Vanity Crash

Born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury.

Creating punk spunk and glam clamor.


Sky Rockets Take Flight and Vanity Crash Dives Into Bowie

Saturday, November 9, at 8:30 p.m. Vanity Crash join up with VC alumni Brian Hanger and his band the Sky Rockets for an evening of classic glam rock at Coda in Tremont. This is a Coda debut for both acts.

Vanity Crash is going to do two sets, one of all originals from our five releases, and a second set of all David Bowie songs. The Bowie songs will consist of classic hits and fantastic songs from later in his career. Digging into these later songs reaffirmed to us David’s genius.

Vanity Crash alumni Brian Hager will be debuting his new band, “Brian Hager & The Sky Rockets.” An original glam rock & roll band with old school influences such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust days, and Marc Bolan’s T-Rex, fused with a hint of 90s rock alternative.

Following the recent deaths of Hager’s previous bands’ drummers, Albert Rager of The Tie Downs and Harry Humphries of The Chromes, Brian said, “Life is too short. Time to stop taking music so seriously and have some fun.” Brian loosens things up, adds some glitter, and lets the Sky Rockets fly with bandmates bassist Ed Lemmers and drummer Rick Snider.

Located beneath Dante Next Door, Coda is an intimate experience, unlike any other in Cleveland. It is the perfect venue to see and hear any act. Enjoy the outstanding food, drinks, and seating.

Show at 8:30 p.m. – Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 advance, $7 day of show.

2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland 44113



Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the 
 crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry 
 Inch in Cleveland Public Theater’s production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down with eye-popping 
 synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello. The band placed songs in the movies Kingsbury Run and Hellweek. Their recent acclaimed tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals.

Jeff Niesel of Scene magazine says, “One of the only bands on the local circuit that keeps the glam rock flame burning brightly, Vanity Crash has been going strong for a decade now, pumping out good, gritty records with regularity.”


Dennis Van Crash

Having played guitar for Queue Up, System 56, Verdanzen and The Times, Dennis has also composed original scores for numerous plays, including the musical version of Lysistrata and the recent hit at Cleveland Public Theatre, Shakespeare’s Titus. Dennis served as musical director and guitarist for the musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. When not writing songs and playing guitar, you can find Dennis behind the camera creating videos and photographs.

Thomas Anonymous

Thomas has appeared in Letters From Camp, Modern Time, The Clean, Haywire and Cats on Holiday. He has performed in the orchestra pit for theatrical productions ranging from West Side Story to Music Man to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As a solo performance artist he has performed in theatres, cafes, bookstores and junkyards throughout the Midwest, New York City, Baltimore and Paris.

Virginia Plain Crash

What’s her name? She’s been around a long time just trying to make the big time since The Rubburheads. Made her stand in the desert strand singing and playing guitar with bilingual darlings, Everybody’s Cousin, until falling in love with the sheer and chic Vanity Crash. A songwriter and photographer, she also loves to sing and to bang on things that make sound, all while dancing the cha-cha through till sunrise, far beyond the pale horizon.

Matthew Angel

Matthew loves rock and roll — it’s in his blood. Many say he’s an old soul in a young body. At 22, he is most influenced by the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn and the hot licks of AC/DC. This persuaded him to get his signature SG guitar. Being in Vanity Crash was exactly what Matthew needed. It had been years since he was in a band, and to find such a good set of musicians that love playing and creating music, it is truly a gift.