Scruffy the Cat cancels reunion concerts

Much to fans’ dismay, resurrected Boston college-radio favorites Scruffy the Cat — part of the late-’80s cowpunk scene that helped spawn the alt-country movement — have canceled a pair of reunion shows that had been scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22  at  the band’s old haunt T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, Mass.

No formal announcement appears to have been made, but after fans began posting on the band’s Facebook group that their tickets had been refunded, a representative of T.T. the Bear’s confirmed that the much-anticipated October gigs were off, but added that, “We’re hoping the lads will be able to reschedule for down the road.”

The shows were to have followed a benefit concert this past June for cancer-stricken frontman Charlie Chesterman that saw the singer/guitarist reunite with Scruffy bandmates Stephen Fredette (guitar), Burns Stanfield (piano) and Randall Lee Gibson (drums). The October shows also were to have featured banjo player Stona Fitch.

It’s not known whether the cancellations are related to the health of either Chesterman or Fredette, who has battled lymphoma in recent years, but was said to be in remission.

 

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