BLACK CHERRY REUNITE AND PLAN EP RELEASE AS TRIBUTE TO DECEASED BANDMATE:
September 16, 2008
A special event for a special friend
Black Cherry, one of Hollywood’s top bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s, will reunite for a one time show at the Viper Room in Hollywood as a tribute to their rhythm guitarist Curtis Grant, who tragically passed away after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at age 39. He is survived by his wife and two children. Black Cherry vocalist Paul Black said of the immensely popular guitarist “He was the heart and soul of Black Cherry. His enthusiasm for the band and his all around love of life was the main source of inspiration and motivation which kept us all rockin’.” The show will take place on Thursday, October 16, with Jet Boy and Gilby Clarke’s band Kill For Thrills. This will be Black Cherry’s first show in 16 years and will feature all original members Dave Walsh and Josh Blake on guitars, Scott Lipps on drums, Michael Stevens on bass and Paul Black on lead vocals.
After departing from L.A. Guns, Paul Black started Black Cherry with Scott Lipps in 1987. Curtis Grant became the band’s rhythm guitarist after Josh Blake left to form The Gutter Cats. Black Cherry’s first shows were opening for Jane’s Addiction, 45 Grave, Iggy Pop, and Lords of The New Church. Their one release “Devil In You” on Metal Blade records Street Survivors compilation received generous radio airplay and catapulted them to local fame. Lasting four years without a deal, they played their last show in April of 1992 at the Whisky A Go Go.
Curtis Grant relocated back to his hometown San Francisco, dedicating much of his time to family, his Native American heritage and community. He continued his music career by forming American Heartbreak with Jet Boy guitarist Billy Rowe. Drummer Scott Lipps went on to establish one of the top entertainment companies in the country, One Model Management in New York. He also has an all-star band in NYC called MARS. Bassist Michael Stevens moved to Maryland where he is raising a family and owns a successful scooter company called Scootertronics. He continued playing music with Tommy and the Love Tribe. Dave Walsh went on to a career as a guitarist for The Exies and has been busy as a songwriter. His music has been featured on SNL, MTV movie awards, Bad Boys 2, and Guitar Hero. Paul Black formed Sonic Boom with Jo Almeida and released Sun Down Yellow Moon. He has spent most of the last decade producing bands and composing movie soundtracks. After spending the last two years touring with his former band L.A. Guns, Paul has formed a new group with Jo “Dog” Almeida, Muddy Stardust and drummer Dennis Morehouse. They are scheduled to record an album for Alexis Records at the end of October.
Black Cherry is releasing a 7 song EP of studio recordings they produced during their time together. It will be dedicated to the memory of Curtis Grant. “Ashes to Diamonds” will be the first official release by the band and will be available at the reunion show along with other merchandise. All proceeds will go to Curtis Grant’s family.
This will be, as Curtis would say, “an extravaganza of Rock ‘n Roll guaranteed to warm the soul.” Love, peace and Black Cherry.
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