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When you review the history of many 60s rock bands, you will see how many came to a screaching halt in 1969-1970. The greatest factor being the Viet Nam war with many musicians being drafted. When the lottery was introduced in 1970, musicians with a low number (meaning you will be drafted) elected to enlist in the branch of service of their choice. Such was the case for Scott Jeffy of the Nickel Revolution. He decided to serve in the US Navy. That coupled with Jerry Lenz, now married and with the first child on the way, and the loss of Mickey Larson on keyboards and vocals, the Nickel’s core members, Louie, Scott and Jerry, decided it was time for the final chapter of The Nickel Revolution.

Here are a handful of photos from the last gig. It was a southern Minnesota college, that no one can remember the name of. We were actually anxious to finish as the fun had ended and now we were just playing out the contracts we were obligated to fulfill.

Make Plans Now for The Nickel Revolution’s Reunion, Saturday, September 1, 2012

Posted: June 23, 2012 in Reunion 2012

Are you ready for a blast from the past?

The 1960s were an awesome time in the history of rock and roll. Four lads (I guess we can say lads in America) from the Robbinsdale,Minnesota area would begin a rock and roll band in the fall of 1964 and through a series of changes, become The Nickel Revolution.

The core always remained Louie Lenz (guitar), Scott Jeffy (bass) and Jerry Lenz (drums). The journey would last over six years, concluding early in 1970.  

Let’s pick up where we left off and CELEBRATE!

Nickel Revolution 2012 Reunion

Saturday, September 1, 2012

7pm to 1am (Doors open at 6pm see more details below)

Broadway Bar & Pizza

8298 University Ave. NE

Fridley, MN 55432

FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted at the door to cover expenses).

To be included on the guest list email us here: Nickel Revolution Reunion

Attention Musicians! We invite you to jam with us.

Bring your guitar, drum sticks, horn or hot vocals and we are providing a full backline of amps, etc. LET US KNOW so we can give you a songlist: Nickel Revolution Reunion

Please let us know which member of the band you are friends with or related to so we can note that on the guest list. If this is all new to you and you do not know someone in the band. Louie Lenz is selling VIP tickets at $5.

Email Louie for details:

FOOD (Pizza) at the Reunion must be pre-ordered (otherwise it would be a staffing problem for Broadway). They are requesting a 2-week reservation for pre-ordering your pizza. So, by August 18, 2012, send an email to Louie and he will turn it in to Broadway. Email Louie for details:

Very fitting to hold this event at Broadway Bar and Pizza in that Broadway Pizza was a Robbinsdale High School hangout back in the day, and unlike this band, they didn’t go out of business.  The Fridley location is perfect in that they have a large dance hall with a separate entrance. Our event will not be advertised as we already have a large guest list and we want everyone attending to have a great time on the dance floor instead of standing in line and waiting for a turn on the toilet. Full bar available (not that anyone drinks in Minnesota, but if you feel like an adult beverage, you can purchase them YouBetcha!)

Special Guests

Joining The Nickel Revolution onstage will include some of our children and that will certainly be a special treat. Jordan Lenz (bass and guitar) is Jerry Lenz’s youngest son and he plays with Jerry in The Nickel Blues Band in Orlando,Florida.

Benjamin Jeffy (guitar) and Christopher Jeffy (bass) will be joining the band on stage and it promises to be a great time. We suggest you have an extra set of batteries for your camera, video, or a least charge your cell phone up before you arrive at the reunion.

Dinner before or during the reunion? You can pre-order pizza if you are arriving early. However, you MUST pre-order. Contact Louie Lenz:

Photos From Broadway Bar & Pizza in Fridley Minnesota

Click Here for Map to Broadway Pizza Fridley

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How The Nickel Revolution Rolled

Posted: December 15, 2011 in 1970

From the very beginning of the band that would become the Nickel Revolution, having a van was important to us. While a trailer behind mom and dad’s car would suffice for other groups, we insisted on having our own dedicated vehicle. We wanted to have a truck like the Underbeats and Gregory Dee and The Avanties.

