Foxy Shazam’s ‘Gonzo’ Plan

Foxy Shazam brought its own surprise to April Fool’s Day.  The rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, self-released its “Gonzo” album for free and announced a spring-summer run beginning in late May.

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Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.

You want Gonzo at no charge?  Then click here for the freebie.

Recorded with engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Fugazi, Pixies, Iggy & The Stooges), Gonzo is available on 180-gram vinyl for $25 via the band’s website while supplies last.  The album was recorded entirely live in one room with the band performing the songs in the same order as they appear on the disc.  The stripped-down sound arrives with no added theatrical backing harmonies or multi-layered guitar tracks.  It’s loud, hard-driving rock that comes across as spontaneous and fresh.

The tour begins in late May and features Larry And His Flask supporting.  Here’s the schedule.

May 27 – Harrisburg, Pa., Fed Live
May 29 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair
May 30 – New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
May 31 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of The Living Arts
June 2 – Baltimore, Md., Baltimore Soundstage
June 3 – Richmond, Va., Canal Club
June 5 – Nashville, Tenn., Exit / In
June 6 – Columbia, S.C., New Brookland Tavern
June 7 – Charlotte, N.C., Amos’ SouthEnd
June 9 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Culture Room
June 10 – Tampa, Fla., The Orpheum
June 12 – Orlando, Fla., The Social
June 13 – Jacksonville, Fla., Freebird Live
June 14 – Atlanta, Ga., Terminal West
June 17 – St. Louis, Mo., Firebird
June 18 – Omaha, Neb., The Waiting Room
June 20 – Minneapolis, Minn., Mill City Nights
June 21 – Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall
June 22 – Detroit, Mich., Magic Stick
June 24 – Toronto, Ontario, Lee’s Palace
June 25 – Buffalo, N.Y., The Waiting Room
June 27 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Grog Shop
June 28 – Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall

In addition to the headlining tour, Foxy Shazam will return to its Cincinnati stomping grounds when the band plays the Bunbury Music Festival July 12.  Visit for more information.