Ten Cent Redemption reunion: Celebrating the Denver band with Rhett Lee and Johnny WaggonerBy Ricardo Baca | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »
Bands get together and gig out and break up. Itâ€™s the circle of musical life.
But oftentimes bands never offer a proper goodbye to their fans. It happens more often than youâ€™d guess: Bands break up without an opportunity for fans to see them one last time.
And thatâ€™s what happened in late-2008 when Denver act Ten Cent Redemption broke up. Frontman Rhett Lee wasnâ€™t loving it anymore. And the four-piece called it a day.
But as weâ€™ve learned all too much in recent years, many bands break up only to reform at a later date â€“ a reunion! Reunions give us the opportunity to realize what we once had, to miss something we once new well, and to celebrate nostalgia over drinks with friends.
Fans of Ten Cent Redemption, rejoice. The band will reunite on Saturday at the Soiled Dove, 7401 E. First Ave in Lowry. TCR lead guitarist Johnny Waggonerâ€™s new band Carmelitaâ€™s Lovers will release its first full-length on Saturday at the Dove â€“ the same club Lee now books â€“ and the guys got the old band together for a reunion set.
We spoke with Lee and Waggoner in advance of the show.
Question: Reunions are always fun. Is this Ten Cent Redemptionâ€™s first reunion? Why reunite now?
Johnny Waggoner: This could either be considered the first Ten Cent reunion or our â€śfarewellâ€ť show. Iâ€™m not really sure? We never did a goodbye show back in 2008, and I always wanted to play one more time with Rhett and Bill. Maybe it was only a matter of time, and the right situation/circumstances before one of us picked up a guitar and said, â€śHey, lets play a show.â€ť Carmelitaâ€™s Loverâ€™s record release party just seemed like the right time to do it. Three of us were going to be at the Dove that night anyway. How hard would it be to rope in the fourth?
Rhett Lee: When Johnny and I first started talking about Carmelitaâ€™s Lovers doing their CD release show at the Dove, he mentioned that I should get up and do a song with them, and that just kind of morphed into more and more songs being added. I was a bit nervous to do it because I havenâ€™t played regularly since Ten Cent broke up, but I was actually very pleased with how quickly everything came back when we started rehearsing. There wasnâ€™t much arm twisting involved as we all thought it would be fun to play some of the old songs again.
Q: Whatâ€™s the hardest part about staging a TCR reunion?
Johnny: Deciding to do 50 percent new material on the 26th.
Rhett: I think for me, my biggest worry is that the only people that would care about a TCR reunion would be the four guys on stage, but weâ€™ve had some very positive feedback from fans, and I just got word that one friend is flying in from out of state to see it. That feels good to know that people still care about this little band.
Q: Tell us whatâ€™s going down on Saturday at the Soiled Dove.
Johnny: This is Carmelitaâ€™s Loversâ€™ record release party. Weâ€™re going to play the new record live, start to finish, with a possible detour or two. At least two of our last 17 drummers will be playing with us that evening. Ten Cent will be reuniting at some point during the night to dust off a few of the old songs and maybe play a couple of new surprises. In the spirit of reunions, I asked Russ Christiansen & Surplus Cheaper Hands to start the night off. Tony & I played on his record and back him up occasionally. I met Jonathan (of the Lollygags) when he was playing bass for Russ a few years and bands back. I was supposed to play a show with him and Russ, but my appendix blew up the night before the show, so that didnâ€™t happen. Anyway, Russ has assembled an all-star band of local legends for this show, and the Lollygags just rock.
Johnny: I started writing a lot of the songs for â€śGhostsâ€ť when I was living in Southern California. It wasnâ€™t until I moved back to Denver and started working with John T. Nething and Tony Burke again that the new songs and the band really started to take shape. We recorded at Silo Sound in Denver last year. The majority of the record was tracked over one weekend with our San Diego rhythm section (Carson Young and Sean Moyett). This is Carmelitaâ€™s first full-length record, and we couldnâ€™t be happier with it. We got to work with some amazing friends in a great studio and ended up with a really diverse record weâ€™re all really proud of.