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"Tony Mecca and the Heavy Mental Gypsys are more than a night out...They are a trip back to when the music told stories and musicians were poets. Tony's lyrics describe people, places and things that an everyday person relates to - Like that guy you hung out with as a teenager or the girl you fell in love with. Sometimes they do something really amazing...they just give you a chance to have fun. Come join the Heavy MeNtal Gypsy Family!"
(Tom Betteridge)
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The Philadelphia Rowhome Magazine Interview
+Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Released!
+Gypsys Christmas Show at the Shamrock!

- November 8, 2018

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Philadelphia Rowhome Magazine Interview
“People don’t starve for their art so they can make money, they starve for their art because they love it.” It’s a muggy late August afternoon – the pavement outside is damp, steaming with a fresh coat of rain, and my right ear is buzzing.

The charismatic ringleader of Philly pub-rockers Tony Mecca and The Heavy Mental Gypsys is exuberantly doling out personal recollections from his four-decade tenure as a Philadelphia musician. Occasionally he waxes philosophical: “As long as you keep in mind the work is the reward, you’ll never go wrong.”




Purple Monkeys + Princes of the New Dark Age ... Released!
The remixed and re-imagined versions of PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE were released September 21, 2018, and are now available! Says Tony ... "I spent the first 8 months of 2016 transferring (DAW) and remixing these guys to what - in my mind - is their highest sonic level. It was worth the time invested because I've always believed these albums deserved this treatment. I am very confident that fans of the original CDs will thoroughly enjoy these spruced-up editions.

GET YOUR NEW MONKEYS & PRINCES HERE!


A Gypsy Christmas at the Shamrock Pub!
Tony & The Heavy Mental Gypsys will return to the Shamrock Pub on Saturday, December 15th for their 4th annual Christmas show. Several new songs are promised, and as always ... There will be a few surprises! For more details click here >>> LIVE SHOWS

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Released!
+New Singles Signed!
+Gypsys at the Shamrock

- September 18, 2018





Purple Monkeys + Princes of the New Dark Age ... Released!
The remixed and re-imagined versions of PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE were released September 21, 2018, and are now available! Says Tony ... "I spent the first 8 months of 2016 transferring (DAW) and remixing these guys to what - in my mind - is their highest sonic level. It was worth the time invested because I've always believed these albums deserved this treatment. I am very confident that fans of the original CDs will thoroughly enjoy these spruced-up editions.

GET YOUR NEW MONKEYS & PRINCES HERE!


Terrifying Lies + The Dark Side of Love Signed with Smashtrax!
We are proud to announce that our two new singles, released this past May, have been signed to an exclusive licensing deal with Smashtrax Music. These new singles are available for download just about everywhere, and downloading them will go a long way in helping us fund our new album.

DOWNLOAD THESE SONGS FOR 99 CENTS EACH!


The Gypsys at the Shamrock Pub!
Tony & The Heavy Mental Gypsys will return to the Shamrock Pub on Saturday, October 20th with special guests RETRO-5. Several new songs are promised, and as always ... There will be a few surprises! For more details click here >>> LIVE SHOWS

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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New Singles Signed!
+Remixed/Remastered Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's This Month
+Gypsys At Shamrock-Palooza

- June 7, 2018





Terrifying Lies + The Dark Side of Love Signed with Smashtrax!
We are proud to announce that our two new singles, released this past May, have been signed to an exclusive licensing deal with Smashtrax Music. These new singles are available for download just about everywhere, and downloading them will go a long way in helping us fund our new album.

DOWNLOAD THESE SONGS FOR 99 CENTS EACH!


Purple Monkeys + Princes of the New Dark Age ... This Month!
The remixed and re-imagined versions of PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE are mastered will appear this month. The release schedule has been pushed back several times, because ... life often laughs at our plans. The albums will be available in CD, Download and Steaming formats - And we can't wait for fans of these albums to finally hear the upgrades.

The Gypsys At Shamrock Palooza!
Tony & The Heavy Mental Gypsys have been invited to play Shamrock-Palooza for a 4th straight year. Prior commitments render Gypsys Jim Drnec and Angelo Esposito inactive for this show, but Al Fortino and Eric Makinson have been recruited to handle the backline. And we thank them wholeheartedly! For more details click here >>> LIVE SHOWS

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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New Download Singles Released!
+Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Remixed/Reimagined
+New Shows Announced

- March 12, 2018





Terrifying Lies + The Dark Side of Love ... Released!
From the upcoming 2019 album - FRACTURED POETRY - these new singles are available for download just about everywhere. We think you will really love the dark mood of these songs. And downloading them will go a long way in helping us fund our new album.

