Monolithic jazz/jam outfit Zero will celebrate the release of a new live album, Chance In A Million, with a show at The Fillmore in San Francisco on February 3rd, 2022.
Even for a band as mythical as Zero, the recordings on Chance In A Million showcase a momentous time in the band’s history. Comprised of core members Steve Kimock (guitar) and Greg Anton (drums), the band has featured stars of the Bay Area including Merl Saunders, Vince Welnick, John Cipollina, Banana, and countless others. The group was formed out of the tragedy that was the death of Keith Godchaux on July 23rd, 1980. Shortly after he and his wife Donna Jean Godchaux left the Grateful Dead in 1979, they started their own Heart of Gold Band, recruiting Kimock and Anton. Keith died in a car accident just days after the band’s first show, but the spirit of the group lived on as Kimock and Anton embarked on a new collaboration that would become Zero.
For nearly 12 years, Zero existed as an instrumental ensemble, issuing three albums of wordless odysseys. Armed with words from Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the band took the stage at the Great American Music Hall to debut them live with vocalist Judge Murphy over the course of a three-night run October 14th–16th, 1992. Selections from that flashpoint in Zero’s history make up Chance In A Million, recorded live by Grateful Dead sound director Dan Healy. The band’s lineup rotated for these shows but included the core of Kimock and Anton joined by Vince Welnick, Judge Murphy, Pete Sears, Martin Fiero, Liam Hanrahan, Nicky Hopkins, John Kahn, and Bobby Vega. This marks the band’s first official output since the 2011 studio album Absolute Zero.
Zero will celebrate the release of the album back in San Francisco, this time at The Fillmore. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 7 a.m. PT. Visit the band’s newly-revamped website for tickets and further details. Scroll down to check out audio from Zero’s three-night run at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall thanks to taper Alligator.
Zero – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – 10/14/92
Zero – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – 10/15/92
Zero – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – 10/16/92
Catch Steve Kimock at the musical marathon that is Denver Comes Alive on December 4th, 2021 at Denver’s Mission Ballroom.
The stacked lineup features Circles Around The Sun, Judith Hill, DJ Logic, and an all-new band, Ramble On Revival, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), guitarists Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Eric Krasno (Soulive), keyboardist Holly Bowling (Ghost Light), drummer Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit), saxophonist Skerik, and vocalist/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band). Tickets are on sale here.