Operation Juliet – Van And Gloria

Operation Juliet
BP Fallon vox – Aaron Lee Tasjan guitar/vox – Sean Lennon guitar – Irina Lazareanu vox/tambourine – Teddy Purvay bass – Mark Stepro drums

YouTube says “The sage-like rock’n’roll poet and the Op J musical collective have a cosmic choogle through the BP Fallon & His Bandits classic ‘Van And Gloria’. And the amazing guitar-playing from the double-dynamite duo of Bandit Aaron Lee Tasjan and Sean Lennon doubtlessly has Jimi smiling…”

Video filmed by Kate Jurkiewicz from LA & Jen Carey from London
With thanks too to Shimmy Marcus in Dublin & Olivia Wolfe in New York
A We Haven’t Been To Rio Yet Production

And! More stuff!

BP Fallon and Aaron Lee Tasjan are very vibed to be joining The Patti Smith Group in playing at the extraordinary Escape To New York festival on the Shinnecock Nation Indian reservation – adjacent to the Long Island town of Southampton, NY. The date: Friday August 5th 2011 ie very very soon.


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Many SXSW adventures were had… BP Fallon and his fabulous friends played five brill gigs… and here are some of them…

BP Fallon & His Bandits at ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ at Jovita’s, Austin: Aaron Lee Tasjan, BP Fallon, Mark Stepro and Nigel Harrison. The killer combo also played two other storming sets – at the St Patrick’s Day Austin Fleadh and at The Hole In The Wall. Thank you Frank Murray and Kay Gourley. Photography by Bob Gruen.

Operation Juliet at TenOak, Austin: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro, BP Fallon, Teddy Purvay and Sean Lennon. The dual blues-wailing guitars of the dynamite Lennon/Tasjan duo – duelling and knitting with each other on ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ and ‘Van And Gloria’ – were spectacular. Thank you SXSW for this magic night. Photography by Bob Gruen.

Operation Juliet singers BP Fallon and Irina Lazareanu in Austin. Photography by Jen Carey.

BP Fallon & The Twenty Flight Rockers at The Red Horse Ranch, Texas: Michael Des Barres (Silverhead), BP Fallon, Danny B Harvey (Wanda Jackson guitarist), James Intveld (drums; guitar in the John Fogerty band) and Nigel Harrison (Silverhead/Iggy Pop band/Blondie/BP Fallon & His Bandits). Thank you Jimmy Quill for hosting this amazing event. Photography by Kate Jurkiewicz.

“Life’s pretty good
It’s the only one we got
And if we didn’t have it
We would have it not…”
– excerpt from ‘Cold Chills’ by BP Fallon & His Bandits

Bandits: Aaron Lee Tasjan, BP Fallon, Mark Stepro & Nigel Harrison. Photography by Andrew Halliday.

With a grateful doff of the Derby to each of the magnificent musicians with whom we played in Texas, the LV gives special thanks to Aaron Lee Tasjan and Nigel Harrison and Mark Stepro. An honour to be the singer
in our effervescent and vibraphonic New York rock’roll band, gentlemen. More chariot choogles to come…


“Made out like a bandit
For so many years
What are you workin’ for?
One more big score?
What are you tryin’ to prove?

… No one can touch you now
But I can touch you now
You’re invisible
You got too many secrets
Bob Dylan said that
Somethin’ like that

You’ll find
Everything you’re looking for”
– excerpt from ‘Bandit’ by Neil Young

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Irina Lazareanu & BP Fallon by James Macari

Operation Juliet have announced that they will be playing a particularly special SXSW showcase gig.

Featuring contributions from BP Fallon, MC Spank Rock, Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon and Aaron Lee Tasjan, the 9-piece musical collective will play Austin’s TenOak this Thursday March 17th at 1am going into Friday March 18th – in what promises to be the musical climax of St Patrick’s Day in the whole of Texas! Indeed, in America, probably.

Free! SXSW presents Operation Juliet
Thursday March 17th St Patrick’s Night 1am going into Friday!
TenOak @ 409 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 7870

The cast:
Irina Lazareanu vox
BP Fallon vox
MC Spank Rock vox
Aaron Lee Tasjan vox/guitar
Sean Lennon vox/guitar/drums
Charlotte Kemp Muhl vox/bass/accordion/tinkling things
Steve Smyth vox/guitar
Teddy Purvay guitar/bass
Mark Stepro drums

Irina Lazareanu & Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl by Radek

BP Fallon & Aaron Lee Tasjan & Sean Lennon by Jen Maler

MC Spank Rock

Let There Be Drums: Sean Lennon by BP Fallon

*The Operation Juliet show is in addition to the three shows in Austin during SXSW by BP Fallon & His Band

Guilty. BP Fallon vox, Mark Stepro drums, Nigel Harrison bass & Aaron Lee Tasjan guitar

Thursday March 17
5pm St Patrick’s Day Austin Fleadh
@ Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701
7pm Hole In The Wall
@ 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Friday March 18
5.15pm ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’

w/ Bob Geldof & his band
@ Jovita’s, 1619 South 1st Street Austin, TX 78704

All above shows are free admission

“And we all shine on…”


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