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The Headless Horsemen

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The Headless Horsemen

Roy Loney (of the Flamin' Groovies)

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Hilton Valentine (of The Animals)

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The Belltowers

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Brooklyn Bowl

Doors: 6:00pm / Show: 8:00pm

Advance: $12

This event is 21+

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The Headless Horsemen

The Headless Horsemen formed in September 1985 founded by guitarist Elan Portnoy from The Fuzztones and bassist Peter Stuart of The Tryfles, both stalwarts of the NYC garage rock scene of the early 1980's.  Guitarist Chris Cush and drummer Dave Ari joined the next year, and the band soon signed to Resonance Records releasing their all-original debut lp Can't Help But Shake in 1987.  The Horsemen toured Europe extensively over the next couple of years with a super tight high-energy rock'n'roll show influenced by The Flamin' Groovies, The Who, and The Pretty Things, among many others.  Disbanding in the early '90's, The Headless Horsemen reform on special occasions to bring their high octane blend of 1960's energy to modern audiences. 

Roy Loney (of the Flamin' Groovies)
Roy Loney (of the Flamin' Groovies)
The Flamin' Groovies’ story goes all the way back to 1965, when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10-inch album called Sneakers, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and released their first real album, Supersnazz, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were released on the Kama Sutra label: Flamingo, and the now revered classic Teenage Head. Lead singer Roy Loney then left the band and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England, with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock n' roll but this time with a more 60's rather than 50's influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early '70s. In '76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: Shake Some Action, Flamin' Groovies Now, and Jumpin' in the Night. Shortly afterwards, Wilson moved to England and joined the Barracudas, and the Groovies continued into the early '90s touring Australia and Europe, putting out a fine-but-overlooked album called Rock Juice, and then finally called it quits. Jordan formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe. Jordan and Wilson reunited in 2013 and have been touring for the past four years, both nationally and internationally, and released their first single in decades last year on Burger Records, Crazy Macy. Now in 2017, Jordan, Wilson and newly added bass player Chris von Sneidern and drummer Tony Sales are launching a tour in support of the band’s soon to be released new album. Fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list," including original songs the band has never performed before onstage.
Hilton Valentine (of The Animals)
Hilton Valentine (of The Animals)
Hilton was born Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine on May 21, 1943 in North Shields, Northumberland England ( Counties were redistricted in later years and now North Shields is part of Tyne & Wear). As with many young lads in 50's Britain, the skiffle craze hit him hard and so his mum bought him his first guitar in 1956 at the age of 13. He immediately taught himself some chords from a book called Teach Yourself a Thousand Chords and formed his own skiffle band called The Heppers. They played locally in halls and at outdoor venues, with the newspaper calling them "a young but promising skiffle group." The Heppers eventually evolved into the rock and roll band, The Wildcats which after some personnel changes, had Tappy Wright on rhythm guitar. Tappy was Hilton's best friend and became the road manager for The Animals. The Wildcats were a very popular band in the Tyne & Wear area getting continuous work in Church Halls, Working Men's ClHbs and Dance halls.. They decided to take it to the next step and recorded a 10" acetate LP at Morton Sound titled Sounds of The Wild Cats [sic]. This makes the first and only pre- Animals record recorded by any of the original lineup. Hilton has no idea what happened to his copy, so if any of you fans out there can help him out it would be most appreciated! In 1963 The Animals were starting to form. Chas Chandler heard about this wild guitar player from The Wildcats. Members of the Wildcats tell stories of Hilton ripping off his shirt and getting down on the ground wailing away on his guitar. Quite risqué in those days! Chas liked what he heard and asked him to join what was then called The Alan Price Combo. Sadly, the only evidence of this energetic guitar playing is the 1963 live Club - a-go-go recordings. These are the first recordings of The Animals before they signed with EMI. The sound quality of those recordings is less than desireable, but the energy is so intense you feel as if you are in the club yourself. Once the Animals got into the studio, the guitar took a back seat. Hilton played with The Animals until their breakup in September 1966. In 1967 he was managing his former Wildcat band mate Keith Shields who recorded a few 45's for DECCA. One of those songs, Deep Inside Your Mind which was penned by Hilton can still be found on the CD British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 2 (Volume 3 of the LP series). You'll have to find a used copy of that as it is not listed on any of the online CD stores at the moment. In 1970 he recorded a solo album of what some people categorize as psychedelicized folk music titled All In Your Head. It is a record that he just as soon forget although he does admit to a couple of the songs being salvageable. Hilton has reunited with the original lineup of Animals three times since their split. A one off benefit gig in Newcastle in 1968, in 1977 for the Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted LP and lastly 1983 for a studio LP ARK, a world tour and Greatest Hits Live LP also known as Rip It To Shreds. In 1994, Hilton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Animals. 1994 Hilton started playing Animals music again and toured the world until June 2001. In May 2001, he was inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame along with the other Animals and had a two night reunion concert at the El Rey Theatre. Since 2004 Hilton has been concentrating on acoustic material, releasing a CD under the name SKIFFLEDOG titled It's Folk 'n' Skiffle, Mate!. He also spent some time touring continuously with original Animals singer Eric Burdon from Feb '07 - Dec '08. 2011 - Hilton released a new CD titled Skiffledog on Coburg ST. Besides some original compositions, the majority of tracks on this CD are Skiffle and early Rock & Roll songs that inspired him to learn the guitar at age 13. As a boy, he played many of these songs at local events with his first Skiffle band The Heppers. Later in the year he collaborated with Big Boy Pete (from Peter Jay & The Jay Walkers and "Cold Turkey" fame) on a Skiffle Christmas CD titled Merry Skifflemas. Watch the It's Skifflemas Time video here.
The Belltowers
The Belltowers
There's something happening here, just what it is ain't exactly...Obvious. Go ahead, put your head in the Lion's mouth and give a listen.