Kurt Wiesend, drummer of the Sensations, has been involved in music since 1971 when he bought his first drum set for $30.00. Then in June of 1972, Kurt’s parents went on vacation, leaving him home alone. Kurt snuck down to the bank and withdrew $200.00 of his allowance to buy a blue sparkle 1963 Ludwig Clubdate drum kit. By the time Mom and Dad came home, Kurt had “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf down pat. Kurt didn’t mind being grounded for 2 weeks: the new drums stayed.
There was no stopping him after that. Kurt started playing professionally in a variety of local bands in Burlington Wisconsin. In 1975, he joined the Air Force and played with FreeHand, a jazz rock horn bank, while stationed in Idaho.
After serving his country, Kurt headed back to Wisconsin where he played in the house band at The Boat House Lounge at the Hilton hotel in Lake Geneva, followed by a stint with the house band at City Slickers in Lake Geneva.
Kurt then went on the road with Cheap Trick, working as a drum tech for Bun E. Carlos and playing some keyboard parts in the back line. Kurt traveled the world with the band, going from Budokan to Australia to Europe.
Kurt’s association with Cheap Trick continued with his next band, The Jelly Soldiers, who were produced by Robin Zander.
Kurt’s path next took him on the road with Bob Dylan, working as stage manager. While at home between gigs, Kurt joined local rising stars Bare Bones playing classic rock with Pat Fenelon, Rick Pemberton, and Dana Buck. Bare Bones wins 5 RAMI awards and become one of the first bands inducted into the Rockford RAMI hall of fame.
Kurt’s other projects include The Sacred Cows, which evolved into Robin Banks with Michael Banks, Trip Thienemann, and Dana Buck. Kurt has had the opportunity to play with a variety of talented artists including Ken Curtis, Michael Banks, 8th Day, Davey Love and the Painkillers, and many more. Kurt played with Chicago’s The Riptones, with whom he made 2 albums on Bloodshot Records and toured the US and the UK. Kurt also toured the US and UK with The Sunshine Delay of Scotland, and played hand percussion with Nicholas Gunn of Gemini Sun Records.
Rumors of his involvement in Spinal Tap have been greatly exaggerated.