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May 30, 2014

Meade’s album release party set at Opolis

NORMAN — Tyson Meade is a Bartlesville native, but Norman is his artistic home. The Chainsaw Kittens’ front man will be here live and in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., for a party celebrating his newest release, “Tomorrow in Progress.”

Norman has all rights claiming Meade as our rock ’n roll son because of the significant milestones in his career that occurred while based here. The Chainsaw Kittens are among the finest musical artists in their genre to have ever come from this town.

Before that talented and internationally famous quartet was Meade’s alternative rock outfit Defenestration.

For the most part the other Chainsaw Kittens, Trent Bell, Matt Johnson and Eric Harmon have stayed in the Norman area. Meade, however, has never been one to light anywhere for any length of time. He’s a genuine rolling stone. Teaching in the People’s Republic of China has been part of his resumé in the new century.

One of the most attractive aspects about Meade, both back in the day and now, has been his willingness to serve as mentor to much younger and inexperienced musicians. He is viewed by many musicians and fans now in their 30s and older who came up in the Norman music scene, with affection bordering on idolatry.

Meade listened to and counseled people and rarely put on rock star airs. He once observed that a snazzy BMW automobile was his one indulgence when the serious music money was rolling in.

In the 1990s, it was bands such as The Mimsies and Therogy that he adopted, and today it’s Skating Polly and Helen Kelter Skelter. At the show Saturday, the last two named bands along with Feel Spectres, GUM and Junebug Spade will be backing Meade in performing songs from the new album.

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