Monday, February 6, 2012

Leo Nocentelli talks about Meters and the Meters Experience

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The Krewe of Thor rolls in Metairie at 2 p.m. Sunday. As noted in Gambit's Mardi Gras parade previews, the final float in the procession is sponsored by Gibson Guitar and at press time it had not been announced which musicians would be featured on the float. This morning, original Meter Leo Nocentelli called Gambit to announce his place on the Gibson float.

Nocentelli also mentioned that he's playing Saturday at Tipitina's with his current band, the Meters Experience, with drummer Jamal Batiste and seven-string bass player Bill Dickens. The group has been playing together for roughly three years. While in town, Nocentelli also will be recording for a forthcoming album, The Funkin' Truth. He appears on the track "Say Na Hey" on the Soul Rebels' new album Unlock Your Mind, and the brass band will record something for his album next week.

Nocentelli also broached the subject of more shows by the original Meters.

The Meters will play a show at The Howlin' Wolf on May 5, and it is already sold out. But Nocentelli says there will be more Meters shows.

"I'm very excited about our future as long as we can stay healthy."

There have been a handful of reunion shows in the past 20 years, including one at the 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and one at the 2011 Bonnaroo festival. Have he, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modelist, George Porter Jr. and Art Neville resolved the differences that kept the original band apart?

"There's always going to be issues," Nocentelli says. "Everyone's matured. We think there's demand and monetarily it makes sense."

He doesn't talk regularly to all the other original Meters, he says. But is happy with the reunion shows that have happened and says the group has worked well together during them.

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