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Catching up with Chief

Published Dec. 8, 2016

Every few years, we remind you about Chief, the hard-rocking Milwaukee band that you should check out. Why? Not because frontman Chris Tischler compares Chief to Van Halen and Judas Priest, although that's a pretty good reason to give them a listen, since they're excellent musicians.

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New All Mod Cons supergroup salutes The Jam in honor of Dave Monroe

Published Nov. 8, 2016

Milwaukee's Dave Monroe was a passionate fan of The Jam. To mark the anniversary of his passing, his musician friends have assembled a supergroup tribute to both Dave and his favorite band. All Mod Cons makes its debut Sunday to benefit Milwaukee Public Library and Monroe.

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Hard rockers Chief launch the CD that almost never was

Published April 28, 2015

WAMI board president Zoy Begos lauded Milwaukee trio Chief as "the perfect intersection where rock meets heavy metal." For me, Chief is the living, breathing, Milwaukee spirit of Thin Lizzy: heavy guitars and a pounding rhythm section, but with good songs constructed around melodies. Asked frontman Chris Tischler about the band that almost ceased to be, the music that vanished into the ether and the perhaps miraculous new CD.

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We've lost a good man in Terry Tanger

Published July 14, 2011

That Terry Tanger - a member of the X-Cleavers, King Solomon and other bands - was battling cancer was news to some. But what absolutely everyone knows about Terry is that he was a great guy. The kind of guy about whom no one ever had a bad word to say. The kind of guy that almost never had anything negative to say about anyone else.

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Farewell to the Chief?

Published May 25, 2011

It's been two years since we caught up with Milwaukee's own rawk rawyalty, namely Chief - a band I like to compare to Thin Lizzy but which frontman Chris Tischler has likened to Van Halen, UFO and Judas Priest. The media silence is mostly because the trio - comprising hard working Brew City music scene stalwarts Dave Benton on bass, Matt Liban on drums and singer and guitarist Tishler - has been on hiatus, keeping itself silent, too.

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For those of you that want to rock...salute the Chief!

Published Jan. 21, 2009

A hard-rockin', three-piece rock and roll outfit, Chief got together about three years ago when guitarist Chris Tischler and drummer Matt Liban -- who have been in numerous local bands over the years -- joined bassist Dave Benton and sort of unwittingly became a band. Chief celebrates a new EP with a CD release gig Friday, Jan. 23 at Frank's Power Plant in Bay View.