New Orleans’ icons, The Radiators, celebrate their first 25 years with a double CD and DVD release :Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25. The CD will be the band’s first release in three years – a double live CD recorded at the world-famous Tipitina’s over the course of the band’s 3-night run January 29,30 and 31. The DVD, which was shot on the third and final night of the band’s annual Anniversary Celebration, will be the Radiators first ever, including over three hours of live footage with special guests — Gregg Allman, Karl Denson George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Mark Mullins (Harry Connick, Jr.) all make appearances. The DVD will also feature interviews and a myriad of special features. Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25 will be available exclusively during Jazz Fest in New Orleans (April 22 – May 2). National release through Image Entertainment is set for June 8th. The national release will coincide with a 90-minute television program on HD NET.
The Radiators were born during a transitional decade in the history of New Orleans music. The Meters, the premier funk band, had disbanded, the Neville Brothers formed, and in 1980 Professor Longhair, the father of New Orleans R&B and spiritual embodiment of Crescent City Soul had passed on. This decade would prove to be the fertile period of development when a unique blend of rhythms and sounds came together and “Fish Head” music was born. The Radiators, an extremely eclectic group of musicians, rely on a myriad of musical influences to create their own sound – “Fish Head Music”. At a Radiators show it is not uncommon to hear blues, R&B, jazz, country, zydeco, soul, swing, and even gospel filtering through their original New Orleans Rock N’ Roll.
25 years, 3600 shows, and a repertoire of 1300 songs later – the Rads are still going strong. Along with Los Lobos, the Radiators are the oldest American band to remain intact, with all original members. In that time, the Rads have built a rabid and dedicated fan base not unlike that of the Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers. The Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25 illustrates both the bands incendiary live shows and the band’s effect on modern American music.
Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25 is directed and produced by Geoffrey Hanson, whose past credits include Widespread Panic’s Live at Oak Mountain, The Earth Will Swallow You starring Widespread Panic, and the cult classic, Scrapple. “Working with the Radiators is a perfect fit for me,” said Hanson, who is making his first turn as a director on the project. “My very first foray into the entertainment business was promoting a Radiators show in Telluride, Colorado in 1991. They were one of my favorite bands at the time and they still are today. What I’m most excited about is that the DVD and CD will show the world that these guys are playing better than they ever have, which is truly remarkable.”