Belvidere, NJ - We all have heard of The Yardbirds? Even a Dutch girl that was craziest by ABBA growing up in the Netherlands has heard of the UK band The Yardbirds. Fifty years after their first big hit 'For Your Love' the band is going strong. And they are still the group which included three of the greatest guitarist of all time Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, with Beck and Page as members at the same time for a little while.
Bongo Boy Records recording band The Satisfactors' bass player KENNY AARONSON will be joining the 2015 Spring Tour. In 1988 Kenny was named Bassist of the year by Rolling Stone.... Aaronson was the bassist in the house band for the MTV Guitar Greats Show where along with Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell and Michael Shrieve, he backed up artists such as Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Dickie Betts, Link Wray, Neal Schon, Johnny Winter, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi and Dave Gilmour. Kenny also auditioned for the Rolling Stones in... 1994.
Kenny Aaronson has toured and recorded with a variety of artists including Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, Brian Setzer, Dave Edmunds, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve), Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon (musician), Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer and Joan Jett among others. Kenny was a regular member of Jett's backing group the Blackhearts from 1991 to 1995. Aaronson was one of the few Blackheart band members to co-write a track with Jett. The song, "World Of Denial", was recorded for the 1994 album "Pure and Simple" but was not released in the U.S. until 2001's Fit To Be Tied- Great Hits by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts".
Kenny's most recent project includes The Satisfactors a Rock n' Roll band that released their first debut album last October and is receiving great reviews and radio play.
So here you have it The Yardbirds are coming back to the US, and they are ready to rock n roll the East Coast this April. JIM McCARTY is the founding member and drummer and he is bringing to us a real treat. The Yardbirds' first guitarist, TOP TOPHAM will be joining them! Before Clapton joined the band Top Topham was first guitarist of The Yardbirds. He had to leave because as some parent even today will agree with joining a band is not a great career choice. As an art student Top continued with his studies. From the same secondary school and another art student entered the band, Eric Clapton, and from there you the story. Today Top is excited to play the blues and leave his paintbrush at home.
Also joining on this tour is another familiar talent for fans here in the Tri-State area MYKE SCAVONE (singer, Ram Jam & The Doughboys) will be joining them on blues harp, vocals and percussion. More recently Myke Scavone is known for his talent with the legendary 60's garage band from Plainfield NJ The Doughboys as lead singer/songwriter and harp player. Their hit "Black Sheep" and totaling 7 Coolest Songs In The World on the Little Stevie Van Zandt Underground Garage on Sirius/XM radio are 60's music fans favorites. Myke also played the harmonica on MARK LINDSAY former lead singer of Paul Revere and The Raiders' latest Rock n' Roll album "Life Out Loud" which was released on Bongo Boy Records in 2013.
Along with lead guitarist and singer JOHN IDAN who was on The Yardbirds' critically acclaimed 2003 album, Birdland this line is perfect of talent that will rock the stages.
The Yardbirds 2015 spring U.S. tour dates:
April 3 - Norfolk, Conn., Infinity Hall
April 4 - Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Casino
April 6 - New York, N.Y., BB King Blues Club & Grill
April 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe
April 10 - Beverley, Mass., Lancom Theatre
April 11 - Plymouth, N.H., Flying Monkey
April 12 - Newton, N.J., Newton Theatre
JIM McCARTY is a textbook on rock history unto himself. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member co-founded The Yardbirds in London in 1963 with singer KEITH RELF, rhythm guitarist CHRIS DREJA, bassist PAUL SAMWELL-SMITH and lead guitarist TOP TOPHAM. They first called themselves the Metropolitan Blues Quartet and then the Blue-Sounds before settling on The Yardbirds as a tribute to jazz sax legend CHARLIE PARKER, and the hobos who hung around the London train yards waiting to hop a freight. Top left and was replaced by ERIC CLAPTON. The band's first album "Five Live Yardbirds" was recorded at London's Marquee Club and really captured the group's manic live sound. After a few pop singles, Clapton split and JEFF BECK came aboard. Then JIMMY PAGE joined up, first as a bass player, then took over lead guitar when Jeff left to start a solo career. When the entire rest of the group quit in 1968, Page got the rights to the band name, and soon after formed LED ZEPPELIN.
When The Yardbirds first came to America, they were shocked that the kids had never heard of the American blues and R&B artists that were worshipped in the UK. But, thanks to The Yardbirds' versions of BO DIDDLEY's "I'm A Man," HOWLIN' WOLF's "Smokestack Lightning" and CHUCK BERRY's "Too Much Monkey Business," those original artists finally got airplay on white radio in the U.S.A.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Yardbirds in 1985, Jim hooked up with Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith for a pair of shows at London's Marquee Club where the band recorded its debut album. They had such a good time that they put together a new band, BOX OF FROGS and recorded two albums under the name with some help from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.
And, here we are today with Jim and The Yardbirds back again. This lineup is very exciting, especially with Top Topham back in the group after playing a few gigs last year with a different edition of the band. The Yardbirds are ready to hit the road, and tour dates will be announced soon.