Reunited Saigon Kick parts with bassist Tom DefileThe reunited original lineup of the acclaimed 1990s rock band Saigon Kick has parted ways with bassist Tom DeFile before playing a single show. According to Tom, the split happened because of "personalities and other reasons."
Chris McLernon, who was not a part of the original Saigon Kick lineup, but came aboard as the band's bassist for the "Water" album in 1993 and remained with the group until they unofficially called it quits in 1999, will play bass on Saigon Kick's upcoming reunion tour.
Saigon Kick has announced three shows so far: Las Vegas, Navada on March 29; Hollywood, California on March 30 and New York City on April 11.
Guitarist Jason Bieler, who last year launched a new project called Owl Stretching, stated in a 2012 interview about the prospect of a Saigon Kick reunion, "My only thing about Saigon Kick is that I wouldn't want it to be a 'will-work-for-food' tour. I hate that, and I expressed to the guys that whatever and if ever we do something, I want to do it at a level that's higher and better than it was. You tend to remember the best things about a band when they're younger, and when you see them when you're older you think 'Oh, man, they suck! Maybe they're still the same band and just never got any better.' I'd want to go out there and capture something, do something great. If we're going to do some shows, I don't want to show up with one flashlight and rip off the fans to make an extra $200. That's not what I'm interested in."
Saigon Kick is perhaps best remembered for its second album, 1992's "The Lizard", which spawned the band's biggest hit single, "Love Is On The Way". The track reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and its accompanying video was in the top 10 Mtv countdown for many weeks. Just before touring for the Lp commenced, DeFile was fired and was replaced by ex-Cold Sweat bassist Chris McLernon. They toured from summer 1992 to spring 1993 and "The Lizard" was eventually certified gold by the Riaa (Recording Industry Association Of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.