The Lemonheads

DSP Shows

The Lemonheads

Tommy Stinson

Wed · May 1, 2019

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

Gateway City Arts

Holyoke, MA

$25.00 - $30.00

The Bistro at Gateway City Arts is open until 10pm on show nights, during these events there is counter service and we are unable to take reservations. Due to the high volume of patrons entering for the show, we will be serving a special event menu. To find out more about our menu and dining hours, visit gatewaycityartsbistro.com or call (413) 650-0786.

The Lemonheads
The Lemonheads
Since they were formed in Boston, Mass, in 1986 by Evan Dando, the family tree of The Lemonheads has many twisted tentacles and tangential branches, and a host of one-liners etched into its bark. Anyone could be a Lemonhead but for how long who
knows? Leastways they’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with Evan throwing discordant chords against alt-country-tinged melodies, playing that light and dark card. Through their ranks passed Descendents, Blakes Babies, Dinosaur Jr and members of Fuzzy. Three raucous albums on local label Taang!in the late ‘80 sled to a deal with Atlantic Records and their“grownup” fourth:‘Lovey’.The times were a-changing. Touring that
platter Evan hooked up with songwriter Tom Morgan and future bassist Nic Dalton in Australia. The seed was sewn, there was a nod to Gram and Evan’s vocals matured for some much more mellow moments; them ix was massaged. Radio-friendly singles followed, it was pop forged out of punk angst, a beautiful mix made by beautiful people–Evan was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people by People magazine in1993. Subsequent albums,‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ and ‘Come On Feel The Lemonheads’ focussed on that Evan vocal; his turn of phrase, the curl of his lip, the couplet that became a lifestyle…and the hits followed, the radio hummed to the gorgeous‘ Into Your Arms’; national TV beckoned; Evan and his‘ heads were on Leno and Lettermen. The attention multiplied, the touring magnified, the anecdotes of self-destruction, road weariness and all too necessary poor behavior increased and by’ 97 Evan was announcing the demise of his beloved Lemonheads on stage at Reading Festival. His magnificent solo album ‘Baby, I’mBored’ was released in 2003–sounding even more laid back. So, to be truly unpredictable, a mere year later he was fronting The MC5 before returning as The Lemonheads with a head-on collision of wordy‘ 70s punk and cosmic country for 2006’s self-titled album as a new line up was bedded in. Inspired by longtime buddy Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers’ mixtapes their next project was 2008’s‘ Varshons’ a collection of much-traveled covers that neatly placed Leonard Cohen next to GG Allin, Townes Van Zandt and obscure early Lemmy from his daze as part of psyche icons Sam Gopal. It also featured a cameo from KateMoss. Now, a decade on,‘Varshons 2’ sees The Lemonheads return for their tenth studio album. Evan is at the helm with producer Matthew Cullen also on guitar and siren, Come and Codeine’s Chris Brakow supplying guitar and Willy Mason and Nina Violet sitting in. It’s another mixtape in a different kitchen placing the oddball and the unsung next to TheEagles and NickCave. Where else could you hear the music of Tom Morgan’s short-lived Give goods, English curmudgeons The Bevis Frond and Lucinda
Williams so seamlessly joined at the hip?
Tommy Stinson
Tommy Stinson
American musician, born 6 October 1966 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Half-brother of Bob Stinson.
Venue Information:
Gateway City Arts
92 Race Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
http://www.gatewaycityarts.com