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    Posted: January 24 2012 at 18:56
Brand X is getting ready for a tour of the US this summer. Some of the shows will also carry a double bill with Ambrosia.
Who is Brand X these days? John Goodsall, Percy Jones and Ronnie Ciago (Patrick Moraz, CIRCA, Jeff Berlin, Jaco Pastoruis). Along them is keyboardist David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen E Street Band). Keep your eyes open for tour dates (they haven't been announced yet). In the meantime, here is one of the teaser posters.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote leonalvarado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2012 at 18:57
This should be good!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote spknoevl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2012 at 08:39
Brand X with David Sancious:  sweet!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akaBona Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2012 at 09:57
is this just US thing or are there any plans to come to Europe?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote leonalvarado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2012 at 10:01
So far it looks like a US thing but who knows?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote leonalvarado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2012 at 09:26
A little background on who is Brand X today:

Percy Jones (born 1947) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X,[1] from 1974 to 1980, and a reformed version which lasted from 1992 to 1997. Residing in New York,[2] he currently is a member of jazz fusion band, Tunnels,[3]along with drummer Walker Adams.

Jones is best known for his unique bass sound,[3] and his trademark use of the fretless Wal bass.

Jones was also a member of the jazz fusion group Soft Machine, the Poetry Rock group The Liverpool Scene (featuring poet Adrian Henri), and has contributed to recordings by David SylvianBrian Eno,[2] Steve HackettParanoiseSuzanne Vega, and Fovea Hex, amongst others.

John Goodsall is a progressive rock & jazz fusion guitarist[1] most noted for his work with Brand XAtomic Rooster and Fire Merchants.Brand X returns in 2012 with John Goodsall,David Sancious-keyboards,Percy Jones and drummer Ronnie Ciago for a planned US Tour this summer.

Goodsall was born in Pennsylvania and has lived in Los Angeles, England, Milan and Minnesota. He began playing guitar at age 7. At 15, he became a professional musician and joined Carol Grimes' Babylon, with members of Joe Cocker's Grease Band, Juicy Lucy and Jon Hiseman's Colosseum. He then toured extensively, first with The Alan Bown Set, then with Atomic Rooster.

After Brand X's 1979 world tour (the last with Phil Collins), Goodsall moved to Los Angeles and worked as a session musician and as a member of the band Zoo Drive(19801987) which included Doug Lunn, Paul Delph and Atomic Rooster drummer Ric Parnell (aka Mick Shrimpton of Spinal Tap). Goodsall also performed and/or recorded with Bill Bruford,Desmond Dekker & The AcesPeter GabrielBilly IdolBryan AdamsToni Basil to name a few.

The Fire Merchants released two albums, Fire Merchants and Landlords Of Atlantis before Goodsall and Percy Jones re-formed Brand X as a trio in 1992 with drummer Frank Katz. Katz was in Jones' band Tunnels with whom Goodsall also recorded on their album Progressivity. This Brand X line-up released X-Communication and Manifest Destiny, which also featured Tunnels' midi-vibes player Marc Wagnon and some keyboards & composition by Franz Pusch. Most of the keyboard/synthesiser sounds however in both Brand X & Fire Merchants trios were triggered by his midi-guitar. Goodsall's Brand X trio played mostly on the west coast. In 1997 Brand X embarked on a 3 month tour of Europe & Japan as a quartet with Goodsall,Jones, keyboardist Kris Sjobring from his L.A. based group Trancendental Medication, & drummer Pierre Moerlen from Gong. Later versions of this group released The X-Files and Missing Period, they played the west coast again in 1999 including a headline show at Progfest in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Goodsall has 2 daughters Germaine and Natasha.

He played live with John Goodsall's Ghost Society in 2008, performing music of Brand X. Other members included Jim Reiske, Jim Steele & Dave Lemish. Recent albums featuring John Goodsall include Franz Pusch 'Only Visions' and Leon Alvarado 'Strangers In Strange Places'.

A brief John Goodsall biography: John Goodsall:[Guitars,Midi Guitar] Performed live and-or recorded with Brand X, Bryan Addams, The Alan Bown Set, Leon Alvarado, Loughty Amao, Rod Argent, Atomic Rooster, Toni Basil, King Sunny Ade's African Beats, Bill Bruford, Carol Grimes' Babylon, Celebrity Skin, Ava Cherry, Eric Clapton, Mike Clark, Billy Cobham, Todd Cochran, Phil Collins, Paulinho Da Costa, The Cruisers, Lisa Dal Bello, Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Paul Delph, Micheal Des Barres, Dr. John, Mick Fleetwood, The Fire Merchants, Flea, Andy Fraser, Peter Gabriel, Roscoe Gee, Kevin Gilbert, Donni Harvey, Rupert Hine , Eddie Howell, Diana Hubbard, Billy Idol, Mark Isham, Liquid Junior, Quantum Jump, John Kay, Cheryl Ladd, Gaspar Lawal, Karen Lawrence ,Tamiya Lynn, Melissa Manchester, John Martyn, Junior Marvin, Bette Midler, Patrick Moraz, Billy Preston, Franz Pusch, X-Ray Spex, Chester Thompson, Alphonso Johnson, Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer, Anthony Phillips, The Reactors, Nona Hendrix, Sylvia St. James, Jack Lancaster, Terry Reid, Katey Sagal, Sandoz, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales, Jamie Sherriff, Micheal Shrieve, Jimmie Spheris, Blue Thunder, Top Topham, Tunnels, Chuck Turner's Turneround, Bill Ward Band, The Weather Girls, Lee Ving etc.

