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Biography: Friffid Pink
Rick Stevers It was the 4th grade when I started playing drums with the School Band. Then came JR High and Concert Band, Marching Band, Dance Band and our 1st Job in our own Band. New Years Eve 1963 at a corner shot and beer bar. High School Band only lasted 2 years, I was too busy working with my own band The Detroit Vibrations. The Vibrations changed their name to become Frijid Pink in 1967, what a year. In late 1969 House of The Rising Sun hit the air waves and changed my life forever. Touring the US, Canada, and Australia, House was playing on the radio and TV all over the world. Four albums and more than a dozen 45’s and millions of record sales, what a dream, but it wasn’t a dream it was happening. Now it feels like a dream, everything happened so fast. Well, we’re going to do it all over again. Frijid Pink in 2015, great guys, great music, it’s a Great Band. Here’s to more music, old fans and new fans, it doesn’t get any better than that. Brent Austin I was born in St. Charles, Mo. April, 1953.  Our family moved around when I was a child and finally settled in Toledo Ohio. At that time I was 13 years old and started getting into music. My first inspiration was the Beatles.  The first song I ever learned was Cream’s I Feel Free on the Bass Guitar.  I found my outlet. My natural gift of music is a way to express myself and give others a share of my joy.  My mother, Charlene, has always been my strongest supporter.  She would leave new albums on my bed and drive me to the gigs.  This kind of backing helped me to evolve into the Bass Player I am today.  My 5 children have also learned to love and become involved in music. I have played in all areas of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Some of the groups I have played with are Legend,Ruby Jones, Yazoo, Georgia Peach and Gypsy Wind.  I also had the opportunity to open for Rare Earth, Bo Diddly and Tower of Power.  I met Rick Stevers and we became friends.  In time he mentioned Frijid Pink and said he was reforming the group.  Well here I am. Rick Houke Born in Monroe Mich. July 1966.  I picked up guitar at age 11 from an older neighbor who played folk music.  Growing up in the 70’s as a teenager, I had an endless supply of guitar God’s to be influenced by.  I played in my first rock n roll band my freshman year in high school with a few upperclassmen and it all came to me; I wanted to be a guitarist in a rock band for the rest of my life. Once I graduated, I was on a quest to form a working band.  “Joint Effort” was formed, a loose classic rock band that did guitar heavy jams. It lasted from mid 1980 to 1990.   Then it was off to form a harder rock/metal band, with a taste of southern rock.  This band lasted through the early 1990’s, big gigs, a lot of bars.  We went by the name of “Friction.”  About 1994 I hooked up with a well known local band called “Yankee Road”.  We played whatever was brand new that week, mainly new rock alternative / guitar laden classics, with some original songs.  We lasted to the late 1990’s.  It was then that I decided to take a break.  I took up racing motocross and sitting in with local bands and friends, while raising two little girls and writing children’s songs, comedy songs and new folk tunes.  Then the opportunity came to play with Detroit talent and now I feel right at home. Chuck Mangus I was born and raised in southeast Michigan, USA, in April of 1958. There was plenty of vinyl music and CKLW, AM radio, but not much live music in my home growing up. One of my older brothers did have an electric guitar. I had a chord organ. Piano lessons started when I was about 11 yrs old. My mother was given a very used upright piano for next to nothing. Probably one of those, “You move it and it’s yours!” deals. I picked it up quick and had a good ear for learning music. Mom saw my potential so she and Dad bought me a new piano. Two summer sessions at Interlochen National Music Camp ensued when I was 13 and 14 years old. I turned 15 and quit taking lessons and quit playing piano. That only lasted for about a year when I then started buying pop music books and learning songs on my own. Around 1977 a local working musician asked me to join their band. He helped me find my first stage keyboard and then I was hooked. For the next 35 years I played in various bar bands around the mid- west and southern United States. Back in 1981 fellow ‘Pink’ members Brent Austin, Rick Zeithaml, and I put together a local rock band, Flying Tiger, and here we are together again, 34 years later! I have progressed and have risen above adversity to meet the challenges of today. With that said, here we go now with the newest and boldest challenge yet. Frijid Pink! Rick Zeithaml Rick was born in Cleveland and started playing guitar at age 11. He joined his first band at age 16 and by his late teens was playing shows with the band Starliner at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State and Bowling Green State University campuses, and at legendary venues like the Chagrin Armory. Rick went on to play all over Northwest Ohio and Southeastern MI. Upon graduation from college, he moved to Toledo, OH to work at as a graphic designer but kept active in music. Rick formed The Exception in 1981 and played over 250 shows a year for the next 5 years. One of  his original songs with the band was selected for Toledo’s Best Rock compilation in 1982 and received extensive local radio airplay. While touring Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota, Rick shared the stages with the Association, Jonah Koslin of Michael Stanley Band, Mitch Ryder, Meatloaf, The Guess Who, the Romantics, Spencer Davis, the Fixx, Loverboy and many more. Rick left the road to further his graphic design career but still kept his hands on the guitar gigging in local groups. In 2006, he was a finalist in Toledo Guitar Center’s King of the Blues contest. Rick currently teaches guitar in his spare time and continues his own freelance graphic design business during the week. He is honored to be a part of Frijid Pink and continue the remarkable musical legend the band has established over the years. Rick plays Fender, Gibson, and Hamer Guitars and Marshall and Mesa Boogie amplifiers. His star sign is Pisces and his favorite color is blue
