Pittsburgh PA, March 15, 2017
It was announced today that members of The Crystal Blue Band, Mike Vale, Ron Rosman and Eddie Gray, along with Peter Lucia (postumously) and Tommy James, known throughout the 60's as Tommy James and The Shondells, have been awarded the "2017 Pittsburgh Rock And Roll Legends Award". The award is made yearly to those in the music industry with roots in the Pittsburgh area who have achieved the highest level of success and notoriety in their particular field of music.
The award will be presented to each member at a ceremony to take place on April 27th, 2017 at Jergals in Pittsburgh PA.
Pittsburgh PA August 15th, 2015
It's been 50 years since Mike Vale, Ron Rosman and Eddie Gray performed together in their first concert as members of the great American Classic Rock group Tommy James and the Shondells and approximately 45 years since their last show together. But all of that is about to change.
Vale (bass and vocals), Rosman (keyboards and vocals) and Gray (guitar and vocals)--- who along with Drummer Peter Lucia, who passed in 1987,  are most often referred to as "The Original Shondells"--- are preparing to launch their new tour as "The Crystal Blue Band". The premier preview event will take place in September at Vale's annual Traci Vucish Memorial Classic golf tournament and picnic, a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation in memory of his daughter Traci, who was lost to the disease in 1983.
The show will also feature members of other great Pittsburgh-- based groups: The Vogues, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, Johnny Angel and the Halos, Norm Nardini, Billy Price, Hall of Fame sax phenom Kenny Blake and a host of other celebrities from music and sports. Unfortunately for those of you who would like to attend the event, it has been sold out for over 2 months.
"But fear not!" Vale says. "We will soon be announcing a series of shows which will begin in late 2015/early 2016. Details will be posted on our website, www.thecrystalblueband.com
The group will be performing most of their smash hits from the Sixties as well as some of their more recent creations and recordings.
The Shondells were one of a select few American groups in the Sixties that charted Top 40 hits while raising the bar musically with memorable yet philosophical lyrics and inventive arrangements that instantly evoke great memories. I know that you, like me, will find it refreshing to hear our favorite Classic Rock tunes performed by the guys that wrote and recorded our favorite songs as opposed to those claiming to be what they never were.
The sun is a' risin', most definitely!
Dave Molter
Columnist, Washington, PA. Observer-Reporter