Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ellot Easton's Tike Gods at the Key Club May 8

Famed The Cars’ guitarist, Elliot Easton debuts Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods, an Exotica instrumental group featuring some of music’s greatest talents on Friday, May 8, at Key Club. With members from The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints, this nine-piece ensemble plans to create waves in the exotica, Tiki music scene. Doors at 9:00 p.m. Ticket price is $10.00 and advance tickets are available at or at the Key Club box office (310) 274-5800.

“There isn’t really a word to describe the band’s sound,” explains Easton. “Think martini lounge, space age, Exotica, with lush, romantic themes from Hollywood 60’s movie soundtracks like Pink Panther and James Bond. It’s the hybrid sounds of the Tiki culture and Polynesian dance and a combination of surf rock and instrumental mood music. Most importantly, it’s a very fun kind of music,” he added. “For example, we’ll be playing the theme song from Star Trek.”

The all-star, nine-piece band includes Elliot Easton (lead guitar, vocals), Nick Walusko (guitar), Probyn Gregory (trumpet, percussion), Brett Simons (bass), Nelson Bragg (drums), Todd Jaeger (keyboard), producer Andy Paley (keys, bass), Gary Griffin (keyboard), and Scott Bennett (multi-instrumentalist). Each of these master musicians have played and toured with bands such as The Who, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, Flaming Lips, Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Todd Rundgren, as well as with The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints.

As lead guitarist for the legendary rock band “The Cars” and “The New Cars,” Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones, and an uncanny ear for creating unforgettable “hooks” on pop records. Easton released a solo album in 1985, Change No Change, featuring songs co-written with Jules Shear.
In 1998, Easton's playing was featured on No Cats, an album from bassist Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame. Easton then joined Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the modern touring version of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Currently, Easton is a member of The New Cars, along with original The Cars member Greg Hawkes, singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren, former Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton, and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

WHO: Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods

WHAT: Debut Show!

WHEN: Friday, May 08, 2009 at 9:00PM
WHERE: Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-5800

TICKETS: $10.00 and available at or by calling Key Club box office (310) 274-5800.

WEBSITE: For further information on the band, go to

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