BONer Jo VI Brings Bliss To Jerilee’s

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN (November 18, 2017) – I recently became very intrigued at the mention of a show about to transpire at Jerilee’s Pub in Lafayette, Indiana. The second I heard the headliner’s name… BONer Jo VI… I immediately began to experience those classic symptoms of falling in love. Subsequently, I was excited to learn that these men didn’t ruin it when they opened their mouths. They were the prince charmings I dreamed of in my youth as I donned my eyeliner and teased my hair in a room permeated with the beautiful asphyxiating aroma of hairspray. Every single thing that was ever good about my adolescence was right here and right now in Jerilee’s Pub, and I was determined not to lose my steel-toed shoe even one second before that midnight bell tolled.

Yesterday’s Chips started the show with their usual prolific punk style that always tickles a crowd. Their frontman, Dave, was a regular bundle of energy as he sang, moshed, and flopped around on the floor all with a charm that kinda made you wanna get down there to thrash and wriggle right along with him. Their set consisted of many searing originals, and the amazing men made sure to pay homage to all of the pizzas, burgers, and tacos that inspired them the most. By the end of Yesterday’s Chip’s set the crowd was rambunctious as hell and hungry for more.

Turboner came on next with an intensity that was surpassed only by the audience that they were riling up themselves. They mixed ferocity with a side of badassery, and served it up hot. The strong influence of PBR and women in their music shined through with a passion that hypnotized the house. Turboner raced through their set like a high horsepower turbo diesel on crack pulling the crowd along at warp speed. All too soon their set was over, and Turboner left the audience wound up like a hair-trigger ready to fire. The fans’ fury was inflamed, and the anticipation for the headliner was officially at its heart-wrenching climax and about to burst.

 

The gentlemen of BONer Jo VI appeared, and suddenly the room turned into a fantasy world any middle-aged matron would drool over. The charismatic gentlemen adorning the stage for the evening consisted of Johnny Jo Boner on Lead Vocals, Jon Bon Boner on Lead Vocals, Richie Rifffs on Lead Guitar, Steve Steve on Lead Guitar, Tico Two Strings on Lead Bass, and Hugh G. Rection on Lead Drums. Each of the talented BONer Jo VI musicians riffed and writhed with a vengeance that sent their sex metal oozing off the stage infecting the crowd. It was obvious that it would take far more than an army of Chippendales’ dancers to even begin to pry the MILFs away from the stage… or, wait… maybe cougars… am I old enough to be a cougar now? Shoot… But I digress…

  

The band broke into Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and had the crowd rocking right along with them every second of the song. The music poured from the stage like a shot of whiskey on fire and lit up the crowd. BONer Jo VI hammered out renditions of hits like Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” that were so beautiful it would even make the original artists giggle with glee. Their set was immaculate, and they even packed in a version of Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” that would surely have the great Sebastian Bach begging to sit in with them himself.

Every single member of BONer Jo VI was a glorious embodiment of the classic metal bands they covered. They used every ounce of their skills to pay tribute to another time, but somehow still made the melodies their own every step of the way. Consequently they ruled not only the senior sirens with their talents, but reeled in the younger fans as well. It’s undoubtedly true that multitudes of millennials have now discovered classic metal monsters anew thanks to the genius of this mighty band. The show may be over for now, but BONer Jo VI will live on forever in the hearts of all in attendance, and in the libidos of middle-aged maidens everywhere for infinity and beyond.

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