Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cosmosquad and The Bombastic Meatbats to play in Japan and L.A.

Acclaimed Southern California heavy fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, MOGG/WAY), bassist Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE), and drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have announced their first ever Japanese shows. The band will be playing a pair of double headers (showtime: 7pm and 9pm) in Osaka and Tokyo and also appear at the Musicians Institute in Tokyo (open to students only!).
A Los Angeles area show has been booked for April 4 at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood. Exact dates and venues are as follows:

March 12 - Live Square 2nd Line, Osaka, Japan
March 14 - Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
March 15 - Musicians Institute, Tokyo, Japan
April 4 - Baked Potato, North Hollywood, CA

In other news, Kollman will be officially unveiling his new instrumental 70's funk/rock/fusion venture THE BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, also featuring fellow Glenn Hughes alumni Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums and Ed Roth on keyboards, along with bassist Kevin Chown, with two shows at the Baked Potato (showtimes are 9pm and11pm) on Saturday, March 1. The MEATBATS are scheduled to head to Japan for a tour in late April where they will be playing the following dates:

April 21 - Live House enn, Sendai (Doors: 19:00 / Show Time: 19:30)
April 22 - STB139, Tokyo (Doors: 18:30 / Show Time: 19:30)
April 24 - Bottom Line, Nagoya (Doors: 18:30 / Show Time: 19:30)
April 25 - Bigcat, Osaka (Doors: 18:30 / Show Time: 19:30)
April 26 - Crazymama Kingdom, Okayama (Doors: 18:00 / Show Time: 19:00)
April 27 - Gate's 7, Fukuoka (Doors: 17:00 / Show Time: 18:00)

The group's upcoming 11-song debut CD is finished and mastered. Recorded analog andlive in the studio in a mere two days, the disc was co-produced by Jono Brown. Songsinclude 'Need Strange', 'Battle For Ventura Blvd', 'Night Sweats', 'Big Feet', 'Lola', and 'Roller Girl.' Footage of the MEATBALLS' inaugural live performance at this year's NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA can be viewed here

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