Crowd shot masthead ApologetiX Logo Keith Haynie plays bassBill Hubauer plays lead guitarJ. Jackson sings leadJimmy Vegas Tanner plays drums
as of March 30, 2017

<< Back to the fan club

Search Past News:

Sort by Relevance Date

Yesterday's News:

03.27.17New CD in Stock, ApX 25th Anniversary Today
03.27.17Come to Our 25th Anniversary Show in August
03.25.17Get Our Complete Library on USB
03.24.17How to Donate Online or By Mail
03.24.17Custom ApX Lapel Pins Available
03.24.17Moose Music: Rieger Releases Solo Project
03.24.17New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 Free
03.21.17New Single Spoofs 70s & 90s
03.21.17Get Multiple Downloads for Any Size Donation
03.21.17What Songs Are on the New CD, Very Vicarious?
03.17.17Australian Fan Encouraged by ApX Song
03.17.17Clues for This Weekend's Single
03.16.17ApX Fan Battles Pancreatic Cancer
03.16.17Apolo-Vet-iX: Dog's Doc Digs ApX
03.09.17"1000 Tracks for 100 Bucks" Ends Sunday
03.09.17The Title and Theme of Our Upcoming 47th CD
03.09.17Jewish Believer in Wyoming is a New ApX Fan
03.09.17ApX Supplies Soundtrack for Sunday Shift
03.07.17Bill "Moose" Rieger Set to Release New CD
03.06.17New Single Spoofs the Swingin' 60's
03.04.17ApX Fan Moving to Nepal for Missions
03.04.17Good News from Peewee Valley KY
03.04.17ApX Singer Does Radio Interview in Clearwater FL
03.04.17Todd Waites Back in States from Nicaragua
03.04.17Clues for Sunday Night's Single
02.22.17Amazing Terry Bradshaw Football Card Testimony
02.22.17Longtime TX Fan Takes ApX with Him to OK
02.22.17Pardon Me, Boy, Was That the Chattanooga New Two?
02.22.17New Single Spoofs Foreigner & Spin Doctors
02.22.17Fan Will Match Your Donations Through Tuesday
02.20.17New Single, Lapel Pins & More
02.16.17From Longtime Fans in California & Alaska
02.16.17From a New Fan in Missouri
02.16.17Virginia Fan Likes Latest CD and Fan Testimonies
02.16.17Clues for Our Next Single
02.16.17Prayer Request for Fan's Mother
02.13.17We Need Help But We Have a Gift For Our Helpers
02.09.17California Fan Echoes Our Sentiments
02.08.17New Single Spoofs Classic Rockers & New Wavers
02.08.17Who Says Pittsburghers Can't Be Oilers Fans?
02.08.17From a New Fan in Florida
02.08.17Missionary Wears ApX Shirt in Nine Nations
02.06.17New Single (70s & 80s), New USBs, 1000 Tracks Deal
02.01.17Clues for Our Next Single
02.01.17ApX "Sirens" Video Impacts Cleveland Congregation
02.01.17Wyoming Woman Uses Us for Sunday School
02.01.17Fan Has Message for Other ApX Fans
01.25.17ApX Keyboardist Becomes a Grandfather
01.25.17Sharing ApX (and the Gospel) on the Job in Oregon
01.25.17"Alexa, Play ApologetiX"
01.25.17Introducing ApX to Apaches in AZ
01.25.17Filipino Pastor is an ApX Fan
01.23.17Prayer Request for Fan's Wife
01.23.17New Single Spoofs '90s & 00's
01.20.17Clues for Sunday's Single
01.16.17Half Off & BOGO Specials End Tuesday Night
01.13.17Fan's Disease is Like "Science Fiction Horror Story"
01.13.17ApX is Standard Missionary Equipment in Mexico?
01.13.17Pastor Encouraged by ApX Song & Songbook
01.13.17"Buy 1 Get 1" New CD Special Ends Tuesday
01.13.17Half Off Ends Tuesday Night
01.05.17Half-Off Sale Ends Soon
01.05.17Songbook Helps Canadian Fan with Daily Devotions
01.05.17One-Year Bible-Reading Plan for Late Starters
01.05.17Wisconsin Fan Gives Away Hundreds of ApX CDs
01.01.17New Year's Single: 70's Superstars
12.29.16USB Drives Back in Stock
12.29.162016: The Year in Music Parody
12.28.16Get Multiple Downloads for Any Size Donation
12.28.16Clues for Our Next Single
12.28.16Encouraging Words from Thailand to Myrtle Beach
12.22.16About Last Week's Tricky Clues
12.22.16ApX Guitarist Gets Engaged
12.22.16ApologetiX Needs Help for Christmas
12.21.16Watching ApX Christmas Videos on YouTube
12.19.16New Single Spoofs 1969 & 1979
12.14.16New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 Free
12.13.16Deadlines for Delivery Before Christmas
12.13.16Clues for This Weekend's Single
12.12.16New CD in Stock (Buy 1 Get 1), USBs are Back
12.08.16Complete Your ApX Christmas Playlist
12.08.16What Songs Are on the New CD?
12.06.16New Christmas Single Released
12.02.16Clues for Sunday's Christmas Single
12.02.16ApX Gets Rave Review in Christian Musician Magazine
12.01.16ApX Soundman Becomes Amazon Success Story
11.24.16Hubie Hits #7 on the Billboard Charts
11.21.16New Single: #1 Hits from Either End of the 80's
11.18.16Last Wkd in OH & Future Touring
11.18.16New Video: The Sound of Sirens
11.17.16The Title and Theme of Our Upcoming 46th CD
11.17.16Clues for This Weekend's Single
11.17.16Wise Up and Rock is Back in Stock
11.09.16Saturday: Columbus OH with Todd on Keys
11.06.16New Single: 70s Funk & 80s Country
11.03.16New Video: Fishin' on a Pier
11.03.16An Old Favorite CD Returns Soon
11.03.16Congratulations, Jimmy & Keith!
11.03.16Clues for This Weekend's Single
10.30.16Unfortunately We Still Need Help & Prayer

