The Bongos - Recent Work

Recent Work

Richard Barone has subsequently released a series of well-received solo albums, including one, Glow released on September 14, 2010 on Hoboken's Bar/None Records, and a major 3-disc live collection "'cool blue halo' 25th Anniversary Concert" on the DigSin label in 2012. He has also established a career as a producer of recordings and major concert events and, since 2011, is a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. James Mastro owns a popular guitar shop in Hoboken ("The Guitar Bar") and tours regularly as guitarist for Ian Hunter. Bassist Rob Norris plays in numerous groups including some offshoots of The Feelies, while drummer Frank Giannini pursues other interests and continues drumming on various projects.

In 2006, the original three Bongos re-entered the studio with longtime fan Moby producing to create bonus material for a CD reissue of the group's debut album. The remastered, 27-track special edition of Drums Along The Hudson, which was released internationally by Cooking Vinyl Records in June, 2007, includes rare, live bonus tracks and new studio recordings. An accompanying video for "Bulrushes 2007," a reprise of the band's early single, "The Bulrushes" featuring Moby, was released simultaneously on iTunes.

The original three Bongos also reunited for two shows at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in Greenwich Village in October 2006, and two more in February 2007. On September 30, 2007, the foursome played again in Hoboken for the first time in twenty years to an overflowing and appreciative crowd, and received a Proclamation from Mayor David Roberts commending them for their substantial contributions to Hoboken's culture and heritage. They headlined a day-long bill that featured the Chris Stamey Group, Glenn Mercer (formerly of the Feelies) and The Health and Happiness Show.

Richard Barone's memoir, Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth, was published on September 28, 2007 by Backbeat/Hal Leonard Books.

In Spring, 2008, Sony/Legacy re-issued the Bongos RCA catalog for the first time to iTunes and other digital retailers.

On March 11, 2009, the Bongos performed a full concert set at The City Winery in NYC following an R.E.M. tribute concert held earlier that evening at Carnegie Hall to benefit music education programs. On October 22, 2009 the group returned to Maxwell's for the first time since 1986, and subsequently performed at Manhattan's Hiro Ballroom, during the CMJ Music Marathon 2009 that same month (with longtime friends The Fleshtones). On January 25, 2010, The Bongos reunited once again at the City Winery, this time to benefit Emergency Earthquake Relief efforts in Haiti. Though they have not performed together again since 2010, various members have joined Richard Barone onstage for his solo performances.

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