The wait is over. Cyril has reunited his old mates the Flamin’ Groovies for a brief tour of Australia and Japan, with a homecoming show in San Francisco. Chris Wilson and George Alexander are part of the groove, joined by Victor Penalosa (brother of Hector of the Zeroes).
Here’s a press release from Dig it Up for the Australian tour:
FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – SHAKE SOME ACTION
Tickets on-sale NOW!
EMBARGOED UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY APRIL 1st 2013
Thirty-One years after they last performed, San Francisco’s legendary Flamin’ Groovies will make again their presence known via Dig it Up! The Hoodoo Gurus Invitational appearing at shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
The 2013 Flamin’ Groovies will feature original and founding members Cyril Jordan (guitar) and George Alexander (bass) plus singer / guitarist Chris Wilson, vocalist for the band from 1972 – 1982 and singer of such classics as Slow Death (considered by the Rolling Stones as an inclusion on their Some Girls album) Yes It’s True, and the all-time power-pop anthem from the album of the same name Shake Some Action.
Train spotters will remark that the Groovies toured Australia in 1986 but that tour was without either Chris Wilson or Roy Loney – the singers respectively, on all Flamin’ Groovies recordings between 1966 – 1981. Dig it Up! will be the first time the Wilson / Jordan / Alexander collective has played anywhere in the world since 1982. Dig it Up!
In addition to Dig it Up! Feel are now chuffed to announce the Flamin’ Groovies will also play headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Tickets for these limited capacity shows at Sydney’s iconic rock venue the Annandale Hotel and Melbourne suburban favourite the Caravan Music Club will go on-sale Friday 5th April.
But wait, there’s more… Joining the Flamin’ Groovies in Sydney will be fellow Dig it Up! invitee Peter Case, a former member of both The Nerves (writers of the Blondie hit Hanging On the Telephone) and power-pop giants The Plimsouls. Case will perform the hits of both those acts plus a selection from his Grammy award winning solo years. Another first for Dig it Up!
Thur April 18th The Tivoli BRISBANE QLD
Featuring Hoodoo Gurus, performing Mars Needs Guitars in its entirety (plus other smash hits) plus Blue Oyster Cult & Flamin’ Groovies.
52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley.
Sun April 21st Enmore Theatre & surrounds SYDNEY NSW
Four Venues / Four Stages: The Enmore Theatre, Venue TBA The Sly Fox and The Green Room
Featuring Hoodoo Gurus performing Mars Needs Guitars in its entirety (plus other smash hits) plus Blue Oyster Cult, Flamin’ Groovies, Buzzcocks, Peter Case Band, The Stems, Lime Spiders, The Crusaders, Super Wild Horses, The Laurels, Mother & Son, Bloods, Tumbleweed, Kim Salmon & Leanne Cowie, The Frowning Clouds, Ray Ahn, Bruce Griffith, Ahmed Zub
Tue April 23rd Annandale Hotel SYDNEY NSW
With + Peter Case Band Tickets on sale 5th April from oztix.com.au , feelpresents.com or in person at all Oztix outlets.
Thur April 25th The Palace Theatre & surrounds MELBOURNE VIC
Three Venues / Four Stages: Palace Theatre (main room and The Attic), TBC and Spleen Bar. Featuring Hoodoo Gurus performing Mars Needs Guitars in its entirety (plus other smash hits) plus Blue Oyster Cult, Flamin’ Groovies, Buzzcocks, Peter Case Band, The Stems, The Moodists, Ron S.Peno & The Superstitions, Super Wild Horses, The Straight Arrows, Bored Nothing, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, The New Christs, Kim Salmon & Leanne Cowie, The Crusaders, Harry Howard, Dave O’Neil, Bob Franklin.
Sat April 27th Caravan Music Club MELBOURNE VIC
With Special Guests
Sun April 28th Astor Theatre PERTH WA
Featuring Hoodoo Gurus performing Mars Needs Guitars in its entirety (plus other smash hits) plus Flamin’ Groovies & Peter Case Band.
Here’s a poster for the April 21st show in Australia.