Classic guitar band

March 05, 1998|By J.D. Considine

Usually, when people think of rock stars, they think of singers. But the Ventures managed to become stars without any of them ever singing a note. This pioneering guitar band roared out of Seattle in 1959, and recorded a string of classics over the years, including "Walk -- Don't Run" (1960) and "Hawaii Five-0" (1969).

Amazingly, not only is the group still touring, but it has retained much of its original membership. Founding members Bob Bogle and Don Wilson are still playing, as is guitarist and bassist Gerry McGee, who joined the group back in 1967. The only new member is drummer Leon Taylor, but even he comes with an impressive pedigree: His father was Mel Taylor, who started drumming with the group in 1961. (Leon joined the group after his father's death in 1996).

So if you're a fan of instrumental rock, walk -- don't run -- to catch this group!

The Ventures play the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $18.50, and show time is 8: 30 p.m. Call 410-268-5111.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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