SOUL ASYLUM at Visulite Theatre on 02/07/2013




Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)

Doors Open: 7:00 - Show Starts: 8:00


Formed in the summer of 1981 by high school friends Dan Murphy, Karl Mueller, and Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum (named Loud Fast Rules up until 1983) quickly became frontrunners of American college rock, following in the tradition of fellow Minnesota bands Hüsker Dü and The Replacements.

Landing their first record deal with Twin/Tone in 1984, Soul Asylum recorded a total of four albums for the local label: Say What You Will… Everything Can Happen in 1984 (later re-released as Say What You Will, Clarence… Karl Sold the Truck), Made To Be Broken, and While You Were Out in 1986, and the EP Clam Dip & Other Delights in 1988. The band then switched to A&M, releasing Hang Time in 1988 and And the Horse They Rode In On in 1990 under that label. Although they enjoyed some success as a live band, Soul Asylum suffered from low album sales and considered disbanding.

In 1992, they signed with Columbia Records to produce Grave Dancers Union, a record that would come to transform them from underground college rockers to international superstars. The first two singles off the album, Somebody To Shove and Black Gold, both came in at high positions at the Modern Rock and Album Rock charts, but it was the album's third track that led them to their major breakthrough. Runaway Train peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, raised album sales to double-platinum level, and won Soul Asylum the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1994.

In 1995, Soul Asylum followed up the success of Grave Dancers Union with Let Your Dim Light Shine, which climbed to #6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the #1 Modern Rock track Misery. After releasing Candy From a Stranger in 1998, the band members took a break from recording and didn't release a new studio album for the better part of seven years.

They reunited in 2004 to record their ninth full-length album. Shortly thereafter, Karl was diagnosed with throat cancer. Up until this point, Soul Asylum had always included Dan, Karl, and Dave, despite several line-up changes. This changed on June 17th, 2005, when Karl passed away after finishing his work on the new album. The Silver Lining was released in 2006 and dedicated to Karl Mueller's life and memory, with Dan expressing that, "For me, this record is Karl."

On July 17th, 2012, the band released a new album: Delayed Reaction.

Current Lineup

Dave Pirner
Wrote a song entitled Soul Asylum (not the one on Time's Incinerator) which came from a dream he had. Nobody in the band (then Loud Fast Rules) liked it, but they liked the title and took that as their new name.
The first band he was in was called "The Shitz"; he played the drums.
Originally started out as drummer for Loud Fast Rules.
Was in a shortlived supergroup, The O'Jeez; which also featured Kraig Jarret Johnson and Jessy Greene.
Spends a lot of time in New Orleans, where he recorded his solo album Faces & Names.
Sang Black Star with Minneapolis songwriter Wain McFairlane on his 2001 album That Was Then This Is Now (which also incuded Wain singing Dave's solo song I'll Have My Day).
Did the score to the 1997 film Chasing Amy.
Is a good friend of actor/director Kevin Smith.
Once dated actress Winona Ryder (who also starred in the Without A Trace music video).
Has a small part in the 1994 movie Reality Bites (starring Winona Ryder), where he plays the character Phineas.
Played hockey in grade and high school.
Lent his voice as Paul McCartney's for the 1994 movie Backbeat.

Michael Bland
Was a member of Prince and the New Power Generation and has played on some of his solo albums.
Has worked with Paul Westerberg, Catchpenny, Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken, among others.
Is usually seen with a sucker/lollipop in his mouth during performances.
Frequently performs Sunday and Monday nights at the nightclub "Bunker's" in downtown Minneapolis with Dr. Mambo's Combo.

Winston Roye
Played drums for Ace of Base.
Enjoys pinhole photography.
Has worked with Christine Amphlett, Graham Parker, Kate Pierson, and Hubert Sumlin among others.
Has never drunk a cup of coffee.

Justin Sharbono
His first concert with the band was on September 29th, 2012 at the Casilla, pabellon de la in Bilbao, Spain.
He is cousins with Dan Murphy from his mother's side.

MILES NIELSEN & The Rusted Hearts

Start Time: 8:00

Somewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen’s stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-eque Cosmic Americana. Pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth as butter keys. Born in Rockford, IL, home of Cheap Trick and ‘Symbol’, power pop DNA runs through the veins of his songs and performances. 13 years spent playing bars, clubs and theaters, Miles has played and performed as vocalist / lead guitarist in many midwestern bands from past to present,Harmony Riley, HMS, and most recently, as a member in the Appleton, WI via Rockford ensemble,Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons– as well as his own band when time permits as “Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts.”

Aside from opening for acts such as Medeski, Martin & Wood, to Cake, to Moe, he also co-owns a recording studio in Rockford, IL, FUSE, that has served as the recording home to Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. He has worked with many artists such as Augie Meyers, Lonnie Brooks, Gabriel Reed, Cheap Trick, and The Good Year Pimps. From writing and performing his own tunes to recording and performing on other artists songs, Miles Nielsen continues to help carry out that very rare rock n’ roll torch that only few can claim out loud, “that sound?… it came from the midwest.”