The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015


  • Wednesday 4th November 2015
  • Supported by: TBC


The Magic Band play the music of Captain Beefheart:

Sharing the vision of celebrating the music of the late Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, original members Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston, and John “Drumbo” French share the stage with guitarists Eric Klerks & Max Kutner, and drummer Andrew Niven to re-visit the classic Beefheart tunes with renewed fervour.

Praise the Lord! Finally, Captain Beefheart’s wildly influential and seminal Magic Band return to Nottingham!

Realising the compositions of unrivalled creative Don Van Vliet, The Magic Band created some of the finest rock records of the period, with Safe as Milk, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) and Troutmask Replica (the album produced by Frank Zappa that’s widely regarded as one of the greatest Rock albums of all time), among their finest works. John Peel told people they were his favourite band, and he championed them throughout his life.

Bringing the avant-garde and the unfathomable into Rock music, the group shook up a genre that could be perceived as formulaic. Alongside contemporaries like Frank Zappa and Henry Cow, they introduced a range of influences to Rock music, simultaneously informing a new generation of ambitious composers. Like the The Velvet Underground, they launched a thousand bands, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, The Kills, PJ Harvey and Beck have all cited Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band as the major inspiration for their own musical directions.