Big Noise is proud to announce the release of ‘Neutral Nation Live At Bandwagon,’ the seminal punk band’s performance at the legendary charity concert that raised thousands of dollars for agencies that aid the hungry and homeless and elevated awareness of the plight of the poor in America.
The live CD’s debut coincides with the release of David Bettencourt’s film documentary of Neutral Nation’s history and triumphs, ‘It’s A Bash.’
‘Neutral Nation Live At Bandwagon’ was recorded at The Living Room in Providence, RI, and features 14 tracks of a rollicking and sonically thunderous set that includes hits like ‘Beat On Your Lover,’ ‘Apathy,’ and ‘Whattayawan.’
Produced by Paul Martin and Al Gomes
CD Release Co-Producer: A. Michelle
Engineered by Paul Martin
Additional Live Engineers: Mary Lou Palumbo and Mary Rivera
Stage Manager: Brendan Keefe
Recorded live at The Living Room, Providence, RI
Remastered by Tony Ricci and Al Gomes at TRIAD Recording Complex, Pawtucket, RI
Digital transfer by Harry Cawthorn
Art Direction and Design by A. Michelle and Al Gomes for Big Noise
Cover Photography by Carl DellaGrotta
Special Thanks to Tom Buckland, Neutral Nation, Cynthia Roberge, David Bettencourt, Jamie Kurtis, Randy and Brian Hien, and Bob Giusti
Music producer and Bandwagon founder Al Gomes talks about Neutral Nation’s performance:
‘Once we had completed Bandwagon’s charity recording, ‘Three Sides of Hunger,’ we began planning the record release concert, and Living Room manager Bob Giusti, who had been a tremendous help to me, along with everyone else at the club, suggested that Neutral Nation should play the show.
'Now, they were a newer band, and I have to admit that I hadn’t seen them yet. Well,…Neutral Nation stole the show. They came with the right spirit, and really got what we were trying to do. They walked into the concert venue, saw all the TV cameras and lights, and…they just went for it.
'They set the bar for everyone who came after them that day. Every other artist who performed rose to the occasion and put in an amazing set. It would have been a different show if Neutral Nation hadn’t been on the bill. The set list was impeccable. The energy. They just got it.
'Cox Cable recorded the entire concert and played the entire 8-hour show every day for over a month, and every few days, I’d get a phone call or someone would stop me on the street and say, ‘Who are these guys?’ Neutral Nation came through the TV screen in a big way - leaping into people’s living rooms with that boundless energy.'
More on Bandwagon:
Inspired by Bob Geldof's 'Live Aid' concert and Band Aid recording, producer and songwriter Al Gomes wanted to put together a similar effort to aid those less fortunate in America. Gomes founded Bandwagon in 1986, along with Jamie Kurtis, and produced the benefit recording 'Three Sides of Hunger,' and two sold-out televised concerts.
Bandwagon went on to win the coveted Jefferson Award from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation for Recognition of Outstanding Public Service.
In addition to raising money, Bandwagon donated time in public relation and publicity services to various agencies that help the poor to raise further money and to help guarantee the success of the agencies' own fundraisers and capital campaigns.