ApologetiX: Concerts in PA & OH, New CD, Karl
Thu., Jun. 14. 2001 1:23am EDT

Howzit goin'?

J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here. Lots of BIG news for you this time around!

1.California Revisited
2.Concerts This Weekend in PA (Friday), Ohio (Saturday) ... plus a three-hour set at Alive in Ohio next Wednesday!
3.Karl Comes On Board Full-Time
4.New ApologetiX CD
5.Updated Concert Schedule (New Concerts in KY, FL, OH, KS, MO, PA)
6.Prayer Requests


Well, California was lots of fun! We played near San Francisco and near Yosemite (no sign of Sam anywhere, though), and we can't wait to come back next month to Napa and to Legoland in San Diego! Special thanks to our chauffeurs, Scott Slagle and Duane Stansfield, who stuck with us through thick and thin and drove us all over the state. And, of course, thanks to Scott's wife Lorraine, who did so much to organize the concert in Fairfield on Saturday and take of the hospitality. Thanks also to Julie, John and Matt at Twelve Toes and Larry Gamble at KAAT for bringing us out to Oakhurst on Sunday. And thanks to all the new friends we made!

Thanks to all of you who were praying for my right ear which was totally stuffed up and in excruciating pain. Somehow God enabled me to do both concerts with no pain ... and my ear is finally starting to clear up, after three trips to two doctors! But please keep praying, because it's nowhere near where it needs to be.

One of the "highlights" of the trip had to be when one of our huge CD boxes (containing 180 CDs) fell off Scott's roof rack on the way back to the San Francisco airport and got absolutely obliterated by an 18-wheeler! Praise God it was a truck that ran into it and not some unsuspecting car, because somebody could have gotten hurt. As it was, the 18-wheeler didn't bother to stop, but we DID ... and spent the next 20 minutes picking up ApologetiX debris! We even got to ride in the car with the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) who stopped to check on us, although Erik Estrada was no where to be found. I think he's working with the psychic friends network these days, so maybe that's just as well. As far as celebrities go, Karl says he did see Alanis Morissette at the San Francisco airport, and that makes the second flight we've made recently that brought us into the path of an artist whom we spoofed on our "Ticked" ("Rolling Clone") CD. In April, Coolio was on our flight to Dallas!