DOWNLOAD THESE SONGS FOR 99 CENTS EACH!


Purple Monkeys + Princes of the New Dark Age ... In May
The remixed and re-imagined versions of PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE are mastered and scheduled for a May 2018 release. Remixed by Tony from January thru August 2016, the tortured course of mastering and release is finally in sight. And we can't wait for fans of these albums to finally hear the upgrades.

New Live Shows in April!
Two new live shows have been added for April 7th (THE SHAMROCK PUB) , and April 20th (THE KRUNCH INN). Both shows will feature many songs from the PURPLE MONKEYS & PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE albums. For more details click here >>> LIVE SHOWS

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Two New Download Singles Coming Soon
+Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Remixed/Reimagined
+Best Song Nominations For "Write It" and "Eleanor Rigby"

- December 18, 2017



TWO NEW SINGLES FOR DOWNLOAD
We will be kicking off the new year with two brand new songs that will be made available as Download Singles. Destine for the new album, TERRIFYING LIES + THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE are a preview of the moody side of Tony's new material. Stay tune for a release date.

PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES REMIXES COMING SOON
The remixed and re-imagined versions of PURPLE MONKEYS + PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE are on there way to release. Really! We hope to make these CDs available before the spring. Unavailable for several years, the rights to both albums are now back in Tony's possession and will be released via his own Urban Americana Records label.

BEST SONG NOMINATIONS BY "JUST PLAIN FOLKS"
We are proud to announce that the great Independent Music Platform, JUST PLAIN FOLKS has nominated two of our songs from the HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES album for Songs Of The Year honors. WRITE IT is nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Song, and ELEANOR RIGBY is nominated for Best Cover Song. These humbling accolades were announced back in the summer, but the award ceremony (in Los Angeles) has been temporarily delayed. Stay tuned for the results.

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Tony Signs 2 More w/ Smashtrax Music!
+Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Remixed/Reimagined
+Yo South Philly Phestival
+Queen Show

- August 9, 2017





TONY SIGNS 2 MORE W/ SMASHTRAX MUSIC
Tony has signed an exclusive agreement with SMASHTRAX MUSIC for 2 songs from the FUN album. In addition to WRITE IT, MARGARET STRANGE and YEAH,YEAH,YEAH, signed earlier this year, the well respected North Hollywood music licensing mainstay will also be solely in charge of finding a movie, TV or advertising home for Tony's songs DOTTY + ME and THE BROKENHEARTED SONG. We'll keep you updated with any successful placements.

PURPLE MONKEYS & PRINCES REMIXES DELAYED
The release of the remixed and re-imagined versions of Purple Monkeys and Princes Of The New Dark Age have been delayed because of several other unexpected committments. Unavailable for several years, the rights to Purple Monkeys & Princes Of The New Dark Age are now back in Tony's possession and will be released via his own Urban Americana Records label.

YO SOUTH PHILLY PHESTIVAL
On September 10th, Tony & The Gypsys will be performing at the 4th annual edition of this wonderful event that celebrates the music and culture of South Philly. Plenty of great friends, music, food and drinks. Also, on September 23rd, at THE 2300 ARENA, Tony and several of the Gypsys will play as 33 1/3 LIVE ... presenting a tribute to the music of Queen. Get all of the details at our LIVE PAGE!

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Tony Signs with Smashtrax Music!
+Purple Monkeys & Princes CD's Remixed/Reimagined
+10 Year Anniversary Update
+Spring Live Schedule Begins

- March 16, 2017



TONY SIGNS WITH SMASHTRAX MUSIC
Tony has signed an exclusive agreement with SMASHTRAX MUSIC. The well respected North Hollywood music licensing mainstay will be solely in charge of finding a movie, TV or advertising home for Tony's songs WRITE IT, MARGARET STRANGE and YEAH,YEAH,YEAH. We'll keep you updated with any successful placements.

