David & Johnny B. Gayden at Sisko's
Former Members "Psychedelamericana!" UK tour May 2013
THE FORMER MEMBERS will be launching their first album together -
on Mon 13th May at The Stormy Monday Blues Club, at The Bull At Barnes, London.
This superb band features the finest U.S West Coast psychedelic blues superstars around. For nearly half a century David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol, Greg Douglass and Roy Blumenfeld have all followed their own careers, collaborating with a whole host of world-class musicians along the way, and are recognised as key contributors to some of the most seminal creations of our era.. They’ve now come together as THE FORMER MEMBERS.
Back in 1967, the landmark three-day rock concert, The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was held in California and featured the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who and the first major public performance of Janis Joplin.
Psychedelic legends Country Joe & The Fish, The Blues Project (with Al Kooper) and The Steve Miller Band also appeared at this prestigious and historical event, and THE FORMER MEMBERS include core members of these three bands.
In 2012 David, Bruce, Greg and Roy decided to collaborate in a retrospective project to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this landmark event, and as THE FORMER MEMBERS performed 14 concerts in 14 days in England, Scotland and Wales. The reception the band received was overwhelming, and as a result they‘re touring the UK again in May, showcasing their first album together, “Psychedelamericana!”, produced by Dred Scott from New York City.
Dred’s worked with Marshall Crenshaw, Courtney Love, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Patti Smith, Norah Jones, Moby, Bob Weir, Bruce Barthol, Rickie Lee Jones, Nina Hagen, Mary K. Blige and even Liza Minelli.
“Psychedelamericana!” was engineered by Mike McGinn, the live sound engineer for Bob Weir and Phil Lesh from The Grateful Dead.
Tickets to the lanch are just £10 - more details of the gig can be found on http://www.feenstra.co.uk/bullshead/index_f.htm and more details about the band on http://www.theformermembers.com
Other dates on the tour are as follows...
Thurs 2nd May: PRIVATE GIG - Dowdowlodd Hall, Newbridge On Wye, (near Llandrindod Wells). Powys, Wales.
Very limited number of tickets FREE - ONLY for purchasers of Landed Festival weekend tickets.
See http://www.theformermembers.com . Includes supper!
Fri 3rd May: Wotton Hall Concert Room, 138, Barnwood Road, Gloucester. GL4 3JS Support: SONS OF THE DELTA
Tickets: (£10) www.bwmpromo.com
Sat 4th May: The Miner’s Arms, Park Hill, Whitecroft, nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire.
Tickets from Mario on 01594 562483 - www.minersarmswhitecroft.com
Sun 5th May: The Landed Festival, Dowdowlodd Hall, Newbridge On Wye, (near Llandrindod Wells). Powys, Wales. (HEADLINING)Tickets: £60 (for weekend - Friday-Sunday, includes free camping and limited number of FREE tickets for private gig on 2nd May, including supper - MUST be purchased via www.theformermembers.com
Mon 6th May: Mini Music Festival, Ludgershall Marquee, Ludgershall, Aylesbury, Bucks. Support: SONS OF THE DELTA.
Tickets: (£15) :“The Bull & Butcher” - 01844 238094
Tues 7th May: The Beaverwood Club, Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6HH. Support: THE ROBIN BIBI BAND
Weds 8th May: The Chichester Inn, Chichester, West Sussex. Support: THE DAVID RAPHAEL BAND
Tickets: (£12.50) http://www.chichesterinn.co.uk/
Thurs 9th May: The Arts Exchange, Keighley, Yorks. Support: THE ELECTRIC BRAINS
Tickets: (£10) www.exchangearts.co.uk and Musicians Centre, Russell Street, Keighley.
Friday 10th May: Green Hotel, Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland. (no support band)
Sat 11th May: New Cabin 5150, Macclesfield. Support: THE MANATEES
Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 12th May: The New Adelphi, Hull. Support: ROBOTS FOUND ERRORS
Tickets (£7): contact email@example.com
Mon 13th May: Stormy Monday Blues Club, The Bull At Barnes, London. ALBUM LAUNCH!!!!! Support: THE SCEPTICS
Tickets: (£10). http://www.feenstra.co.uk/bullshead/index_f.htm
Tues 14th May: The Cellars at Eastney, Southsea, Hants. Support: THE DAVID RAPHAEL BAND
Tickets: (£10): www.thecellars.co.uk or www.barkingspider.abelgratis.co.uk
Weds 15th May: The Wight Rock Bar, The Colonnade, Lind St., Ryde, Isle Of Wight. Support: DICK TAYLOR of THE PRETTY THINGS with his "other" band, THE HILLMANs BLUES BAND
Tickets (£17): www.wightrockbar.co.uk
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tour with David, Country Joe, Bruce Barthol and Chicken Hirsh.
"Just a note of thanks to you and the band for the quality of the show at the Acorn in Penzance. It's always possible to be disappointed when heroes of an earlier era return to perform but the sound and musicianship of the band brought all of the memories up to date in a wonderful evening. I do have to say that if the show had been recorded I'd buy it immediately."
Click here for another recent review
And here for yet another
Click here for some new photos of the Country Joe Band reunion tour.