Local H's Joe Daniels Quits

Oct 11, 1999, 4:05 pm PT

One-half of the Chicago duo Local H has quietly left the band. Two months ago, following the group's tour in support of Pack Up the Cats, drummer Joe Daniels split to pursue non-music interests, according to a source close to the band. Daniels has since been replaced by former triplefastaction drummer Brian St. Clair.

According to another source close to the band, the split -- which is being called "a mutual decision" by band handlers -- was no surprise to anyone in the Local H camp and had stemmed from Daniels' disinterest in touring. "[Frontman] Scott [Lucas] just couldn't take it anymore," said the source. "He was holding him back. Rock bands have gotta be on the road."

Lucas and St. Clair will test-drive their new partnership by beginning a month-long tour of the Midwest and East Coast beginning Oct. 19 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and concluding Nov. 14 in St. Louis. The jaunt will include a date on the Third Annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 30 at Chicago's Double Door, where the duo will dress up like AC/DC, and play nothing but AC/DC material. Last year, Local H did their best imitation of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, yet closed with a cover of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)."

-- Blair R. Fischer