It took them four decades to come out of hiding. But this time fans will only have to wait until February for Tacoma garage-rock heroes, the Sonics, to return.
The Sonics played their first hometown show since the Johnson administration on July 27 at Pantages Theater, a criminally under-attended event that included rockin’ renditions of “Cinderella,” “The Witch,” “Have Love Will Travel” and other cult hits from the band’s 1960s heyday. Singer-keyboardist Jerry Roslie, sax player Rob Lind and guitarist Larry Parypa remain from the classic lineup, joined by local rock vest Freddie Dennis on bass and Ricky Lynn Johnson on drums. And now one of Tacoma’s most enduring and influential rock bands has recruited one of the groups it influenced, proto-grunge band Mudhoney, for a Feb. 2 date at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. Doors will open at 7 p.m. that day, and you will have to be 21 and older to get in, unlike the Tacoma show. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 day of show, and you can score some by calling 1 (888) 929-7849 or visiting http://www.showboxonline.com.