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Roky Erickson at SXSW 2008 photo bt Ros O'Gorman

Roky Erickson at SXSW 2008 photo bt Ros O'Gorman

13th Floor Elevators To Reunite For First Time In 45 Years

by Paul Cashmere on February 16, 2015

in News

13th Floor Elevators will reunite in May for their first show in 45 years.

The band has agreed to play the Levitation Festival at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX which will be held the weekend of May 8 to 10.

Joining in the reunion will be original guitarist and singer Roky Erickson, bassist Ronnie Leatherman, drummer John Ike Walton and Tommy Hall who has not played in decades.

The 13th Floor Elevators never had big commercial success but they influenced hundreds of bands. The 1990 album Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson was one of the first tribute albums recorded and includes performances by ZZ Top, R.E.M., Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and others.

The band played together for the first time in December 1965 and recorded their first single the next month, You’re Gonna Miss Me, which went to number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became their only charting hit.

Later in 1966, they released their first album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators which was as well known for its liner notes advocating the use of chemical substances as for its music. Overall, the band released four albums, including Easter Everywhere, their only charting album, before their breakup in 1969.

Also scheduled for the Levitation Festival are the Flaming Lips, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Spiritualized and many more.

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