We'll be in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area) this Friday and Ohio on Saturday! Then, next Wednesday we do THREE sets (a three-hour block of music) at the Alive 2001 festival in Canton OH! Other artists at Alive 2001 include: DC Talk, OC Supertones, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Jennifer Knapp, Plus One and much more!

Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
New Life Presbyterian Church
326 Raymaley Road
Harrison City, PA 15636
Contact: Lisa Bodnar 724-864-4758 Church phone (724) 744-4760
$5 at door


From Pittsburgh, take Parkway East Rt. 376 to Rt. 22 E, into Murrysville. Continue through Murrysville, past McD's, past Sheetz. About 1 mile beyond Sheetz is a light with a Uni Mart there. Make a right at this light. Follow this road (Murrysville- Export) around the golf course (it actually makes big "S"). Follow it until Waugaman (spelling?). There is a stop light here that is not yet hooked up. This road is just past the shopping center on the left. Waugaman is a right hand turn. If you get to the "Triple D" auto parts, you went too far. Make a right onto Waugaman. At top of hill, go right onto Raymaley. Follow this road for about 2 miles, thru one stop sign. Church is on right. Church phone (724) 744-4760.

If you need other directions, go to and type in your start point and put in the church address as the final destination.

Sat., June 16 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Prairie Peddler Festival
Rt. 97 (3 miles east of Butler OH)
Butler OH
Contact: Tom Skoglund 419-663-1818


Take PA Turnpike (I-76 West) into Ohio and stay on I-76 until you reach I-71. Take I-71 south (Columbus) to mile marker 169 exit which is Ohio Rt
13. Take 13 south to Ohio Rt. 97 in Bellville and go left (east) on 97, nine miles from Rt.
13. We are exactly three miles east of the town of Butler, Ohio on Rt 97. You won't miss the signs!

Wed., June 20, 2001 at 12-3 p.m. (Three Sets)
Other artists include: DC Talk, OC Supertones, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Jennifer Knapp, Plus One and much more! Alive Festival
Wood Stage Canal
Fulton, OH
Phone: 330-854-0011


Check out


Well, you can say it was an internship, apprenticeship, serfdom, indentured servanthood or whatever you want, but we felt that after a decade of working for ApologetiX on his own nickel, it was time for us to bring our lead guitarist/producer/webmaster (not to mention ApologetiX co-founder) Karl Messner on board as our second full-time employee. Seriously, folks, if anybody has ever paid his dues with a band, it's Karl, spending a decade's worth of free time after his regular jobs doing ApologetiX work ˇ recording, website design, concert promoting, design work, you name it. Karl's last day at his old job was last week.

Of course, Karl didn't really just gain a full-time job. He just left one full-time job, and kept the other full-time job with us that he already had! Congratulations, Karl! You've certainly earned it! If you'd like to congratulate Karl, his e-mail is And with the announcement in item #4, you're going to see that Karl's going to be very busy at his new full-time job.


We are pleased to announce that we have been hard at work writing and practicing songs (They're basically all finished lyrically) for our sixth CD, "Keep the Change." The CD is scheduled for a September 25 street date, but we've been making plans for it since last December. We'll soon start giving you clues about the songlist, as we did with "Spoofernatural" before its release. We are slated to record 19 songs, but we can't guarantee that all 19 will make the final cut. Please pray that they do! It'll depend on performance, and we've got a couple songs this time that are real challenges to sing. I can sing them on good days, but I need good health and lots of blessing! Like our previous CDs, this one will have a good mix of both classic and modern rock ... and it also includes two songs that are suitable for Christmas airplay (in the same vein as "Hotel Can't Afford Ya.")

