Kappa Sigma Fraternity party” at George Mason University. The setting was The Library performance hall in downtown Fairfax Virginia. The place was packed with a crazed crowd of college kids who had never heard of Southern Fury before… but would never forget them after the show. The band rocked hard that day, sounded great and gained the respect of their first few fans!
Of course, like any start up band, it was a bit slow going at first… But the guys loved playing out and the more they played the more of a following they got. Unfortunately time and a lack of cash, in the form of good paying gigs, began to take its toll and Southern Fury started showing signs of disbanding. It began when Jamie announced that he was leaving the band in search of a money-making punk band (his first love). Next, Dave Havil announced that he was moving out of state and joining another southern rock band called Sidewinder.
It wasn’t long after those two events that DJ, Steve and Tom decided to put their time and energies into other outside activities (like earning a living) and give Southern Fury a rest. Of course no one knew that “rest” would last almost 15 years…
Over the next 15 years DJ, Tom and Steve would develop their own professional careers outside of the music business. But music was never out of their hearts or minds. As fate would have it, a strange series of events would eventually bring three of them back together again… and Southern Fury back to life.
As it turns out, one day while DJ was working at the office, an employee of his named Scott, persuaded DJ to teach him to play guitar. As DJ spent more and more time teaching Scott the fundamentals, he began to realize how much he missed playing. He also realized that at age 41, that he had better get back in the game before it was too late.
As luck would have it DJ discovered that a good friend of his, named Dave Spindel, played bass guitar and had indicated he wanted to join him and Scott to form a new band. Soon after they added a drummer named Carmello and a lead/rhythm guitarist named Jeff. Although they had a lot playing together, it just didn’t sound good enough for DJ.
After many attempts to create a band that had that same southern sound that DJ desired. He concluded that some changes would have to be made to the current lineup of players. Once DJ gave Scott, and Carmello the bad news, he and Dave Spindel spent the next couple of months working with jeff and a new drummer named John Marshall. After a few more shows John decided to leave the band due to family obligations. So they continued auditioning of a number of musicians but they just couldn’t find the right mix of styles and players.
Frustrated with the current sound of the band DJ placed a call to Tom Fowler to catch up and see if Tom had been playing his guitar. As it turns out, Tom had just recently dusted off his guitar and amps and been playing again at home, so he thought it would be cool to check out jamming with a band again. Once DJ heard Tom play again, he knew he was on the right track. Now all they needed was to find a drummer. Tom suggested to DJ, to give original Southern Fury drummer, Steve Kerndt, an audition. DJ agreed to check it out.
So Steve showed up, dusted his drums off and in no time at all was rocking with the band just like the good old days. It didn’t take long and Southern Fury was back at it again. In late 1998 the band found themselves on stage, opening for acts like .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Dickey Betts, Griderswitch and many others legendary rockers.
The next ten years would prove to be the bands best years ever… writing new material, recording CD’s, playing live gigs and giving their fans what they were missing for so many years… Original southern rock that kicked-ass! With the acquisition of Dan Aylestock on bass, Southern Fury was back in the saddle again and cranking out their new original sound.
Southern Fury is:
Dave (DJ) Fernandez- Lead vocal / guitar
Tom Fowler- Lead Guitar
Steve Kerndt- Drums / vocals
Dan Aylestock- Bass / vocals
To Contact Southern Fury and BE SOUTHERN FURION! Fan ‘em up at:
Facebook Fan Page
Official Site of Southern Fury
Southern Fury Reverbnation
Southern Fury MySpace
VETUNES ® AIRBORNE ROCKATORIUM:
The inspiration for the creation of VETUNES ® AIRBORNE ROCKATORIUM is Legendary Musician Mr. Simon Kirke (FREE & BAD CO) who has earned the love and respect of our Veterans here in the United States and in The United Kingdom not only through his music but Mr. Kirke has shown our Brothers/Sisters-
To Simon Kirke WE say….Airborne!
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