Headstone

2006 - Band

Members: Mike Clough, Mikee Cusack, Ron DeWitte, Jim Finical, Randy Krause, Turk Krause, Bill Larsen, Steve McLoone, R.J. Miller, Tim Nolan, Max Padilla, Jeff Petersen, Tom Tatman, John Thomson, Michael C. Wolf

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Bio: Headstone was formed to play a few mixers by five University of Northern Iowa students in 1969. The members of the original band were: Jeff Petersen, Tom Tatman, Bill Larsen, Tim Nolan and R.J. Miller.

A 45 released during this period, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” was placed in regular rotation on the ultimate Midwestern underground radio program of the day, Clyde Clifford’s “Beaker Street.” Miller left near the end of this first version of the band and was replaced by Steve McLoone.

By the summer of 1972 McLoone, Nolan and Tatman had left the group and were replaced by Turk Krause, Randy Krause and a series of outstanding guitarists beginning with Mike Clough followed by Jim Finical and Ron DeWitte. The band’s vision for Headstone to become one of the first Midwest bands to carry concert caliber sound and lights was realized during this time period.

DeWitte and Randy Krause left during the summer/fall of 1976 and were replaced by John Thomson and Michael Wolfe. Although the band had always performed original material, this lineup played more of their own music at the live shows. Headstone disbanded on Dec. 8, 1980.

The band’s popularity reached well beyond Iowa’s borders. The band was in demand in colleges, clubs and the ballrooms of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and the Dakotas. They came in third (Styx was first) in a readers’ poll for “Best Midwest Rock Band” conducted by Illinois music magazine “The Prairie Sun.”

During its 12-year run, the band headlined countless regional shows and shared the stage with many of the era’s biggest starts at major venues. They opened for: Mason Proffit, Foghat, Head East, Black Oak Arkansas, Brownsville Station, Pablo Cruise, Molly Hatchet, Climax Blues Band, Styx, Asleep At the Wheel, Dr Hook, Redbone, Doug Kershaw and many others.

Headstone went through many changes in musical style and personnel throughout its long history but was always known for precise guitar work, solid rhythm section and intricate vocal harmonies. The band’s “roots rock” direction endured in one form or another through its history. Fans were always blown away by their stunning musical performance and big time stage production. Several former band members are still professional musicians today.

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