The more things change, the more they seem the same. At least that’s the case for guitarist Jimmy Frech, drummer Ron Thompson and bassist Gary LaVancher of The Velcros.
The Velcros’ claim to fame came in 1984, when the band landed a 53-date tour opening for legendary rock band Van Halen. In 1988, the individual Velcros went their separate ways and have only performed a handful of times since then.
For more than two decades, Frech and his former bandmates had no clue as to the whereabouts of The Velcros’ debut original recordings. Twenty-five years later, the tapes were found, re-mixed and re-mastered. In 2010, the band released the El Paso Sessions. “It’s pretty cool that we were able to find the original master,” said Frech.
Recently, following a reunion at the 2016 Summer NAMM show in Music City, Nashville, TN, the boys returned to the stage for a well-received jam at Frech’s Mental Case facility (building custom road cases since 1985) with a few hundred close friends. Thompson said “After a few beers and a rowdy good time by all, the vibe was still alive and kicking like it never stopped.” LaVancher said “We have too much fun making music to not put the band back together.”
The trio of friends are currently writing songs for the new project and are scheduled to begin recording in October of this year. Frech said “We’re looking forward to getting back in the studio and on the road. It’s a good time and that’s why we do it … we’re all pretty much the same as we were in our twenties, a bit older and questionably wiser.” Concert dates will be announced at a later date.
Members of THE VELCROS have played in such internationally acclaimed acts as Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Joan Jet, and Savoy Brown.