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Icons Still Rocking On
November 18, 2009   
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TSA, those Polish rock music icons considered by many to be the forerunners of Polish heavy metal, will be appearing at the Park club in Warsaw Nov. 26.

TSA was formed in Opole in 1979 as an instrumental four-piece with Marek Kapłon, Stefan Machel, Janusz Niekrasz and Andrzej Nowak. Two years later, they won the Jarocin music festival hands down before taking on lead singer Marek Piekarczyk. TSA's dominance over the Polish music scene was unrivaled during the period between 1981 and 1983. TSA played hundreds of concerts a year in those days, driving power-chord-craving headbangers to hysteria. Their albums sold in the hundreds of thousands and have gone on to become Polish rock classics. TSA kept the full-on concerts coming over the next few years and even played in France, Germany, the then-Czechoslovakia and the former Soviet Union. It was during this time that their albums Spunk and Heavy Metal World appeared in the West.

The group appeared in the Polish stage version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar from 1987 to 1989. Piekarczyk played the lead role in the show at the Gdynia Musical Theater and then went on indefinite leave.

TSA got back together several times in various incarnations but none of them stood the test of time. The classic TSA lineup of Marek Kapłon (drums), Stefan Machel (guitar), Janusz Niekrasz (bass), Andrzej Nowak (guitar) and Marek Piekarczyk (vocals) regrouped May 5, 2001. A few weeks later, the band announced that they were back and they were bad. Ever since they have been recapturing the success they enjoyed all those years ago.
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Nov. 26, 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.
Park Club, 196 Niepodległo¶ci Ave.
Tickets: zl.30 (standard); zl.15 (concession)
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