Pigmy Love Circus

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Pigmy Love Circus
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Hard rock, Heavy metal, punk rock
Years active 1986–present
Labels Hellhound Records
Associated acts Tool, 57 Crown, Big Ugly
Members Danny Carey
Peter Fletcher
Michael Savage
Shepherd Stevenson
John Ziegler
Past members Rand "Pig" Walters
Anthony Martinez
Nat Winger
Jeff Chambers

Pigmy Love Circus is a Los Angeles rock band that has existed since the mid 1980s era of the Hollywood underground rock scene.

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Pigmy Love Circus originally consisted of Shepherd Stevenson on bass, Mike Savage on vocals, Anthony Martinez (of Black Flag) on drums, with Rand "Pig" Walters and Peter Fletcher on guitars. Danny Carey joined in 1992, but his tenure was cut short by his joining the progressive metal band Tool.

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By 1995, Pigmy Love Circus disbanded. What was left of the band went their separate ways. Savage went on to form 57 Crown and Big Ugly, both being formidable bands in Hollywood. Stevenson now composes music for film. Fletcher moved to Denver. Rand "Pig" Walters disappeared.

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In 1999, Fletcher returned to Los Angeles and the flame was rekindled when Carey demanded a reunion.

The band toured several times in the U.S. in 2002-2004 both alone and also opening for A Perfect Circle in the U.S. and Canada.

In 2012, Pigmy Love Circus played a Dog Patch Wino Reunion show at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles.

In 2014 Rand "Pig" Walters reappeared and released a solo record which is only currently available on his rawpork2014.com website. It was recorded in Nashville and San Francisco, engineered, mixed and mastered by Mark Fuller.

Known for lively, confrontational concerts [1] the band's music and primal energy incite fans to jump on stage (encouraged by the band) and sing along on songs such as "Dagwood Killed Blondie" and "Mad House Clown". The band achieved iconic status in the Los Angeles underground music scene. [2]

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The band is currently working on material for their next release.

Personnel

Danny Carey musician, songwriter

Daniel Edwin Carey is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by artists such as Zaum, Green Jellö, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, Lusk, and the Melvins.

Drummer percussionist who creates and accompanies music using drums

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Discography

EPs and Singles

Albums

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References

  1. Adem Tepedelen (2004-04-30). "Tool Drummer Goes to Circus". Rolling Stone . Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  2. Gougis, Michael. "The Grateful Undead – The rise and fall and rise of L.A.'s Pigmy Love Circus". New Times. Retrieved 2008-03-19.

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