The Twistin’ Tarantulas have been rocking the world for over twenty years now. Founding member, bassist and frontman Pistol Pete spoke with us about the band recently.

The Twistin’ Tarantulas were founded by “Pistol” Pete Midtgard two decades ago in a Detroit neighborhood its known as “Ghetto Heights.” The band has created success on their own terms with no help from the music industry. With three albums of original material under their belt and tours around the world, this band truly defines the term independent. One might call them rockabilly, others might call them punk, but their sound is truly all their own.

The band is playing a series of dates this weekend and December before they return to the studio to record their next album. Pistol Pete spoke with Mick McDonald about the band and the legacy they have created for themselves with a fan-base around the world.

Pistol Pete audio interview:

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Tour dates:
11/ 28 @ The Tip Top Deluxe, Grand Rapids, MI
11/ 29 @ The Rock, Plymouth, MI wsg/ Blues Airmen
12/20 @ Bells Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
12/26 12/27 @ Bachelor’s One, Keego Harbor, MI

About The Author

Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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