Published DatePLYMOUTH — The Old Salt Band will be opening for Blue Oyster Cult at the Flying Monkey his Friday, Feb 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The band started as "The Rock On! Tribute band" which played tribute to the late Bob Harding, visionary founder of the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion, who passed away in 2008.
At his memorial service, good friends Greg Miner and Doug Gray performed a song Greg wrote titled "Say Hello to Johnny". The lyrics were a farewell to Bob as he went to reunite with Johnny Cash in heaven.
R.J. Harding, Bob's son, said:" Greg and Doug wrote such a beautiful song for my father's memorial service that I thought other people might appreciate the way it honors his legacy".
Greg and Doug joined with RJ, his sons Luke and Nick, along with Beau Skonieczny on drums, to perform on Meadowbrook's main stage as the opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Joan Jett with "Say Hello to Johnny" as the feature song.
Old Salt Band, aka "OSB", came together when Greg, Doug and Beau were joined by Kirk Meloney on bass guitar and vocals. The band was asked back the next year to open for "The Happy Together Tour" performing all original songs from their first CD titled First One's On Us.
The band was well received and performed again the following season opening for "The Hippie Fest tour".
The Old Salt Band has opened for some of the icons of rock and roll including, Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, Badfinger, and Mark Farner with Grand Funk Railroad just to mention a few.
Since then OSB has begun to record its second CD to be released this summer. First Ones On Us is available from CD Baby and iTunes.
The Flying Monkey in Plymouth is well known for its old style venue hosting many famous acts. OSB has recently opened at the Monkey for the Marshall Tucker band and Jefferson Starship.