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Biography: Friffid Pink
Rick Stevers It was the 4th grade when I started playing drums with the School Band. Then came JR High and Concert Band, Marching Band, Dance Band and our 1st Job in our own Band. New Years Eve 1963 at a corner shot and beer bar. High School Band only lasted 2 years, I was too busy working with my own band The Detroit Vibrations. The Vibrations changed their name to become Frijid Pink in 1967, what a year. In late 1969 House of The Rising Sun hit the air waves and changed my life forever. Touring the US, Canada, and Australia, House was playing on the radio and TV all over the world. Four albums and more than a dozen 45’s and millions of record sales, what a dream, but it wasn’t a dream it was happening. Now it feels like a dream, everything happened so fast. Well, we’re going to do it all over again. Frijid Pink in 2015, great guys, great music, it’s a Great Band. Here’s to more music, old fans and new fans, it doesn’t get any better than that. Brent Austin I was born in St. Charles, Mo. April, 1953.  Our family moved around when I was a child and finally settled in Toledo Ohio. At that time I was 13 years old and started getting into music. My first inspiration was the Beatles.  The first song I ever learned was Cream’s I Feel Free on the Bass Guitar.  I found my outlet. My natural gift of music is a way to express myself and give others a share of my joy.  My mother, Charlene, has always been my strongest supporter.  She would leave new albums on my bed and drive me to the gigs.  This kind of backing helped me to evolve into the Bass Player I am today.  My 5 children have also learned to love and become involved in music. I have played in all areas of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Some of the groups I have played with are Legend,Ruby Jones, Yazoo, Georgia Peach and Gypsy Wind.  I also had the opportunity to open for Rare Earth, Bo Diddly and Tower of Power.  I met Rick Stevers and we became friends.  In time he mentioned Frijid Pink and said he was reforming the group.  Well here I am. Rick Houke Born in Monroe Mich. July 1966.  I picked up guitar at age 11 from an older neighbor who played folk music.  Growing up in the 70’s as a teenager, I had an endless supply of guitar God’s to be influenced by.  I played in my first rock n roll band my freshman year in high school with a few upperclassmen and it all came to me; I wanted to be a guitarist in a rock band for the rest of my life. Once I graduated, I was on a quest to form a working band.  “Joint Effort” was formed, a loose classic rock band that did guitar heavy jams. It lasted from mid 1980 to 1990.   Then it was off to form a harder rock/metal band, with a taste of southern rock.  This band lasted through the early 1990’s, big gigs, a lot of bars.  We went by the name of “Friction.”  About 1994 I hooked up with a well known local band called “Yankee Road”.  We played whatever was brand new that week, mainly new rock alternative / guitar laden classics, with some original songs.  We lasted to the late 1990’s.  It was then that I decided to take a break.  I took up racing motocross and sitting in with local bands and friends, while raising two little girls and writing children’s songs, comedy songs and new folk tunes.  Then the opportunity came to play with Detroit talent and now I feel right at home. Chuck Mangus I was born and raised in southeast Michigan, USA, in April of 1958. There was plenty of vinyl music and CKLW, AM radio, but not much live music in my home growing up. One of my older brothers did have an electric guitar. I had a chord organ. Piano lessons started when I was about 11 yrs old. My mother was given a very used upright piano for next to nothing. Probably one of those, “You move it and it’s yours!” deals. I picked it up quick and had a good ear for learning music. Mom saw my potential so she and Dad bought me a new piano. Two summer sessions at Interlochen National Music Camp ensued when I was 13 and 14 years old. I turned 15 and quit taking lessons and quit playing piano. That only lasted for about a year when I then started buying pop music books and learning songs on my own. Around 1977 a local working musician asked me to join their band. He helped me find my first stage keyboard and then I was hooked. For the next 35 years I played in various bar bands around the mid-west and southern United States. Back in 1981 fellow ‘Pink’ members Brent Austin, Rick Zeithaml, and I put together a local rock band, Flying Tiger, and here we are together again, 34 years later! I have progressed and have risen above adversity to meet the challenges of today. With that said, here we go now with the newest and boldest challenge yet. Frijid Pink! Rick Zeithaml Rick was born in Cleveland and started playing guitar at age 11. He joined his first band at age 16 and by his late teens was playing shows with the band Starliner at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State and Bowling Green State University campuses, and at legendary venues like the Chagrin Armory. Rick went on to play all over Northwest Ohio and Southeastern MI. Upon graduation from college, he moved to Toledo, OH to work at as a graphic designer but kept active in music. Rick formed The Exception in 1981 and played over 250 shows a year for the next 5 years. One of  his original songs with the band was selected for Toledo’s Best Rock compilation in 1982 and received extensive local radio airplay. While touring Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota, Rick shared the stages with the Association, Jonah Koslin of Michael Stanley Band, Mitch Ryder, Meatloaf, The Guess Who, the Romantics, Spencer Davis, the Fixx, Loverboy and many more. Rick left the road to further his graphic design career but still kept his hands on the guitar gigging in local groups. In 2006, he was a finalist in Toledo Guitar Center’s King of the Blues contest. Rick currently teaches guitar in his spare time and continues his own freelance graphic design business during the week. He is honored to be a part of Frijid Pink and continue the remarkable musical legend the band has established over the years. Rick plays Fender, Gibson, and Hamer Guitars and Marshall and Mesa Boogie amplifiers. His star sign is Pisces and his favorite color is blue
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