George Lynch eases himself into a chair in the media room at the NAMM music trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center. He is flanked by members of “generation seven” of his blues rock band, Lynch Mob, bassist Kevin Baldes and vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez. Drummer Jimmy D'Anda, who rounds out the group, wasn't available for an interview.
This new incarnation of Lynch Mob is on tour and will be at Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood Friday and M15 Concert Bar and Grill in Corona on Feb. 22.
“I don't shuffle them around, they shuffle themselves around,” Lynch said. “I don't do anything but play guitar, write songs, go onstage.”
Lynch gained fame playing guitar with Dokken before launching Lynch Mob in the 1990s. Lynch Mob has come and gone over the years, putting out 10 albums with a rotating list of players. Its members have come with solid resumes, such as the current lineup — Baldes hails from Lit, Gonzalez is Electric Sister's frontman and D'Anda comes from the Bullet Boys — and it boasts a solid fan base, yet it still has struggled to survive.
“Lynch Mob is a strange band, it's like this solid middle-of-the-road blues based rock thing that I think should appeal to a large swath and it does, but it was never a huge band,” Lynch said.
Instead of holding public auditions, Lynch prefers to find his players through friends. Oakland resident Gonzalez caught his interest with his work in Electric Sister, so they rehearsed and it felt good.
“I'm a huge Dokken fan and I'm a Lynch Mob fan, so for me to do it is outta sight,” Gonzalez said.
“He actually knew all the songs better than any of us,” Lynch said.
Gonzalez grew up in the Bay Area and has sung and played guitar in bands since eighth grade.
“There's got to be an amount of toughness and solidness of being a tough band,” Gonzalez said. “Lynch Mob for me, when I was a kid, was always the toughest band and to be involved in that, I want to bring it that fire. That's what I'm about, business, getting down and getting busy. That's how I am onstage and that's how these guys are.”
Baldes and Lynch both grew up in Buena Park and their families were friendly. Baldes now lives in Fullerton, while Lynch resides in Santa Clarita.
Lynch had half an album recorded when the previous Lynch Mob fell apart in 2011. He isn't sure whether he will keep the material or start fresh; right now, his focus is on forging ahead, using time on the road to cement the new lineup. In addition to mini-tours around the United States, Lynch Mob has already inked dates in Europe for later this year.
“Being in this band is not a ticket to paradise, it's an opportunity to earn something, a little bit of your foot in the door, meaning that we have some name recognition,” Lynch said. “The band plays clubs and we can play festivals too, but it's a challenging game to be in, it requires some work, you don't make a million dollars right away, it's an uphill battle.
“I've spent many years, if not decades, trying to keep the band intact and work the maze and have a building process, which you have to do methodically. We had spent years setting it up, having the right agent, the right gig and the right songwriting, the right record, the right video and the right moves and working with the right people and when that all goes away you have to start again. So that's what we're doing,” Lynch said.
“There's a lot of other stuff that you don't see that's a lot of work. It's not glamorous.”
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Whisky a Go Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Tickets: $20, all ages.
Information: 310-652-4202, www.whiskyagogo.com.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 22.
Where: M15 Concert Bar and Grill, 9022 Pulsar Court, Corona.
Tickets: $27, all ages.
Information: 951-200-4465; www.m15concerts.com.
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