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Gunnar Nelson of Nelson

January 25, 2011 by  
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In 1990 Nelson introduced themselves to the music world via their debut album After The Rain with infectious harmonies, soaring melodies and of course a whole lotta hair. Now, over twenty years later the band returns with their latest album Lightning Strikes Twice which has been heralded as a return to that signature sound that we all fell in love with so long ago.

It’s been a long but fruitful road for Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and they’ve learned many lessons along the way but the one thing that has never wavered is their inherent passion to write and perform music – much like their father – the late, great, Ricky Nelson. Both accomplished songwriters and musicians, Lightning Strikes Twice was written and recorded entirely by Matthew and Gunnar, with a few guest musicians contributing along the way. In what they’ve considered unfinished business in many ways Nelson has channeled their full collective energies to produce some of their most dynamic songs to date.

We recently had a chance to chat with Gunnar Nelson who talked about the new album, the path they’ve traveled, and of course, their beloved family.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales 

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Scrap Metal – Mohegan Sun

Scrap Metal
(Featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Jani Lane of Warrant, Janet Gardner of Vixen, Jami Jamison of Survivor, Bobby Rock & Neil Zaza)
June 3, 2009
Wolfs Den – Mohegan Sun, CT
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Gunnar Nelson of Nelson and Scrap Metal

May 12, 2008 by  
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nelsonOn April 26th Scrap Metal played to a sold out Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino to what has seemingly become their hometown crowd.  Since Scrap Metal’s inception, the band has played at Mohegan on several occasions and each show seems to surpass the show before in energy, passion and of course kickass special guests.  Scrap Metal, the brainchild of Mark Slaughter (of Slaughter) and the brothers Nelson (Matthew and Gunnar) is a mix and match all star lineup of amazing vocalists singing their smash hit songs while the all star band backs them up.  On this particular evening fans would be treated to the hits from Slaughter and Nelson and then from special guests C.J. Snare of Firehouse, Jimi Jamison of Survivor and Jeff Scott Soto, Journey’s recently departed frontman.  The crowd was treated to an array of Journey, Survivor, Slaughter, Nelson and Firehouse songs and to top it all off a Queen encore.

For those of you who have yet to experience the phenomenon that is Scrap Metal, think about your favorite mixtape coming to life, walking out of your headphones and hopping on to a stage, right in front of you.  That’s right, all of your favorite songs by all of your favorite artists, all at the same show!  It’s a lot to take in but for Scrap Metal, word of mouth is starting to pay off and people are starting to get it, really get it.  It might not be too long before The Scraps come to your town so start preparing now!  It’s definitely been a labor of love but considering the fun these guys have on stage at every show, none of them consider it work.

With other big news on the horizon including an upcoming Nelson tour with Firehouse and Great White (Nelson’s first tour in FIFTEEN years!), Gunnar Nelson took some time pre-show to let us pick his brain about Scrap Metal, growing up Nelson, and all things in between.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | May 2008

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