THE METERS REUNITE!


The Meters by Jay Blakesberg
New Orleans, LA. — After more that 25 years of separation, Art Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Leo Nocentelli are returning to festival, concert and club stages as the supergroup that put New Orleans funk on the map and that continues to exert an unparalleled influence on American roots and popular music: The Meters.

The Meters' unique place as a touchstone for countless jam bands and as one of the most sampled groups in all of hip-hop and pop music has kept it relevant to contemporary audiences in a way that few, if any other 70's groups can claim. The band's first scheduled appearance will take place in Las Vegas on October 30 as part of the upcoming Vegoose event. The Meters will also perform in New York on November 25 at the new Nokia Theatre Times Square. For more information visit www.themetersonline.com.

Details of confirmed shows will be announced soon, as the original Meters—creators of "Sophisticated Cissy," "Cissy Strut," "Ease Back," and many other funk classics—are set to join the live music landscape in a way not seen since 1979. "It is an honor to once again be making music with all of the original Meters," said Zigaboo Modeliste, the band's drummer. "The music that we recorded in the late 60's has been infectious and remains popular today. We are blessed to still be alive and be able to play. I look forward to working with the Corp of Funk Engineers!" "I am happy to be playing with The Meters again, these are some of the baddest dudes I've been blessed to play with over the years," said founding member Art "Poppa Funk" Neville. "I'll be sittin' down, but the REAL funk will be standing up." Leo Nocentelli said, "It's a very rare situation when a group, as well as their songs, can be as new today as they were in the 60's. That's exactly what the original Meters are experiencing now. For me, I think that The Meters performing for fans today is something that no one should miss hearing or seeing." George Porter Jr. said, "It's great, and it's going to be FUNKIN' GREAT!"

The band's appearance at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, one of only a handful of Meters shows during the past two and half decades, was easily the most anticipated set at Jazz Fest 2005 and for many the highlight of the event. Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest and one of the driving forces behind the reunion, said, "The Meters' Jazz Fest performance proved this band is as vital as ever. Everybody knows The Meters are an important link to the past, but when they take the stage they are the future of funk." Davis's company, Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans, will manage The Meters in conjunction with Elevation Group Management, the same Bay Area firm that represents The Neville Brothers and Art Neville.

Kent Sorrell, of Elevation Group Management, said, "Elevation is looking forward to guiding The Meters back to their natural place as one of the world's greatest live bands. The Meters impact on music as we know today is unsurpassed. For music fans far and wide, this reunion proves to be a truly amazing experience."

The William Morris Agency is the booking agent for The Meters. The Meters are Art Neville, organ; Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, drums; George Porter Jr., bass; and Leo Nocentelli, guitar.

[Published on: 8/8/05]

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CubsFan4Life starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/8/2005 02:54PM
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WOW that is awesome news. Bring on the funk

funkymeterj starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/8/2005 03:16PM
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I cannot wait! Ill be flying up to NYC and hoopefully be seeing them when they tour down here in the south!!!
yeah ya right a dream comes true..

groovyphisher starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/8/2005 03:22PM
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FUNKn' great news! It's funny to think that I was a newborn when they broke up. Gives me even more reason to check em' out!

cofor20 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/8/2005 09:38PM
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cofor20

Funk Yeah!

Rinosquad starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/10/2005 09:30AM
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Vegoose here I come! Saw the Funky Meters with Art Neville at B-Roo a couple years back and they raged pocky way with Warren Haynes. Best show I saw. Can't wait to see the real thing again. I can't get cissy strut outta my head and thats a good thing!

rlsideburns Wed 8/10/2005 11:02PM
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i bet you all the whiskey in marshall county ms that they wont finish their tour

funkifiyo starstarstarstar Sat 8/13/2005 12:51PM
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funkifiyo

Psyched and not so psyched. The Meters are my fave band but having seen all the players play together and individually the one thing that I can't be so thrilled about is Leo unfortunately. His playing over the years has developed into sounding like caca. All flash with no soul. I'm prayin he gets back to the funk and plays less notes. Almost wish it was the 3 of them with Brian stoltz on gtr. Zig is the shit though so that'll be the bomb seein him playin with the guys.