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Nightcrawler: Re-Tooling

Tool tribute band seeks new mouthpiece; back-to-back Beatles shows.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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The Winterpills pop into Holyoke's Wistariahurst Museum this Saturday, Feb. 1.

After a decade-plus of tackling the works of Tool with machine-like precision, drummer Rob Solomon says it’s time to re-tool his band, Intolerance, with a new frontman.

But in true Intolerance fashion, the retro-fit will not occur until after one last bash with the current lineup.

“After this Friday’s (Jan. 31) show at Maximum Capacity in Chicopee, our singer is retiring,” he informs. “He loves performing, but made the choice to make more time for family and focus on his career. We will certainly miss him, as we are truly a band of brothers, but we respect his decision and look forward to finding a new singer to begin a new chapter with the band.”

Persons interested in channeling their inner Maynard Keenan—or bands looking to obtain a slot on the Jan. 31 bill—can contact Solomon at rsolomon01109@yahoo.com.

And if the drummer in the other opening act slated for this Friday, Flat on the Falcetto, looks familiar—that’s because he is.

“That’s my band, too,” Solomon laughs. “So I’m pulling double duty, which should make for a fun, long night.”

 

In other news, it appears as if a mini-British Invasion is descending upon the Valley 50 years after the original Fab Four famously touched down on American soil.

This Friday, Feb. 1, Silver Hammer will bang out a cross section of album cuts and hits from all eras of the Beatles and select tracks from the solo catalogues of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison at a special dinner show taking place at Agawam’s Crestview Country Club (crestviewcc.org). The venue holds special significance for the tribute act, as Silver Hammer’s very first show was scheduled to occur there on Feb. 9 last year. Mother Nature prevented the auspicious occasion of local six-string notable Joe Boyle joining forces with the Tom Ingraham Band to create the Hammer and tackle the works of the four lads from Liverpool. The obligation was met two weeks later with noted area fretboard virtuoso Chris Piquette pinchhitting. Tix for this weekend’s event are $45 and include a buffet featuring a Beatle-centric menu laden with Tavern Style Fish ’n’ Chips, bangers and mash, braised short ribs and the like.

After last year’s logistical woes, a snow date has already been set for Feb. 7 as well.

And should the flakes fall, British music fans would be treated to a back-to-back Beatles weekend as Tucker’s Restaurant in Southwick presents Ticket To Ride—The Ultimate Beatles Tribute on Saturday, Feb. 8. Doors for that show—and the Tucker’s buffet that is included in the $40 price tag for the evening—open at 6 p.m. The performance proper will occur at 7:30 p.m. For tix or more info, call (413) 569-0120.

 

Meanwhile… musical mood-inducers The Winterpills will pop into Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum this Saturday, Feb. 1 to showcase the critically acclaimed harmonies and arrangements of their most recent studio effort, All My Lovely Goners. The show comes courtesy of the Museum’s Dark Dining Room House Concert series—aimed at coupling the “warmth and coziness of your living room” with the “grandeur of the Wistariahurst”—and begins at 7:30 p.m. Indie rocker Luray gets the opening nod. Tickets are $15 members, $18 non-members and available at wistariahurst.org.

 

Last but not least, the pending sale of two (interconnected) Noho-based nightclubs of note, Tully O’Reilly’s Pub and The Elevens, have some in the musical community wondering if any more live music shows will occur at the property. Earlier this month, R.J. Greely and Co. listed both businesses for $400,000 and confirmed that there has already been interest in the properties. While the price tag does not include the physical building, it would give the new owner a long-term lease on the 6,000-square-foot space, liquor licenses and all restaurant equipment in the shared kitchen between the two.

The listing comes on the heels of a trying year for the business. A major disturbance on June 16, 2013 resulted in multiple arrests and a seven-day license suspension.•

 

Send correspondence to Nightcrawler, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071; fax to (860) 394-4262 or email garycarra@aol.com.

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