David Sancious (born November 30, 1953 in Asbury Park, New Jersey) is an American musician. He was an early member of Bruce Springsteen's backing group, the E Street Band, and contributed to the first three Springsteen albums, and again on the 1992 album Human Touch. Sancious is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known as a keyboard player and guitarist.[1] He left the E Street Band in 1974 to form his own band, Tone, and released several albums. He subsequently became a popular session and touring musician, most notably for Stanley ClarkeNarada Michael WaldenZucchero FornaciariPeter Gabriel, and Sting among many others.

Ronnie Ciago Was born in Long Island, New York, USA. He began playing drums at age 5. With a lot of dedication and practice, he started playing live performances with local rock and funk bands when he was only 12.
He is also the author of two drum books, "Ambidexterity" and "The Ultimate Study In Independence". From 1991 through 1997, Ronnie has toured and recorded with many artists in the business including, Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues) Ricky Lee Jones, Riverdogs, Rob Lamothe, Mick taylor (Roling Stones) Brand X and many others. He also played with Bill Ward and CIRCA.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote SMSM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2012 at 15:24

This is real good news, especially since Ambrosia may be the opening act as they did some very quality recordings as well

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Percy Jones will split you in half live.
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Percy Jones with Tunnels 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nowvoyager Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2013 at 07:45
Mr murdock says Brand x 2012 tour Nevrr happened.is this true? R there plans afoot to try to tour/rrcord,again?maybe dvd?
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Originally posted by spknoevl

Brand X with David Sancious:  sweet!

Yes, good move!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nowvoyager Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 27 2013 at 15:19
Thanx so much.most info packed ,on BrandX ever!!so detailed.They need to come to south florida,usa!Grand Central+The Adrian Arsht ctr+Gusman hall/Miami/The Culture Room/&Revolution*(poss)Sun Fest,in may*(always,btw)west palm beach.+we've a jazz radio station,WLRN*(has a fusion show,too!)+college radio,W/jazz show/prog show.Sun fest has had:Larry Coryell trio,Bela fleck-flektones'Jeff beck+other fusion bands.The arsht ctr.has Many jazz/fusion shows.John mcglaughlin,Al Dimeola,chick Corea+++&university of miami has 1of THE best jazz-ed programs in usa!If u need help,call me@305-763_5154/4pm,est!-6am.Manuel/now,voyager,:-) :-) :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 27 2013 at 15:53
Originally posted by nowvoyager

Mr murdock says Brand x 2012 tour Nevrr happened.is this true? R there plans afoot to try to tour/rrcord,again?maybe dvd?

I'm friends with Goodsall & have spoken with him about this.  2012 tour never happened, Sancious was committed to a tour with Sting, and Goods is still trying to formulate something.  

The good news is that John is keeping his hat in the ring, playing & recording (studio work).  He wants to do something, but this is a challenging era for live music & recording.  Lots & lots of really talented folks are on the outside, looking in, and hoping for a break.  

Kinda sucks, JG can blow down the door with his guitar!  I'll let everyone know if something new happens.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ajay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 27 2013 at 16:36
Hey, if JG ever wants to get together a crowd online to record and release Don't Make Waves 2013, I'd sign up. Love his playing and writing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nowvoyager Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2013 at 19:07
Bring them to South fla!Miami pref.we have:rand Central(Uk.pros/fusio act mar.30!!)Adrienne arsht ctr*(mostly jazz.Larry Rosen in charge/they,ve had John Mcghlin-Chick Coreas 5Peace Band/Al Dimeola/T.S.Monk/Lee Ritenour!)+University Miami has 1 of the Best jazz ed.programs in usa!+We have avtual,local jazz radio:WLRN88.9?W/a fusion program,too.+There's The Culture Room/Fort lauderdale(had Zappa Plays zappa rrcently)+Mizner Park/Boca Raton&--who had Return to Forever 4(w/Gambale/Ponty/Clarke/Corea)W/zappa plays zappa as opener+Yes,w/Procol Harum,opening.call me if you need any help!Manny@305-763-5154/4pm-6am-est.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2013 at 19:42
I asked Goods about it & he sent me this message:

Chuck that whole plan got f'd up last year, twice!
I'm afraid nothing on the cards for brand x right now but don't count us out!
Going in studio today, new Murdock tracks. He's been keeping us quite busy. Best - johN
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As he said, don't count them out!  I'm working hard on some jazz-rock stuff in Chicago and will see if I can't tempt John out (he's a short plane-flight away).  It may not be Brand X as advertised, but it will be good!  More to follow as it happens.  You folks will be the first to know. 
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