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1,000-plus get Money's worth

August 13, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - The lead singer of a fledgling band called Old School did something rare on Saturday: Stole the stage from Funny Money's Steve Whiteman on his home turf.

Whiteman, who lives in Halfway, didn't mind, though. He stepped aside for his 11-year-old daughter Carly's debut in front of hundreds of people.

As she launched into Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," Carly looked at ease within seconds. She hopped onto a platform on the stage and shook hands that fans thrust at her.

Carly was a surprise for people who flocked to the North American Rod & Gun Club near Hagerstown for Funny Money and three other bands.

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Numerous Funny Money supporters were there, but several people were more keen on Back in Black, an AC/DC tribute band scheduled to play last.

A fair number also spoke fondly of Never Never, a band known for its Led Zeppelin covers. The opening band was vs. the earth.

The whole show pleased Lynn Creel of Baltimore, who said she has listened to Whiteman with Funny Money, and KIX before that, and The Shooze before that.

Sitting on a blanket with John Mills of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Creel named the well-known KIX songs she didn't hear Saturday - "Don't Close Your Eyes," "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" and "Same Jane" - but enjoyed the ones she did, such as "Midnight Dynamite," "Cold Blood," "Sex" and "Blow My Fuse."

Whiteman made bawdy comments in between songs, including a lewd suggestion introducing "You Rub Me the Right Way." Fans cheered throughout.

By the early evening, the crowd was estimated at 1,100 to 1,200 people.

In between sets, many people on lawn chairs facing the stage retreated to the beer garden, a designated area for alcohol.

That didn't sit well with some people.

"We should be able to move around," said Shelly Lewis of Martinsburg, W.Va.

"A lot like to drink while listening," said Clint Thompson of Waynesboro, Pa.

Jim Gordon of Fort Loudon, Pa., said he could hear the music from the beer section, but "it's muffled."

Creel and Mills preferred the segregation. Creel said she doesn't care about beer. Mills said he doesn't either - anymore.

Both sides of the fence were united in their excitement about the show.

Jane Robinson of Mont Alto, Pa., said Back in Black could pass for AC/DC.

"If you close your eyes, they sound just like 'em," she said.

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