PURPLE MONKEYS & PRINCES REMIXED
After a delay because of the preparation of the Smashtrax material, the remixed and re-imagined versions of Purple Monkeys and Princes Of The New Dark Age are now being mastered, and will be available in the coming months. Unavailable for several years, the rights to Purple Monkeys & Princes Of The New Dark Age are now back in Tony's possession and will be released via his own Urban Americana Records label.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
This coming May 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of our first live performance at Van Blunk's. From that very concert, we are now extremely pleased to invite you to download "We Called Her Saint Anne" - and stay tuned for another song from that first concert. Discussion continue about a May live show to celebrate that wonderful night ten years ago.

SPRING LIVE SCHEDULE BEGINS
Tony & The Heavy MeNtal Gypsys begin the spring concert season with a show featuring dear old friends, WAYOUT WILSON, at THE SHAMROCK PUB on April 15, 2017. Get all of the details at our LIVE PAGE!

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Winter Live Schedule
+Purple Monkeys & Princes of the New Dark Age CDs
  Remixed/Reimagined
+10 Year Anniversary Doings

- January 14, 2017





WINTER LIVE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Tony & The Heavy MeNtal Gypsys continue a string of fall/winter concerts that now pushes into 2017 with performances on January 7, 2017 at THE BLOCK AT HARRAH'S CASINO PHILLY; 2/17/17 at BAR 2300; 3/4/17 at THE SHAMROCK PUB. Get all of the details at our LIVE PAGE!

PURPLE MONKEYS & PRINCES REMIXED
The remixed and re-imagined versions of Purple Monkeys and Princes Of The New Dark Age are on there way to the mastering lab, and will be available in spring 2017. Unavailable for several years, the rights to Purple Monkeys & Princes Of The New Dark Age are now back in Tony's possession and will be released via his own Urban Americana Records label.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
This coming May 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of our first live performance at Van Blunk's. To commemorate this event, a couple of live tracks from that original concerts are currently being mixed from a fairly decent recording of that event. We are now extremely pleased to invite you to download "We Called Her Saint Anne" - and stay tuned for other songs from that first concert. AND ... We are also in discussion with our host for that wonderful night ten years ago, about celebrating the anniversary with another live show. Wow! Details will follow in the coming months!

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Purple Monkeys & Princes Remixes Coming!
+Fall Live Schedule Continues!
+10 Year Live Anniversary

- November 8, 2016



  


PURPLE MONKEYS & PRINCES OF THE NEW DARK AGE REMIXED
The remixed and re-imagined versions of Purple Monkeys and Princes Of The New Dark Age are on there way to the mastering lab, and will be available in early in 2017. Unavailable for several years, the rights to Purple Monkeys & Princes Of The New Dark Age are now back in Tony's possession. After his label for those two titles (Outstanding Records - Huntington Beach, CA) closed shop early in 2015, Earl Beecher, the kind and wonderful president of the Morrhythm /Outstanding Records Group, gave Tony his blessings to release both albums via his own Urban Americana Records label.

DECCA/MECCA'S KINDNESS REMIXED & RE-IMAGINED
Also being released - for the first time - is Kindness. An album project written and recorded by Tony and collaborator David Decca during their recording sessions for Purple Monkeys and Princes Of The New Dark Ages. The songs on Kindness are sure to surprise many fans of Tony's music, but are none the less vital, and part of Tony and David's musical legacy.

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Heavy MeNtal Gypsys continue a string of fall/winter concerts that now pushes into 2017 with performances on 11/19/16 @ 2300 ARENA with Suzanne Veronica & Barometer; THE SHAMROCK PUB on 12/17/2016 for the 2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WITH THE GYPSYS; and January 7, 2017 at THE BLOCK AT HARRAH'S CASINO CHESTER. Get all of the details at our LIVE PAGE!

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
This coming May 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of our first live performance at Van Blunk's. To commemorate this event, a couple of live tracks from that original concerts are currently being mixed from a fairly decent recording of that event. These songs will be made available for free download for members of our Facebook and email family. AND ... We are also in discussion with our host for that wonderful night ten years ago, about celebrating the anniversary with another live show. Wow! Details will follow in the coming months!

... Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!


Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Fall Live Schedule Begins!
+Tony Signs With Getty Images Music
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Tee Shirts Are In!

- September 13, 2016





TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Just on the heels of this past Saturday night's wonderful "Thank You From George Rumbol" concert at the 2300 Arena, Tony & The Gypsys embark on the beginning stages of their fall live schedule with 3 more local performances at the YO PHILLY PHESTIVAL 9/18/16), with PAT TRAVERS @ THE 2300 ARENA (10/8/16) and at the SHAMROCK PUB (10/22/16) with guests, GUTTERSNIPE. Each show has its own special lure, and the band is really inspired by each of the themes and venues. Get all of the details at our LIVE PAGE!


