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“Fangs” for the memories? A rock band meets a fan, 8 years ago

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In May of 2013, a couple eyebrows may have been raised when a man from Superior appeared in Judge Dale Pasell’s courtroom, and the judge was asked to order the man to stay away from rock bands called “American Fangs” and “Hollywood Undead.” Twenty-three-year-old Scott Mehtala said he thought he was in Superior, but he was outside the La Crosse Center, smashing a window of a tour bus being used by the Hollywood Undead band.  They and the American Fangs were performing at the Center.  Mehtala got into a fight with members of both bands, punching Fangs guitarist Nik Slimp, who ended up with a chipped tooth and stitches.  Police said Mehtala was drunk, and admitted to being high on heroin.  Besides that, he claimed to be a vampire himself, and said he was jumped by other vampires…meaning, members of the Undead band.    There’s no record on-line of what happened to Mr. Mehtala in court, so it’s likely the case was dismissed.  According to a newspaper in Houston, Texas, the hometown of American Fangs, the musicians laughed about the incident later and claimed they were thinking about writing a song about the “Great La Crosse Vampire Battle of 2013,” yesterday in La Crosse. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.