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Gerry McGee passes away October 12, 2019

It is with extreme sadness that I write this post. I was advised by Gerry’s family this morning that he had passed away early this morning, California time, at approximately 4 p.m. in Japan on October 12. Gerry was on tour in Japan so that he c
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The Ventures Japan Tour 2019 review

I have spent the last 12 days in Japan and have had the distinct pleasure and good fortune to be able to attend 5 Ventures’ concerts in different cities, and have one more to go: tomorrow night’s show will be the final concert of this yea
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Larry Taylor – RIP

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Larry Taylor yesterday, August 19, 2019. Larry was, of course, not only Mel’s younger brother but uncle to Leon Taylor and also my brother-in-law. He is more than just family because, d
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Japan 2019 tour merchandise – pre-orders being taken now

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be able to bring back items from the Japan 2019 tour merchandise list, for anyone who wishes to order through the website.  Please send us an e-mail to fionataylo&#
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The Ventures 2019 Fan Fest – October 5, 2019

Tom Baltaeff, who organizes the annual Ventures Fan Jam near Philadelphia each year, is extending an invitation to all fans who would like to attend this year’s festivities. The event is the weekend of October 4-6, and will kick off as usual wi
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Pre-ordering CDs from Japan

I have already received requests from a number of fans for copies of the Daryl’s House Live CD released a few weeks ago.  Now, we have the 60th Anniversary Historic Collection CD available.  As most of you know, I will be in Japan at the end
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The Ventures are on their way to Japan today!

Get ready for summer in Japan!  The Ventures are leaving the US today and will arrive in Tokyo tomorrow to prepare for the 2019 tour.  Their first concert will be on Saturday, July 27 so I hope all the Tokyo area fans are ready for the show –
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Vintage Guitar Interview with Bob Spalding

Recently, Bob Spalding was interviewed by Willie Moseley, long-time writer with Vintage Guitar Magazine.  Some may remember that he did an interview with Don Wilson for Vintage Guitar in 1997 that was later reprinted in The Ventures Pipeline song bo
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The Ventures 60th Historic Original Collection CD

Pony Canyon just released a new Double-CD on July 17, 2019, entitled The Ventures 60th Historic Original Collection.  The concept is that DIsc 1 covers songs recorded by The Ventures in chronological order from the early years until today: each grou
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New CD release in Japan – The Ventures Live at Daryl’s House Club

Today, June 19, 2019, Pony Canyon released the latest Ventures’ CD in Japan. This is 2-CD set, recorded live at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY on January 24th, 2018 and contains 29 tracks. Of course, since this is a recording of a live
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The Ventures – Japan summer tour 2019 schedule

We have posted The Ventures’ summer tour schedule – 30 shows beginning on July 27 in Tokyo and ending on September 11 in Saitama. Once again, the group will be appearing all over the country, with shows in Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu
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Hawaii Five-O – listen for it everywhere!

If you see a Papa John’s commercial for their Hawaiian pizza, you’ll be hearing The Ventures playing Hawaii Five-O. Lately, the song has turned up all over the place – even as bumper music on talk radio. Seems that everything old is
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