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Family metal band preps to bark at the moon

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They could be considered Winnipeg’s heavy metal version of the Partridge Fam­ily, minus the colourful tour bus and David Cassidy.

Winnipeg metal-reggae band Krazy Madness is comprised of father/guitarist/singer Patrick Bellemare, 39, and sons Kevin, 17, and Kelsey, 15, on drums and bass respectively.

Local metalheads will have an opportunity to see them perform live Tues., April 12 at the Park Theatre in Fort Rouge. They will share the stage with Group Therapy as part of an all-ages show.

Krazy Madness has been performing together since fall 2007. Fittingly, it was metal legend Ozzy Osbourne who helped bring them together musically.

Bellemare had promised his sons that if Osbourne ever performed in Winnipeg again he would take them to the show.

It finally happened in 2007 and Bellemare, who once worked as a roadie for acts such as Nazareth, Helix and April, Wine managed to get his boys backstage after the show.

A visit with Osbourne’s guitarist at the time, Zakk Wilde, was all the inspiration Bellemare and his musical offspring needed to start Krazy Madness.

Bellemare has been a metal fan since growing up in Quebec City in the 1980s when he got to see some of the genre’s top acts perform. He eventually started working with some of those acts, more by luck than by design.

"I was the only one who could speak English, so I could translate for the acts and be a guide in many cases," he said.

Bellemare says his Wolseley-based group is looking forward to its upcoming gig at the Park.

"We’ll be doing some cover tunes nobody plays and some classic metal stuff too. Instead of playing the usual — we’re playing unusual," he said.

"Things like Screaming in the Night by Crocus and maybe some Saxon."

Winnipeg metal aficionado and North End resident Dylan Baillie said the park is a great venue for Krazy Madness to reach a broader fan base.

"If they’re looking to appeal to a wider audience — that’s the place to do it," he said while in the midst of prepping a documentary about Winnipeg’s annual metal festival held last weekend.

Kelsey and Kevin say being part of a band was probably inevitable, since music has always been such a big part of their lives.

"When I was young and dad’s memorabilia and stuff from over the years was out on display, it was really like growing up in a museum," Kevin says.

Krazy Madness became a foursome last fall when it added guitarist Baz Ganglia. The elder Bellemare says Gangnia’s guitar wizardry was a missing piece of the musical puzzle.

"It was what we needed to start some live gigs and album work," he says.

Despite the addition of Gangnia, Krazy Madness remains very much a family affair. Bellemare’s partner, Lisa, handles most of the behind the scenes duties while daughter Kaya, 10, and son Kozzy, are waiting in the wings.

"Kaya plays the keyboards and is a great singer and Kozzy is all over the drums and guitar. He likes Quiet Riot," Bellemare says.

Kozzy has a little musical extra in his corner. "His godfather is Zakk Wylde," says the band’s leader.

The coming weeks promise to be a busy time for Bellemare and his Krazy crew. They are in the midst of finishing their first studio CD and have been encouraged by merchandise sales.

"We sold some T-shirts online last year and they got snapped up by people from around the world so quickly," he said. "Hey, we were able to get a shirt out to Slash."

Krazy Madness and Group Therapy will perform at the Park Theatre on Tues, April 12. Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10.

For more info call the Park Theatre at 478-7275

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