Afterglow: Then and Now
In 1964, five young men from rural towns in Northern California and Oregon came together to form a band. Trying on several different names before settling on Afterglow, Roger Swanson, Tony Tecumseh, Ron George, Larry Alexander and Gene Resler shared a love of writing and performing music in and around Northern California.
In 1967, with an opportunity to record an album, the boys allowed themselves to dream big. They spent a summer writing and rehearsing, and then headed down to San Francisco to record an album at Golden State Recording Studios. Several months later when the records arrived, they were disappointed. The album cover, both in design and color, was not the image they wanted to create, and the mistakes that were made during their rushed time in the studio had not been electronically corrected as promised. Furthermore, the record studio did not provide them with any promotional assistance, so the band was left on their own to promote and sell their album.
They traveled up and down California, promoting their album, talking to radio stations and getting some airtime for their album. Although they had some regional success in Northern California, it was not enough to keep the band cohesive. They reluctantly decided to go their own separate ways.
In 2007, the original members of Afterglow learned their album had been re-released in 1995 by Sundazed Records. Much to their surprise, it had been selling internationally and even had a fan base. In 2008, after 40 years apart, the band members reunited. Due to health reasons, Tony Tecumseh was not able to perform with the band (Tony passed away in 2012). However, Stefan Barboza joined Afterglow at that time playing keyboards. In Nov 2011, they released an album entitled Unearthed.
Afterglow currently enjoys performing at local venues as well as traveling when they can. The band members feel a great sense of accomplishment and a renewed belief in the possibility of their dreams coming true.
Afterglow's Upcoming Performances
Due to Corona Virus upcoming gigs have been
postponed. Stay tuned for our Virtual concert.
We will be posting on Facebook and You Tube.
From The Fans
I want to share with you the great experience Trang and I had over the weekend. On Saturday evening, Trang and I headed to Fuso Italian Restaurant in Vacaville...It was such a great night. It’s no wonder that Afterglow was so popular (although they didn’t know it then). Trang and I loved every minute of it. The vibe and atmosphere of the restaurant just meshed so well with the music selection that Afterglow played that night. They played such classic songs like “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers (the song in the Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore movie, Ghost), “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison (the song in the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere movie, Pretty Woman), and a song written by Ron [George, original member of Afterglow] himself “Kiss Her Like You Mean It.” And that’s just to name a few of the songs.
Anyhow, I was disappointed that I hadn’t made it out there to watch Afterglow sooner as it was an unforgettable experience but am so grateful I finally did. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and I know Trang did too...I encourage you to go see Afterglow and enjoy a night of good Italian food and even better music... http://www.fuso535.com/musicnewsevents.html
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