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.

Ugly Things are good for U

Cyril’s latest column for Ugly Things magazine will be available soon,  signed sealed delivered in time for the new issue at the presses!

This time he recalls the early SF trips era as he experienced it in person circa ’66-’67.

It’s getting better all the time – as tales of the nascent Groovies will be told!

Here’a s link to the most recently pub’d ish in which CJ reveals the secrets of ’65!

http://webstore.ugly-things.com/ugly-things-magazine-current-issue-c2.php

 

Are you a Belieber?

Justin Bieber is! He’s raving about Slow Death from the movie soundtrack of CBGB, which if you watch the trailer on youtube, notice Cyril’s bad ass geetar all over it!

Yes, beliebers, and non-Beliebers -Justin puts it at #2 on his current top ten list of songs and things to check out!

and by the way, or btw yeah yeah yeah – here’s the 1st draft of Cab Covay’s poster for the upcoming FG tour!

preliminary - wait for the final version which will include added detail and color!
preliminary – wait for the final version which will include added detail and color!

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

web-Beeast Japan

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

Flamin’ Groovies in Los Angeles = July 13th

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The Flamin’ Groovies have just added a Los Angeles date to their itinerary.

Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander, and Victor Penalosa will be performing at The Echoplex on Saturday July 13!

Tickets go on sale June 15th
http://www.theecho.com/event/295445/

This rockin’ little graphic was created by Bonney & Bills Design Works of Japan. For more details on this company, visit

Bonney & Bills Design Works official webpage
Bonney & Bills Design Works Facebook page

Flamin’ Groovies London shows added (June 30 + July 2nd)

The Flamin’ Groovies’ June 30th show with Springsteen, etc… was just made official today:

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Here’s the updated tour iteneary:

Fly to UK:

Sunday, June 30th at Hard Rock Live Festival at Olympic Stadium, London, UK (Bruce Springsteen, Black Crowes, Paul Weller, etc),

Tuesday, July 2nd – headlining the Scala Theatre, London
(From 1865-82, the theatre was known as the Prince of Wales’s Theatre. In 1964, the theatre was used by The Beatles for the concert sequences in the film A Hard Day’s Night.)

Return to USA:

Saturday, July 6 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Sunday July 7th – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, New Jersey

Wednesday, July 10th – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA

NEW Flamin’ Groovies show(s) – July 7th + 10th

…. because some of you missed ’em the last time around….

Flamin Groovies at Elbo Room
Flamin Groovies at Elbo Room

Having just completed a successful tour of Japan and Australia, the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have returned in full force.

The Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander line-up that rocked the UK, Europe and the US from 1971 – 1980 are BACK IN ACTION. With the addition of Victor Penalosa on drums, they continue to present their own unique and infectious style of rock n roll with such cult classics as “Slow Death,” “Shake Some Action,” and “You Tore Me Down.”

Flamin’ Groovies
Wednesday July 10
9:00 PM • All Ages
$22 adv / $25 door

Tickets will go on sale on Wed. May 22, 2013 12:00 PM PDT
http://ticketf.ly/1a2Ee0J

UPDATE:  Just added:
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

Tickets also go on sale – Wednesday, May 22.
Details at
http://www.maxwellsnj.com/

Last chance for CafePress products

The CyrilJordan.com page in the middle of a transition to an entirely new set of MERCHANDISING options. The Cafe Press option will soon be phased out, and replaced with entirely different products.

Currently, you can still order some of these products, which include

supersnazz shirt– Flamin’ Groovies SUPERSNAZZ t-shirts

– Flamin’ Groovies TEENAGE HEAD t-shirts

– Flamin’ Groovies SUPERSNAZZ coffee mugs

Unfortunately, the lunchbox option is no longer available at this point in time.

http://www.cafeshops.com/flamingroovies

The last day to purchase these items will be June 6th, 2013.

Cyril’s Message!

The Flamin’ Groovies will keep doing these spurts of energy shows/tours going gangbusters!

Everyone was so nice to us this time out – we were treated so well by everyone on this tour! The hotel suites had washers and dryers, the fans were beautiful, the staff and crew made us feel right at home!

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the recent Elbo Room show. I couldn’t really hear the sound clearly so it meant a lot to hear from so many of you who said it sounded alright! We were very tired from the long flight home after the whirlwind tour – the best tour we ever did!

Our new drummer Victor was great, we couldn’t have done it without him!

Cyril Jordan

(with thanks to Ken K. & E.P. for keeping this website alive)