The Ventures back then.
Just hearing the band’s name, The Ventures, makes you want to paddle out and catch a wave.
The surf music pioneers have sold more than 100 million records and are best known for chart toppers like “Wipeout,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Walk—Don’t Run.” Their impressive career spans more than 50 years, and in 2008 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which describes them as “the most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history.”
They have influenced popular bands in every decade but remain true originals.
For the first time in more than 20 years, they are returning to Utah to play at The Egyptian Theatre from May 18–20.
“I’ve been waiting all my life to see the Ventures," says theatre manager Randy Barton. "They were hugely influential and their music is like the backdrop of our youth.”
The Ventures today
Fans can expect to see band co-founder Don Wilson along with Bob Spalding, Gerry McGee and Leon Taylor. Taylor is a Salt Lake City local and second-generation member of the Ventures.
When his father Mel passed away in 1996, Leon replaced him behind the drums.
Leon has been a member of the band for more a decade and this will be his first time playing for his hometown fans. “I’m really looking forward to it. A lot of my friends in Salt Lake keep asking me ‘When are you going to play here?’” Leon says.
Now that it’s finally happening, Leon is thrilled the concerts will be in Park City. “I like the whole small town vibe. I think it’s really cool. There are not a whole lot of towns in the United States that are like Park City,” he said.