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Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
“It’s really fun touring now as a troubadour. I just have a bag and a guitar,” said Richard Barone onstage during a rare Capital Region solo appearance at Valentine’s Music Hall last month. Barone, who came up from New York City by bus for the show, was the frontman of early ‘80s new-wave band the Bongos, who were at the center of the era’s thriving Hoboken, New Jersey, indie-rock scene.
Music fans recently got the sad news that Maxwell’s, Hoboken’s long-running and beloved rock club, will close in July. Barone’s band “A,” a precursor to the Bongos featuring three of its original members, will play the club’s closing night, as they were the first band to play there when it opened in the late ‘70s.
At Valentine’s, that news was not yet publically known, and Barone’s set leaned more toward his solo work than it did toward a retrospective of the Bongos’ dance-driven, avant guitar-pop. The fraught chamber-pop ballad ‘Tangled in Your Web” and the self-affirming “I Belong to Me” hailed from Barone’s debut solo album, Cool Blue Halo, which turned 25-years-old last year and was feted with a 25th anniversary concert by Barone in New York City that was recorded and released as a three-disc CD/DVD.
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May 15th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg
NAME: Richard Barone
BAND AFFILIATION: Solo artist, former frontman of the Bongos
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Snoopy vs. the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Donovan
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Silvertone Electric Guitar
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “I’m A Believer” by the Monkees
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Snails, first punk band in Tampa, Florida
Singer-songwriter Richard Barone – former frontman for the Bongos and author of “Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth” – has collaborated with everyone from Lou Reed to Pete Seeger, from Tony Visconti to Donovan. Last year, he released the three-disc CD/DVD 25th anniversary edition of his classic debit solo album “Cool Blue Halo.” And at 9pm on Saturday night (May 18), he’ll grace the stage of Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany. Blue Factory opens the show. Tickets are $9 in advance.
BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the show. GO HERE to enter to win…
Richard Barone broke into the national spotlight back in the ’80s as the lead vocalist with the Bongos. When the Bongos called it quits in 1987, Barone launched his solo career with his solo debut album Cool Blue Halo, a chamber-rock masterwork. Barone celebrated the album’s 25th anniversary with a live recording, the 3-disc Cool Blue Halo: The 25th Anniversary Concert.
Over the course of his career, he’s collaborated with everyone from Lou Reed to Pete Seeger, from Tony Visconti to Donovan.
NOTE: Richard Barone is the answer to both of of pop quizes this week. He’s the author of the memoir “Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth,” which was featured as Monday’s Autobiography: From the Start, and yes, he’s also close personal friends with our own Nipper, as seen at Who Am I? on Tuesday. (The Bongos were signed to RCA Records, hence, the Nipper reference.)
Now Richard Barone is headed into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday night. Blue Factory is scheduled to open the show at 9pm. Advance tickets are $9.
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