The Paladins to Reunite for Ink-N-Iron Festival on June 10
Dave Gonzalez, Thomas Yearsley and Brian Fahey -- collectively known as The Paladins -- are among the headliners at this year's Ink-N-Iron Tattoo & Kustom Culture Festival in the shadow of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
The rockabilly/blues-roots rockers' Friday, June 10, appearance will be their first show in the United States since 2005, not to mention their only show of 2011.
Their first album, 1987's The Paladins, was produced by Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds; their second album, 1989's Years Since Yesterday, was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet. By the end of that year, they had already toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, The Blasters and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Their last studio album was 2003's El Matador.
If you're not familiar with The Paladins -- and the ultra-cool, ultra-mad skills of Guild-wielding guitarist Dave Gonzalez -- check out this video of "Kiddio" performed in Holland in 2003:
The eighth annual Iron-N-Ink Festival, which celebrates hot rods/kustoms, burlesque, art shows, '50s fashion and tattoos (of course!), runs this Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, and takes up three floors of the Queen Mary. Nearly 300 of the best tattoo artists from around the world will be on hand to flesh out the show.
The other June 10 music highlights include 13 Cats, The Rev Tones and DJ Satoki. June 11 headliners include The Sonics, Detroit Cobras, The Woggles, The Vandals, Skatalites, Fishbone, Chum and Stone River Boys (also featuring Dave Gonzalez on guitar and vocals). The June 12 headliners include Buzzcocks, Anti-Flag and Turbo AC’s.
In early July, the Stone River Boys start a two-week jaunt through the Midwest, which will be punctuated by performances at two great annual events, July 2 at Fitzgeralds American Music Festival in Chicago and July 9 at the Zoo Bar Anniversary Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Paladins in concert:
June 10: Long Beach, CA Ink-N-Iron Festival
Stone River Boys on tour:
June 9: San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern with the Farmers (former Beat Farmers)
June 11: Long Beach, CA Ink-N-Iron Festival
June 24: Austin, TX Continental Club
June 25: New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall with the Tejas Brothers
June 30: St. Louis, MO Off Broadway with Jon Dee Graham
July 1: Benton Harbor, MI The Livery
July 2: Berwyn, IL Fitzgeralds American Music Festival
July 6: Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar with Earl/Cate Brothers & Mezcal Brothers
July 9: Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar Anniversary Festival
July 27: West Siloam Springs, OK Cherokee Casino
July 29: Denton, TX Dan's Silver Leaf
July 30: Dallas, TX Sons of Herman
Surf/rockabilly/blues/rock guitarist Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World. He's in two bands that have performed around the country, Mister Neutron and The Blue Meanies. He's a former member of The Gas House Gorillas, and he's tired of apples.
Ink-N-Iron Festival, June 10-12, Queen Mary, Long Beach, Califnornia
Stone River Boys