SPEEDEALER

Speedealer originally formed in 1994 in Lubbock, TX, under the name REO Speedealer. When REO Speedwagon served the band a cease-and-desist order on their moniker, they shortened their name to Speedealer. In 1998, the band released their debut, self-titled album on Royalty Records. The following year, the hard rocking foursome -- made up of singer/guitarist Jeff Hirshberg, bassist Rodney Skelton, drummer Harden Harrison(Rigor Mortis), and guitarist Eric Schmidt(Pervis)  -- released their follow-up record, Here Comes Death, on the same label. Royalty Records went bankrupt soon after the band's second release, leaving Speedealer to their own devices for exposure. Label-less and musically driven, they played 309 shows in 1999 to stay in the public eye, pairing up with such like-minded, aggressive rockers as Motörhead, Fu Manchu, Neurosis, Zeke, and GWAR. Speedealer's efforts finally paid off when Palm Records A&R man Michael Alago (who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen) contracted the band to his label. Palm Records re-released Here Comes Death in 2000, and Second Sight (produced by Jason Newstead of Metallica) in 2002. In 2003 Casey Orr(Rigor Mortis, GWAR, Ministry, and Burden Brothers) took over bass duties for Speedealer. Then came Dead Teenager’s release of Bleed, and Radical Record’s release of Speedealer’s live at GBGB recording Burned Alive. In 2016 Hirshberg declined to do any further Speedealer Reunion shows and is now a Professor. Current touring lineup is Eric Schmidt /Guitar, Harden Harrison/Drums, Rick Pearson (Buck Pets)/ bass, Dan Barron (The Swingin’ Dicks) /vocals, and Casey Orr (on occasion) / Bass.

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