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Hairball brings rock and roll to Downtown Ames as RAGBRAI headliner

Dave Moody performing as Gene Simmon from KISS during a concert.
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Dave Moody performing as Gene Simmon from KISS during a concert.

Hairball, a nationally known cover band, will headline for RAGBRAI in Downtown Ames at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The band is known for covering classics by KISS, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Journey, Aerosmith and more. Dave Moody, known for playing the part of Gene Simmons from KISS, has been with the band for three years.

“We just want you to have such a good time and lose your mind in the glory of rock and roll,” Moody said.

Hairball does performances nationwide but has a rich history with Iowa, performing at many venues across the state and historically, the Iowa State Fair. This year, the band will be performing in front of thousands of bike riders in Ames, the third overnight stop on the RAGBRAI route.

“Iowa is an island in the middle of our country,” Moody said. “It’s just so rock and roll and I tell people all the time. There’s a lot of people in the industry, and we all collectively agree that Iowa is the rock and roll capital of the world.”

Hairball draws audiences with a wide range of ages, despite the setlist being from the 70s and 80s. Moody believes that their performances take audiences back to “simpler times.”

“This music lends itself to that mindset and the attitude of just enjoying each other’s company, and raising your beer in the air and singing the biggest choruses to the greatest songs ever written,” Moody said.

Moody has been playing professionally for 35 years, including playing bass for Billy Ray Cyrus and being part of an AC/DC cover band. However, Moody finds something special about getting to play the roles of the artists whose music he grew up on.

“I’ve got a job where I get to get up in front of thousands of people and be my heroes,” Moody said.

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    Jay Grimm | Jul 25, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    I noticed that there were people recording the concert professionally, and I was wondering where I would be able to find the footage, (if I’m able to at all)

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