The Del Fuegos to launch reunion tour at Paradise

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After a pair of very successful reunion shows in Boston last summer, The Del Fuegos will embark on a full tour this winter. The band will kick off the 11-city trek with a homecoming show at the Paradise Rock Club on Wednesday, February 22. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $25.

The garage/pop-rock band, which released four studio albums, achieved international success in the mid-1980s and are still remembered for their high energy live shows as much as for their radio hits, including “Don’t Run Wild”, “Backseat Nothing” and “I Still Want You”. The band toured widely throughout the 80′s and when not headlining on their own, shared bills with the likes of INXS, ZZ Top, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. After disbanding in the late 1980s, The Del Fuegos reunite last summer for a pair of special concerts to benefit Right Turn Addiction Services.

Led by lead singer Dan Zanes, The Del Fuegos are comprised of guitarist Warren Zanes, bassist Tom Lloyd and drummer Woody Giessmann. Zanes has since gone on to become a widely acclaimed children’s performer. Giessmann founded Right Turn, a Arlington-based non-profit organization that provides innovative and creative treatment to those struggling with alcoholism, addiction, and psychiatric issues.

“I did a motive check when the idea of reforming for a tour came up,” explained Warren Zanes in a press release. “Was I having a breakdown? Was I strapped for cash? Was there a girl in Minneapolis I couldn‘t get off my mind? The good news is that I felt like ‘no’ was the answer to all those questions. Musically, you have to be doing this stuff for the right reasons or the audience can sniff it out. And I think we all wanted to do this so that we could turn the amps up one more time. It was pretty simple… though Woody did mention something about a certain Mary in Scranton.”

“I couldn’t be more committed to the family music that I’ve been playing for the past dozen years and yet when we reunited I realized I’d been secretly missing the raw teenage emotion in the songs,” added brother Dan Zanes. “And the old camaraderie. And the cursing. I also realized, much to my surprise, that this was one of those rare instances in which maturity among the band members actually seems to have helped the rocking out process. In the 80’s we probably cared too much about everything. Now we’re just looking for a loud vacation.”

The tour will conclude with a show at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire on Sunday, March 4. Tickets for the show are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website for $26 and $36.

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