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Gary to Join in Magic Band Reunion Concerts and Album
Following is the official press release announcing the reunion and the
upcoming UK and UCLA concerts. (See ticket information below.) Keep watching this space for info on a special Magic Band reunion NYC gig next fall:
Captain Beefheart's Legendary Magic Band Reunites After 20 Years!
Band is Slated to Record in Winter 2002 and Perform at 2 Upcoming All Tomorrow's Parties Festivals and at The Shepherd's Bush Empire in London
After 20 over years dormant, Captain Beefheart's legendary group, the
Band is slated to reunite this year. The news comes after the members'
decision to accept a request to perform at the upcoming All Tomorrow's
Parties festival in the UK, which will be curated by notable
experimental/electronic group Autechre April 6th, at London's Shepherds
Empire on April 7th and yet another All Tomorrow's Parties festival, this
time in Los Angeles. The L.A. show, which will be curated this year by
visionary animator/producer Matt Groening and was curated last year by
Youth, will take place on the campus of UCLA but also at other selected
venues in downtown Los Angeles. For Beefheart/Magic Band fans these are
momentous occasions. For those unexposed to their genius, the shows will
a rare chance to experience the wildly influential and seminal group
Tickets for ATP LA are likely to go on sale in before the end of the
Go to www.atpfestival.com for the details. The first order of
will see the Magic Band (sans much-celebrated leader Captain Beefheart,
Don Van Vliet who retired from music altogether over twenty years ago)
re-enter the recording studio. The unexpected "next" record will
be a recorded rehearsal with the band playing numbers live-to-tape from
heralded records like Trout Mask Replica, Safe As Milk and Lick My Decals
Off, Baby at a secret studio location. The new record will be available
purchase, among other points, at the UK All Tomorrow's Parties festival
the Spring and will be widely available in early summer.
The formative lineup is expected to be in place and will include Mark
"Rockette Morton" Boston on bass, John "Drumbo" French on drums, Gary
"Mantis" Lucas and Denny "Feelers Reebo" Walley on Guitars.
Ticket, date and venue details:
UK All Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands, East Sussex
4th-6th April 2003, ON SALE NOW from www.atpfestival.com
£110 for the weekend, Magic Band playing on Sunday night.
UK Shepherds Bush Empire, London
7th April 2003, ON SALE NOW from www.ticketweb.co.uk
£20 plus booking fee.
LA All Tomorrow's Parties, Los Angeles, The Palladium (3000-seat venue)
Closing Night, June 22nd 2003, on sale soon from www.atpfestival.com
$100 plus booking fee for the entire festival.
More details from the ATP web site:
"After months of speculation ATP [LA] is now confirmed for June 20, 21 & 22,
2003 at three Hollywood Venues. Tickets will go on sale next week for definite.
Tickets cost $100 + booking fee per person and are available from the Buy
Tickets button on the menu bar.
The event will be hosted at three venues including The Palace (Hollywood),
The Henry Fonda Theater and the Palladium. Wristbands issued to ticket
holders will allow them to flow freely between each theater whilst the
event is happening. Please note the proposed Magic Band show is now happening
as part of the three-day affair and not at UCLA as first reported. Also
note Captain Beefheart himself will NOT be appearing at this show. But
after being fortunate enough to witness the Magic Band rehearsing last
week I can happily say they are on fire and will be something you cannot
afford to miss!"