Lyrically, I think it'll be our strongest effort yet. If you come to see us in concert this summer, you'll get a sneak preview of some of the songs, too! Please pray that we are able to meet all the deadlines that we have set for this project. We have grown to a point now where our CDs are in distributors' catalogs and expected by stores at specific times, so when we set a deadline for ourselves, we have to make sure we meet it. That's pretty intimidating sometimes, but we do love a challenge! Last year, we went into the studio in August to start recording "Spoofernatural," and it came out in late November, so we're basically running on about the same timetable as last time. And this time around, we have Karl 24 hours a day, plus we just get a great new recording system for our studio which should greatly facilitate and improve production techniques.


In the past week, we've added new concerts in Florida (July 21), Ohio (Aug 10) Pennsylvania (Sept 1 and 2), Kentucky (Sept 22), Missouri (Nov 16) and Kansas (Jan 19, 2002). Check it out:

Sat., June 23, 2001, 12:15 p.m.
Shout 2001 Festival
Paramounts Carowinds Theme Park Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273-6904
Contact: Richard Young 336-699-2733

Fri., June 29, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Conneaut Valley High School Gym
Conneaultville PA
Contact: John Boratyn 814-587-2127
Free Admission

Sun., July 8, 2001 9 & 10:30 AM (1 Song in service) and 6 p.m. (Concert)
First Christian Church
2659 1st Street
Napa CA
Contact: Nickie Turnipseed 707-253-7222 ext. 224

Sat., July 14, 2001, 8 p.m. (First of two concerts)
Sunnyview Fairgrounds
Oshkosh WI
Contact: Bob Lenz, Mark Nellessen 1-800-955-LIFE

Sun., July 15, 2001, 11 a.m. (Second of two concerts)
Sunnyview Fairgrounds
Oshkosh WI
Contact: Bob Lenz, Mark Nellessen 1-800-955-LIFE

Sat., July 21, 2001 at 5:10 p.m.
Grace 2001
Wright Street Stage
Pensicola FL

Sat., July 28, 2001 at 7:05-8:30 p.m.
Freedom Fest
Grandview Park
Sioux City IA
Contct: Kevin Gullings (712) 239-5260

Sun., July 29, 2001, TBA Legoland San Diego CA

Sat., Aug. 4, 2001, two sets (afternoon and evening)
FamFest 2001
Midland Christian Church
1264 E. Isabella Road (M-20)
Midland MI 48640
Contact: Pastor Gary A. Cech, Sr. or Project Coordinator Ron Browne (989) 631-3810

August 5-8, Not confirmed
ApologetiX may appear as late addition - watch schedule for details Kingdom Bound Six Flags at Darien Lake
Darien Center, NY

Fri., Aug. 10, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds
259 S. Tuscarawas Ave.
Dover, OH 44622
Contact: Lisa Stilgenbauer 330-343-6011

Sat., Aug. 11, 2001 at 3 p.m. (Event runs 12-5 p.m.)
Youth Bash 2001
National Road
Morristown, OH
Contact: Barb Guest 740-699-2599 or 304-280-3792

Sun., Aug. 12, 2001 at 7 p.m.
Thorn Creek United Methodist.Church
Rockdale Road
Butler, PA
Contact: Tom Sullivan 724-352-3091

Fri., Aug. 17, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Carroll County Fairgrounds
106 Kenfington Rd. NE
Carrollton, OH 44615
Contact: Barb Newell 330-735-2443

Sat., Aug. 18, 2001, 12-2:30 p.m.
Bratwurst Festival
300 S. Syndusky
Bucyrus OH 44820
Contact: Barb Basore, chairperson 419-562-8908
Pastor Mike Cole, cell 419-610-8728

Sun., Aug. 26, 2001 at 5 p.m.
Crossfire kick-off weekend
Christ Un. Methodist Church
3300 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Contact: Julie Frazier 281-980-6888 ext. 304

Wed., Aug. 29, 2001 at 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church
710 S. Zane Highway
Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Contact: Rev. Saco 740-633-3615

Sat., Sept. 1, 2001 8-11 p.m.
Cornerstone Caf╚
Elizabethtown, PA
Caf╚ Number (717) 367-5326
Contact: Jim Schreiber 717-653-6439 (Night)

