loading zone The Loading Zone (CD, £8.75)
The Loading Zone were an American rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1966 by singer-keyboardist Paul Fauerso. The original line up was Fauerso, bassist Bob Kridle, drummer Ted Kozlowski (replaced by George Newcom), and guitarists Peter Shapiro and Steve Dowler, both formerly of psychedelic rock band The Marbles, who had supported Jefferson Airplane at the historic "Tribute to Dr. Strange" (the inaugural Family Dog promotion concert held at San Francisco's Longshoreman's Hall in October 1965). The Loading Zone added contemporary psychedelic influences and soon became a popular attraction on the burgeoning Bay Area music scene. They were based at the Berkeley venue The New Orleans House, but performed numerous times at major venues including the Fillmore West. Although The Loading Zone occasionally headlined, the group is better known for supporting some of the biggest acts of the period including Cream, The Who, The Byrds, Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Grateful Dead. This was the bandís first album and was released in 1968. Following various line up changes they disbanded in 1971 after the release of their second album, One for All.
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