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September 18, 2008

Glam rockers Wild August make comeback

TRAVERSE CITY -- Dan McCafferty and Kurt Monson had figured their days as rockers in the 1980s hair band Wild August were over for good.

That was before the two Traverse City natives' former group was rediscovered by Retrospect Records. The company now sells their old recordings on the Web and talked them into getting back together in July for the Rocklahoma music festival, where they played in front of tens of thousands of glam-rock fans.

"It was a great time," said Monson, who played bass in the band and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1980. "We were all waiting for a reason to get back together. We rehearsed again, did the show and pulled it off."

The group's reunion is also the subject of a documentary being filmed by Lior Ben-Aharon. The screenwriter heard about the band because he is a neighbor of its singer, Sullivan Bigg in Los Angeles. He traveled to New York, where most of the band still lives, and to Oklahoma to film rehearsals and the concert.

He is editing the footage he already has and plans to reconnect with members in a few months to see if the opportunity to get back together has made a lasting impact on them.

"My angle with it is, 'What is it like to get a chance to be a rock star for one more day?'" Ben-Aharon said. He hopes to get the movie on the film festival circuit.

McCafferty is older than Monson, having graduated from St. Francis High School in 1973. The two were acquaintances when they lived here, having played in competing bands in town.

Yet they didn't become friends or band-mates until they both moved to New York City in the early '80s. While there, they met through mutual friends and helped form Wild August.

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