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- Posted on Jul 21st 2010 3:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
"We definitely had a good time last year, but we weren't immediately like, 'We have to do this again,'" singer and guitarist Dan Kroha tells Spinner during the band's current tour. "More offers came in and we were like, 'Well, they're not bad.' We had a good time doing it, so we might as well."
Among those offers: a July 31 date at New York City's Lincoln Center, where the Gories will perform as part of the Detroit Breakdown, a special concert featuring Motor City luminaries Death, Question Mark and the Mysterians and Mitch Ryder.
While fans clearly haven't lost interest in the Gories -- a group whose lean, bass-less sound influenced countless garage rockers, among them hometown disciple Jack White -- it's unlikely these summer reunions will become yearly endeavors.
"The thing is, there's a lot of business to take care of, and we don't have a manager," Kroha says. "I've been acting as manager and [drummer] Peggy [O'Neill] has been helping out with a lot of the business stuff, and that's a pain. I don't know if I want to go to the level of hiring a manager."
What's more, the musicians are busy with other projects. Kroha is putting together a new band, the umpteenth of his career, and fellow singer and guitarist Mick Collins is getting ready to make another album with his longtime soul-punk outfit the Dirtbombs. Even if the Gories do ride again, it's doubtful they'll write or record any new material.
"I think it's fine just playing all of our older songs, because we're not sick of them yet," Kroha says. "I suppose if we get sick of them, we'd probably just stop."