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Chadzilla and the Asteroids ride 80s revival wave in Vail

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” Children of the ’80s and new converts alike will gravitate to Vail Village Wednesday evening as Chadzilla and the Asteroids ride the ’80s revival wave straight down Gore Creek Drive to Checkpoint Charlie for the final installment of the 2009 Bud Light Street Beat free concert series.

In addition to the final free show of the season, the evening will also feature the Grand Prize drawings for the brand new Volvo C-30 that one local will drive away, as well as the Volvo Vail Giveaway for a return trip for an out of town guest.

Armed with a full repertoire of songs that will both take audiences back 20 years, Chadzilla and the Asteroids entertains audiences with classics such as “Centerfold,” “Jump,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Don’t Stop Believin,'” “Rebel Yell,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and many others.

Chad “Chadzilla” Johnson began playing drums at the age of seven, his interest fueled by a very musical family, drum lessons and elementary band. By the time he was 13, Johnson found himself playing in working top 40 bands. After high school he attended the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in music.

While playing with numerous bands, including Little Hercules, Johnson has shared the stage with the likes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Walsh, the Samples, Average White Band and the Village People.

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Chadzilla and the Asteroids were born when Denver’s Swallow Hill school director Michael Schlenkelberg approached Johnson about an 80’s band opening for the cult film classic The Breakfast Club at Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks, playing to a sold out crowd.

In addition to the free concert, Eagle, Lake and Summit County residents can register one last time to win the season-long grand prize as Volvo Cars of North American will give away a 2009 Volvo C-30 to one local. All local contestants must have their driver’s license or local identification to be eligible for the final contest.

Out of town guests can also cash in as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail will team up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway for a non-resident, featuring a return vacation trip to Vail with deluxe accommodations.

Along with the Grand Prize Giveaways, the Vail Valley Foundation will also conduct an ’80s costume contest, with a pair of Atomic Snoop Daddies skis and bindings as the prize.

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