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Jeff Slate, Roy Orbison Jr. and Alex Orbison Team Up For Traveling Wilburys Celebration

Jeff Slate's band of New York City all-star players was joined by Roy's Boys -- Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr. and Alex -- this Saturday at New Jersey's Fest For Beatles Fans for a rousing tribute to the Traveling Wilburys, in honor of the supergroup's 30th anniversary this year. The set included the Wilburys and solo classics Handle With Care, My Baby, This Is Love, I Won't Back Down, Rattled, Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Last Night, End of the Line, You Got It and Oh, Pretty Woman.

Jeff also joined The Rutles' Neil Innes on his evening set, and capped things off with performances of Day Tripper and Ooby Dooby with Roy's Boys.

A signed copy of The Authorized Roy Orbison, the book Jeff co-authored with Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison about their late-father, and a singed setlist from their performance were auctioned by the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, a charity started by the late singer Harry Nilsson in honor of his friend, John Lennon.

Jeff Joins David Bowie Band Alums at Celebrating David Bowie Tour's NYC Stop

Jeff Slate joined Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard and Carmine Rojas -- all alums of David Bowie's touring and recording bands -- for the New York City stop of their current Celebrating David Bowie concert tour at Iriving Plaza last night.

Jeff sang background vocals on the seminal Bowie songs "Young Americans," "Stay," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," "All The Young Dudes" and the epic finale, "Heroes."

The 2 1/2 hour show was a mesmerizing celebration of David Bowie's storied catalog, and was a testament to both his band's prowess as players, even without their fallen leader, and the timeless nature of Bowie's songs.

For tickets to future stops on the tour, which runs through March 19, visit

Watch for videos from the event, coming soon!

Photo via @twitter @goldnyc.


The Rockonomics Podcast

Jeff appears on the new Rockonomics podcast, episode 18.

Here's more info, from the website:

"Jeff Slate is a journalist and a musician in his own right who writes about music, TV and film for Esquire magazine and has interviewed a who's who in popular culture including Tom Petty, Jimmy Page, Roger Waters and Willie Nelson to name a few. He also actively leads the band Jeff Slate and Friends in which the friends happen to be some legendary musicians."

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Roy Orbison’s Sons Join Jeff Slate’s Birds of Paradox at NY Fest For Beatles Fans

Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison Carry on Their Father’s Legacy with Three Major Projects

The Authorized Roy Orbison book, A Love So Beautiful album and 2018 hologram tour highlight busy period for Roy’s Boys

The Fest For Beatles Fans is proud to announce that Roy Orbison’s three sons – Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison, better known as Roy’s Boys – will join musician Jeff Slate’s Birds of Paradox at this year’s Metro New York City event, scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, New Jersey. They will appear in concert on Saturday, March 10, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup founded by their father with former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and ELO’s Jeff Lynne in 1988, in a performance dubbed Weekend Wilburys, and will appear throughout the weekend at various events at The Fest For Beatles Fans (

Roy Orbison Jr. (guitar, vocals), Wesley Orbison (vocals, guitar) and Alex Orbison (drums, vocals) – Roy’s Boys -- will join Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar), whose Birds of Paradox will be making its fifth Fest For Beatles Fans appearance, and whose all-star ranks have included musicians who have recorded and appeared with former Beatles, David Bowie and Roy Orbison himself, for a set of Wilburys-era and Roy Orbison classics. They will also be greeting fans to promote the recent Center Street book The Authorized Roy Orbison ( that Roy’s Boys wrote with Slate, who is also a renowned rock journalist, as well as Sony/Legacy’s A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ( and the forthcoming hologram tour with the RPO.

Jeff Appears On The Roadie Free Radio Podcast

Jeff recently appeared on the Roadie Free Radio podcast.

"Singer-songwriter Jeff Slate is an internationally recognized recording artist and music journalist. He co-founded the band the Mindless Thinkers, founded The Badge and has performed and worked with countless other rock luminaries, including Pete Townshend of The Who, Sheryl Crow and others. His band with David Bowie sideman Earl Slick, and his current band Jeff Slate & Friends, are both mainstays of the Northeast music scene.

I met Jeff in Forrest Hills, NY this past Summer at a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers show, while I was grabbing my interviews with Greg Looper and Chris Adamson. When I found out he was both a music journalist and a performer in his own right, I knew I wanted to have him on the show.

Not only does Jeff write about music for Esquire, he recently contributed liner notes to the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and is the author of the authorized Roy Orbison biography which comes out on October 17th, 2017."

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