FAREWELL FROM U2ZOO
August 10, 2003 (First Rehearsal)-August 10, 2018 (Final concert)
After a wonderful 15 year run, The band U2Zoo has officially retired.
It has been an incredible ride! We have met so many amazing people and shared a deep love of U2 collectively. This band started out as a fun experiment trying to nail a few guitar parts and turned into quite the live concert experience. We are truly grateful and humbled!
- First Show House of Guinness February 2, 2004 opened show with "Helter Skelter" / Last Show State Fair August 10, 2018 Ended with "Pride-In The Name of Love"
- Arena Venue: NCAA "Big East Midnight Madness" October 2005
- Largest Crowd size: 9,500 Summerfest
- Most guitars & basses used at a show: 18 (13 electric guitars/5 bass) Oshkosh Irish Fest 2012
- Longest Show: Wisconsin State Fair August 2011, played 4 hours non stop 49 songs
- Most Played Venues: Shank Hall 22, House of Guinness 18, Summerfest 11 shows
- In 2010, cataloged in IMDb (Internet Movie Database: California Film Maker Followed the band for a year and made a short film documentary "Shine Like Stars" that was featured at the Wisconsin Film Festival.
- Performed in seven states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, & Ohio and with various bands including greats Huey Lewis, Styx, Cheap Trick, Steve Winwood, The Yardbirds, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult, and Kansas.
Wonderful Musicians that are etched into the "Zoo experience" collectively
- Bob Ralian 2003-2005;
- Scott Neis 2005-2014;
- Chris Lambrou 2014-2016;
- Tim Korry 2016-2018
- Brian Lang 2003-2018
- Mike Nitka 2003-2004;
- Steve White 2004-2005;
- Mike Kawczynski 2005-2018
- Gus Mostafa 2003-2004;
- Craig Brog 2004-2012; 2015-2018;
- Stephen Gaulke 2012-2016;
- Don Hazlett 2016-2018
"Yeah, the City of Blinding Lights, the more you know, the less you feel, some pray for what others steal, blessing's not just for the ones who kneel, luckily"