The 21st Century Magic Band shows are extraordinary

Blasting out explosive, raw, spiky, jaw-on-the-floor renditions of some of the best tunes ever recorded by Beefheart and the Magic Band, this is no flaccid cash-in; it’s the real deal and the Magic Band are here to blow our stacks all over again.

Sincerely, for anyone who has have missed Beefheart’s presence over the last three decades, this really helps make up for it.

View the latest reunion news from the blog.

The story so far

The reformed Magic Band initially played a number of (mainly) European dates between 2003 and 2006 – see below for photos, press reviews, band-member and audience reports.

Three superb albums have been released featuring the reformed Magic Band playing Beefheart classics, see the Magic Band reunion discography for full details.

A DVD The Magic Band – Crow’s Milk was also released. It features a full live show and full length documentary about the reunion with a commentary from the late John Peel. It is excellent, if a little hard to find now. Check out Amazon or Proper Records.

The current line-up of the Magic Band is as follows:

  • John French – drums, vocals, harmonica, sax, guitar, flour sifter
  • Max Kutner – guitar
  • Eric Klerks – guitar, bass, iPad
  • Mark Boston – bass
  • Andrew Niven – drums
  • Brian Havey – keyboards
Previous line-ups included:
  • Robert Williams – drums until summer 2003, replaced by Michael Traylor.
  • Gary Lucas – guitar until 2009, replaced by Eric Klerks.
  • Michael Traylor – drums from summer 2003 to 2009, replaced by Craig Bunch
  • Craig Bunch – drums from 2009 to 2013 replaced by Andrew Niven.
  • Denny Walley – guitar until 2014, replaced by Max Kutner

Show details

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The reunion was expected to draw to a close in September 2006 (read our statement and message of thanks from John French) but has proved to be such fun for audiences and band alike that the band have successfully resumed touring.

See our complete list of past gigs with links to reviews, comments and photos.

Band members’ contributions

Press articles

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