Music lover and writer Chris Rapp sent over a message a couple of months ago to alert me about a favorite old Syracuse band of his that was getting back together next weekend.
Rapp urged that I alert the world through my blog.
He even sent the pictures here along with his text.
Rapp wrote about the band’s song Call of the Wild, and how he heard them play it a quarter-century ago at the China Club in New York City.
Fake it, just pretend you’re listening to me, the song asks.
Record companies did. They liked that song and urged the musicians to make more along the same lines. But with the time and effort expended putting out their first album of originals, that message was sort of disappointing.
Their personal lives were calling. And so guitarist Michael Crissan and singer, guitarist Kevin Farrell, bassist Mark ‘Spoc’ Butcavage and drummer Jim Lucas went their own ways. But still played on in their own directions. (Keyboardist John Cannata had departed already.)
Crissan makes his living as a musician, touring the east coast from Florida. Butcavage writes and records original music in New Jersey. Farrell plays in Syracuse band Hard Promises and also hits those famous classic rock guitar lines for Benny Mardones’ Hurricanes. Lucas keeps the beat for Syracuse band Simple Life.
Over the years, interest remained in the Salt City, and the four men remained friends and kept talk going of getting together to play their songs.
The reunion gig is The reunion is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Upstairs at the Dinosaur. Simple Life and Shark Sandwich also will perform.
Here’s a link to the Reverb Nation page with The Shop’s original songs.
If you clicked over to listen, which is your favorite song from The Shop, and why? What was your favorite rock band 25 years ago, and why? What is your favorite rock band now?