This is a Golden year.
The Greg Golden Band has had an unprecedented amount of high-profile shows in 2016 and the rockers from Reno are putting the finishing touches to the follow-up album to its eponymous 2015 debut.
The band that has played at Lake Tahoe’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino more than any other group returns on Saturday. The free show in Vinyl has a 10 p.m. start, later than usual to catch music fans after the Lionel Richie concert next door at Harveys.
This year the Greg Golden Band has shared the stage with Sebastian Bach, Y&T, .38 Special, Great White, Gary Hoey and future gigs include opening for George Lynch and the Lynch Mob and Puddle of Mudd.
“That’s a pretty good year’s worth of stuff,” said Golden, the bandleader and owner of Bizarre Guitar, the north Reno music landmark. “The new album will be out before the end of the year.”
The album will have 10 original songs and one cover. Five will be sung by Paul Holdgate, five by Randy Scoles and one by producer Frank Hannon. Guest artists include drummer Kenny Aronoff, who played with John Cougar Mellencamp and many others. Y&T bassist Randy Lang and REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer also will appear on the album.
Six of the tracks are complete. The remaining songs will be put together after Hannon, a Sacramento resident, gets off the road. Hannon’s band Telsa is on tour with REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard and Styx.
Joining Golden in Tahoe onstage Saturday will be Holdgate, guitarist Jeff Montgomery and the former Montrose rhythm section of bassist Larry Hart and drummer Steve Brown.