Jon Butcher Axis - All The Hits

Friday June 29, 2018
8:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 public | $25 members

This concert will feature a special guest appearance by original drummer for Jon Butcher Axis and Johanna Wild, Derek Blevins.

The year was 1981 and The Jon Butcher Axis (Jon Butcher, Chris Martin & Derek Blevins) had taken the Boston music scene by storm. WBCN was playing their songs while the band performed to sold out audiences at iconic venues such as The Channel, The Paradise and others. Their big break came when the week after Christmas, they got the nod to open for the mighty J. Geils band on a short run of dates throughout the Northeast.  A month later  the Geils Band called again, this time with an invite to do the North American leg of the Freeze Frame tour, highlighted by three sold out Boston Garden shows (all while the band had no record deal and no booking agent).

The tour was an unqualified success; JBA wowed audiences across the country. By the end of the Freeze Frame tour JBA had secured a record deal with PolyGram. 1983 saw the release of 'The Jon Butcher Axis' on PolyGram and tours with Rush (the Signals Tour), and Def Leppard, on the biggest tour of 1983, for their Pyromania album. JBA released their second album in 1984, Stare At the Sun, and spent much of that year opening for the Scorpions from coast to coast. They were nominated for an MTV award in 1983 for the video accompanying Life Takes A Life, and were a fixture on music television.

More recently The Axis released Axis 3 in 2013, featuring updated versions of some of their best-know tunes from the PolyGram era, as well as 'Experienced', an homage to the great Jimi Hendrix.

Jon and the band (now featuring drummer John Anthony) continue to explore and re-define their artistic vision and have recently re-mastered and re-released their first two albums on CD to mark their 35th anniversary bringing the fans “All The Hits”.

Join us on June 29 for a very special look at those years in the Boston club scene as JBA is joined, for the first time in decades, by original drummer Derek Blevins, playing the songs everyone was dancing to in The Channel, Bunrattys....and Boston Garden!

Hirsh Gardner was an integral part of one of the classiest AOR/Melodic Rock bands on the planet between 1979 and 1982. New England released 3 world class albums (S/T, Explorer Suite and Walking Wild), working with top class producers such as Mike Stone, Todd Rundgren and toured extensively with the likes of KISS, AC/DC and Journey, but all good things come to an end and in 1982 Hirsh found himself looking for another band .“My Brain Needs a Holiday” this 10 song disc is the long awaited follow up to Gardner’s acclaimed solo album “Wasteland for Broken Hearts”: which is included in this package as a bonus disc. They are both full of AOR anthems and thunderous ballads.