Simon Stokes Feted by Friends Jello, Oliveri and Sean Wheeler




By DONNA BALANCIA

Simon Stokes was feted the other night with a party that was beyond good. Jello Biafra, Terry Reid, Sean Wheeler and other top rockers gathered to sing some Simon songs and the man himself joined in as well.

Drummer Todd Westover gets the credit for the idea of honoring Stokes.

Jello Biafra - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Jello Biafra – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Sean Wheeler was on hand to celebrate Simon Stokes - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Sean Wheeler was on hand to celebrate Simon Stokes – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

Simon Stokes and The Black Whip

Stokes, who was one of the early punk pioneers even reunited with his band The Black Whip and let the audience have a taste of the good ol’ days. There were stories told, like collaborating with Timothy Leary; drinks were flowing and people shared a lot of music and laughs.

The evening was co-produced by Bruce Duff, who is a longtime fan and friend of Stokes.

Also on hand were Stokes’ family members including his daughter, his granddaughters and a room full of friends.

Gabriel Hart at Simon Stokes tribute - Photo by Donna Balancia
Gabriel Hart – Photo by Donna Balancia

Photo gallery:

Garbriel Hart – photo by Donna Balancia
Sean Wheeler – Photo 2018 Donna Balancia

Nick Oliveri and Simon Stokes share a laugh - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Nick Oliveri and Simon Stokes share a laugh – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Nick Oliveri and Simon Stokes – Photo by Donna Balancia

Frank Meyer of Street Walkin Cheetahs – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Gabriel Hart and Master of Ceremonies Bruce Duff – Photo by Donna Balancia