Sun., Sept. 2, 2001 at 6 p.m.
Uniontown High School, Football Field Uniontwon PA

Sat., Sept. 8, 2001 at 7 p.m.
Ohio United Presbyterian Church
Longview at Maratta Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Contact: Patty Strominger 724-378-3690 Email:

Fri., Sept. 14, 2001, 7 p.m.
A.T. Room Adrian College
Adrian, MI 49221
Contact: Jenni Duranczyk
Home (517) 893-0056 School (517)264-3706

Sat.. Sept. 15, 2001 at 6 p.m.
See You at the Pole Rally (with Five Iron Frenzy)
Faith Evangelical Free Church
Rt 222
Trexlertown, PA

Sat., Sept. 22, 2001
First Christian Church
Elizabethtown KY
Contact: Chris Kiger

Sat., Sept. 29, 2001 at 1 & 3:00 PM
Prairie Peddler Festival
Rt. 97
Butler OH
Contact: Tom & Suzie Skoglun 419-663-1818

Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Christian Publications/Cornerstone Chapel
620 Route 23 North
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Contact: Emily Strunk 973-616-7080

Sat., Oct. 13 (Two Shows) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 8:45-10:15 p.m.
Cup O' Joy Coffee House
232 South Broadway
Green Bay, WI
Contact: Jan Oettinger Cup Phone (open hours only): 920-435-3269
Jan's phone: 920-437-6694

Fri., Oct. 19, 2001 at 7 p.m.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
201 W. Jefferson St.
Butler, PA 16001
Contact: Pastor Rich Leseganich 724-287-6741

Sat., Oct. 20, 2001 at 2 p.m.
Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St.
Brookville PA
Contact: Tommy Rowe (Convention)717-652-5856
Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659

Sat., Oct. 20, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St.
Brookville PA Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659

Fri., Oct. 26, 2001 at 9 p.m.
Common Ground Beautiful Savior Lutheran
5005 Northwest Blvd.
Plymouth MN 55442
Contact: Larry Deyoe #763-550-1000 ext. #106

Sat., Oct. 27, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Nebraska Church of God Retreat
Rock Haven Conv. & Retreat Center
76309 Road 415
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Contact: Jason Johnson 402-486-3450

Fri., November 16 at 7 p.m.
FCA Benefit
Poplar Bluff High School
1300 Victory Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Contact: Cheerful Heart Ministries, Jim Hoyt, 573-778-0955

Sun., Dec. 30, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Toronto 2001
NE Area Wesleyan Youth Convention
Sheraton Hotel
123 Queen St.
West Toronto, Ont. Canada
Contact: Rob MacCallum

Sat., Jan. 19, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration KNGM Radio
Flint Hills Christian Church
1836 US Hwy 50
Emporia, KS 66801
Contact: KNGM, Steve Pearson 620-343-9292


Our drummer, Bill Rieger, has an 18-month old daughter, Rachel, who has been sick with the fever twice in the past two weeks. Please pray that she gets better quickly. Also, Bill asks, "Please pray for my eye. I woke up this morning and I can't see out of my right eye. It is red and irritated and swelling a little. Thanks!"

Our former drummer Fred Behanna asks that we pray for his mother: "She has been in declining health for a good six months and unfortunately it seems to be accelerating," Fred says. "She is filling up with fluid and also getting so weak she can't even stand for very long. Please keep her in your prayers. It doesn't look very good. She is 84 and has had a good life and been relatively healthy. However, when you see your mom slowly slipping away it is very difficult. My mom is just at that place in life where her body is giving out and she has quite a few serious life- threatening problems. She is still in the hospital but has had a couple of good days last week. Overall it's not looking real good though."

Our former drummer Bob Flaherty and his wife, Jill, are planning to move to South Carolina, where Jill will teach (the doctors have cleared her to go back to teaching, and they'll monitor the tumor in her brain to make sure there is no growth) and Bob hopes to attend seminary. Please keep them in your prayers. We're going to miss them like crazy!

Please also pray for my ear, which is still clogged up and still occasionally giving me earaches and headaches. My next doctor's appointment is next Thursday.

Thank you!



-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)

Colossians 2:8-9
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily ..."