The New Bardots IN THE YEAR 2525
30 Marzo 2021
THE NEW BARDOTS ARE ON A MISSION TO KEEP ROCK AND ROLL ALIVE!
Coming back together from their early roots in the NYC music scene (CBGB’s, Max’s
Kansas City, China Club) to write and record together again, Gar Francis, Wayne
Olivieri, Dan Skye, new drummer Johnny Rago and keyboard player John Croot are
five New Jersey veterans out to save Rock and Roll from extinction!
Lead guitarist and songwriter of The Doughboys, Gar Francis couldn’t stand
listening to the contemporary radio shows filled with pop, hip hop, trap and the
likes. Where has the rock and roll gone? Time for a mission: he called in Wayne
Olivieri, longtime friend and ex bandmate with The Rockids and “one of the most
charismatic singer/frontman in a long time” – in the words of Rock and Roll HALL of
Fame and Songwriter Hall Of Fame Member Eddie Brigati from the Rascals.
Wayne could never possibly decline such a call: his entire life had been devoted to
rock and roll. Starting as a musician at a very young age, by the time Wayne was 17
he and Gar were playing full time with their band Rockids in New York City clubs like
CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Limelight,The Village Gate on the same bill as
The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie. After two years the duo parted ways,
Gar formed his own successful band and continued to perform and write songs and
draw crowds wherever he performed. In the 1980s Francis wrote a song called
“Baby, It’s You” for the band Ricochet and did session work as a guitar player on Billy
Idol’s recorded version of “Mony, Mony”. Wayne continued performing up and
down the East Coast with the newly formed Rockids. After a few years the Rockids
disbanded, Wayne moved to Asbury Park NJ and started Oliver’s Twist , performing
at the legendary club The Stone Pony.