THE MAGIC BAND + UM   Leave a comment

Terrifyingly, I once had to support the Magic Band at The Junction in Cambridge. Terrifyingly, I’m doing it again in Colchester in March. It’s a cosmic injustice that some of these guys were locked in a shack for 8 months and subsisted on beans whilst they rehearsed Trout Mask Replica for 14 hours a day and then have to go on after some twit who sings over tapes but there you go. Actually the Cambridge gig went OK for me and they were tolerant of my minidiscisms. If you’ve never seen them I can attest you do get The Magic Band and French’s Van Vliet is like a proper inhabitation of the Beefheart voice.

Here’s the blurb from the Facebook page if you don’t feel clicky enough.

The Magic Band + UM @ Colchester Arts Centre
Public · By Colchester Arts Centre
Saturday, 2 March 2013

20:00 until 23:00


What can you say about the truly legendary Magic Band? Sharing the vision of celebrating the music of the late Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, original members Denny “Feelers Rebo” Walley, Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston, and John “Drumbo” French share the stage with guitarist Eric Klerks and drummer Craig Bunch to re-visit the classic Beefheart tunes with renewed fervour.

Cambridge’s one-man absurdist electronica act UM provides the support.

All tickets £15
Doors 8pm

Get your tickets at the box office now or…
You can buy tickets via our website at (Just scroll down to the event and click on the BUY TICKETS link on the right hand side).
You can order over the phone from us on 01206 500900 (there’s a small charge for credit and debit card transactions).
You can pay by cash or cheque in person and there’s no fees at all.


Oh yeah, I got this email:

You didn’t win the eBay item : Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica Double Album

shortly before I got the message about the gig too! Weird huh?

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