Crowd shot masthead ApologetiX Logo Keith Haynie plays bassBill Hubauer plays lead guitarJ. Jackson sings leadJimmy Vegas Tanner plays drums
61,486
as of January 17, 2022

<< Back to the fan club


Search Past News:

Sort by Relevance Date

Yesterday's News:

01.15.22New CD BOGO Ends Sunday Night
01.15.22Bible-Reading Update: Nahum 1-Matthew 12
01.15.22Influential Albums: 610-616
01.15.22Clues for 2022 Single #1
01.15.22How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
01.15.22This Week's ApX Radio Show
01.15.22How to Donate Online or by Mail
01.15.22Another ApX Top 10 from Fort Wayne IN
01.15.22Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
01.15.22Prayer Request Updates on Three Friends
01.10.22This Week's News Bulletin
01.07.22No New Single Till Next Weekend
01.07.22How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
01.07.22Influential Albums: 603-609
01.07.22Another ApX Top 10 from Athens GA
01.07.22Another ApX Daughter in the Studio
01.04.22This Week's News Bulletin
12.31.21Influential Albums: 596-602
12.31.21Good News for Bill Turner
12.31.21Update on Richard Sadowski
12.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 22nd Single
12.29.21New Single Is Great and Fabulous
12.27.21Get Over 1440 Tracks for $100 This Week
12.25.21How to Get Multiple Singles or Our Complete Library
12.25.21New York Fan Lists His ApX Top 10
12.25.21What's on the Apolog80s: Back from the Future CD?
12.25.21What's on the Apolog80s: Back from the Future CD?
12.25.21Clues for 2021 Single #22
12.24.21Influential Albums: 589-595
12.19.21This Week's News Bulletin
12.18.21Serious Prayer Request for the Jennings Family
12.18.21Influential Albums: 582-588
12.18.21Gettysburg Fan Lists His ApX Top 10
12.18.21The Next ApX CD: What's It Called, When's It Coming?
12.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 21st Single
12.13.21New Single: The 70's Are Back at Last
12.11.21Influential Albums: 575-581
12.11.21Two ApologetiX Members Release New Christmas Song
12.11.21More Memories of CVB from His Wife
12.10.21In Memoriam: Chris VonBartheld
12.09.21More Goodies from Micah: Everybody Loves Cookies
12.04.21Good News Prayer Update for ApX Fan Bill Turner
12.04.21New Single: '83 & '84
12.04.21CVB of ApX Needs Much Prayer
12.04.21Go Christmas Shopping with an ApologetX Alumnus
12.03.21Influential Albums: 568-574
12.03.21Improvements Made on Another Recent Single
12.03.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 20h Single
11.27.21Christmas Playlist: A Month's Worth of Parodies
11.27.21Influential Albums: 561-567
11.27.21Kansas Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.27.21How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
11.27.21New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.23.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.20.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
11.20.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.20.21Wyoming Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.20.21Prayer Update on Bill Turner
11.19.21Influential Albums: 554-560
11.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.13.21Influential Albums: 547-553
11.13.21New CD BOGO Extended by Request
11.13.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 19th Single
11.08.21New Single ('80 & '84)
11.06.21We Changed Two Songs on Our Last Two Singles
11.06.21Serious Prayer Update: Bill Turner
11.05.21Influential Albums: 540-546
11.03.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.30.21Happy Prayer Request Update: Bill Turner
10.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 18th Single
10.30.21Influential Albums: 533-539
10.25.21New Single: '86 & '89
10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.21.21Clues for 2021 Single #18
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15

This Past Weekend in Montana
Sun., Sep. 28. 2008 11:49am EDT

The Montanists were followers of a heretical movement that broke away from orthodox Christianity in the second century and persisted in some places until the eighth century. You wouldn't have found any of them at our concerts this past weekend. There were however, plenty of Montanans on hand, as we played two shows in The Treasure State -- one in Billings and one in Great Falls.

Although Montana is our nation's fourth largest state, it has the third-lowest population density (behind Alaska and Wyoming), but we still had good turnouts. ApologetiX fans drove as far as five hours to get to the shows. In fact, one fan even flew all the way from Rhode Island (See Honorable Mention section below).

We flew from Pittsburgh via Minneapolis into Billings for Friday's concert but made the 220-mile trek to Great Falls Saturday in a "toter-home," a semi-truck with living quarters that can be used as a motor home. Our Great Falls promoter, Kevin Bray, and his wife, Katie, were our chauffeurs, along with their huge black labrador retriever, Dallas (whom we renamed "Pittsburgh," since it's football season).

Kevin didn't know it at the time, but our drummer, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner is highly allergic to labrador retrievers -- they make him sneeze and break out in hives -- so, of course, the band member Dallas took a special liking to was Jimmy, which caused the rest of the band members much amusement. (Editor's note: Jimmy wants to make sure our readers know that he likes dogs and owns one himself, but certain short-haired breeds cause the allergic reaction.)

Dallas couldn't make the return trip, so Greg "The Freek" Pierce (accompanied by his son, Joshua) drove the toter home for us. A 26-year veteran of the air force who worked on Minuteman missile system, he pointed out a number of nuclear-missile sites to us as along the way (he said there were about 100 on the route). Greg didn't know it at the time, but our guitarist/keyboardist, Bill Hubauer, was actually born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He only lived there six months, though, so we were able to avoid another Cuban missile crisis.

Here's an email from a family in Billings who came to see us in Great Falls:

Couldn't make it to the concert in Billings because of another commitment. Drove up to Great Falls the next night with my family. You guys rocked! You were great. My whole family loves your music and show. Thanks for blessing us and taking time to come to Montana!

Hamilton Family
Billings MT
Special thanks to:

Our concert coordinators: Tim Murray (Billings) and Kevin Bray (Great Falls).

Our merchandise coordinators: Dee Dee and Jaime (Billings); and Larry and Kathy (Great Falls).

Honorable mention to: Holly Craig, who flew from Rhode Island to our concert in Great Falls. Holly's cousin, Robin, lives in Montana, but they hadn't seen each other in over 30 years! Holly has now seen us play in five states.