San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies occupy a mythical place in history due to the sheer joie de rock they exhibited as '60s beat music turned into psychedelia, and then into indulgent '70s prog sludge. Standard-bearers for Chuck Berry's straight-up approach, their brand of driving powerpop has continued to find fans down the years, and in April of this year a re-constituted version of the band – featuring the core of guitarist Cyril Jordan, guitarist/vocalist Chris Wilson and bassist George Alexander (all of whom were in the band from 1971-1980) – played three acclaimed shows in Japan.
Last weekend, on Sunday June 30, the current incarnation of the Groovies – joined by drummer Victor Penasola (formerly of The Melanies) &ndash played the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London supporting Bruce Springsteen. Quite whether this was at the behest of Boss guitarist/Groovies fan Steve Van Zandt is a moot point.
Tonight, at London's Scala, the Groovies play their first headline show for close to 30 years. In celebration of that fact we invite you to dig into the band at their shaker-most. Dig their Slow Death from 1972.