In 1964, our parents helped us accomplish that goal too, even though Louie was the only one old enough to have a driver’s license. Keith Follese’s folks owned an electrical contracting firm (later becoming an Air Conditioning – Heating contractor) and they had an old panel van that they allowed us to “earn.” We have doctored a photo here to get as close as possible to what the panel truck looked like—a 40s Chevrolet Panel truck. No one has found any pictures of our first truck or our last van.

We earned that first panel truck by cleaning junk out of apartments in a building owned by Keith Follese’s mom. Pretty easy work considering it was only one Saturday and we had a truck.

We used magic marker to “paint” Wailing Phantoms on the side and added the decals of a woodpecker with big eyes and a cigar to be cool. Louie also bought “baby moon” wheel covers—it was cool. At least for a short period of time.

In 1965 we were earning enough money to actually buy a used panel van (again with our parents fronting the money). It was a light blue Ford van and it’s pictured here with the Inchanters logo and painting courtesy of B Sharp Music. The van not only took us to gigs, we went to high school in that van and it ended up in a photo in the school newspaper. Also included here.

The light blue van would go through changes when we became the Nickel Revolution. In the end, we converted it to scrap metal as it was totaled in an accident sending a few band members into the hospital. We were on vacation and not gigging at the time of the accident.

Louie, Jerry and Scott at the Lenz home goofing off and the Inchanters van parked in the driveway

Roadie Joe Carroll doing hand stands to entertain the boys in the band. Here is an article from an early musician’s publication:

Next up was a black and white Ford Econoline window van which is pictured here. Interestingly enough, this van was also totaled on vacation. Louie, Honeybear, Scott and one of our roadies, Dave Arneson took the van to the Arneson’s lake cabin near Maple Lake, Minnesota. Honeybear was out  “joy-riding” (driving) the van when, he claims, a bee tried to sting him and he rolled the van on a country road. Some witnesses claim it may have been vapors from a burning weed of some sort.

We do not have a photo of our final van that we purchased in 1968 when we really started racking up miles on cross country trips. It was a green Ford van and we chose not to have our name painted on the side. The reason being is that band vans became targets for thieves. A lot of fellow bands lost equipment and it happened to us as well. However, only our backup gear was stolen out of the van one night when we played at New City Opera House in Minneapolis.

Sample photo of a late 60s Ford Econoline Van

There are a lot of interesting stories surrounding the Nickel Revolution’s vans. One that could have been a tragedy happened late night or early morning after a gig in Wisconsin. We were traveling south near Black River Falls, Wisconsin and had pulled in to eat at a truck stop. Because we were “long hairs,” we were used to being hassled by some of the truckers and we had our own smartass retorts. One of our favorites was, “didn’t your mother ever teach you not to talk to strangers?” We probably used that one along with some others and got a truck driver really mad. We were unaware that he was waiting for us to leave. When we did, he pulled out his rig and followed us. We got on the Interstate and he followed us as close as he could, trying to scare us off the road. We were already travelling 65 to 70 miles per hour with the van loaded with equipment. Louie Lenz was behind the wheel and put the peddle to the metal, but this crazy driver kept it up and he was now trying now, to bump us off the road.

Much to our delight, he instead took his semi truck into the ditch in a heavily forested area. Looking back we saw his headlights pointing skyward. We didn’t stop but traveled on our way to our destination.

A van story with a lighter twist involves Louie, Scott and Jerry, along with their dates being “taken in” to Police headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota (1965). The police called our parents who—get this—had to come down and pick us up because we were parked on a side street that didn’t allow parking and we were making out. That is all…making out…kissing…BUSTED.

Our folks were very eager to talk to us. As soon as the dust settled, we went back to kissing girls in the van. And that’s how these rockers rolled.

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