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Tickle Me Pink

Tickle Me Pink was an American rock band from Fort Collins, Colorado signed to Wind-Up Records. The band was composed of Sean Kennedy (lead vocals, bass), Stefan Runstrom (drums), Joey Barba (guitar) and Steven Beck (guitar, vocals). After independently releasing their first two EPs, If Only We Were Twenty One and Up (2005) and Half Seas Over (2006), the band released its debut album, Madeline, on July 1, 2008.[2] The album's release was also marked by the death of then-band bassist Johnny Schou, reportedly due to a heroin overdose.[3] Former lead singer of the band Sean Kennedy has a new band called "Talisker Skye".

Tickle Me Pink
Origin Fort Collins, Colorado
Genres Alternative rock, emo[1]
Labels Wind-up Records
Members Sean Kennedy (Lead Vocals, Bass)
Stefan Runstrom (Drums)
Steven Beck (Guitar, Vocals)
Joey Barba (Guitar/Bass)
Past members Johnny Schou (bass) deceased

Tickle Me Pink officially played their last show together as a band on March 5, 2011.[4] The band left a Twitter message to their fans the following day saying, "Farewell all. We love you and will never forget you. -TMP".[5]

The band's Facebook page announced that they will be playing two reunion shows in August 2016, one of them being at Fort Collins' annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. [6]


National exposureEdit

The video for the band's first single, "Typical," premiered on MTV2 Unleashed on August 4, 2008. The video is directed by Christopher Sims. The song has become popular in Colorado due to increased airplay on 93.3 KTCL. The band opened for Hawthorne Heights on their Fall headlining tour in 2008. The band members from Hawthorne Heights claim to have asked Tickle Me Pink to join the tour in part due to a sense of shared loss, having lost a band member themselves the previous year.[7]

Their song "The Time Is Wrong" is featured as downloadable content for Rock Band 2, which is also compatible with its predecessor.

Death of Johnny SchouEdit

Johnny Schou was found dead on July 1, 2008, of a heroin overdose.[8] Schou was replaced by Joey Barba, a longtime friend of the band[citation needed].

Current activitiesEdit

Steven Beck and Stefan Runstrom are currently active in the Fort Collins music scene playing in the Wiredogs.[9]


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