It's pretty remarkable how an idea on a tour bus can go from a packed gathering of friends at Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN on a Monday night in 2016 to becoming one of the most anticipated and celebrated "jam" style shows Nashville hosts three times a year (four if you count the cruise ship shows on board the Monsters Of Rock Cruise).
Tyson Leslie started Rare Hare in 2015 and was initially supposed to be a band. But after performing in Tom Hurst's Loud Jamz series, an idea came to mind about making Rare Hare more of a 'jam' than a band.
In January of 2016, the first show happened at Douglas Corner and featured Eric Brittingham of Cinderella, Paul Taylor of Winger, and Anthony Corder of Tora Tora.
The second show was hosted at The Basement East and featured a performance by the band Faster Pussycat.
Fast forward to 2021.
We're 12 shows in, and counting!
Rare Hare has now featured some of hard rock and heavy metal's most legendary musicians.
Some of the most notable are:
Bandon Cook - Black N' Blue
Bill Leverty - Firehouse
Billy Freeman - Dustin Lynch
Billy Sheehan - Mr. Big/Talas/Winery Dogs/Sons Of Apollo
Bob Capka - Black N' Blue
Bob Marinelli - Beth Hart
Casi Joy - The Voice
Chuck Garric - Alice Cooper
Curtis Anderson - Rock Gods
Daniel Dekay - Exciter/Diemonds
Darin Elwell - Laaz Rockit
Dave Marshall - Vince Neil
Dave Matthews - Saving Abel
David Ellefson - Megadeth
Donovan White - Vertical Horizon
Dylana Nova Scott - Vain
Eric Brittingham - Cinderella/Bret Michaels Band
Greg Upchurch - Puddle Of Mudd/3 Doors Down
Hugh McDonald - Bon Jovi
Jack Gibson and the entire band - Exodus
Jamison Land - Gwar
Jason Bieler - Saigon Kick
Jason Duggins - Montgomery Gentry
Jenna Syde - Paradise Kitty
Jeremy Asbrock - Ace Frehley/Gene Simmons
Jimi Bell - House Of Lords/Autograph
Jimmy Chalfant - Kix
Johnny Dee - Britny Fox/Doro
Josh Paul - Daughtry
Justin Michael Ward - Lee Greenwood
Kris Vox - Hairball
Mark Oakley, Dann Huff - Giant
Marty O'Brien - Lita Ford
Matt Billingslea, Amos Heller, Al Wilson - Taylor Swift
Michael Vescera - Yngwie Malmsteen/Loudness
Nick Douglas - Doro
Nico Santora - Suicidal Tendencies
Perry Richardson - Firehouse/Stryper
Pete Parada - the Offspring
Peter Baltes, Christopher Williams, Martin Motnik, Philip Shouse - Accept
Priya Panda - Diemonds
Randy Rand - Autograph
Rich Redmond - Jason Aldean
Riki Rachtman - Headbangers Ball
Ron Keel - Keel
Roxy Petrucci, Britt Lightning - Vixen
Ryan Madora - Robben Ford/Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots
Sandy Gennaro - Cyndi Lauper/Joan Jett/The Monkees
Sarah Tomek - Steven Tyler & The Loving Mary
Steve Lynch - Autograph
Todd LaTorre - Queenryche
Tom Hurst - Tracy Lawrence
Tom Yankton - Rascal Flatts
Tory Stoffregen, Dan Hill - Enuff Z' Nuff
Troy Luccketta - Tesla
Tyler Charelli, Sean Fuller, Dan Weller - Florida Georgia Line
Tyler Warren - Queen + Adam Lambert
Xristian Simon, Ace Von Johnson and the whole band - Faster Pussycat
ZP Theart, Rachel Bolan, Rob Hammersmith - Skid Row
This list could go on and on and on... but you get the idea.
Now Rare Hare is featured on board the Monsters Of Rock Cruise every year and was also featured on the Megadeth cruise in 2019.
The sky's the limit as to where this could go, and you never know who might show up!
See you at the next show!