Review and photographs by Jason Spiro
How great are the Figgs? You don’t know? What are you kidding me, or do you live in the trees? Somehow even if you lived in the trees, say outside of Woodstock, I’d still expect you’ve heard of this great band piloted by Pete Donnelly, Mike Gent and Pete Hayes. They were legendary as young upstarts, stars of the upstate New York alt-rock scene before they left high school. Later they backed Graham Parker, an English rocker of some repute, lately a resident of the Woodstock area. Maybe you’ve heard of Parker – well, of course you’ve heard his tunes – or you saw him featured in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40,” where his legendary status and talent were gently, lovingly lampooned.