TONY SIGNS WITH GETTY IMAGES MUSIC!
Hooray ... Tony has signed a non-exclusive licensing contract with respected music licensing and publishing company - Getty Images Music. The primary motivation is to expose Tony's music for potential use in films and TV programming. Getty Images feels there is great promise with Tony's music, and several songs have already been submitted for consideration!



HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW

... And ...

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!


Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Tony Signs With Getty Images Music
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Is Reviewed
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Tee Shirts Are In!

- July 14, 2016





TONY SIGNS WITH GETTY IMAGES MUSIC!
Hooray ... Tony has signed a non-exclusive licensing contract with respected music licensing and publishing company - Getty Images Music. The primary motivation is to expose Tony's music for potential use in films and TV programming. Getty Images feels there is great promise with Tony's music, and several songs have already been submitted for consideration!


HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES REVIEWED
We are proud to announce that our new CD - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES - has received several incredible and humbling reviews. The worldwide release was on January 8, 2016, and it is now available to purchase right here at our web site, and via CDBABY, AMAZON, ITUNES and other fine internet boutiques. We are very excited for you hear what we've been able to accomplish on our 5th album, and read what others are saying about our new music. Get all of the album facts, song titles and purchasing details over on our STORE PAGE!




HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW

... And ...

Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!


Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Philadelphia FOP Survivor's Fund Benefit Concert
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Is Reviewed
+Heavy Mental Gypsies CD & Tee Shirts
+New Live-Show Announced
- March 15, 2016





PHILADELPHIA FOP SURVIVOR'S FUND BENEFIT!
Join us to support the Philadelphia Police Survivor's Fund! Featuring 33 1/3 Live performing the Who's classic LP Who's Next in its entirety, the debut of AC/DC tribute Fire Your Guns, and the always amazing Whiskey Grin!

The Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia run by Lodge #5 of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. Money raised provides financial assistance and support to the families of Philadelphia police officers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. Since 1828 more than 260 Philadelphia Police Officers have given their lives while protecting ours. The FOP Survivors Fund was established to not only to remember the sacrifice of each officer, but also to acknowledge the sacrifice made by each of the surviving families.


HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES REVIEWED
We are proud to announce that our new CD - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES - has received several incredible and humbling reviews. The worldwide release was on January 8, 2016, and it is now available to purchase right here at our web site, and via CDBABY, AMAZON, ITUNES and other fine internet boutiques.

We are so excited for you hear what we've been able to accomplish on our 5th album, and read what others are saying about our new music. Get all of the album facts, song titles and purchasing details over on our STORE PAGE!



HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW!

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be Hosting a night of original music at the 2300 ARENA on Saturday April 23, 2016 featuring good friends Stone, Mach 22 & Cyanide Saints. Tony & The Gypsys will also be returning to THE SHAMROCK PUB on May 21, 2016. As always, surprise performers and several new songs are promised! Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Rock For Paws / A Smashing Success
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Is Reviewed
+Heavy Mental Gypsies CD & Tee Shirts
+New Live-Show Announced
- February 9, 2016





ROCK FOR PAWS - A SMASHING SUCCESS!
It started out as an idea to introduce music lovers to a fantastic new music venue. It quickly incorporated a trajectory toward helping an organization that does great things for animals in distressed situations. It resulted in a glorious event at the 2300 Arena on January 30th, that welcomed over 350 attendees, and raised over $4,000 for Justice Rescue via Gentle Ben CDP.

On behalf of Jim Drnec and I, our great donation coordinators (Susanne Kern Dennis & John Dennis & their dedicated team); our tireless stage managers (Sven Gali & Brian Wolf); our fantastic performers (Romeo Delight - Who's Next - Straight Shooter - The South Jersey Saints); Roger, and the entire 2300 Arena staff; and you wonderful, wonderful folks that made this night a complete success by supporting this very important cause ... thank you, thank you, thank you! Love & Care Always, Tony Mecca


HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES REVIEWED
We are proud to announce that our new CD - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES - has received several incredible and humbling reviews. The worldwide release was on January 8, 2016, and it is now available to purchase right here at our web site, and via CDBABY, ITUNES, AMAZON and other fine internet boutiques.

We are so excited for you hear what we've been able to accomplish on our 5th album, and read what others are saying about our new music. Get all of the album facts, song titles and purchasing details over on our STORE PAGE!



HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW!

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be appearing live at THE SHAMROCK PUB on February 27, 2016. This will be a second CD release party for those who missed the first, and promises surprise performers and several new songs! Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us over on our FACEBOOK PAGE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Rock For Paws / Live at the 2300 Arena
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Is Here!
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Tee Shirts
+New Live-Shows Coming
- January 12, 2016




ROCK FOR PAWS!

Join us at South Philly's hottest new night spot, The 2300 Arena, for an awesome night of music benefitting our four-legged friends. Featuring 4 great bands: Van Halen Tribute band Romeo Delight; Who's Next (performing the classic Who LP of the same name); Bad Company Tribute band Straight Shooter; The South Jersey Saints (performing classic American rock from the '60s!)

This concert benefits Gentle Ben Charity Donation Program, and features Tony Mecca performing in both Who's Next & The South Jersey Saints - Everybody will be at this show, but we'll be especially looking for you! GET ALL SHOW DETAILS HERE!


HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES NOW AVAILABLE!
We are proud to announce that our new CD - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES - has been officially released worldwide this passed Friday January 8, 2016, and is now available to purchase right here at our web site, and via CDBABY, ITUNES, AMAZON and other fine internet boutiques.

We are so excited for you hear what we've been able to accomplish on our 5th album! Get all of the album facts, song titles and purchasing details over on our STORE PAGE!



HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW!

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be announcing several live shows in the coming weeks. Keep up-to-date with show announcements; Tony's Fractured Poetry; album reviews and general musings on the world we occupy, by following us on FACEBOOK!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Heavy Mental Gypsies Is Here!
+Heavy Mental Gypsies Shirts
+Live-Show-A-Plenty
- October 21, 2015




HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES NOW AVAILABLE!
We are proud to announce that our new CD - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES - was released locally on Friday October 16, 1015, and is now available to purchase right here at our web site!

Our CD will also be available via CDBABY, ITUNES, AMAZON and other fine boutiques later next week.

We are so excited for you hear what we've been able to accomplish on our 5th album! Get all of the album facts, song titles and purchasing details over on our STORE PAGE!


HMG SHIRTS IN BLACK OR RED
These beautiful new shirts are available in Men or Ladies styles, and feature the wonderful CD artwork over a super-cool Steve Wiggs design - CHOOSE YOUR COLOR NOW!

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be playing 5 shows on Saturday October 24th supporting the FABULOUS THUNDERBIRD (2300 ARENA), Friday November 6th Tony & Steph (MOONSHINE), Saturday November 21st Tony & Jim with WHO'S NEXT (THE FLYING W), Saturday November 28th (THE TROC) and Friday & Saturday December 11th & 12th (COOKIES BAR-PETEY'S 2ND ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH) -
LIVE SHOW DETAILS HERE!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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New Album Fundraiser A Success
+New CD Update+Heavy Mental Gypsys - Live!
+Free Download For You!
- August 27, 2015



FUNDRAISING EFFORT SUCCEEDS!
A huge thanks to our friends who came through to make our Kickstarter fundraising project a total success! We exceeded our goal of $3,800, and ended at over $4,200. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and everyone of you wonderful friends!

CD UPDATE
We’re getting very close to that big Release Day Celebration. Just a few more tweaks to the music and artwork, then off to the duplication plant. Our friend Pete Zales and Gerry Healy will handle the graphics design and project manager chores, respectively, and we’ve selected Disc Makers to take on the manufacturing. October is looking good for release, so we’ll keep you updated right up until that big day.

TONY & THE GYPSYS LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be playing 4 shows in their beloved South Philadelphia home on Thursday September 10th (2300 ARENA), Sunday September 13th (YO SOUTH PHILLY PHESTIVAL), Saturday October 17th (SHAMROCK PUB-CD RELEASE PARTY) and Friday & Saturday December 11th & 12th (COOKIES BAR-PETEY'S 2ND ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH). Live show details here!

FREE SONGS, REDUCED PRICES!
While we finish our new album, jump over to CDBABY by CLICKING HERE and you'll find a bunch of specially reduced prices and free tracks we've left just for you. "HELP US MAKE MORE MUSIC - BUY OR DOWNLOAD OUR SONGS AND CD/ALBUMS."

