This just in, from The Godfathers Yahoo group:
London, October 3rd, 2007
Hi there, I'm The Godfathers' manager and here is some news you may be
The Godfathers are reuniting their original line-up to reissue an
expanded 21st anniversary edition of their debut album Hit By Hit on
January 10th, which has been repackaged to include 19 extra tracks.
Selected headline shows and festival dates to promote this will
include their traditional Valentines Day Massacre concert at a major
London venue in 2008.
THE GODFATHERS are:
Peter Coyne - vocals
Chris Coyne - bass guitar & vocals
Mike Gibson - guitars & vocals
Kris Dollimore - guitars & vocals
George Mazur - drums, percussion & vocals
Needless to say, the message group is going crazy, clamoring for tour dates for places from Sweden to Detroit. (Martyn's comment was "F*** me!!!!!" Ha! I added my two cents with a request for a Chicago date.) Most folks probably aren't familiar with The Godfathers, but they're one of the finest bands to come out of the eighties/nineties. They had one fairly big hit in the States, the fabulous "Birth School Work Death," but they had plenty of other great songs. Kris Dollimore is a crazy-good guitarist, and Peter Coyne's voice is awesome. How cool that they're getting back together, and I hope a serious tour develops. I never got to see them "back in the day," but I'd definitely make a trip to Chicago for them. Ken? Shane? ROAD TRIP! Heck, I think I'd go to Detroit for them, for that matter (I doubt if they'll play Indy, but I'd go there too, of course). I also don't think they'll be charging some $250 per ticket, not to mention who would do that, POLICE.
This is very exciting. Wow, I can't believe they're reuniting (and it feels so good). I shouldn't be too surprised, though, because from what I've read, they've stayed in touch, and recently, Peter Coyne was managing Kris Dollimore for his solo CD (which is quite good and bluesy, and Kris was kind enough to sign it for me before he sent it off from England!), so they must have got to talking. COOL! Watch a little and see if they don't rock most totally awesomely. By the way, the original title of this blog was "Breathing Down the Line," a line from this song. I changed it not out of losing my love for The Godfathers, but just to reflect our place here a little more.
More breaking news! I fired off an email to Kris and Peter via Kris's website:
Hi Kris and Peter,
Is it true? A reunion, plus concert dates? Are you coming to the States? Please come to the States! The message board is going crazy!
And got back a quick reply from Peter, with a little officialese after his reply:
It is so! 100% fom the horse's mouth!!
Thought we'd personally let you know the breaking news - be good to see you on Saint Valentine's Day 2008. Official website www.godfathershq.com coming soon...
Peter Coyne Chris Coyne Kris Dollimore Mike Gibson George Mazur
Legendary English rock and roll band The Godfathers are reuniting their original line-up to reissue an expanded 21st anniversary edition of their debut album Hit By Hit on January 10th, which has been repackaged to include 19 extra tracks.
Selected headline shows and festival dates to promote this will include their traditional Valentine’s Day Massacre concert at a major London venue on February 14th 2008.
After 19 years away from the world’s stage the original classic line-up of The Godfathers are reforming to play some selected dates to promote the reissue of their seminal debut album ‘Hit By Hit’. The influential 80’s band were regarded as the finest exponents of Brit-based rock ‘n’ roll and were regularly hailed as one of the best live acts in the world.
The Hit By Hit album comprises all the single recordings from the band’s early career on their own independent label Corporate Image, augmented with studio and live extra tracks culled from international live shows and BBC Radio One Sessions.
A list of tracks followed, and I was intrigued by one in particular, a live version of "Blitzkrieg Bop." How cool is that?