Posted: Apr 5, 2014 9:51 pm
All right, mofos, THE GIZMOS are finally ready enough to play. Not REAL ready, but just exactly as ready as we were when we made our first 3 records.
The news is that ALL 4 of the major creative forces from the '76-'77 ORIGINAL GIZMOS have agreed to play -- that's right, KEN HIGHLAND, EDDIE FLOWERS, TED NIEMIEC, AND RICH COFFEE! Now admittedly some of us have continued to entertain since we last played together, even going so far as to learn our instruments, but for this special event we are getting back to how we played together in the mid to late '70s. Sure it took some unlearning. Here's the official release from some of the honchos who've helped get it to this point:
"Starting this summer in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Dayton!!
Help the original GIZMOS embark on their quest to play live together once again. This will be their first shows since 1977!
Back in March 1976, when the Ramones were still a local New York band and the Sex Pistols weren't even a rumor in the U.S., a group of teenage fanzine writers, rock cultists, and heavy-metal dudes got together in Bloomington, Indiana, and recorded the first Gizmos EP. The strong influences of the Dictators, the MC5, the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, 60s garage bands, and 50s rockabilly crashed head-on with musicians self-trained on Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Santana, and Hendrix. The underground success of the first EP led to another session in April 1977, which yielded two more EPs: Amerika First and Gizmos World Tour.
Here's your chance to help fund traveling expenses for the GIZMOS first live performances since 1977! The Gizmos are coming back to Indiana this June for shows in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Dayton, Ohio. This tour will feature four members of the original 1976-77 line-up: Ken Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, and Rich Coffee.
To contribute to the travel fund and score some cool rewards, click here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/193985059/gizmos-world-tour-2014
Gizmos World Tour Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gizmosworldtour
P.S. For those who don't know, there are a few unique incarnations of The Gizmos. This is indeed the raw KBD version, the one known for:
That's Cool (I Respect You More)
Kiss of the Rat
Human Garbage Disposal
and at least as many more, mostly not mentionable in polite company.
Music enthusiasts are already confirming their plans to travel far and wide for this experience. Hope you can be there to join us this year!