The âDate with the All Starsâ memorial concert was performed in honor of Jeff Paul, a bark musician who was a founding member of the power pop rock trio John Flywheel.
A memorial event at Fleetwood’s Evergreen Country Club on Saturday, September 25, showed how the late musician, who passed away last year, influenced the Berks County music scene.
John Flywheel (www.facebook.com/johnflywheel) was one of the bands that dominated Reading in the 1990s, with Jeff Paul on guitar, Keith Smoker on bass, and Jeff âChillyâ Scott on drums. They steadily gained momentum and performed at intimate clubs like Top of the Rock (named for being at the Leading Outlet Center), the place of choice at the time to catch up with local musical talent. I have a fan.
After Flywheel signed an independent label in 1995, then released an eponymous debut album and scheduled tour, the band seemed poised to go from local favorites to stardom.
According to smokers who now live in Birdsboro, the label’s rationing deal collapsed a year later, their albums were taken out of the trash can of a musical instrument store and the tour was cut short. Scott moved to Connecticut to open his own business, and the other members lived their own lives for the next 20 years.
After a quarter of a century, Flywheel still has enthusiastic fans. The reunion concert at Westreading’s Fallfest in 2017 brought together 10,000 people and the group planned to continue performing, but in the future with Paul’s death in August 2020. The possibility of a drive-thru show is gone.
Last year, due to restrictions on social gathering by COVID-19, it was not possible to open a monument worthy of Paul’s contribution, so the biological and extended musical family of the late musician, including smokers, celebrated Paul. Date With The All Stars âis summarized.
On Music Day, an ensemble of artists Cloud Party, Frozen Poet and Zooboys from the Reading music scene in the 1990s appeared. Paul’s well-structured original songs, a key part of John Flywheel’s success, became a central stage for audiences, not only locals, but residents of California, Connecticut and Nashville as well. The commercial part of the music industry decades ago.
Many people who gathered and volunteered their time to make the event happen shared their thoughts on Jeff Paul.
Angie Ezel was part of the group Frozen Poet, a group that created original materials in the 1990s and played John Flywheel and numerous concerts. Ezel played the set and helped Paul and a local musician who loved his music find a venue for the day’s festival so he could perform and honor his music.
Former band member Jeff “Chili” Scott called Paul “a sincere and wonderful, genuine, original rock ‘n’ roll article.” Scott and his wife, who live in Connecticut, traveled to the monument to experience the spirit of music and the good feelings music brought to their lives.
Promoter Frank Fobia brought a group like the Ramones to Reading. He booked a steering wheel for the 2017 show at Westreading Fallfest and saw the event as an extension of Jeff Paul’s reunion concert.
âHer musical knowledge and her story can explode your brain,â said Phobia.
He remembers Paul as an innovator. He never stroked her back, so everyone got to stroke her back that day.
Michelle Biggerstaff, another event planner with a deep connection to Flywheel, was a musician in a phobic band. The smoker was a record store manager who worked at the university. She started going to see the flywheel for years and made friendships with the band members. Biggerstaff, who is currently pursuing graduate school and writing a book detailing the history of punk rock music, called the event a “wonderful day to celebrate Jeff.”
Flywheel’s influence goes beyond those who were successful in the 1990s.
Thomas Freed, 27 from Royersford, said the show was “amazing and called a good tribute to Jeff”.
Born after the flywheel broke, Preston Hazard lived near Scott’s store in Connecticut, and that’s how he discovered the group. Hazard, musician and creator of the Amazon Prime animated series âFundamental Cynicsâ, also has another flywheel connection in the form of series author, Smoker.
Hazard played guitar during the Zooboys set. He is also a friend of Dave Abrazies, who plays drums for Pearl Jam and makes music together.
On stage, Hazard said Paul’s music was the reason everyone was there that day and the concert brought them all together. This is probably a summary of one of the greatest contributions an artist can make.
Fleetwood Rodeo Marie Hanson is a teen entertainment columnist at the Media News Group.