GULFPORT - One year after being diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer and undergoing surgery, Former Rare Earth and Coaster’s drummer, Jerry LeBloch, has announced that he is back, he feels great, and is eager to getting back into the recording studio to make new music, as well as to getting back to performing live onstage once again.
LeBloch was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer in early 2013. Within weeks of his diagnoses, KAM-BABS Promotions, Seminole Music & Sound, WSNR Social Network Radio and the Tampa Bay Music Network jointly organized a benefit concert for LeBloch which was held on July 7th at the Historic Porpoise Pub in Seminole. The following day LeBloch underwent surgery at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
After being out of action for a year, LeBloch has announced that he has formed a new band, The Jerry LeBloch Band. For his new band, LeBloch took his time searching for just the right musicians to complete his ensemble. The band consists of Tommy Vieira (aka: Tommy Gunn) on guitar & vocals, Tim Conwell on bass & vocals, Ken “Mac” McKenzie on keyboards & vocals, and of course LeBloch himself on drums and vocals. The band is currently negotiating a record deal with Giasia Records in Japan, which may also include a tour of Japan if and once the deal is finalized.
LeBloch's new band will be making their live debut on June 28th when they headline a Benefit show for wounded veterans and their families at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in Downtown St. Petersburg. The event, promoted by MASK Entertainment, starts at 1:00pm with The Jerry LeBloch Band going onstage at 9:00pm.
Prior to the June 28th debut of the band, LeBloch will be making an appearance at Seminole Music & Sound on May 31st for a “Meet & Greet” and drum clinic.
A look back at Jerry LeBloch's career:
At 17, LeBloch was kicked out of his house because he refused to cut his hair. It was at that time when legendary guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner (longtime guitarist and songwriter for Alice Cooper), took in the young drummer. LeBloch would eventually go on to play with Wagner in The Frost, and also become the bands Road Manager from 1967 - 1971 as well.
“That's how I got my start in music... My First Big Break!” - Jerry LeBloch
In 1986 LeBloch joined Motown recording act, Rare Earth, replacing Bob Weaver as the bands drummer. LeBloch recorded one album with Rare Earth, 1989's Made in Switzerland (Line LICD 90086500). During his tenure with Rare Earth, LeBloch appeared on the "Rock 'n' Roll Palace" tv show (The Nashville Network), hosted by legendary DJ, Wolfman Jack.
Aside from his tenure with Rare Earth, The Frost, and The Mid-Nite Sonz, LeBloch had also played with countless other bands and artists throughout his career as well. Other bands and artists include: Justice Myles, The Rollers, Wayne Cochran and the C C Riders, LeBloch Bellenger and Strickler (LBS), Gold Fever, Command Performance, Cornell Gunthier and "The World Famous Coasters", Bill Pickneys' "The Drifters", The Platters, The Rockouts, Johnny Rocket, and The Doc Woodward Band.
“My Journey in Music and Life have taken me All Over The Globe! ...And It's Been a Great Ride!” - Jerry LeBloch
In recent years, LeBloch had produced and directed his own radio show; "The Jerry LeBloch Show", which aired for four hours every Friday night on WQRZ-LP 103.5 FM in Mississippi.
“I started my work at WQRZ, a radio station in Southern, MS... They started dubbing me, "The Rock Historian", and, that's nice and all but... my experiences in life are real... and... All I know is that I have been very blessed to have lived my dream!” - Jerry LeBloch
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