Zero announces Fillmore Show, new album
At the beginning of 1980, Steve Kimock joined former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux’s Heart of Gold Band, which previously had Greg Anton as drummer. Keith was in a car accident and the Heart of Gold Band left, but the connection Greg and Steve shared endured. The duo immediately recorded an album of new music to be released decades later, then formed a band. After sifting through so many names, Greg asked Steve how many were left on the list to consider: “Zero” was the answer, and Zero became the quintessential jazz/psychedelic rock band, a pioneer of the jam band scene.
They’ve gone years without vocals, creating instrumental-only gems like Nothing goes here (1987) and nothing is right here (1990), albums so good that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued them, then Go hear nothing‘ (1991). Along the way, they’ve played with some of the Bay Area’s biggest talents: John Cipollina, John Kahn, Banana, Martin Fierro, Hadi Al Saadoon, Bobby Vega, Nicky Hopkins, John Farey, Vince Welnick, Merl Saunders, Tony Saunders, Liam Hanrahan, Chip Roland and Steve Wolf.
A casual chat with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter in the early 90s sent the band in a new direction, and they added vocalist Judge Murphy. In 1992, when Zero met for three nights at the Great American Music Hall to perform their new songs with lyrics by Hunter, they had Grateful Dead sound director Dan Healy on board to record them, and the result was the bright and beloved Chance in a million.
As bands will, Zero has come and gone – and still come back, smashing 1,300 shows and eight albums. After their incendiary shoot at the Oregon 30th Anniversary National Fair in 1999, the fair’s manager said, “Want to be on the 50th anniversary bill?” “Of course,” and they shook hands… 20 years later, in July 2019, Zero returned to headlining the Country Fair stage.
“People,” Anton said, “used the word magic to describe him. We worked, as does Zero. One thing Steve and I have in common is a shared work ethic. We played for many hours before each show‚ because the songs were to be honored. »
Magic is hard to catch but impossible to forget, so Zero flies again.
In February 2022, they will celebrate a record release of more material from those Chance in a million shows in San Francisco, this time at the Fillmore. Nothing beats zero.
2/3 game The Fillmore, SF