Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.
Jeramiah Red, back from the dead
The last time Jeramiah Red performed, singer/guitarist Wes Dickson could barely contain himself. Sure, their show at the Wayfarer last May was good, in fact too good. It was the band’s final show before they called it quits and Dickson had to restrain himself from crying. Jeramiah Red’s nine year run was over, with the split fairly mutual with families and settling down the primary cause, and with the band members deciding to pursue other activities. Of course, there’s the small point that they were getting a little tired of one another as well.
In the following months, each member happily moved forward with their lives and had no regrets about their decision to disband. That was until February.
Out of the blue, the Pacific Amphitheater emailed the band with an offer they wouldn’t have refused before: opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Fair in July. Upon seeing the email, percussionist Travis Ruiz took a photo and sent it to Dickson. It was an offer didn’t refuse again.
“We were twiddling our thumbs for over a year now and it’s finally gotten to the point where we got restless and had to do something with ourselves,” the singer says. “In the back of my mind, I always knew we’d get back together, but I don’t know if everyone felt that way. We didn’t want to pass this up because we didn’t really get opportunities like this — except for the last time we played with Lynyrd Skynyrd. We weren’t going to say no.”
Thus, one of the shortest break-ups in band history was over. All it took was a little…
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