4/17/19 DRUMMER STANLEY KIPPER REJOINS GYPSY
Former Gypsy drummer Stankey Kipper has rejoined Gypsy following the departure of Jerry Archambault. Stanley took over the drum kit in 1973 following the departure of Bill Lordan, and was also behind the drums for Gypsy at their legendary Superjam 77show at St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Plans are in place for more Gypsy tour dates to be announced soon. STAY TUNED, GYPSY FANS!
2/3/19 "GYPSY: ROCK & ROLL NOMADS TO BE RELEASED ONLINE
Coming February 20, 2019 "Gypsy: Rock & Roll Nomads" will be released online. Feb. 20 is the three year anniversary of the premiere of the film at The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, IL. Please enjoy the film free of charge and share it with your friends and family.
10/7/18 2018 BILL DIEHL AWARD
We are pleased to announce that Gypsy founding member James "Owl" Walsh as a co-recipient of the 2018 Bill Dielhl Award in ceremonies held at Mancini's Char House in St. Paul. Also awarded was Charles Schoen of The Del Counts, who are the longest running rock band in Minnesota history.
Past recipients include Gypsy and Underbeats founding member Jim Johnson and Tony Andreason of The Trashmen.
7/6/18 RIP TIM McCARTHY
It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of long time Gypsy road manager Tim McCarthy. In 1968 after being discharged from the US Navy in San Diego he ventured north to Los Angeles and stumbled upon his old friends, The Underbeats, from Minneapolis. He was walking down the street and saw their name on the marquee of a club and walked in and there they were. He was hired by the band on the spot to be the road manager and continued as they transitioned to Gypsy, then moved on to road manage Chicago and Fleetwood Mac.
During his time with Chicago he helped arrange the world famous Chicago horn section to appear on a few songs on their 1973 "Unlock The Gates" album.
Tim was gracious enough to agree to be interviewed for the Gypsy documentary and shared his stories and experiences from a life spent behind the scenes of rock and roll. He will live forever on film and in the hearts of those who knew him.
3/26/18: A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone at The Mespies for all of the nominations! Although we didn’t bring home any awards, the main thing is that the film was shown again on the big screen, and if even one person got turned on to the band or learned about this great piece of Minnesota rock and roll history for the first time or the 100th time, that is what documentary filmmaking is really all about.
Spreading the word of this band and their story, that spans six decades, has been such an amazing experience for me and the crew, from starting the shooting in 2014 to premiering it to back to back sold out crowds in St. Louis in 2016, to today’s screening. Every single moment was special.
The two year theatric run for this film came to an end Sunday with the final showing and I want to extend another huge thank you to everyone involved.
A very special thanks to all of the Kickstarter contributors, you are the ones who made this whole documentary possible.
2/19/18: "GYPSY: ROCK & ROLL NOMADS" SELECTED AND HONORED
"Gypsy: Rock & Roll Nomads" is an official selection of the 2018 Mespie Awards held on Satrurday March 24, 2018. The film is nominated for seven awards, Best Documentary Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music and Best Sound Editing.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the film will be shown the next day, Sunday March 25th at 3PM at The Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. This is a free screening as part of the 2018 Mespies. We at the film are honored to be nominated for these seven awards and hope to bring home some hardware.
Thanks to the cast and crew, the band and the fans. We love you all!
Dear St. Louis and Gypsy Fans everywhere:
I have loved St. Louis for many years and have considered it the home of Gypsy even though we are all from Minnesota. It’s been our pleasure to perform for you, spend time with all of you and get to know you and your families. You have honored me with your memories of our performances, how the music affected your life, and what the music means to you. We have passed stories between us about our lives like the old friends we are. I have grown up with you and feel honored about being inducted into the St. Louis Hall of Fame which is the biggest honor of my life. You knew every word, every phrase, every note and every nuance in each song. We always knew we had to be on our game when coming home to you and having the honor of performing for you. It was like a family reunion for us all each time we arrived. I hope you understand the impact you have had on us over the years.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge KSHE’s part in launching this whole adventure. The courageous DJs were brave and dedicated in getting our music out to you. They have been instrumental in elevating our career and delivering the music. We will be forever grateful for everything they have done and continue to do. Thank you KSHE for everything it has been a great time.
So, this is why with a very heavy heart, and it saddens me greatly, that we must announce that we will be performing for a final time at the Wildey Theater on November 3rd and 4th. We are all 47 years older than when we began this journey, with all of you coming to the shows and encouraging us on. No one, musician or otherwise, could be more grateful for the support you have given us over the years. Your support is what kept us coming back, your kindness and friendship made it all worthwhile. You are a part of us, a part of our soul, our music and our reason to do what we do. It is all for you St. Louis. But, like everything else, we are getting older and it is harder to travel and we must make this impossible decision. I love you, we will miss you and we will NEVER forget each and every one of you.
All my love - See you in November!