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Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods new to the Palmerton Community Festival

  • Flamin' Dick and The Hot Rods
    Flamin' Dick and The Hot Rods
Published September 08. 2011 05:01PM

Get ready for a trip down a musical memory lane with "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods" at the Palmerton Community Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2-5 p.m. on the Main Stage.

The band actually started out under a different name as a classic rock band playing tunes from the 70's and 80's and one set of "oldies" at each performance. People started asking them for more of the 50s and 60s rock-n-roll.

How did Dick Weatherholtz came up with the name, "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods"?

It all started in 1985 with a 1960 Cadillac Custom 2 Door Hardtop. Dick and his friend, Tom "Slick" were in his garage painting flames over the hood and front fenders on his Caddy. They worked through the night masking off the area to be painted, actually painting the area and then unmasking the car and finished about 7:30 a.m.

"We stepped back from the Caddy and Tom said, 'Alright! Flamin', Dick!' And I said, 'Hey, Man. That would be a great name. I'm going to use that name, 'Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods,' with my next Oldies Rock-n-Roll Band."

A year later, he started forming the group.

"And here we are, now a few years older, a few pounds heavier, and still digging Rock and Roll, hot rod cars and guitars," says Dick.

The band consists of: Dick "Flamin' Dick" Weatherholtz from Robesonia, PA, is the lead vocalist and plays guitar; Keith "Spike" Rentschler, the youngest member of the group, plays rhythm and lead guitar; Glenn Paul (G.P.) Balthaser of Lebanon, PA, is a bass guitarist and lends vocals to the band; John "Squeek" Zaneski of Pottstown plays sax, keyboards and lends vocals to the group; Jack Keller, drums and vocals.

It's the band's first time back in Palmerton in a few years and they are excited to be a part of the Festival.

"We've made some friends in the Palmerton area, so we're happy they won't have to go on a 'road trip' to see us," says Squeek. "We want people to have fun with rock-n-roll music. You can dance to all of our tunes and sing along with them. The music we play can be appreciated by all ages. So, folks can dance to our music or just sit back and enjoy. We're up on stage having fun and we like to see people having fun with us."

So come on out and have fun with "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods" on Saturday afternoon.

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