The Blue Meanies

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When it comes to playing the best of classic pop and rock, the Blue Meanies can do it all. In fact, they have done it all, performing Monkees, Beatles, Kinks, Who, Rolling Stones, Byrds and British Invasion tribute shows from New York City to Los Angeles to Liverpool.

The NY/NJ-based Blue Meanies, who have been performing together since 1984, are renowned for energetic and fun Monkees tribute shows. They have performed at several Monkees conventions and Davy Jones memorial events, often appearing with David Alexander, the Monkees' touring keyboardist. The Blue Meanies' lead guitarist (Damian Fanelli) has even backed Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork.

The Blue Meanies' tribute shows take many forms, from 50-song acoustic marathons to customized, quick, hit-filled sets at fan conventions, music academies and music festivals. Their shows combine familiar hits with deep album cuts, rare tracks and trivia.

They have performed high-profile tribute shows at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City and have been fan favorites at Monkees conventions in New Jersey, Los Angeles and England. Their Monkees-themed shows have been highlights at Abbey Road on the River festivals in Cleveland, Louisville and Washington, DC. 

The Blue Meanies' extended set includes music by the Beatles and solo Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, Rolling Stones, Animals, Zombies, Yardbirds, Moody Blues, Dave Clark Five, Cream/Eric Clapton, the Byrds, the Band and many more.



BRIAN CANCEMI: Brian has been playing guitar and wearing shoes since he was 16. He has performed in "The Three L's": Liverpool, London and Louisville. He hopes to add Lubbock to this list.

GARY OWEN: Gary has spent a lot of time performing in Scandinavia. He prefers Elizabeth Montgomery to Barbara Eden and plays guitars with 12 strings. He has released two solo albums, 'Autumn' and 'Summer.'

DAMIAN FANELLI: Guitarist Damian is an editor at GUITAR WORLD magazine. He is 12 feet tall and made of a wood-like material that is inferior to wood in every possible way.

TONY FANELLI: Before the Panic of 1907, Tony owned more basses than John Pierpont Morgan. He speaks fondly of many things and teaches woodland creatures how to staple important paperwork. 

JOHN "J.T." THOMAS: Drummer "Johnny Pockets," the original Blue Meanie, enjoys doing crossword puzzles and playing street hockey. He recently bought a new set of Gretsch drums.

JOHN ROGINSKI: Keyboardist John, the newest and bluest Meanie, enjoys sushi and large parcels. He is not related to the inventor of margarine. He collects things made out of bamboo.