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This blistering live CD features The Pyronauts at their best in San Francisco!
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The Pyronauts have been a surf rock band for over 15 years.  2014 marks their first European tour and the release of their newest CD: Live in San Francisco.  The band's history goes back to 1998 when four kids: Paul, Bob, Gabe, and Leigh started a group called Fire Arm.  A few gigs later the band changed the name to The Pyronauts (meaning explorers of fire and paying homage to surf band The Astronauts).  The current line up is the groups longest running line up yet.  The Brett Cole, bass, joined in 2003 and Tim Stephenson joined shortly after on the drums. 

Over the years the band has performed up and down California... 640 gigs in total!  That's well over 1500 hours of performing, untold number of hours rehearsing, and probably close to 10,000 hours driving in the band van (the unsung hero of the group).  The band's albums have been recognized with 5 star reviews, they have appeared on television numerous times, opened for Dick Dale an astonishing 20 times, and have entertained thousands upon thousands of people - all while playing the music that they love - surf!

This project is to raise the funds for the release of their 8th album: Live from San Francisco, help pay their impending European Tour gas bill (it's a loooong drive to Europe from California), and to re-order merchandise to take to Europe.  The band will also document their tour with a DVD to be released in the fall of 2014.  Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

It is costly to travel to Europe and put out a new CD and order T-shirts and stickers all at the same time. Airfare is currently astronomical. Licensing for cover songs contained on the CD amount to roughly $130 per song per 1000 copies of the album. The band wishes to fulfill this project so that they can have the best possible European Tour experience and provide their loyal and new international fans with quality CDs and other merchandise.

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    2 "vintage" The Pyronauts stickers to stick in places of your choosing.

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    You're on the guest list to our pre-European Tour kickoff concert on April 26th at the Auburn Event Center.

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    The Pyronauts "Surf and Destroy" CD. Classic album recorded in analog!

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    You and your friend are on our guest list to our pre-European Tour kickoff concert on April 26th at the Auburn Event Center.

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    1 autographed copy of the new CD: The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco

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    1 copy of The Pyronauts European Tour DVD to be released following their trip.

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    One "The Pyronauts" T-shirt. Choose size from Small to XXL.

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    Ticket/guest list to our pre-European Tour kickoff concert on April 26th at the Auburn Event Center and an autographed copy of the new CD: The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco.

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    Receive a personalized and humorous postcard from The Pyronauts while they are on the road in Europe!

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    Autographed copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco and one copy of The Pyronauts European Tour DVD to be released following the tour.

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco PLUS one copy of out of print CD "Meet The Pyronauts" which is a multimedia CD featuring 4 tracks and promotional website viewable on a computer. Most of the copies of this CD were sent out for promotional purposes.

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    You plus a friend are on the guest list to our pre-European Tour kickoff concert on April 26th at the Auburn Event Center, an autographed copy of the new CD: The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco, and a T-shirt of your choosing to be picked up at the concert.

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco PLUS one copy of out of print CD "Live at the Mystic Theatre featuring Dusty Watson" which is an incredible CD at one of the bands' favorite venues with the King of the Surf Drums Dusty Watson in the band!

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco PLUS one copy of out of print CD "Live from The Pit" which is the bands very first live CD and has been unavailable for years!!! This recording features Pan Smith on the drums.

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco PLUS one copy of out of print CD "Surf or Die" which is the bands' first official CD and has been unavailable for years!!!

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco PLUS one copy of out of print CD "Surf Motel" a highly sought after disc!

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    One copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco, one copy of The Pyronauts European tour DVD to be released following the tour, a postcard from the band while on tour in Europe, and one The Pyronauts T-shirt: you pick the size Small through XXL.

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    A one hour private drum lesson with Tim Stephenson (The Pyronauts awesome drummer) within a one hour drive of Sacramento, CA

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    Copies of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco CD and European Tour DVD, PLUS a free smog from Historic Highway 40 Autocare on your 1996 or newer car or light truck.

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    Electric or Upright Bass lesson with The Brett Cole. 1 hour in duration within hours drive of Sacramento.

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    You're on the guest list to our pre-European Tour party on April 26th at the Auburn event center, one copy of The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco, and Paul The Pyronaut will restring and set up your electric or acoustic guitar. This service can be performed the day of April 26th or other arrangements can be made.

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    You're on the guest list for the pre-European tour kickoff show at the Auburn Event Center on April 26th, receive a copy of the new CD "The Pyronauts live in San Francisco" AND you choose and cut a Christmas tree from Cole's Christmas Trees in Newcastle during their regular hours this upcoming holiday season.

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    Two tickets/guest list entries to our pre European Tour kickoff concert, an autographed copy of the new CD: The Pyronauts Live in San Francisco, AND an autographed Squier Stratocaster guitar to be picked up at the show!

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    The Pyronauts play at your party or event. Northern California only. Date must be set 3 months in advance.

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    The Pyronauts play at your party or event. Southern California only. Date must be set 3 months in advance.

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