Sometimes Tyson Meade wonders if the Chainsaw Kittens ever really happened.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the alt-glam rock band formed in Norman. More than a decade has passed since the lauded locals have celebrated any major radio play or had music videos on heavy MTV rotation.
The Nineties were a busy time for the Chainsaw Kittens: four full-length albums on three different record labels in just six years, national tours with sold-out shows and stacks of accolades from critics to fans, all the way to Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan.
At the time, it was everything Meade, the band’s lead singer, ever wanted. But looking back, he doesn’t miss it at all.
“I am not sure what I think about my time in the Kittens. It was my dream to be a singer when I was a kid,” he said. “I got to live my dream. It was great, but I do not miss it really.”
Music, however, misses the Chainsaw Kittens. And although the group never really broke up, there has always been demand for a re-banding, either from fans or live music promoters, according to the group.
On Saturday, the inaugural Norman Music Festival begins ” a daylong, free downtown concert that features several top-tier national touring acts, well-known local performers and an 8 p.m. Chainsaw Kittens “reunion” show on the festival’s West Main Stage.
The setting couldn’t be better for the band to take the stage, said guitarist Trent Bell.
“We always kind of thought we would wait until we felt like it was the right thing to do,” Bell said. “They are closing down Main Street in Norman, everyone’s going to be downtown in our hometown “¦ this seemed like the right time to do it. We never did the whole ‘OK, we’re breaking up,’ make a big deal about it thing. We are still great friends. We just kind of moved on to do other things.” “ Joe Wertz