Legendary S.F. Rockers the Flamin' Groovies Reunite for July Show at the Chapel
Beloved San Francisco rock group the Flamin' Groovies will reunite this summer and perform on stages in New York City, New Jersey (at the legendary, soon-to-be-closed venue Maxwell's), London, Los Angeles, and their native San Francisco. Following gigs earlier this year in Japan and Australia, the Flamin' Groovies sold-out their homecoming gig last May at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. It now appears that the event was a warm-up for original members Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander, and new drummer Victor Penalosa to prepare for even more, bigger shows. The Elbo Room show earlier this year sold out in less than 24 hours, but tickets for their upcoming local date at the Chapel on July 10 are still available.
Flamin' Groovies formed in the mid-'60s, and early albums like Supersnazz, Teenage Head and Flamingo yielded such oft-covered classic rave-up garage numbers as "Teenage Head" and "Slow Death." Founding member Roy Loney, who quit the band following the release of Teenage Head, will not participate in the reunion. The group's late-'70s full-lengths Shake Some Action, Flamin' Groovies Now and Jumpin' In the Night boasted an anglophile power-pop influence and gave us cult favorites "Shake Some Action" and "You Tore Me Down."
Loney's departure and Jordan's decision to move the group to England resulted in the stylistic shift. The group essentially dissolved after 1979's Jumpin' in the Night, but Loney, Jordan, and Wilson continued to demonstrate their affinity for unfettered rock 'n' roll either solo or in new groups. Now, Jordan and Wilson are reunited on stage for the first time since 1981.
Reports from the Flamin' Groovies performance last May indicate that the quartet wisely played a hit-centric set-list, but they've also announced the recording of new material, although it's unclear whether those songs will be included in the upcoming shows. The Flamin' Groovies uniquely straddled the garage rock and new wave periods with equally classic output during both, becoming a peerless and legendary San Franciscan band.