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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Let The Fundraising Begin!
+Please Support Our Heavy Mental Gypsies CD
+Look At The Rewards!
- May 21, 2015



PLEDGE TO SUPPORT OUR NEW CD NOW!

Pledge $20 or more
One (1) spanking-new copy of our new double-length CD, "Heavy Mental Gypsies" -
There is enough of Rock 'N' Roll Psychotherapy here to help you solve many of life's perplexing problems in a matter of mere minutes! (I'll sign the CD if and wherever you want.)

Pledge $30 or more
Two (2) spanking-new copies of our new double-length CD, "Heavy Mental Gypsies"
- There is enough of Rock 'N' Roll Psychotherapy here to help both of you solve many of life's perplexing problems in a matter of mere minutes! (Signed - if and wherever you want.)

Pledge $50 or more
Three (3) spanking-new copies of our new double-length CD, "Heavy Mental Gypsies." (Signed - if and wherever you want.) Plus... Two (2) copies of our 2011 CD, "Fun"
- With the addition of the "Fun" CD to your reward package, you are now in line for a PhD in Rock 'N' Roll Psychotherapy. Imagine... you, a doctor!

Pledge $100 or more
Three (3) spanking-new copies of our new double-length CD, "Heavy Mental Gypsies." (Signed - if and wherever you want.) Plus... Two (2) copies of our 2011 CD, "Fun." Plus... A signed album cover poster. **You'll also receive a "Sponsor Credit" in the CD booklet
- Congratulations, you are a full-fledged "Gypsy Freak" - Rock 'N' Roll Psychotherapy runs wild through the crevices of your newly-swollen brain.

Pledge $250 or more
Me and a few members of my band - The Heavy Mental Gypsys - will show-up at your house some evening between September & November 2015, and play a full set of acoustic-ish music for you and your friends. I'd like to limit this offer to within 100 miles of Philadelphia, but we can talk. Plus... The $100.00 pledge rewards. Plus... A "Sponsor Credit" in the CD booklet
- Uh-oh, you asked for it... a live Psychotherapeutic intervention. This will surely do the trick.

Pledge $250 or more
You will join me for a few hours in The "Urban Closet Of Destiny" at my studio - The Opera House R.S. in Philadelphia PA - between September & November - and try your hand at remixing a few songs from the new "Heavy Mental Gypsies" CD. You'll leave with a CD copy of your very own mixes! Plus... The $100.00 pledge rewards. Plus... A "Sponsor Credit" in the CD booklet
- This is my personal favorite. Hanging out in the "Heavy Mental Den" ... listening, and putting your own spin on the raw recordings of our new CD/album. You always knew you were a born record producer, right?

Pledge $500 or more
Me and my entire band, The Heavy Mental Gypsys, will show-up at your house, yard or venue (between September & November 2015), and play a full set of our music for your whole gang. I'd like to limit this offer to within 150 miles of Philadelphia, but we can talk. Plus... The $100.00 pledge rewards. Plus... A "Sponsor Credit" in the CD booklet
- Can't you just picture it? A full coven of Heavy Mental Gypsys roaming freely through the precinct of your choice... preaching, healing and converting your stymied gaggle of invitees into Gypsy Freaks. What a beautiful vision.

PLEDGE TO SUPPORT OUR NEW CD NOW!

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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The New Album Fundraising Effort
+Heavy Mental Gypsys - Live!
+Free Songs, Reduced Prices
- March 4, 2015




FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR NEW ALBUM
We've partnered with KICKSTARTER, one of the worlds largest fund raising websites, to aid in generating the funds to help with the expenses of the new CD/Album - HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES.

Yes, owning a studio does afford me the opportunity to record the music for next to nothing, but since I am no longer affiliated a record label, 30% to 40% of the expenses to produce, master and manufacture a finished product is still needed.

This is where I need you to step into the limelight, and be a hero to me, and this project. Be on the lookout in your email for our KICKSTARTER program very soon.

THE HEAVY MENTAL GYPSYS, LIVE!
Tony & The Gypsys will be playing in their beloved South Philadelphia home on Friday night March 27th at the wonderful SHAMROCK PUB. New songs, old songs and many musical surprises you don't want to miss, including our buddies, WAY OUT WILSON!

FREE SONGS, REDUCED PRICES!
While we finish our new album, jump over to CDBABY by CLICKING HERE and you'll find a bunch of specially reduced prices and free tracks we've left just for you. "HELP US MAKE MORE MUSIC - BUY OR DOWNLOAD OUR SONGS AND CD/ALBUMS."

