20th anniversary

Gods and Monsters! 20th! June 11th, this week!

We’ll let Gary Lucas tell you in his own words, as lifted from his blog:

Coming up–the fabulous Gods and Monsters 20th Anniversary gala on Thursday June 11th to be held at the sumptuous Gramercy Theater, a great venue on 23rd Street in Manhattan reminiscent of the old Fillmore East at its best…alongside my Gods and Monsters guys Ernie Brooks, Billy Ficca, Jason Candler and Joe Hendel (New York’s finest) will be special guests the legendary Alan Vega (Suicide), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith), Peter Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders)–and–omigod–rangy blues twanger Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion), who will join me in a sick pas de deux on the Johnny Burnette/Yardbirds classic “The Train Kept a’ Rollin'” (they got it right there) (looked so good Jack couldn’t let her go)…Mike Edison will add appropriate frissons on his theremin during “One Man’s Meat”.. Dean Bowman, one of the best singers on the planet, will put his pipes in the service of the anniversary with a couple numbers from Chase the Devil… and the whole evening will be emceed by the erudite Mr. Dusty Wright…it’s only 20 bucks too, such a deal!!…gonna kick-off the evening solo, then move into duos with some of these guys, and then–my excellent band will take the stage…it was 20 years ago today (or thereabouts–mid-July 1989 to be precise) that Gods and Monsters first raised its barbaric yawp ‘oer the rooftops of the world (well, under the arch in Prospect Park) when we blew out the PA during the second number at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival–Yardbirds producer Giorgio Gomelsky was there to video the proceedings in all their glory, and he promised to give me a quicktime archival clip to put up just in time for this anniversary show on the garylucas YouTube channel–so very very soon you then witness me, Tony Thunder Smith, Paul Now and Jared Nickerson kick it live in the first incarnation of the Gods and Monsters Beast–

What a long strange trip it’s been indeed 🙂

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