Storytellers: 70s Colorado band reunites

KUSA – The demise of a 70s rock band known as Medusa no longer appears to be set in stone.

At an age when some of their friends are considering the benefits of AARP, Gary and Donna Brown believe they're at the perfect age to rock once again nearly four decades after the release of Medusa's first album.

"We're just kind of pinching ourselves. Like, really? Is the music of the 70s coming back?" explained Donna.

It all started when the Broomfield, Colorado, couple received a phone call a couple years back that Donna presumed to be a prank.

"He goes, 'Hi, are you Donna Brown? You used to be in a group called Medusa?'" she said.

"I almost hung up on him, and he goes, "Please, don't hang up. This is for real," she added.

He wasn't joking. Turns out, he was from the Chicago-based Numero Group, ( an archival record label founded in 2003. The label is devoted to finding "under-heard recordings – along with the musicians, writers, and entrepreneurs who created them."

Medusa clearly never made it big, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. The band played a number of small gigs in the Chicago area. By the end of the 70s, Donna was in nursing school and the band was no longer in existence.

The Browns never thought much about it until receiving that call from The Numero Group. Since then, they've decided to put together an album ("First Step Beyond") made up of Medusa's 70s staples.


They're even considering putting together a new album.

Except for Gary and Donna, the band is made up of newcomers. The rhythm guitarist, for example, still isn't old enough to buy a beer, but Gary – a harsh critic of guitarists – says he plays with the experience of a rock veteran.

The lead singer was 6 when Medusa recorded its original album.

"It just blows me away that we're doing this," said Donna who is a few years older than 60.

They're even lining up a few more gigs. Recently, Medusa took the stage at the Toad Tavern in Littleton. It amounted to the band's first appearance in nearly four decades.

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