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Annie Helicopter


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New Year, New CD/Album
+Free Songs, Reduced Prices
- January 22, 2015


NEW ALBUM TWISTS & TURNS INTO DOUBLE ALBUM
Well after shuffling the deck so many times on the upcoming album, it appears as if Heavy Mental Gypsies will be a double length CD/ALBUM, and is slated for a March or April release! We are so excited for you to hear our new CD/ALBUM, which explores several new directions musically, and expands the scope on our usual dose of fractured poetry. The songs include several that you have heard us perform live, and many new surprises:

The Farmer
Write It
I Ain't That Stupid, Anymore
Two Trees
Three Trees
Radio Cocktail
Shy
Corridors
Margaret Strange
All This Crazy Dream
Believe Me
I Am She
Oh Caroline
Eleanor Rigby
The Friends Of Joey Coyle
Say Goodbye To Judas
Bop Sandwich
Riders On The Storm
Love To Me (Live)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Live)
The Friends Of Joey Coyle (Live In Studio)

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Tony Mecca & Annie Helicopter


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New CD Will Be Double Album
+Concert For Petey/New Shows!
+Sneak Preview Of New Album
- October 7, 2014


CONCERTS FOR PETEY/NEW SHOWS
Rock 'N Roll Psychotherapy is back in session with two "Full Band" shows! On October 24th Tony & The Gypsys visit The Shamrock Pub. This venerable purveyor of live music and good times is a South Philadelphia institution. On December 5th, a very special weekend to celebrate our dear friend Petey Cholminski. On Friday night Tony Mecca & The Heavy Mental Gypsies and Way Out Wilson will perform. Saturday will include performances by Hapag Lloyd, Casey Rhodes & Donny Saravello Jr. The money raised at these two shows will go directly to Pete's family. Live show details here!

NEW ALBUM TWISTS & TURNS INTO DOUBLE ALBUM
Well after shuffling the deck so many times on the upcoming album, it appears as if Heavy Mental Gypsies will be a double length CD/ALBUM, and is slated for a March or April release!

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM
Here is a sneak preview from the upcoming Tony Mecca album - Heavy Mental Gypsies. "Write It" features a wonderful Stephanie Davis-Gonzalez vocal, and is a very personal song written for a dearly missed friend of our band. This is an un-mastered, rough mix.



Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Tony Mecca & Annie Helicopter


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Saints' Bring British Invasion @ World Cafe Live!
+New Shows
+New Album Update
- July 26, 2014




BRITISH INVASION COMES TO PHILLY
Okay, you asked for it! The South Jersey Saints are bringing their acclaimed BRITISH INVASION SHOW to Philadlephia's WORLD CAFE LIVE on August 29th, 2014. You'll not only get to relive the highlights of those magical 60's musical moments, but you'll also jump into the 70's with HUMBLE PIE and BAD COMPANY courtesy of SHAKY JAKE and STRAIGHT SHOOTER.
HIGHLIGHTS OF FIRST SHOW!


NEW FALL LIVE SHOWS
Tony & The Heavy MeNtal Gypsys will be playing back to back shows at THE LEGENDARY DOBBS & THE YO PHILLY PHESTIVAL on September 13th & 14th, 2014 respectively. New shows are being added as we speak, so visit us often! CHECK OUR CALENDAR

MIXING THE NEW ALBUM
"We are finally in the last stages of completing the new album. Several weird technical challenges arose that threw us for a loop and substantially delayed the release date of 'HEAVY MENTAL GYPSIES', but we are back on track and more confident than ever that you will absolutely love these songs. So while we are finishing, jump over to CDBABY by CLICKING HERE, and you'll find a bunch of specially reduced prices and free tracks we've left just for you. HELP US MAKE MORE MUSIC-BUY OUR SONGS AND ALBUMS."

Until next month, always remember we love you...
...Tony Mecca & Annie Helicopter


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British Invasion Show - Video Highlights!
+New Shows
+Our Music Free & At Half Price
- May 5, 2014



BRITISH INVASION VIDEO HIGHLIGHT
We thought you might like to see the video highlights of the April 19th South Jersey Saints BRITISH INVASION show. Proceeds went to the Gentle Ben Charity Donation Program, benefiting K9 heroes. Thanks to my friends for jumping over the water to support a great cause, and share this wonderful music with us. I never believed that I'd get a chance to play these magical songs... WATCH VIDEO NOW!


