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the history of Laughing Water
Music and History from 1996-2002

Last updated March 6, 2015

John Reddie - Drums | Mike Toner - Bass
Joe Pennacchio - Lead Guitar | Dan Sullivan - Rhythm Guitar
Glenn Fink - Piano/Organ | Bill Farrell - Soundman

Illustrations by CJ Quinn

Read Laughing Water's feature article from South Look/Mariner Newspapers, March 17-18, 1999

 

 

Do YOU Remember Laughing Water?

Tell us about it! Joe Pennacchio has set up a page for you to tell us your recollections: Laughing Water Memories.

Some old shows have been made available at archive.org.

THE HISTORY

Laughing Water was a Grateful Dead cover band in the Boston area from 1996-2002. It was started shortly after the death of Jerry Garcia and performed almost 200 shows. One long-running lineup went like this:

John Reddie - Drums
Mike Toner - Bass
Joe Pennacchio - Lead Guitar
Dan Sullivan - Rhythm Guitar
Glenn Fink - Piano/Organ
Bill Farrell - Soundman

This lineup played a total of 62 shows from March 1998 to October 1999, and 1 in July 2000. (This is where the vast majority of shows posted here will come from since this is all I have.)

The band took a break and returned in March 2001 with Vic DeRobertis on rhythm guitar. The lineup with Vic played 7 shows together before Glenn moved away in August.

Matt Deveney was the original keyboardist, playing about 90 shows. Ben Tallman took over keys after Glenn, and Vic left in 2002 to be replaced by Mike Young briefly in 2002 before the band went on hiatus.

Other subs during the course of the band:

Bobby Driscoll drummed 11 gigs in early 1998.
Terry Hughes also sat in for one notable show in April 16, 1998.
Joe Corey of Intrepid Groove played bass September 23, 2000.

In June 1999, Laughing Water released a limited edition CD which compiled some of their live performances. See the original artwork (cover and back of insert).

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