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Madness that Joe’s Mighty career came to a halt, but it’s all go again as group releases new album

ALL seemed well in the world of the Mighty Mighty BosstoneS in early 2020. The band was looking forward to supporting British music legends Madness at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater.

But then the coronavirus pandemic happened — and the whole world came to a sudden halt.

At the time, the BosstoneS members, including co-founder and bassist Joe Gittleman, were working on their 11th album, When God Was Great (Hellcat Records).

However. everyday life as we knew it ceased to exist, the group decided to stress the power of perseverance and human connection during tumultuous times.

And the resulting record, which will be released next Friday, features 15 tracks, including single I Don’t Believe In Anything, that arose out of a collective sense of loss.

“We were so excited to support Madness — it would have been a lifelong dream come true for me,” Joe told me from his home in New Hampshire.

“I felt the loss of that, together with not being able to go out and play music for people.

“All of do other things — we have other jobs — so we choose to be a part of this thing out of love.

“With the pandemic, we felt like that was being taken away.

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