For the first time since the early 1970s, Captain Beefheart’s wildly influential and seminal Magic Band bring their unique brand of Classic Rock music to Margate’s Winter Gardens.
Realising the compositions of unrivalled creative Don Van Vliet, The Magic Band created some of the finest rock records of the period, with ‘Safe as Milk’, ‘Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)’ and ‘Troutmask Replica’ (the album produced by Frank Zappa, regarded as one of the greatest Rock albums ever made), among their finest works.
The current line-up features longstanding band member and Beefheart’s musical director, John “Drumbo” French teamed up with exceptional players from the American West Coast: Eric Klerks, Max Kutner, Brian Havey, and Andrew Niven. (Mark Boston, aka Rockette Morton, is unable to tour as planned, due to a recent heart-bypass operation.)
Bringing the avant-garde and the unfathomable into Rock music, the Magic Band shook up a genre that could be perceived as formulaic. Alongside contemporaries like Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and Henry Cow, they introduced a range of influences to Rock music, simultaneously informing a new generation of ambitious composers.
Like the The Velvet Underground, they launched a thousand bands: Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, The Kills, Edgar Broughton Band, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey and Beck have all cited Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band as a major inspiration for their own musical directions. Come and see what all the fuss is about: we know you won’t be disappointed.
The Magic Band play the Music of Captain Beefheart
Wednesday 18th November, 7pm
Margate Winter Gardens,
Fort Crescent, Margate CT9 1HX
Tickets: £17.50 adv (£20 door) from Margate Winter Gardens Box Office 01843 292795