Highland '80s band Spectrum reunites -- just for one night

News-DemocratSeptember 25, 2013 

A band called "Spectrum" rocked Lindendale Park Exposition Hall in the '80s, covering high-powered artists such as Van Halen, Loverboy and Sammy Hagar.

"We'd spend three days setting up," said lead guitarist and singer John Scott, now 49, of Highland.

"We would borrow the stage from (St. Paul Catholic High School). We'd stack milk crates and build scaffolding, and we'd hang black tarps for a backdrop, and we'd put up trussing and clamp lights to it. We'd try to outdo ourselves each time."

Former band members hope to recapture some of that youthful excitement with a reunion show Saturday night at E.L. Flanagan's Sports & Spirits in Highland.

They were talked into to it by fans looking for entertainment now that their kids are grown and out of the house.

"We're just going to do it this one time," Scott said. "We have no plans to continue."

Spectrum formed in 1980 and played about six years, anchored by Scott and lead singer John Stoecklin, while a dozen other members came and went.

"It was fun," Scott said. "It was a way to get out on the weekends and meet people, and we loved playing music."

The band started with weddings, homecomings and festivals, then gravitated toward harder rock, performing in bars such as the old Speakeasy in Breese and Cutler Corral.

After Spectrum folded, some members continued with bands such as Pursuit, Angel Heart and Effic.

Saturday night's reunion will include former Spectrum members Brent Augustin (keyboards and vocals), Jeff Niggli (drums and vocals), Jeff McDevitt (bass), Randy Luitjohan (drums), Steve Stack (keyboards and vocals), Scott and Stoecklin. They will be joined by Cathy Mattea of Angel Heart.

D.J. Kent, Spectrum's original sound and lighting engineer, also will be back Saturday. He's still in the business, running his own production company.

At a glance

What: Reunion show by Spectrum

When: 10 p.m. Saturday (Krank Kase will open at 8 p.m.)

Where: E.L. Flanagan's Sports & Spirits, 2635 Plaza Drive in Highland (outside)

Admission: Free

Information: 618-654-2222

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