Video footage of SAIGON KICK‘s new touring lineup — featuring drummer Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, Alice Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton) and bassist Jason Rosner — performing on May 30 at The Social in Orlando, Florida can be seen below.
Bassist Chris McLernon announced his departure from SAIGON KICK on May 16, only three days after the group parted ways with drummer Phil Varone. SAIGON KICK guitarist Jason Bieler said about the latest lineup changes: “I think sometimes musical relationships run their course. Chris, Phil, Matt [Kramer, vocals] and I are all 100 percent cool…and that is how it should be!”
SAIGON KICK will perform at the Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows festival in Irvine, California on August 15.
SAIGON KICK is perhaps best remembered for its second album, 1992’s “The Lizard”, which spawned the band’s biggest hit single, “Love Is On The Way”. The track reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and its accompanying video was in the top 10 MTV countdown for many weeks. Just before touring for the LP commenced, bassist Tom DeFile was fired and was replaced by ex-COLD SWEAT bassist Chris McLernon. They toured from summer 1992 to spring 1993 and “The Lizard” was eventually certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
In a 2014 interview with Songfacts, Bieler was asked what whether he thinks that a new SAIGON KICK studio album is going to be released at some point. “We’re talking, we’re taking our time, we’re not doing a lot,” he said. “I’m sure at some point we’ll get to music, but we’re trying to walk the line we didn’t walk correctly before. We want to make sure we don’t go that road — and I won’t name names — but these sad, horrid bands from way before that are playing every pig-in-a-poke barbecue festival for any amount of money and just living in the glory of before. Not that we think we’re going to be this new reborn cool thing, but we just want to stay a lot more true to who we are musically and a little bit more protective of what we weren’t protective of before, and show the things about us that we didn’t really pay attention to. So that’s kind of where our head’s at, both musically and even performance-wise. That’s why we’re not doing 300 dates and that’s why we’re not supporting every band or doing a headline here. Heck, we’ve done nine or ten shows in coming on two years. So we’re just really taking it easy and finding the right opportunities that make sense for us.”