Milford– They’re back! After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the band is back on the road. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary, which was actually in 2021, but they weren’t playing due to Covid 19. Four of the six original members are still with the band: Steve Gustafson (founding member), Dennis Drew, John Lombardo and Jerry Augustynack .
Founding member Natalie Merchant left in 1993 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by backing vocalist Mary Ramsey, who proved to be a natural complement to the added dimension of her talent on violin and viola. Robert Buck died in 2000 and his longtime guitarist Jeff Erickson replaced him. The Maniacs like to keep their music in the “family”.
The group has sold over 10 million albums, including eight “Billboard Hot” 100 singles. Their music continues to be heard in movies and TV shows. Their music has changed somewhat and sounds different from the early 80s, now heavily influenced by British folk music, reggae and pop, but not hard rock.
Other things have also changed for them. Steven Gustafson said, “We used to do about 110 shows a year and we were often away from our families. Now we do about 50 shows a year and spend more time with our families and quality time with our “band family”.
We have a loving, creative and exciting family on stage.
When asked how they got the name ‘10,000 Maniacs’, Gustafson replied, “It was 1981 – pre-computers. We were a band at a friend’s house, smoking marijuana. We were doing a There were horror movies at the time, like 2000 Maniacs. We later realized we had the wrong number—but it stuck. We play much better sober.
The pandemic break has been productive for them. This gave them time to write new material and they are now planning a new studio album. They are all happy to do a tour again after the Covid closure.
“We are excited about our audience. We really appreciate them and can’t wait to come to Milford,” Gustafson said.
Beth O’Neil, artistic director of the Milford Theatre, is delighted to have them in the theatre.
“I couldn’t be more delighted that 10,000 Maniacs are opening the Milford Music Festival here at the Milford Theatre. To have a group of such incredible talent and fame is a real win for Milford and I know this is just the start of attracting world-class talent.
1000 Maniacs: June 10 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
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