BREAKING NEWS - THE SAINTS AT WORLD CAFE LIVE
AUGUST 29, 2014


NEW LIVE SHOWS COMING
The Gypsy Quartet will be back at Cookies Bar with Way Out Wilson on May 23rd for the first time since last October. New shows are being added as we speak, and all performances promise new songs, old songs and several things rarely or never before performed. CHECK OUR CALENDAR

OUR MUSIC FOR FREE / HALF PRICE
We're giving our music away this month to win your affection! Jump over to CDBABY by CLICKING HERE, and look through our CD's. You'll find:

*Free song downloads;
*CD albums downloads for half price;
*All download singles cut to 49 cents;
*Physical CD albums for $5.00.

So come on, engage with an artist that's working for art's sake.
HELP US MAKE MORE MUSIC FOR YOU!

Until next month, always remember we love you - Annie Helicopter


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Christmas Super Sale / Our Music Half Price!
+Wrapping-Up 2013
+Previewing 2014
- December 10, 2013



WRAPPING UP 2013
The year ended on a high note as Steph was invited to play the 2nd annual Women To Women (W2W2) concert benefiting Providence House and their fight against domestic abuse. She quickly assembled Justin Gonzalez, Michele Davis, John Merlino and Tony Mecca, and efficiently guided them toward her goal of performing a set of songs by her favorite singer/songwriter, Tina Dico. 'Twas a total success if I must say so myself. The photos in this section are from that show and compliments of the great Frankie Zee.




CHRISTMAS CD SALE
Just in the nick of time to stuff your music loving friends Christmas stocking, all of our CD's & Downloads have been slashed in half over at CDBABY. We will also send you and your friend a half price coupon for our upcoming 2014 album, Heavy MeNtal Gypsies

BUY TONY'S MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS!



PREVIEWING 2014
Again, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal friends for continuing to support us through another year. We hope we never let you down on CD or at a live performance. The new year will bring a new album, two new singles and many more live shows ... so needless to say we are incredibly excited, and hope that you continue to hang out with us!



LIKE US ON FACEBOOK, PLEASE!
Hey, we've recently reached the "200 Likes" plateau on our Facebook Band Page. The Band Page features free music, news, opinions, Tony's psycho-prose, funky facts & quotes, fractured poetry and classic era rock band & album reviews. We may even bake you a pizza if you say please. Join us for a great time at - FACEBOOK.COM/TONYMECCA

Until next month, always remember we love you - Annie Helicopter


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New Single - Joey Coyle (Live)!
+New Album & Live News
+The Saints Do The British Invasion
- January 17, 2014





THE FRIENDS OF JOEY COYLE (LIVE)
We are very proud to announce the release of our new single download release, "The Friends of Joey Coyle (Live)."

CDBaby Says:
... This moving solo rendition of his debut Purple Monkeys favorite is every bit emotive and impassioned as the blistering concert version routinely serve-up by Mecca and his Heavy MeNtal Gypsys.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW!




NEW ALBUM / LIVE NEWS
In The Studio: The final recording touches are being put on the forthcoming "Heavy MeNtal Gypsies" album. "Mostly vocals and musical eyebrows," Tony says. A true collage of a project, HMG contains:

2 new rockers;
4 new acoustic songs (Stephanie featured on two lead vocals);
2 covers songs;
2 older songs treated to new drums and enhanced sound;
another Purple Monkey that's been totally redone;
2 or 3 live songs from a 2008 performance - Wow!

In The Bars: The first two shows of the year have set for Saturdays February 15th (JR's) & 22nd (Nickel's Tavern - For all of the details, jump over to our LIVE SHOW PAGE


THE SAINTS TO DO THE BRITISH INVASION!
The South Jersey Saints will be gathering once again for an April 19th concert at The Indian Chief Tavern.
This time out the gang will be tackling the early-mid 1960's British Invasion. The Beatles, Stones, Animals and all of the rest will be represented. Stay tuned for more details next month!


LIKE US ON FACEBOOK, PLEASE!
Hey, we've recently reached the "200 Likes" plateau on our Facebook Band Page. The Band Page features free music, news, opinions, Tony's psycho-prose, funky facts & quotes, fractured poetry and classic era rock band & album reviews. We may even bake you a pizza if you say please. Join us for a great time at - FACEBOOK.COM/TONYMECCA

Until next month, always remember we love you - Annie Helicopter


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