Bricklin reunites for a cause with 2 shows
9/28/2010 12:09:00 PM
Everybody has a favorite local band. In Philadelphia, there have always been many choices. The scene was vibrant in the eighties, and Bricklin was at the top of the heap. They got themselves a record deal with A&M and toured the country. But like many great bands, the members went their separate ways and the band was no more.
Then, there’s always the reunion concert. Guitarist Ian Cross was never in favor of it. His sister Cori would ask “Don't you want to do a Bricklin reunion? Don't you miss playing live?” His stock answer was always, "Hell no. Old people shouldn't try to rock out, it's pathetic."
Ian had been living in Los Angeles for years working with artists like Janet Jackson. For the past year, though, he’s been back in town here tending to Cori who has ovarian cancer.
After many talks with his former bandmates, Ian decided now is the right time to play a reunion show. This will be a special night for his sister, and the concert is a benefit to help with the financial burden around her health needs. Ian believes in the healing power of music and friendships, and this is why the band is performing again on October 15 at the Grape Room in Manayunk. Due to popular demand, a second show has been added since Oct 15th sold out. The second show will be Sunday, October 17. Since it's a Sunday night they are going to start earlier and end earlier. Tickets are cheaper too, $20.00 but if you bought tickets for friday you pay $15.00.
In addition to Ian on stage, you'll see Jimmy Goetz who is coming in from San Francisco, Scott Bricklin from France, Eddie Bader and Brian Bricklin (still in the area). Jake Meyer passed away in 2008. His son Jordan will be joining the band for a few songs.
Nobody should have to live with this horrid disease, and our best wishes go out to Cori Cross during this time. I’ll be there front and center to see one of my all time favorite local bands, but this show is for Cori. I’m glad Bricklin decided to do reunite for such a worthy cause.
Photo of Cyndy in studio by Paula Parisi.
(l-r) Cyndy, Brian bricklin, Ian Cross, (seated) Producer, Neil Dorfsman
Other pictures: Cyndy with bassist Jimmy Goetz and introducing them on stage at Mermaid Lake