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Nip 'n' Tuck: Gary Rue, Jeff Willkomm, and Tilly

  • Black Dog Cafe Lowertown 308 East Prince Street Saint Paul, MN, 55101 United States (map)

Nip ‘n’ Tuck...
Was conceived in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and consisted of Gary Rue (guitar/vocal), Jeff Willkomm, bass/vocal), Tilly (drums/vocal). The group was heavily influenced by pop idols of the time (Todd Rundgren, The Raspberries, Steely Dan, Edgar Winter) and termed a ‘melodic rock band’ by the local press (with which the band agreed).* Another in a long list of bands who were ‘this close’ then inexplicably disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of pop history.
But wait! Now they’re back!

From the press:
“Nip ‘n’ Tuck is blindingly good……reminiscent of the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Who…”
 …rock and roll in the best Anglo-American tradition, and headed for the top.”
“…the most impressive selections…are the band’s original compositions…catchy but tasteful,
melody-oriented but rock rhythmed, containing melodic and lyrical substance too often lacking
in the pop tunes receiving AM radio overplay.”
~P. L. Christian
“…to get (that) full of a sound from a 3 piece is nothing short of amazing…close harmonies,
strong hooks, endearing melodies all charged up and ready to go with backbones of real rock energies…
no one else I’ve heard on a local level touches them on their own territory.”
~Laura Fissinger (freelance writer for, among others,  Rolling Stone)
What they’ve been up to:
Gary Rue: Rue Nouveau, Gene Pitney (music director),
theatrical composer, ‘jingle writer, songwriter (Nick Lowe, Helen Reddy),
2010 Inductee Mid America Hall of Fame
2010 MN Music Hall of Fame.
Current Ensemble Projects: Fab 6Lush CountryStray Voltage. 
Jeff Willkomm: Hermit’n Hermits, Gene Pitney, Lou Christy, Trova,
10 November/Gales of November (theater), educator.
Current Ensemble Projects: Nip and Tuck

Tilly: 2 time inductee into the Minnesota R N R Hall of Fame (Sleepers & City Mouse),
Department of Defense USO musical representative, backing musician for the Coasters, Platters, Marvelettes and Gene Pitney.
Current Ensemble Projects: Fab 6Stray Voltage. 


*Interestingly enough, Nip and Tuck managed to exist alongside of the punk/New Wave movement, somehow managing to hold on to a certain level of notoriety in the Twins (given the trend of the times and despite knowing more than 3 chords on the guitar). The little Nippers frequently played the Longhorn Bar in DT Minneapolis.)

Earlier Event: February 24
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
Later Event: March 1
Christina and the 612's