Onions At A Crime Scene has humble beginnings. The origins of the band can be traced to a playground at this elementary school in a small Midwestern town. It was on the playground at recess one October afternoon that the four friends - Todd, Eric, Laurel, and Lorelei - made plans to form a rock and roll band. Todd would sing lead and play bass guitar, Eric would play drums, Laurel would sing lead and play lead guitar, and Lorelei would play keyboard. Originally, the band was to be named T.E.L.L. - for the first letter of each person's first name.
kiss and t.e.l.l.
Pictured above: Lorelei (top left), Todd and Laurel (second row, side by side), and Eric (lower right) in their class photo. The inspiration for the band began when Todd and Eric saw the band KISS on a TV Halloween special. Watch the performance they saw below.
40 years later, Eric hangs out with KISS!
He thought they'd be taller.
Of all the band members, Eric was the one who didn't have musical training. He believed once he got vocal and instrument training in middle school, the dream would be on track. That did not turn out to be the case. Eric shares that story in the video below.
Even though Eric's part of the rock and roll dream was derailed, his love of the drums never died. In a corner of his heart the dream still lived and the 1985 TV performance by Sheila E kindled that small flame still within him.
After sharing his dashed rock and roll dreams, two students of his sister's high school students - Nick and Daniel - offer to teach Eric how to play drums. This was the tipping point that inspired Eric to reunite the band. The video below is a brief clip from the 90-minute lesson.
Joan Jett's Platinum Album from 1989's "Up Your Alley" hangs proudly in Eric's home. Eric first saw Joan Jett in concert February 15, 1989.