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Scene Magazine, Vol. 21 No. 34, August 23-29, 1990
By Mark Holan
Transcribed by Avenpitch
Don't think that this Friday's Lucky Pierre gig at the Phantasy Nite Club is some kind of reunion. Those things are for bands like Deep Purple and The Who. Lucky Pierre - vocalist/guitarist Kevin McMahon, guitarist Denis DeVito and drummer Dave Zima - have always gotten back together and played out whenever McMahon came back to Cleveland from the West Coast where he has based himself for the past five or six years. The gig this Friday night will feature bassist Paul Kompier, who has played in McMahon's Broken Man band project. Kompier replaces Tom Lash in Pierre. Lash Now fronts Hot Tin Roof and Has been enjoying his own kind of success.
Is Lucky Pierre something McMahon always comes back to whenever he's in town?
"Yeah," McMahon replies during a phone interview from Los Angeles last week. "It's usually those guys who want to keep doing it whenever I'm in town."
"I Don't know if it'll ever not be a reunion. I mean, we'll probably do it until we drop. Tom's got his own thing going on now. Paul is playing bass, and he's always been a fan."
Lucky Pierre was one of the most respected names in the Cleveland/Akron original music scene in the late '70s/ early '80s, and McMahon's songs were some of the best original songs to come out of this area in that period. "Fans & Cameras" remains one of this writer's personal favorites from those days.
McMahon moved to San Francisco about six years ago, and while making a living as a chef, he worked on his music. He'd come back to Cleveland every once in a while, and he'd hook up with Zima and DeVito to do the random Lucky Pierre gig.
But McMahon adopted the Holy Cows, another promising Cleveland original outfit, as his backing band. Dubbing themselves Broken Man, McMahon and the Cows - Kompier, guitarist Keith Pickering and drummer E.B. Wilde - played out a couple of times and have maintained a working relationship.
"I've been trying to put the two bands together, a melding of the two groups." Mcmahon says. "I was going to call it Broken Lucky or Lucky Man," he adds with a laugh.
"Actually, I've heard of people out here who have heard of us," McMahon continues.
"There's a guy from Chicago who now does soundtracks who had seen us when we played Chicago. And Denis was moving somebody to Washington D.C. He's walking in with a piano, and it was like, 'Hey, Lucky Pierre?'
"Word is spreading out," he adds. " I figure that by the year 2000 there'll be somebody in every city who know us, and then maybe we'll start selling records, too"
One idea that McMahon has is to compile all of the aband's various singles and EPs and put them out on a single CD. "I'm thinking about doing that, "he admits."I don't want to do it myself, though."
"I Find that no matter how much I do myself that if you don't have a distributor, a good distributor, it doesn't do you any good. By the time it gets on the airwaves...We get pretty good airplay whenever we play colleges around the country, but if I don't have it out in the stores, it doesn't do you any good."
Another possibility is to sell cassettes of McMahon's new material at the gigs." I could sell 'em for cost, but if i do that, I figured that would be a thousand dollars each," he says with a laugh.
Some of the other Projects on which McMahon has been working include an animated feature for which he has created a character and a musical project he calls Fear Of Blue.
"It's completely a computer/studio project,"Mcmahon says of Fear Of Blue. "I'd like to work with more video for this music. I'd rather have three screens on stage and maybe stand up there and sing or talk the stuff, whatever i do. I guess I don't really sing. I'd rather go up there and do that than try to be a band."
Still, McMahon has other possibilities in the oven (pun intended). He also hopes to combine his musical and culinary skills into a PBS style musical cooking show, a sort of Paul Prudhomme of the six-string.
"I'm working on it right now, " McMahon Explains. "It'll be musical recipes, and we'll do it while we're playing. We'll sing the recipe, and we'll cook it as we're playing it. I think it's going to happen, so somebody has to do it" he says with a laugh.