• Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas will be booming with people singing “Euro Trash Girl” and “Take the Skinheads Bowling”. That’s right, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven are coming!

Camper Van Beethoven.

So, I realize that not a lot of people are familiar with Camper Van Beethoven. The guys were basically doing in Redlands, CA what the bands were doing in Seattle, WA.

Essentially, you had a bunch of guys in different bands coming together to form one awesome band and creating something totally new. I’d go more in depth on the how, but I legit do not have the time in this article. You’re just going to have to trust me that it’s a similar situation, or do some digging yourself.

Anyway, CBV formed in 1983 with members of other bands in the area. Some of those bands members would go on to form Cracker later, including David Lowery.

Camper Van Beethoven & Cracker’s David Lowery.

Between 1985 and 1987 the band put out three records, and also recorded probably their biggest hit, “Take the Skinheads Bowling”. Considering that Brooklyn Bowl is also a bowling alley, I certainly hope no skinheads pop up. Although, I don’t think either band is really their style.

After putting out a total of five records, CBV disbanded in 1990. It didn’t last long, as they reunited in 1999. Three years later they played their first gig.

Now, it seems only right that they are gracing Las Vegas with their presence alongside Cracker.


Cracker is the lovechild of CBV’s David Lowery and The Dangers’ Johnny Hickman.

Formed in 1991, the band released their first record in 1992, titled after the band. The band caught the attention of the public quickly with the single “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)”.

However, it was 1993’s Kerosene Hat that would really push Cracker over the edge. I remember as a kid you couldn’t turn on the radio at all without hearing “Low”. To this day, that jangly guitar riff under the slide takes me back to my childhood in the summer.

1996 gave us The Golden Age, another solid 12 song LP, which although it was a solid record, didn’t do so well. Before CBV reformed in 1999, Cracker gave us Gentleman’s Blues. The best part of this album was the addition of keyboardist Kenny Margolis, who still performs with the band.

Although the 2000s was kind of a weird time for the band, leaving Virgin records, doing collaboration and solo records, suing Spotify, etc. Cracker has returned to delivering amazing shows to their fanbase (also known as Crumbs, which is adorable to me).

If this show at Brooklyn Bowl is anything like the last time Cracker played, which you can check out our review HERE, then the Vegas crowd is in for one hell of a show.

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos by Stephy Hayward for ZRockR Magazine, All Rights Reserved

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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