The origin of Magnificent Tourist begins with the ''Apostles of Rhythm'' a band that bassist Jon Lambrou and I were in. I was the drummer and vocalist.
We have been in bands together since we were 12, and played many venues before we were old enough to drive. We're both originally from Provincetown, We played in many local cover bands, the most memorable may be The Provincetown Band.
We gigged all around the Cape, Greater Boston, and in the Amherst Area from 1972 to 1981.
In 1981, we moved to Los Angeles with our original rock,reggae band The Mode.
We performed in many of the same the local dens of iniquity as The Doors, Van Halen, and No Doubt. We received a record deal for our ''Chasin' the Dragon'' album, and laid down actual vinyl.
Valuable knowledge was passed to us by this experience. We learned to produced our own music coming to the conclusion this could be done anywhere there was electricity.
In 1987 we moved back to the Cape. That same year, Suzanne joined Jon and Paul in the band Section 8, after a homegrown music interview at PIXY 103 (Hyannis radio station) where Suzanne was working at the time.
Both Suzanne and I have strong vocals and many times we'd sing lead vocals together creating complex vocal textures. In the next eight years we would write and record scores of songs together building up our repertoire.
In 1995 Magnificent Tourist was born to Jon, Paul, and Suzanne. At this point, our sound had jelled truly into our own original genre - post modern garage rock. We have been aided over the last two decades by the fine talents of many transient troubadours both live and in studio (too numerous to mention, thank you all.).
Since 2010, Dave Gilmore has filled the guitarist post in Magnificent Tourist. Dave worked with Magnificent Tourist in the past, on our video productions, and as a recording engineer in the studio. He also has a long background with the local band scene here on the Cape.
The most recent release is an EP (''Gone Native'') and all five songs have a beachy theme to them. In turn, this sparked each of our alter-egos (Paul DeSilva = Paulo St. Michaels, Jon Lambrou = Johnny Riptide, Suzanne Tonaire = Su Z Wampum, Dave Gilmore = B Dav).
The songs ''Frankie Bottles Shuffle'' (dedicated to a late, lamented Provincetown fisherman) ''Invasion of the Starfish'' (they're coming) are both getting airplay on WOMR, WPXC and WATD. What's cool about it is that a Magnificent Tourist could be anyone,anywhere in the world. Not just here on Cape Cod.