After a three-year pandemic pause, the legendary Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen will return for a concert at the Hilo Palace Theater on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info is below.
Kirchen performed and wrote many great songs playing with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to the mid-1970s. His fans are familiar with his songs “Too Much Fun,” “Mama Hated Diesels,” along with his signature version of “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Kirchen’s trio will feature drummer Jack O’Dell and Johnny Castle on bass.
“I have a whole bunch of original material that I’m going to play, and it’s basically Roots Rock & Roll,” said the self-crowned King of Dieselbilly. “We like it a little bit loose, and it’s all good stuff. We’ve been doing this together for a long time, and this band is a reunion of the Too Much Fun Trio that I played with for almost 25 years!”
Kirchen has many musical memories that he’ll share with the audience and he recalled one for me about the time he shared the stage with punk-rocker Iggy Pop while in high school.
“He was in a band that begat his name Iggy, and it was called The Iguanas – he played drums. I was in a jug band called the Who Knows Pickers. Iggy was an interesting guy and had his foot in many camps– a socially active guy, the high school treasurer, but he also was kind of a bohemian.”
Kirchen’s latest CD is The Proper Years, featuring several guest artists. “It’s a compendium of the three albums I did on the Proper label. The middle album is called Word of the Wise, and I called in Dan Hicks and Maria Muldaur, as well as Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello along with many others.”Kirchen continues to be a busy performer. “I will be working on a new record in January, and we’ve got a big Honky Tonk Holiday show coming up in the Northeast. I’m hard at work writing songs, and I’m at it again!”
Tickets for Bill Kirchen’s upcoming concert at the Hilo Palace Theater are $35 for general admission and $55 for Golden Circle (Priority Orchestra Seating). You can purchase tickets at the Hilo Palace Theater’s website.
All tickets are $5 more on the day of the show. All seating is open and first come, first serve, on the night of the concert. Golden Circle tickets permit access to sit in the theater’s priority orchestra section. All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable or transferable.
Photo: © Steven Roby 2022