Plenty of rock stars in performer's one-man band
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — From Prince to Tom Petty, with an Elton John impersonation perhaps best described as “Liberace on Vicodin,” the audience packing the Harbor View Club here Monday night heard them all, courtesy of versatile Nashville entertainer Kieran Irmiter.
The comedian-impressionist-musician — whose stage name is just “Kier” — performed for almost two hours Monday night following performances last week at Guam Naval Base, Yokosuka Naval Base and Naval Air Facility Atsugi.
“On this tour of military bases overseas,” he joked, “people ask me what makes me come all the way over here, other than the fact they couldn’t find anyone else as cheap.”
Kier offered comedic musical impressions of performers including Sting, Creed, Dire Straits, a bizarre combo impression of Bob Dylan and Prince and a Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson impression in which he alternated voices line to line. He also performed tributes to John Lennon and U2.
Scott Seiler, a civilian scientist aboard the survey ship USNS Bowditch, called Irmiter “just phenomenal.”
“And I know something about music. My wife’s a music educator,” said the Virginia native.
“It is such a pleasure,” Seiler said, “to pull in somewhere overseas like Sasebo and find this quality of entertainer. You know, the man can truly play. He could be making $100,000 a year easily, just doing studio work back home in Nashville.”
Kier told the audience he was passing along greetings from people in the States. “It occurs to me,” he added, “that you folks are an awful long way from home. So I want you to know I’m bringing you a whole lot of love too.”
Kier also was to perform in Okinawa on Tuesday, Seoul on Wednesday and Chinhea, South Korea, on Thursday.
For more information about Kier or for free downloads of several of his original songs, visit www.heykier.com.