The Hooters - Members
The Hooters are:
One notable aspect of this...the interaction between band members seems to have changed in a significant way. I know, from my own point of view, that I have become far more relaxed about everything, and now feel absolute confidence in everyone on the stage. I have found a new dimension of joy from hearing and responding to the "accidents" that happen each night. My appreciation for
all my fellow Hooters has found a whole new level. I love and cherish everything about them. We are, indeed, a family.
2. A greeting to all the Hooters fansite visitors: Hallo, Deutsche Hooters Fans! Wie geht's? Thank you so very, very much for coming to see us night after night, after all these years. Thank you even more for giving us a reason to come back together again. Wir sehen uns....SOON.
3. How/why did you start doing music? My mother was a concert pianist before I was born and continued to play for many years. I grew up watching her and seeing how the music moved her. Then I saw the Beatles on TV for the first time and saw how it could move me. There was no turning back. The next day I started my first band.
5. Daily business beside the Hooters? The past eight years have been very fulfilling, as well as very confusing. I have enjoyed working as a songwriter and producer for other artists, as well as the occasional solo gig with my own bands both at home and in Sweden. But as soon as I stepped out on the stage of The Spectrum in Philadelphia in November, 2001 I knew that I am, first and foremost, a Hooter. I imagine that I will continue to work as a writer/producer for other artists, but knowing that somewhere in the near future there is a Hooters gig and record gives meaning to it all.
6. Any solo music projects? I've released two solo records and recorded at least two more (which may or may not ever be heard). Hopefully some of that material will make it on to a Hooters record, and I also look forward to doing more solo gigs in the future. I think that performing as a solo artist only makes one more complete in him/herself, which makes the band that much stronger.
Birthday: April 24
1. 2-3-4 sentences about this summer tour (Experiences, feelings eg): I don't think any of us really knew what to expect when we returned to Germany for our 20th Anniversary Tour of Summer 2003. And it truly surpassed all of
2. A greeting to all the Hooters fansite visitors: To all of the Hooters' Fans - old and new - thanks again for your incredible energy, excitement, and especially your tuneful singing!
3. How/why did you start doing music? When I was around 4 or 5. I did take some classical lessons, but it was rock-and-roll that I wanted to play. I started my first band, the Trolls, when I was 13, played at some school dances and parties, and I was hooked! There's nothing like your first garage band - except the Hooters of course. And we had our own garage, called "the Ranch." So I guess some things never change.
4. When did you join the Hooters? Eric and I started the band in the early 80s. It was to be a vehicle for our songwriting, and the instrumental sound that we heard in our heads. In the beginning that was a mix of reggae, ska, dub and basic rocking. The melodica, which was nicknamed the "Hooter", was one of the first new sounds we used. Other sounds like the mandolin, accordion, recorder and saxophone were added to the basic mix of electric guitars, keyboards and drums. We were on our way...
6. Any solo music projects? It seems that our Summer German tour has re-energized the Hooters, and we'd love to see if new songs will come our way. As for solo stuff - there are many things I'd like to try, and many songs I've written outside of the band. It might show a different style or sound, but for now I'm still gathering the ideas. Someday I'd love to do an album of just solo piano, or one featuring the many organs and odd keyboards I've collected.
6. Any solo music projects? Once again, thanks to the fantastic Hooters Fans who never cease to amaze us with their devotion....and patience! We'll try not to keep you waiting so long next time.
Fran Smith, Jr.
2. How/why did you start doing music? I started playing the drums when I was 8-9. I've always loved music. I told my 6th grade teacher on career day that I was going to be a rock star and a silence came over the classroom.
1. 2-3-4 sentences about this summer tour (Experiences, feelings eg): I must confess that I no idea that the tour would be as successful as it was and I'll qualify it by telling you what I mean by success. On a personal level, hanging with my pals Rob, Eric, John, Fran and the crew which is like a family to me... The German audiences were amazing and you can't beat our fans, they are the best..