Flying Other Brothers

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Flying Other Brothers
Seven men and one woman gathered together in front a photographic sheet, smiling at the photographer (Jay Blakesberg), wishing they were backstage at a concert about to start.
The Flying Other Brothers (photo by Jay Blakesberg)
Background information
Also known as FOBs
Origin San Francisco, CA, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1997–2007
Labels Minor Label, Alta Recordings
Associated acts Moonalice, David Nelson Band, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Saturday Night Live Band
Website Official site
Members Bill Bennett (co-founder)
"TBone" Tony Bove (co-founder)
Bert Keely (co-founder)
Roger McNamee (co-founder)
Past members Giles McNamee (1997–2001)
Larry Marcus (1997–2001)
Corinne Marcus (1997–2001)
Dave Del Torto (1997)
Ann McNamee (1999–2007)
Pete Sears (2000–2007)
Barry Sless (2001-2007
Jimmy Sanchez (2001–2007)
G.E. Smith (2005–2007)

The Flying Other Brothers were an American rock band active from 1997–2006 in San Francisco.[1] The band played original tunes and covers.


The band started at an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) benefit at The Fillmore Auditorium in 1997.[2] At this time the band included Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist; Giles McNamee, investment banker, board member of EFF and Roger's brother; guitarist Bert Keely of Microsoft; Bill Bennett, a marketing and communications strategist; and Tony Bove (rechristened "TBone"), author of books about computers and the Internet. The band had its roots in acoustic performances Roger and Giles McNamee gave as the Other Brothers in lounges around New England during the early 1980s.[citation needed]

The band backed Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart in a series of fund-raisers[3] for Al Gore and Bill Clinton (Tipper Gore played congas during one Silicon Valley soiree[4]).

The band spent three consecutive summers (2000–2002) taking a special course developed specifically for them by Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, who assembled a faculty that included guitarist G.E. Smith, bassist Jack Casady (Kaukonen's partner in the Airplane and Hot Tuna), and pianist Pete Sears of the Jefferson Starship, who joined the band after these camps. Casady also produced the band's CD 52 Week High.[5]

The band toured from 2001–2006 sharing concert bills with artists and bands such as Little Feat, Leftover Salmon, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Weir, Ratdog, Mickey Hart, Steve Kimock Band, Particle, and The String Cheese Incident, and have appeared on stages ranging from the Alaska State Fair to B.B. King's club in Times Square, New York City. In June 1998, the band played The Troubadour (London), and again in June 2001; on the latter trip, the band recorded tracks at Abbey Road Studios.[citation needed]

The Flying Other Brothers performed benefit concerts for groups as diverse as Seva Foundation, Camp Winnarainbow, the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Rex Foundation. The band also played as the backing band for all-star benefit concerts including one for Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden on May 22, 2004 at Boz Scaggs's club Slim's, featuring Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, Peter Rowan, and David Nelson.[6] The concert was put together by Pete Sears.

The band also played as the backing band for a benefit memorial concert on July 29, 2005, for concert promoter Chet Helms at the Great American Music Hall. The music was put together by Pete Sears and featured T Bone Burnett, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, David Nelson, Country Joe McDonald, Terry Haggerty, Leigh Stephens, Bobby Vega and Joli Valenti & Friends. The $50 admission price also included a package of limited edition posters designed by such artists as Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson, Chris Shaw, and Alton Kelley.[7][8]

On May 23, 2006, the band backed Bob Weir and Mickey Hart and jammed with New Riders of the Purple Sage in a benefit for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy at Washington, DC’s Renaissance Hotel.[9] The band's last tour in 2006 included several dates with Particle in the Pacific Northwest,[10] a tour of Alaska, and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, S.F., in which T Bone Burnett joined the band for a song.[11]

The band recorded tracks in Village Recorders, Santa Monica, CA with T Bone Burnett as producer (August 5–7, 2006), but these have not been released except "Take a Drive".[citation needed]


The Flying Other Brothers included lead and pedal steel guitarist Barry Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish), keyboardist Pete Sears (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Rod Stewart), former Saturday Night Live Band bandleader and guitarist G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates), and drummer Jimmy Sanchez (Boz Scaggs, Dr. John, Roy Rogers, Bonnie Raitt). Guitarist Bert Keely, bassist Bill Bennett, percussionist Ann McNamee and harmonica player TBone Tony Bove shared the vocal and songwriting duties with guitarist Roger McNamee.

Previous members included Giles McNamee, guitar (1997–2001); Larry Marcus, drums (1997–2001); Corinne Marcus, percussion and vocals (1997–2001); and Dave Del Torto, drums (1997).


  • IPO produced by the band and Shaunna Hall for Minor Label, released October 9, 1999
  • Secondary produced by the band and Stacy Parrish for Minor Label, released May 22, 2000
  • 52-Week High produced by Jack Casady for Minor Label, released March 21, 2002
  • San Francisco Sounds produced by the band for Minor Label, released March 8, 2005
  • Estimated Charges produced by the band and Gordon Brislawn for Flying Other Brothers and Alta Recordings, released April 20, 2007
  • "Take a Drive" (Bove, Keely) produced by T Bone Burnett, released May 1, 2007


  1. ^ "This Week's Clue: Moore's Law for Energy". October 7, 2002. Retrieved 2002-10-07. 
  2. ^ "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll ...". Fast Company. October 31, 1997. Retrieved 1997-10-31.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ ""Where's Tech Support When You Need It?" by Karen Breslau". Wired. December 1999. Retrieved 1999-12-01.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ ""Tipper takes to the toms" by Jeff Dufour". The Washington Examiner. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
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  6. ^ "Spencer Dryden Benefit, Slim’s, San Francisco". May 28, 2004. Retrieved 2004-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, T Bone Burnett, Country Joe and Big Brother and the Holding Company Remember Chet Helms". July 25, 2005. Retrieved 2005-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Bob Weir and his Bay Area Friends Salute Chet Helms". August 1, 2005. Retrieved 2005-08-01. 
  9. ^ "Weir, Hart and Leahy". May 24, 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-24. 
  10. ^ "Particle Flies with the Other Brothers". September 6, 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Flying Other Brothers Live at Golden Gate Park on 2006-10-08". October 10, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 

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