WANT TO GO?
Live on the Levee concert
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
INFO: 304-348-8014, ext. 105 or www.liveontheleveecharleston.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Brownsville Station's Henry Weck remembers when the band broke into the big time. It was 1973, when "Smoking in the Boys Room" went to No. 3 on the pop charts.
"We averaged 250 to 300 [shows] for 10 years," the drummer said. "The year 'Smoking in the Boys Room' hit, we did 320 cities."
Weck, who performs with Brownsville Station at Friday's Live on the Levee, said it was an amazing time to be in a band from Michigan. The whole Detroit music scene had taken off.
"We were around when it was the MC5, Iggy Pop and Grand Funk Railroad. There was Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, The Rationals and on and on.
"The Detroit music scene was just happening."
Following that massive hit, some subsequent releases were modestly successful. The band never achieved anything on the same level, though, and in 1979, it disbanded.
Singer Cub Koda continued to perform in a variety of bands and took on a second career as a music journalist. Meanwhile, vocalist/guitarist Mike Lutz and Weck turned to session work, songwriting and record producing.
"I recorded some demos for a southern rock band, which they used to get signed. The band was Blackfoot," said Weck.
"Michael went into audio engineering and began producing. [He had] several good albums, but maybe the best known was Ted Nugent's 'Spirit of the Wild.'"