Probers reunite for 30th anniversary show

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Grab your guitars, leather pants and make-up, because the native Rhode Island band The Probers are holding their 30th anniversary show at The Met in Pawtucket Sunday, Oct. 6. Proceeds from the show will help the making of documentary “The Tao of the Probers” and footage from the event will be used as well.

The Probers arrived on the music scene in 1979 and their sound incorporated elements of pop, punk, and new wave. The band’s first singles “I Saw You Looking” and “It’s Over” made them popular amongst the Rhode Island punk scene. With the release of their EP “Mad at the World” in 1982, and their studio album “So Opaque” released a few years later, The Probers became a more well-known band to local listeners. 

Opening for acts such as Alice Cooper, and Tommy Tutone, the Probers achieved success through their unique stage look and mysterious personalities. “We were very mysterious, after a show we would disappear” explains Cindy Wilson-Fera, one of the group’s dancers.

Although some members such as front-man Rick Mendes, guitarist JD Porro, and drummer Steve Sherman have passed away, the rest of the band can’t wait to play their old material. Group members that will be playing this concert are, vocalists Manny Vincente and Dave Ricci, guitarists Michael Cronna, Boney Beaupre, and Larry Gallagher, drummer John Martin, keyboardist Jay Fernandes, and dancer Cindy Wilson-Fera.

Tickets for this event are $15 and can be bought online at themetri.com, or at the door before the show. “Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.” Wilson-Fera states. “We’ll be playing some of our most famous songs, and we might even dress up!”

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