This year, the Flamin’ Groovies celebrate 50 YEARS OF EXISTENCE!!
…. and it starts with a kickoff show in their hometown….
Flamin’ Groovies 50th Anniversary Celebration!
With: Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, Peter Case, and
DJ Kelley Stoltz. All Ages $25.00
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.