Prying one loose

Prying one loose

Crimson Crowbar rocks T. Boyle's acoustic style

By John Sollenberger 05/17/2012

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A popular acoustic duo brings its rocking style to T. Boyle’s Tavern Friday night in the form of Crimson Crowbar.

The act, consisting of guitarists Frank Simes and David Shelton, got together in 1993 to do some unplugged shows. The pair soon began drawing standing room only crowds in the Pasadena area, and the buzz landed them prestigious gigs around LA, including the House of Blues. Audiences and other artists were impressed with their rocking enthusiasm and performing abilities as they combined rock covers and their original songs. Their fame was established through memorable melodies, cutting guitar riffs, satirical lyrics, dark humor and a little slapstick, making them a must-see live act.

Both players boast impressive solo track records. Shelton played a stint in Pasadena punk band The Gas Moguls, and his songs have received air play on KROQ. He’s also penned tunes for TV series including “The Rikki Lake Show” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Simes has recorded and toured with artists including Roger Daltrey, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. They’ve recorded several CDs, and you can get the full story at  

Music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at T. Boyle’s Tavern, 37 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena. No cover. Call (626) 578-0957 or visit


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