T. Rex (featuring one former member) is Playing the Rockstock Festival in South Carolina ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Monday, August 31, 2009

T. Rex (featuring one former member) is Playing the Rockstock Festival in South Carolina

T. Rex Is Playing the Rockstock Festival in Greenville, SC9/9 Update: The Greenville News announced yesterday that Rockstock 09 has been canceled. There isn't a lot of details online for the reason behind this but...the age-old reason behind most cancelations is always poor tickets sales.

Growing up in the Baltimore/Washington area, some pretty strange lineups of popular 60's/70's bands would come through the area every now and then.

This included:
- The Byrds: featuring (drummer) Michael Clarke
- Buffalo Springfield: featuring (drummer) Dewey Martin

It went without saying that, in some tiny little DC/Virginia club, none of the guitarists/singers that made these bands famous would be playing that night.

A couple years ago, I saw that 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood' was playing the Bottom Line. I didn't go to the show but read the reviews that, while the band featured NO former members of the MTV/80's lineup of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the band played some Frankie songs live. I remember thinking "how bizarre".

There is a band billed as "T. Rex" playing next weekend at the South Carolina Rockstock Festival. This got my curiosity up so I did a bit of digging - this band was formed by T. Rex percussionist Mickey Finn (who has since died) and now includes session drummer Paul Fenton as the only member with a direct connection to Marc Bolan/T. Rex.

I used to kid around with friends and say that I would find some one-time members of L.A. Guns and put together a third version of the band. I'm now beginning to realize that this isn't funny as it could become reality too easily.

Mickey Finn's T-Rex