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The Stone Foxes

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The Stone Foxes Doing It In The Road

The Stone Foxes Doing It In The Road

The Fillmore in San Francisco is saturated with legends, a place that hums with the stories and sounds that have rung its rafters. And while many a major record label has placed half-talents on its stage in the past few decades – that happens with big checkbooks and a bunk economy – the vast majority of bands earn their chance to make their stand where Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and countless other heavy hitters have built their reps and cemented their spot in the pantheon. It’s a coming of age for young bands, and a group’s first time headlining this venue matters maybe even most importantly as a sign they rate and have their own stake in rock’s history.

This coming Saturday, May 4, SF’s own The Stone Foxes top the bill for the first time, which feels natural for a band that’s been hungrily after it for a few years now. By “it” we don’t mean fame or even fortune but marrow deep rock honesty with a dedication to the same hefty hip swivel that fuels Foxes ancestors as The Band and The Faces as well as contemporaries like Rival Sons, Lions In The Street and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Simply put, this is a group that belongs at this legendary hall. Anyone who’s seen The Stone Foxes live knows they leave it ALL on the stage, whether it’s a chicken wings bar or crowded outdoor festival. So, it’s reasonable to assume they’re girding themselves for an epic night in San Fran, which is bound to have a few hometown surprises as they spend the year on the road behind their fab third album, Small Fires. Pick up tickets for The Fillmore show here.

Plus, the band has teamed up with SuperFood Drive to collect food for local food banks in each tour market to help bring sustenance to the 1 out of 6 Americans that visit a food pantry because they can’t afford to buy food. The collection at The Fillmore on Saturday will be one of the largest yet this tour, and the band is encouraging fans to donate healthy nutrient filled canned goods at the show. And you need not wait; you can help support SuperFood right now over here.

The Stone Foxes’ keyboardist, singer and designated dentist Elliott Peltzman tackled DI’s signature questionnaire as we head towards the big weekend.

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Collaboration
2. The first album I bought was…
Weird Al Yankovic’s Greatest Hits
3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
“Strokin” by Clarence Carter.
4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
A piano player.
5. My favorite sort of gig is…
A paid gig.
6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
…one thing worth discovering.
7. I love the sound of…
My coffee grinder.
8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs
9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
Felix’s in NOLA. Oysters on the half shell and a cold Dixie beer!
10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
The damndest places.
11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time is…
Farting without warning.
12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
Was this question written specifically for me? The only tip off that it wasn’t is that I’ve never heard the phrase “flip your switch” before. I’ve got to give it up for Zeppelin, but both bands had the rare ability to disguise extremely creative and progressive music in a pop-rock package. Listening to Zeppelin always makes me smile uncontrollably as though I’m witnessing somebody getting away with something they shouldn’t be able to. Some of their biggest songs stop for two minutes and continue on without rhythm or melody, then come right back again. Rules are broken left and right. There’s an arrogance and lack of restraint to their arrangements that gives me a sense of freedom and progression. Listening to Led Zeppelin’s recordings make me remember how important it is to take risks, or more precisely, how celebrated most are who take the right ones.
13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
The bottom of a tree-lined valley I had just climbed out of.