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Billboard Magazine talks about the Groovies’ tour and new album!

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The Flamin’ Groovies Classic ’70s Lineup Reunites for New Album: Exclusive

7/25/2017 by Gary Graff

Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies
Photo credit: Alain Cazenave

Bringing Chris Wilson back into the Flamin’ Groovies fold was as easy as riding the proverbial bike for mainstay Cyril Jordan.

Wilson makes his recording return on the upcoming Fantastic Planet — whose opening track “What The Hell’s Going On?” you can listen to here — the Groovies’ first album with the two founding members in 38 years. It comes after Wilson made a guest appearance with the group during 2013 in London, which led to him rejoining the band shortly thereafter. “We showed up at the gig and came in backstage and there was Chris. As soon as we saw each other it was hugs and kisses and we were back together,” Jordan recalls to Billboard. “We hadn’t decided to put the band back together, but the word got out that we were friends again and all of a sudden the offers started coming in. It was a nice kick start, and we’ve been going ever since.”

Recording some new music, then, was just a logical part of the continuum.

“Chris and I decided pretty early on to start writing originals and recording,” Jordan recalls. “Each time we got back together for a tour and rehearsed we got into the recording studio, too. It definitely came together gradually, in spurts. Two or three songs at a time. We started about two and a half years go, and the last session for the album was a week’s worth of work in October, and here it is.”

Fantastic Plastic comes out Sept. 22, and Jordan considers “What The Hell’s Going On” to be a slice of what most would consider classic Groovies sound. “We love the Rolling Stones and we loved the Beatles, so we tried to get inspired by those two realms of British music — the pop side and the R&B/rock side,” Jordan explains. “I figured, let’s get started with a Stones-type tune from a guitar point of view, namely around the period of Exile On Main St. The idea of the song, basically, was ‘What the hell IS going on?’ Nobody knows what’s going on. It’s a real good phrase, an old-fashioned phrase from way back, but the way things are in the world today, I thought it was appropriate to say something like, ‘Hey, things are pretty weird, what the hell IS going on.'”

Jordan painted the cover illustration for Fantastic Plastic as a homage to Mad Magazine‘s late resident artist Jack Davis. The album features founding Groovies bassist George Alexander and latter-day drummer Victor Penalosa, along with Tubes drummer Prairie Prince and members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as covers of NRBQ’s “I Want You Bad” and the Beau Brummels’ “Don’t Talk To Strangers.”

When the Groovies hit the road, meanwhile, Jordan and Wilson will be joined by bassist Chris von Sneidern and drummer Tony Sales, grandson of the late Soupy Sales and son of Tin Machine’s Tony Sales. “Those guys are really, really professional,” Jordan says. “We get along really well and they’re having a ball and they know the tunes. Everybody sings in the band, so it’s really good right now.” The tour kicks off Aug. 22 in Worcester, Mass, with two U.S. legs and a European tour, and if Jordan has his way the group will remain a going concern for the foreseeable future.

“This is a big deal; we’ve been working towards this moment for, like, 50 years,” Jordan says. “Basically we’re doing what we’ve always been doing, trying to make a better record than the one we made before. When we started this thing up again we were obligated to do certain songs, but we’re now at a point where we have a whole new set of original stuff, and I’m real excited about it. We’ve got more originals in the set now than we’ve had, ever. More people have been noticing us, too. We’ve been getting a lot of young girls at our shows in places like Sweden and Hollywood and the Midwest. As soon as the young kids see it and hear it they go, ‘Oh, yeah, this is great.’ That’s very strange to us — like, what the hell IS going on?’ But we like it.”

Flamin’ Groovies Tour Dates

EAST COAST:

Tues., Aug 22  WORCESTER, MA  Ralph’s Diner

Wed., Aug 23  NEW HAVEN, CT  Cafe Nine

Thurs., Aug 24  PHILADELPHIA, PA  Johnny Brenda’s

Fri., Aug 25  BROOKLYN, NY  Rough Trade

Sat., Aug 26  WASHINGTON DC  Hill Country Live

EUROPE:

Thurs., Aug. 31  MALMO (SWE)  (venue TBA)

Sat., Sept. 2  ROSKILDE (DK)  Gutter City Festival

Mon., Sept. 4  LA CORUNA (SP)  Garufa Club

Wed., Sept. 6  AVILES (SP)  Niemayer

Thurs., Sept. 7  BILBAO (SP)  Cafe Antzokia

Fri., Sept. 8  MADRID (SP)  Sala Caracol

Sat., Sept. 9  SAIT BOIX (SP)  Festival Altaveu

Tues., Sept. 12  TOULOUSE (FR)  Connexion

Wed., Sept. 14  PARIS (FR)  La Maroquinerie

Fri., Sept. 15  NANCY (FR)  Chez Paulette

Sat., Sept. 16  MONTBELIARD (FR)  Atelier Des Moles

Tues., Sept. 19  MANCHESTER (UK)  Ruby Lounge

Wed., Sept. 20  BRISTOL (UK)  The Fleece

Thurs., Sept. 21  LONDON (UK)  Under the Bridge

Fri., Sept. 22  AMSTERDAM (NL) QFactory

MIDWEST:

Thurs., Oct. 19  CHICAGO, IL  S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston

Fri., Oct. 20   NEWPORT, KY  Southgate House Revival

Sat., Oct. 21  CLEVELAND, OH  Beachland Ballroom

Wed., Oct 24  NASHVILLE, TN  Basement East

Thurs., Oct 25  ST. LOUIS, MO  Ready Room

Fri., Oct 26  KANSAS CITY, MO  Knuckleheads

Happy Birthday Cyril Jordan!!

