Happy New Year to all of you!! Welcome to
our first Chronicle edition in quite some time! And let me tell you, it feels
great being back at the keyboard typing up a new Chronicle page. So much has
happened, so let's get started:
Now….. The moment you have all
been waiting for - WE HAVE A NEW BASSIST!!! Jerry Mayal has been rehearsing
with us for about 5 months now. He is in an all instrumental progressive band,
(along the lines of King Crimson), but was eager to join our ranks as well,
after checking out our set list. He hails from Northeast Philadelphia, but now
resides in Collingswood, New Jersey. His main influences are Jack Cassidy (Jefferson
Airplane; Hot Tuna) Jack Bruce (Cream) and John Entwistle. Can you see how well
he fits in? Out of the 5 bassists we auditioned, Jerry meshed the best. And
believe me, we auditioned some very accomplished and established bassists. So
welcome to the line up Jerry. We hope you stick around for a long, long, time.
In the meantime, look for Jerry's official debut with the band in about a month
or so, and we will let those of you on our mailing list know when and where.
So, what have we been doing
in the off time? Well, actually, there was no time off. We have been in the
studio, recording our first full length CD. We hope to have it released by the
spring. It will consist of 2 covers and 8 originals written by Mike including
1989's release of "Got Something Good Going", 1996's "Psychedelic Schoolgirl",
and the very first original composition release " Kind Of A Funny Song" written
way back in 1982, and released in the fall of 1986. All versions were re-recorded
with the current or recent line up, but stayed true to original form. Some sessions
Chiz was unavailable for, so our good friend and sensational jazz drummer Scott
Adams sat in. Listen for Scott on "Psychedelic Schoolgirl" and a remake of Blood
Sweat and Tears' "I'll Love You More than You'll Ever Know". And also thanks
to our good friend John Treucsh for helping with backing vocals thru-out the
We often get asked why we never
play in Philadelphia anymore. Well, it was like this: There was an agent who
basically had the whole Center City area locked up. If you weren't one of his
bands, you did not play. If you were a club owner who used his bands on a regular
basis and then decided to use another band who was not with him, he would strong
arm you into using his bands only. Therefore, it was virtually impossible for
an independent band to play in the city, unless it was a showcase for free.
That agent has since passed away about 2 years ago, and the floodgates have
been opened within the city for independent bands. So, yes, we will be looking
to play back in Philadelphia again. And we will be adding some new material
as well returning to our jam songs. What is a jam song? It is one of those songs
that go over 6 minutes with the musicians improvising for the bulk of it. Those
of you from the old days remember us playing 15 minute versions of Cream's "Spoonful"
or Humble Pie's "I Don't Need No Doctor", extended Jams like that. Well, now
the format has been broken on the circuit, look forward to us playing a different
jam song each night. " Nantucket Sleigh ride" by Mountain, "I Can't Keep from
Crying Sometimes" by Ten Years After, and Frampton's "Do You Feel Like I Do",
will be some of the tunes you can look forward to, as well as performing a concept
album ( Tommy, for example) in it's entirety on special nights. So we got a
lot lined up in the season ahead of us.
Chiz has assured us that almost
everything has been corrected and restored (still just a little bit of tweaking
to do), and he even added all the old photo archives, including his 40th Surprise
Bash to the gigs page. He also put an updated guestbook on the site so go ahead
and sign it!. He are even posted a new message board again, as we love hearing
what you guys have to say, as well as a special page where Mike and Chiz can
post what is going on in the wicked little heads, as it's the best way to stay
updated on what we are doing and where we are playing...
WE'RE BACK PEOPLE!!! And we
want to welcome all of you back. That's all for now, and as usual, KEEP ON ROCKIN
IN THE FREE WORLD!!!
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