The Numbers Band played its first show at the Cove in Kent on July 4, 1970, and became the house band there for the next four years. From there the group became a regular at Kent's JB's for the next 25 years and has maintained a continuous live schedule ever since.
"We've sustained for two reasons," says Kidney, who co-founded the band with his brother Jack (vocals and harmonica) and Terry Hynde (saxophone). "The audience allows us to play music we create. And we keep writing new material. We're constantly moving forward. We're not limited to any trend or movement."
"The Numbers Band is an international treasure," says David Thomas, founder of art-rock icon Pere Ubu, who reissued the band's landmark Jimmy Bell's Still in Town, a 1976 live album capturing the band's opening set for Bob Marley. "They are the only legitimate blues band of the last 30 years, because they treat the blues as a living and evolving art form, not as a museum piece."
For the two-hour Numbers Band anniversary set, the group also expects to be joined by former bassists Drake Gleason and Bart Johnson, drummer Rod Reisman (who moved on to First Light), and other guests. The show will be taped for DVD release.
· Hard-edged Kent alt-rockers Hate Dies Hard are tracking songs with Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead, Disengage) and new singer LiLi Roquelin, the Kent singer-songwriter formerly of Phizzy Lager Style and Debunk. Visit www.hatedieshard.com for more details.
· Bell on Your Cell: Cleveland hard rockers Sappy Bell have been selected to provide video clips for the MobileVoltage mobile music-video channels. Visit www.ultrashortmedia.com for details.
· The third LP from Gil Mantera's Party Dream -- which will be the first release from Audio Eagle, the new label fronted by Black Keys drummer Pat Carney and ex-Party of Helicopters guitarist Jamie Stillman -- has been delayed for a probable early 2006 release. Party Dream frontman Ultimate Donny explained the postponement by saying that the band needs extra time to work on packaging and post-production.
· The hottest soundtrack on network TV just got hotter: The September 15 episode of The OC will feature Cobra Verde's cover of Pink's "Get the Party Started" from the group's Copycat Killers covers LP, which Rolling Stone's David Fricke recently described as boasting "fun" reinterpretations of CV's "glam-devil image."
· Rick Ray Band singer Chuck Abraham died Wednesday, August 31, of a massive heart attack. Abraham, who was also a director with community-theater group Silhouette Productions, was 47.
· According to Mushroomhead's publicist, the band's bus nearly rolled when it swerved to avoid a car in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday September 7. The group isn't injured, and it's still on the road, with a new bus.
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