NJ band known for playing at Montclair’s Tierney’s Tavern loses drummer to COVID-19

A New Jersey band best known for performing every month at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair is reeling from the loss of its drummer to the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2020, 1:38 AM

Updated 1,522 days ago

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A New Jersey band best known for performing every month at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair is reeling from the loss of its drummer to the coronavirus.
Bloomfield resident Orlando Staton died on March 20. He was 61 years old.
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Staton was the drummer for The Fabulous Flemtones, a band that played at the tavern on the last Friday of every month at the bar. They had done that for the past 34 years.
The band got together when all the members attended Montclair High School 45 years ago. There was even a documentary made about them.
“Orlando and I became friends in high school. He’s the reason I’m in the band,” says band member Andy McGuire.
As for the band's future, members say it is too soon to know, but they say that it's hard to imagine they wouldn't play together again.


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