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Nightcrawler: Fear and Decomposing

Orange Crush frontman fires up sonic blender; a trio of tributes in the Valley.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

S cott Lawson Pomeroy and his Orange Crush band have appealed to our inner ’80s for more than a decade. And they’ll do it again at Noho’s City Sports Grille this Saturday, March 29.

In his never-ending quest to push the pop envelope, however, Pomeroy revealed that earlier this year, he began mashing era hits with different genres for a project he calls Fear No ’80s.

“At first, some of the covers were made purely as a goof, but I started getting into a groove and they began to take on a life of their own,” he says of his alt-country take on The Alan Parson Project’s “Eye in the Sky” and his Marley-tinged turn on Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time.”

To see what else Pomeroy’s sonic blender has concocted, visit his website at scottpomeroy.com or check him out solo acoustic at The Rendezvous in Turner’s Falls March 27.

 

Meanwhile, despite the Crawler’s personally attending a half dozen of their shows since the band’s “Farewell Tour” more than a decade ago, “Rock N’ Roll All Niters” KISS have confirmed a 2014 North American summer tour with ‘80s icons Def Leppard. The 42-city trek includes an Aug. 1 play at the Xfinity in Mansfield and an Aug. 10 stop at Xfinity Theater Hartford.

Of course, as any self-respecting member of the KISS Army knows, the “hottest band in the world” will finally get its day in the industry’s most hallowed court—the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of fame April 10. To the chagrin of many in the KISS camp, however, only the four original members received the honor. Band founders Gene Simmons and Stanley considered the omission of all other members who helped carry their rock’n’ roll torch for three decades a slap to their grease-painted faces and promptly announced that the band will not play the induction ceremony.

 

In other news—could the Crawler be getting better at this thespian thing, or perhaps his latest production—The Case Of The Malted Falcon, a murder mystery dinner benefitting the Asnuntuck (asnuntuck.edu) Community College Foundation—is simply benefiting from some fabulous musical accompaniment?

Turns out the man manning the guitar—and quarterbacking the harmonies all evening—is none other Dan Leduc of Beatles Forever infamy.

Catch him and the Crawler’s sophomore outing in acting at the Holiday Inn in Enfield this Friday, March 28 and Beatles Forever proper at Simsbury, Conn.’s Maple Tree Cafe May 3.

 

And speaking of musical mimicry, no less than three tribute acts of note roll through the Valley this week. Fans of the original “man in black” won’t want to miss Cash Is King—a full-band reworking of the Johnny Cash catalogue that will hold court at the Broad Brook Opera House March 28 and 29. Tix are $20, available online at click4tix.com and proceeds from them are earmarked for the Opera House Players.

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement about the new Rock 102 program “Floydian Slip” airing in the area each weekend, two Floyd-friendly shows—Poor Man’s Whiskey and The Machine—descend upon Noho this week. The former will provide a bluegrass interpretation of Dark Side of The Moon March 31 at the Iron Horse, and the latter its version of classic, full-blown Floyd at the Calvin April 5. Find tix for both at iheg.com.•

 

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