Flamin Groovies w/ Roy Loney, performing the “Teenage Head” album

Flamin Groovies w/ Roy Loney, performing the “Teenage Head” album

Little Roger & The Goosebumps

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Advance/ $30 Day of show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

The Flamin' Groovies
The Flamin' Groovies
Flamin’ Groovies – The Teenage Head Tour

Originating in San Francisco in 1965, and reunited for a tour of Australia in 2013, the FLAMIN' GROOVIES have been touring and performing consistently for the last six years, exceeding all expectations. The BIG news, however, is that the Groovies have now reunited with founding singer Roy Loney to perform a set of classic songs, including the landmark album, Teenage Head. Groovies fans have been literally crying out for this reunion for half a century, and their wishes have finally been answered. The band will present their own unique and infectious style of rock 'n' roll with such cult classics as "Slow Death," "Teenage Head," and of course, "Shake Some Action." Expect a completely different show than their previous tours, and some real surprises.
The Jordan/Loney period of the band's repertoire (1965-71) emphasizes more old time rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, Stones and Yardbirds influences more than the power pop (Beatles and Byrds) sound more associated with the band's three albums on Sire Records in the late 70s.
The current lineup features Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, with Chris von Sneidern on guitar, Tony Sales on drums, and newest member Atom Ellis on bass. Cyril and Roy are the two most well-known members since the band's inception in 1966. Their place in history is well established as one of the all-time greatest bands from San Francisco (and the world) and as progenitors of real rock 'n' roll.
Chris von Sneidern has recorded a dozen albums as a solo artist, and is a highly-regarded name in the power pop genre. He and Tony Sales have been members of the Groovies for the last two years and things could not have worked out better. Tony Sales (whose father and uncle formed the rhythm section in David Bowie's band, Tin Machine and on some of Iggy Pop's finest work) is an in demand session drummer, and is about to release the first album by his band, the Ardent Sons. Atom Ellis has toured with many notable artists including Link Wray, Todd Rundgren, The New Cars, The Tubes, and as a member of Pyschefunkapus and Dieselhed.
 FLAMIN' GROOVIES Bio (in more detail):
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 self-released 10-inch album called Sneakers, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, Supersnazz, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): Flamingo, and the revered classic Teenage Head. 
Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist 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 60s rather than 50s influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early 70s. In 1976 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, with Wilson moving to England and joining the Barracudas. The Groovies continued on through the 80s and into the early 90s 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. 
The band reunited in 2013, and toured and recorded for the past six years, They've played throughout the USA, including multiple tours of the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest, a dozen shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, several highly successful tours of Europe, and repeated visits to Japan. In 2016, they celebrated their 50th anniversary, and in 2017, they released a new album of all original material, Fantastic Plastic, which ranks amongst their finest.

Now in 2019, Jordan and Loney have reunited!! They have planned "a dream set list," including the album Teenage Head, and other songs the band has never performed onstage. Newcomers are asking, "Why haven't I ever heard of this group?" It's hard to say just why the group hasn't got 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 ever. 

For a more comprehensive Groovies bio:
Little Roger & The Goosebumps
Little Roger & The Goosebumps
Little Roger and the Goosebumps is a pop/rock band from San Francisco active during the 1970s and early 1980s and resurrected in 2006. It has been led throughout its history by Roger Clark and Dick Bright, with various sidemen.

The band is best known for its single "Gilligan's Island (Stairway)"[1][2] a song combining the lyrics to the theme song of the television show Gilligan's Island with the music of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. The band wrote the song in 1977 as "material to pad the last set of the grueling 5 nights a week/4 sets a night routine," recorded it in March 1978, and released it as a single in May 1978 on their own Splash Records label. Led Zeppelin's management threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit against the label, its attorneys demanding that all copies be destroyed, and the band withdrew the song, seeing their legal resources as inadequate.[3][2] The song was reissued in 2000 on the CD Laguna Tunes with the song title renamed "Stairway to Gilligan's Island."[4]

During a 2004 interview on National Public Radio, Robert Plant referred to the tune as his favorite cover of "Stairway to Heaven."[5][6]

The famous conman "Clark Rockefeller" and his young daughter Snooks used to sing the Stairway/Gilligan's mix.[7]

The band recorded their next single, "Kennedy Girl" (based on Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl"), in 1980,[citation needed] then waited over a quarter-century before producing their debut album They Hate Us Cuz We're Beautiful, featuring new recordings of 14 songs drawn from three decades of original material.[8]

Their single "Fudd on the Hill," essentially a performance of "Fool on the Hill" as performed by Elmer Fudd, was included on the novelty compilation album The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records, Volume 2.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941