You never know who will show up for a concert by legendary Tacoma garage band The Sonics. Even Bruce Springsteen is a fan. The group performs at the Neptune Theatre on Friday, Oct. 28.
You never know where a Sonics fan is going to turn up.
Before the legendary Tacoma garage band’s reforming in 2007, sax player Rob Lind was working as a pilot, flying private jets, and on one flight found himself transporting none other than Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa. Lind had heard that Springsteen played the Sonics’ “Have Love Will Travel” in concert, and during a lull in the flight he stepped out of the cockpit to thank the Boss.
“When I said, ‘I’m Rob Lind, I’m the sax player in the Sonics,’ Bruce said, ‘Holy crap! What are you doing here? Sit down!’ ” Lind recalled in a 2015 interview with The Seattle Times.
The Sonics, Tom Price Desert Classic, Ayron Jones
8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St. Seattle; $35-$38.50 (800-745-3000 or stgpresents.org).
The two talked shop for half an hour and Springsteen asked for his phone number.
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“From that point on, I don’t allow anybody to say a negative word about Bruce!” said Lind.
Who knows who will show up at the Sonics’ date Friday (Oct. 28), at the Neptune Theatre?
When the band best known for proto-punk classics like “The Witch” and “Psycho” played the Moore Theatre last year, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic made a guest appearance. And an April 2015, show at Easy Street Records drew the likes of Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others, eager to sit in with the band. The show was recorded and released as “Live at Easy Street” on Record Store Day this past April.
The Sonics’ Seattle date is the band’s last U.S. show before a short European tour that includes an appearance at the Iceland Airways Festival in Reykjavik.
The lineup is different from last year at the Moore. Lind is the sole remaining original member, as Jerry Roslie (lead vocals) and Larry Parypa (lead guitar), have stepped down, due to the rigors of touring. In their place are Jake Cavaliere (vocals, keyboards) and Evan Foster (guitar, vocals). The rest of the band is composed of Freddie Dennis (bass, vocals), and Dusty Watson (drums, vocals).
The band’s shows aren’t just a trip down memory lane.
“We had no interest in getting tagged as an oldies but goodies band,” said Lind.
The group’s 2015 studio album, “This Is The Sonics,” shows the group in fine fighting form.
“That album comes at you like a chain saw, and that’s what we wanted it to do,” he said.
And don’t expect the Sonics to retire from the road.
“Yes, for sure we plan to continue touring,” Lind told Australian website “Blank Gold Coast” in September.
“We still feel like it’s the most fun we can have without involving the cops!”