Today = August 31st is Cyril Jordan’s Birthday!

Cyril just created a new poster to celebrate some upcoming shows… (with additional graphics and color by Dennis Loren)

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Here’s the official word on this little mini-tour…

Burger Records and Ugly Things Magazine Present: The Flamin’ Groovies, The Pandoras and The Loons for two very special shows!

Friday, September 2nd – San Diego, w/ The Pandoras and The Loons at The Casbah!
Saturday, September 3rd – Los Angeles, w/ The Pandoras and The Loons at Bootleg Theater
followed by…
Sunday, September 4th – Phoenix, Rhythm Room w/ The Rebel Set

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!

Flamin’ Groovies Spring Tour Schedule

THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES 2016 TOUR DATES:
Apr 7 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (50th Anniversary Celebration Show! w/ Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, Peter Case and DJ Set by Kelley Stoltz)
Apr 11 Sala Stereo, Alicante, Spain
Apr 12 Loco Club, Valencia, Spain
Apr 14 Sala Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Apr 15 Gijon Sound Festival, Gijon, Spain
Apr 16 Intxaurrondo K.E., Donostia, Spain
Apr 17 All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0, Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales
Apr 19 Whelan’s, Dublin, IRL
Apr 20 Brundenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Apr 21 CCA,Glasgow, SCT
Apr 22 Manchester Club Academy, Manchester, UK
Apr 24 All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0, Pontins, Manchester, UK (w/ Roy Loney!)
Apr 25 Scala, London, UK
April 28 De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium
Apr 29 Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
May 01 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
May 03 Folk & Rock, Malmo, Sweden
May 04 Folk & Rock, Malmo, Sweden
May 05 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
May 06 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
May 07 Nobelberget, Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 24 Nuggets Night @ Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Jun 26 Burger Boogaloo, Oakland, CA
(more dates to be announced soon)

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MORE DETAILS (updated more regularly) at official Flamin’ Groovies Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Flamin-Groovies-85760453541/

Flamin’ Groovies 50th Anniversary!!

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This year, the Flamin’ Groovies celebrate 50 YEARS OF EXISTENCE!!
…. and it starts with a kickoff show in their hometown….

(((folkYEAH!!!))) Presents:
Flamin’ Groovies 50th Anniversary Celebration!
With: Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, Peter Case, and
DJ Kelley Stoltz. All Ages $25.00
http://www.thechapelsf.com/event/1089339

Expect Roy Loney to join in with the Flamin Groovies and perform a few classics !
The Flamin Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a ground-breaking self-released 10-inch EP called Sneakers, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first full-length album, Supersnazz, for the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin’ Spoonful): Flamingo, and the now revered classic, Teenage Head.

Lead singer Roy Loney left the band at that point, and bandleader Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose
Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll, but this time with a more 60’s rather than 50’s influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early 70’s. In ’76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: Shake Some Action, Flamin’ Groovies Now, and Jumpin’ In The Night.

Another lineup change ensued in the next decade with Wilson moving to England and joining the Barracudas. The Groovies continued on through the 80’s and into the early 90’s touring Australia and Europe, putting out a fine but overlooked album called Rock Juice and then finally calling it quits. Jordan formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe.

Then, in 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander reunited for the first time in over thirty years. With new drummer Victor Penalosa, the foursome has not only recorded fresh new material but has also completed earlier material that has never before been captured on tape. They toured Japan and Australia, returning home to San Francisco to record and play the first of many Bay Area shows. Fans have been delighted with what is being called “a dream set list,” including original songs the band has never performed before onstage. Newcomers are asking, “Why haven’t I ever heard of this group?”

In the past couple years the band has toured the US and Europe extensively, including multiple visits to New York, LA, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto. Their performance at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to the Rolling Stones, and co-bill with the Sonics in Brooklyn were major highlights.
It’s hard to say just why the group hasn’t gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA), but they’re back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands of all time.

and the poster…?

Art by Cyril Jordan, additional graphics by Dennis Loren. It will be available for purchase at merch on April 7th at The Flamin’ Groovies 50th Anniversary Celebration at The Chapel.

Greetings from Japan – Keiichi Kodama visits San Francisco!

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One of the coolest moments of the Flamin’ Groovies tour occurred when our new friend Keiichi Kodama flew all the way from Japan to San Francisco to see The Flamin’ Groovies play a show at Elbo Room back in May. He missed the opportunity to see them when they played Japan, so he took a big chance and travelled thousands of miles to attend a sold-out show that he didn’t have a ticket for.

Needless to say, Keiichi Kodama found a way to attend this show with this wonderful story that touched all of us that met him, and then wrote about the experience for Web Rock Magazine BEEAST aka beeast69.com.

Thank you, Keiichi Kodama for the kind words!

– E.P., on behalf of Cyril & company

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READ THIS ARTICLE!
http://www.beeast69.com/feature/77293