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Brand X at the Magic Bag, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Brand X is a band that won’t go away -- which is a good thing.

The jazz/rock fusion troupe -- formed in London with members now based in the U.S. and once included Phil Collins in its lineup -- is in the midst of its third go-round, re-forming last year after a 17-year break. Guitarist John Goodsall and bassist Percy Jones remain from the original roster, a new live album, “But Wait...There’s More!” shows that their chops are more than intact and the music is as exciting as it was on classic ‘70s albums such as “Unorthodox Behavior,” “Moroccan Roll,” “Masques” and “Product”...

• Though there have been long periods of inactivity, Goodsall -- speaking by phone from upstate New York -- maintains that Brand X “never really split up in the first place. We just took a (vacation). We keep getting back together periodically, and this (reunion) happened when Scott (Weinberger, percussion) and Chris Clark (keyboards) put it together and brought me into it. I got a phone call saying, “We’ve got this idea of putting Brand X together again, maybe for a live album, and I said, “I’m In.” The reaction was so great we booked more gigs and kept booking more gigs.”

• Goodsall says he won’t be surprised if this incarnation of Brand X winds up returning to the studio as well for the group’s first album since 1997’s “Manifest Destiny.” “Every guy in the band has got a huge catalog of unreleased music,” the guitarist says. “I actually just listened to one the other day that I wrote for, I think (1977’s) ‘Moroccan Roll.’ There was no room for it then; It was a bit of an involved song, a very long song, so it never made it on (the album) and has been sitting there for 40 years. So I’m thinking maybe when we do get around to new music, we should try it again.”

• Goodsall acknowledges that Collins’ involvement in Brand X from 1975-79 brought the group attention it might otherwise find hard to get. “Phil was just a powerhouse,” Goodsall recalls. “He would come to our rehearsals having been to a BBC jingles session that morning, and then he would take off in the evening and do a gig with Genesis. The guy was a workaholic. You couldn’t stop him. We did split up under not too friendly terms, and there were some financial questions with the management company, which was Genesis’ company. But recently he’s been saying nice things about us in the press, which is astonishing. I guess we’ll have to say nice things about him now.”

If You Go

• Brand X

• Sunday, Sept. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

• Tickets are $25.

• Call 248-544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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