“His music – Urgent, raw and wild. Exciting harrowing songs with a unique vocal delivery. A great songwriter with something to say. I am a fan!” – Joey Ramone
Sonny Vincent – Vocals, Guitar | Captain Sensible – Bass
Scott Asheton – Drums
With Special Guests:
Wayne Kramer (MC5),
Scott Morgan (Sonic Rendezvous)
Brian James, (The Damned/Lords of the New Church)
“Derwood” Andrews (Generation X)
Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers)
Richard Lloyd (Television)
Bob Quine & Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids)
Thurston Moore & Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth),
Cliff Roman (The Weirdos)
Kim Shattuck (The Muffs),
Javier Escavedo (The Zeros)
Tony Fate (The Bellrays)
Jimmy James (The Hangmen)
Dave James (The SuperBees)
Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and
Gary Twinn (Twenty Flight Rockers/Speed Twinn)
Summer 1976; New York City; also known as the Summer of Sam, a young native known as Sonny Vincent forms a punk outfit called the Testors and the beginnings of a legend are born. For the next five years, Sonny Vincent and the Testors cut their teeth in the short lived, but memorable punk rock scene of New York playing with the likes of Mink DeVille, The Cramps, Dead Boys, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Suicide, Richard Hell and too many more to name. Sonny and the Testors are hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the most influential bands to come from the East Coast.
Cut to 2002, Sonny completes “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” for Acetate Records. Recorded in Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London Sonny is backed by the rhythm section of Scott Asheton (Stooges) and Captain Sensible (The Damned) on what he refers to as his “guitar slingers” album. The 14 song tour de force features performances by Brian James (The Damned / Lords of the New Church), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Scott Morgan (Sonic Rendezvous), Richard Lloyd (Television), Ivan Julian and Bob Quine (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers w/ Johnny Thunders), Cliff Roman (The Weirdos), Javier Excavedo (The Zeros), Bob “Derwood” Andrews (Generation X) as well as newcomers Jimmy James (The Hangmen), Tony Fate (The Bellrays) and Dave James (The SuperBees).
The present will also ring out what some of us have known for years that Sonny Vincent is the “savior of rock and roll”.