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Electric Six Leads Local Band Benefit For Ailing Booster

Of the Oakland Press

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The Electric Six’s homecoming show this weekend in Pontiac is a multipurpose affair.

It gives the rock troupe a chance to play with fellow Detroiters The Meatmen, which keyboardist Chris “Tait Nucleus” Tait says “is something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile. Those guys are friends of ours and obviously have been a big influence on Detroit and in general for the last 25 years.”

It also gives the band a chance to raise money for the ailing Laura Rock, a local music supporter and promoter who’s been a supporter of the Electric Six since its early days as the Wildbunch, to help pay medical bills.

“Things just kind of fell in a row together,” says Tait, 31. “It’s a show we wanted to do anyway, and (Rock) needs the (financial) help. We’re trying not to play up the fact it’s a benefit too big, but she definitely needs the help, and since it’s a showcase of stuff that’s going on around town, helping her out kinda fits.”

The show also catches the Electric Six toward the end of the touring cycle for its fourth album, 2007’s “I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me ...” Tait says the group’s next album, tentatively titled “Flashy,” is already in motion, with plans to finish in the summer for a fall release.

“It sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before,” Tait says. “It’s gonna blow your mind. There’s more whistles and bells, just lots of sound and different ideas. It’s more rock ’n’ roll for the kids from old men — or something like that.”

The Electric Six, the Meatmen, SSM, Johnny Headband, Carjack and Deastro perform Friday (May 23) at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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