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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Original Gizmos headed out on tour

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Count this as one reunion we're solidly behind: The Gizmos original lineup (who haven't played together since 1976 and are not the Dale Lawrence-fronted group that's done a spat of dates in the area lately) are reforming and heading out on several dates later this year. As is the modern way, they're launching a Kickstarter to help fund it, linked here. It's actually set up pretty nicely - $15 gets you on the guest list of the show of your choosing, and the "rewards" are reasonable from there on up. In fact, their Kickstarter is so chill, they've already funded it. Setting off on tour are Kenne Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, Rich Coffee, Max Demata (bass from Sonic Daze), John Terrill (drums from Dancing Cigarettes) and Ian Brewer (guitar from the Panics). More info on the tour from the band:

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 either Chicago or Columbus. This tour will feature four members of the original 1976-77 line-up: Ken Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, and Rich Coffee.

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