[Cover photo credit to R Cohn]
The Bay Area jam-band Zero is back hitting the road in 2022, and in celebration, is releasing the second of two shows that were recorded at The Great American Music Hall in 1992. One show was released as Chance In A Million in 1994 and now, the other set appears as Naught Again in May of 2022 from Omnivore Recordings. The single “End of the World Blues” is out now.
Zero was formed in the early 1980s by guitarist Steve Kimock and drummer Greg Anton after playing with Keith & Donna Godchaux’s Heart Of Gold Band. Various San Francisco Bay and international artists have played with Zero, including Nicky Hopkins (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service), John Kahn (Jerry Garcia Band), and Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead).
Considering the Zero family tree, it seemed inevitable that Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter would add his lyrics to their instrumentals. fter nine albums and over 1,300 shows, Zero was more than a conglomerate of talented musicians, they became a San Francisco institution.
Naught Again is newly mixed by Emmy-nominated Brian Risner from the original multi-track tapes which were recorded by Dan Healy and Don Pearson (Grateful Dead). The digital/double-CD versions will be available on May 20th, while the double-vinyl edition will be released on Friday, October 14, the night before the band’s 30th Anniversary show at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
The full lineup on the record includes: Steve Kimock on guitar; Greg Anton on drums; Martin Fierro on tenor saxophone; Judge Murphy on vocals; Pete Sears on organ, piano, backup vocals; Nicky Hopkins on piano; Vince Welnick on piano, vocals; and John Kahn, Bobby Vega, plus Liam Hanrahan on bass.
Zero have a number of tour dates scheduled for 2022.
May 14 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Casino – Crown Room
May 15 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
July 28 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
July 29- Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
July 30 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
October 15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
1. Prologue by Robert Hunter
2. Cole’s Law
4. Tangled Hangers
5. End Of The World Blues
6. Golden Road
1. Gregg’s Egg’s
2. Baba O’Riley
3. Little Wing
4. Epilogue by Robert Hunter
5. Tear Tags Off Mattresses
6. Roll Me Over
7. Roll Me After