Uh...why didn't I get the memo on this? And why the hell wasn't this reviewed in the Times? Did Kelefa Sanneh have a Britney retrospective on deadline, or what?
Cult 1960s garage band THE SONICS have reformed for the upcoming Cavestomp Festival in New York. The Witch hitmakers, who listed Jimi Hendrix among their fans, had a run of hits from 1964 to 1966 before they split. The Washington-area group will headline two nights of the upcoming Cavestomp 2007 festival in Brooklyn. Original frontman Jerry Roslie, guitarist Larry Parypa and saxophonist Rob Lind will reteam for the shows, for which they'll be joined by Don Wilhelm and Ricky Lynn Johnson, who will replace Parypa's brother Andy and drummer Bob Bennett.
There are a couple of cell-phone videos of the gig (it was last weekend, goddamnit) on YouTube, and Roslie -- who may well have been the greatest screamer in rock history -- sounds exactly like he did 40 years ago.
Needless, to say, I am highly irked that I missed this...
Update: Our old friend Tony Sachs, formerly of NYCD (greatest indie record store in history) reviews the show over at The Huffington Post. Apparently, it was a hot one. My disappointment at not being there, however, is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it was being recorded for a forthcoming live album and DVD.