Maybe you were able to attend one of these concerts
that Grand Funk performed at through the years:
And, before we get too far along, let's get rid of
a long standing Grand Funk
1996 will certainly go down in the record books as a
landmark year in music history. After months of
rumors and speculation, after a few sparse magazine
and newspaper interviews, after denial by some key
music industry sources, and after dozens of messages
traveling through the Internet, rumor has turned into
reality with a long-awaited Grand Funk Railroad
Mark, Don, and Mel
reformed the original Grand Funk Railroad and
put on a
that included several east coast and midwest cities.
The word is also out that many previously unreleased
Grand Funk songs, and several new songs, will be
released on a new series of CDs. It has even been
rumored that Capitol will
re-release most of the band's old LP catalog
in CD format.
By all reports, the mini-tour was a huge
success and, after taking some time out to fulfill some
other commitments and for some work in the studio, the
band will be back on the road for a full concert tour
in 1997. Watch for some of that good old "rock 'n roll
soul" coming from the "American band" to a town near
you. In fact, you can read a January 1997
Flint Journal article
detailing some of the further reunion plans.
If 1996 was the year that will "go down in
music history," 1997 will certainly be "The Year of the
Funk!" David Fishof, of David Fishof Presents, Inc., has
finally revealed his plans for the continuation of
the Grand Funk Railroad reunion. As the band's new
manager, David recently wrote to this Web site's
author, several members of the Grand Funk Railroad
mailing list, and several other Funk fans from
around the Internet detailing his plans for
the come-back tour of the year.
read the text of this
important tour announcement
and find out where you can see Grand Funk Railroad
perform. And, check out this black and white scan of
promoting the first Bosnian benefit concert held
April 20, 1997 in Auburn Hills, MI.
Mr. Fishof has written to you, the fans, again and
given us some
new Grand Funk news.
Please read his note and find out how you can help
keep the band "back on track." And,
has announced yet more plans to re-release the band's
records in CD format with a, not
promotional flyer which they sent out as the
center-fold in a recent newsletter to their
And, don't forget to pick up your copy of the new,
double, live CD titled
This album was recorded at the Bosnian-relief concert
performed at Auburn Hills, MI in April of 1997.
If 1996 was the year that will "go down in
music history," and 1997 was "The Year of the Funk!,"
then 1998 is the year "They Keep Shinin' On!" And,
the tour continues.
In early 1998, Grand Funk ended their year-long
relationship with David Fishof Presents, Inc. and
signed on with
The Bobby Roberts Company
as their new manager. Bobby Roberts is a long-time
manager of several popular country acts and is entering
the field of rock 'n roll by managing the band. They
hope to have some sixty Grand Funk concerts scheduled
before the end of 1998. Watch out -- "the Railroad"
is now barreling towards your town full steam ahead!
And, check out this black and white scan of the
promoting the Independance Day concert to be held
July 4, 1998 at Pine Knob in Detroit, MI.
In 1999 the band has finally started receiving some
well-deserved recognition. Two excellent magazine
articles were written about the band -- One in
Vintage Guitar Magaizine
and another in
Also, two books were published about the band --
One by Don Brewer's Wife, Sunny Quinn, titled
Tales of the American Band -- Grand Funk
The other by rock-author Billy James, titled
An American Band -- The Story of Grand
1999 is also proving to be a Funk-sessful year for the
American Band in other ways. This was the year that
VH-1, the cable music channel, produced an excellent
and well-received episode of their popular
Behind the Music
program about Grand Funk. And, on another front,
re-released the all-time classic, Zappa-produced,
Good Singin' Good Playin'
on CD. And, with the success of the Bosnia CD as well
as MCA's Good'Singin' Good Playin', Capitol has
finally released the long-promised and often delayed
"box set" -- or anthology -- entitled
Thirty Years of Funk: 1969 - 1999.
And, with promising early sales figures on this 3-disc
set, Capitol has (once again
) promised to re-release the remainder of the GFR
catalog over the next two years. And, be on the look
out for a special re-release of
We're An American Band
on both CD and vinyl!
Unfortunately, 1999 is also the year that Mark
Farner decided he needed to continue work on his
solo efforts. So, one of the most successful
classic rock reunions of the 20th century has been
put on hold while Mark tours with a group of musicians
(including his brother, Ricky) and plays a great deal
of Grand Funk music with a few of his more well-known
solo songs thrown in the mix.
Although Bobby Roberts still represents Mark Farner
(there are rumors that he is/has changed management)
as a solo act, Grand Funk, Ltd. -- the band's
corporation -- has severed ties with them. If and
when Mark decides to rejoin GFR, they will be with a
new booking agency.
Don and Mel have spent the better part of two years
waiting for Mark Farner to come back to the band.
They asked over and over again when Mark would return
-- all the while refusing offers for Grand Funk
Railroad performances and continue with the very
successful reunion. Unfortunately, having the taste of
the solo life once more and finding out that he was just
one of three votes in the GFR's musical direction --
he no longer had control -- Mark has decided that he
can not perform as part of Grand Funk Railroad at this
Continuing to get requests for shows with Grand Funk,
and, both wanting to continue playing (It is rumored
that there were even some offers on the table for
corporate sponsorship of a 30 year reunion tour in
1999), Don and Mel did what any bright, smart business
men would do -- they replaced Mark. And, by the end of
the year 2000, they were ready to show the world a new
Grand Funk Railroad.
Don and Mel recruited Max Carl on
vocals. Formerly of bands such as:
.38 Special and Jack Mack and the
Heart Attack. Max is a multi-talented
performer who is equally competent on
guitar, keyboards and drums. On lead
guitar, they brought in Bruce Kulick
who toured with KISS for twelve years
and has credits with Meatloaf and
Billy Squire. KISS, you may remember,
claims that GFR was a major influence
in their music. And, it shows in his
ability to replicate the many well know
solos from GFR's popular song list --
but, with an added special edge that
somehow makes it a litte different,
better, and his own. And, Tim Cashion
is on keyboards and has credits with
Bob Seger and Robert Palmer. He may
look like the shy one in the group,
but don't let his shy look fool you.
His style, like Bruce's, is somehow
different. He has all of the major
keyboard parts down with a slightly
different edge that tells you it's his
own special style.
And, on December 2, 2000 this
new incarnation of the American
Band made their debut
appearance. The venue was an
event called "Holiday By the
Shores" in West Palm Beach,
Florida. They played to a
"packed house" of some 2500
people on an outdoor stage. And,
by all accounts, They had the
crowd "in the palm of their
Together, Brewer and Schacher
have created a new dynamic and
multi-talented band. The five
members will continue to carry
on the Grand Funk tradition and
will continue performing Grand
Funk songs. But, they are all
looking forward to making new
Grand Funk music, do some
recording, and to keep Shinin'
On as a new chapter in the
legacy of the American Band:
Grand Funk Railroad.
By the way, when interviewed
recetly, Mark was asked if the
original three members would
ever play together again. His
response was "Never say never."
We'll see ...