When Sam Morris returns to Fremont on Saturday, he’ll be ready to put on a unique theatrical production while sporting big hair.
For Morris, a 2003 graduate of Fremont High School, it’s all part of being a member of 3D In Your Face.
The Omaha-based ‘80s hair tribute band will be playing at 9 p.m. Saturday at Uncle Larry’s in Fremont. It will be the band’s first time playing at Uncle Larry’s.
3D In Your Face plays hits from the ’80s, ranging from Motley Crüe and KISS to Warrant and Ratt. What sets the band apart, Morris said, is the atmosphere it provides surrounding its music.
“We not only do the songs, we also add the show into it,” Morris said. “We bring a professional lighting rig. It’s just an over-the-top experience with lasers and loud music, costumes and big hair – all mixed with the soundtrack of the ’80s.”
3D In Your Face has been together since 1999. Morris became part of the band about six years ago as its full-time guitar tech and stage manager. Last year, he became the full-time bass player.
Growing up, Morris was inspired by rock bands such as KISS and AC/DC.
“I met a few kids in high school that wanted to start a band, a real theatrical rock and roll band. A band like we’d never seen before,” said Morris, the son of Stacia and Greg Johnson and Gary and Beth Morris. “We kind of put together a band for all of those kids who didn’t have anything to do on Friday nights. We ended up playing in my parents’ basement starting out. … My parents were always really supportive. Letting a full rock and roll band play in their basement isn’t always an easy thing to do.”
As time went on, the band moved on to do shows at other venues, both in Fremont and across the country.
“The band eventually split up, but it was such a good time in my life that I couldn’t stop doing it,” Morris said. “It was a very big addiction for me playing live and being able to play music.”
That led Morris to 3D In Your Face.
Morris, whose stage name is Spade, is one of four members of the band. The other band members are all from Omaha. They are: "Snyper" Chris Hineline, guitar; "Hot Rod" Alan King, lead singer; and "Playboy" Jeremy Deans, drums.
Since September, 3D In Your Face has been playing every Friday night at the 21st Saloon in Omaha. That gig will continue through Memorial Day.
“It’s become a destination,” Morris said. “The last four weeks we’ve had the place almost sold out. It’s really been blowing my mind and kind of proving that if we work hard and we stick to our guns, that it’s not impossible to do a house show or a residency in Omaha and have it be successful.”
Once summer hits, the band’s tour schedule takes off. 3D In Your Face has performed at many bike rallies and street dances all across Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
“Small-town street dances and bike rallies are where we excel because it’s an outdoor show,” Morris said. “We can use our pyrotechnics. It’s just a bigger venue. We also love playing the clubs and little ballrooms.
“We can really get away with playing anywhere. The ’80s thing kind of fits anywhere you want to put it. Anywhere people are looking to have a good time we can definitely give that to them.”
The band recently attended the Omaha Entertainment Awards after being nominated for best cover band. While 3D In Your Face didn’t win the award, Morris said the band’s members made the most out of the experience.
“We made a decision to show up in full stage gear to make a statement that rock and roll is back and we still are the flag carriers of rock and roll in Omaha,” Morris said. “It was wild. There were people everywhere taking pictures and we were just swarmed by people.”
Everyone planning to attend Saturday’s show at Uncle Larry’s, Morris said, should expect a wild time and be ready to experience a “rock and roll show for the senses.”
“I think 3D gives a show that no other band in Nebraska can give with makeup and hair and just attitude and fun,” he said. “We’re not four guys who stand around and stare at the floor. We’re running around on stage and giving a show for the audience.
“The people who paid their hard-earned money to see me play, I feel like I need to give them something.”