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Brain Surgeons NYC

With Rainy Day Saints. Thursday, July 27, at the Beachland Tavern.


The Brain Surgeons have been operating since 1993 and have given the world eight original CDs and a compilation. Now the Surgeons, who recently added the NYC to their name, have a new member on the staff. Joining ex-Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard, his wife, guitarist-rock critic Deborah Frost, and bassist David Hirschberg on lead guitar is Ross the Boss (Dictators, Manowar). Ross pumped life into the band's last studio CD, Denial of Death; the gallows humor of its title reflects the band's attempt to continue after the deaths of original lead guitarist Billy Hilfiger (brother of the ubiquitous clothing designer) from a brain tumor in 2001 and sometime singer, labelmate, and longtime friend Helen Wheels.

Denial of Death also refers to the Iraq war and the way the Washington warlords are pursuing it. For Bouchard and Frost, it's personal. Their 17-year-old son is bombarded daily with enticements to join the military. Perhaps a spin of "Jimmy Boots Fetish" at the next Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting could change a few minds.

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