AV: The group reformed in the early l980s. Please discuss this reformation.CG: I was contacted by John Guerin of WLS Radio in Chicago. They were sponsoring one of the stages of the Chicago Festival. This is a festival that was popular for a few years while Jane Berne was the mayor of Chicago. He said, "We're doing a revival stage. What are the chances of getting the Buckinghams back together?" My first reaction was---it can't happen! We hadn't played together in over ten years. It just didn't seem possible. I talked to Nick Fortuna about it who was the original bass player and to Dennis Tufano who was living in Los Angeles. Everybody, for some reason, felt that it might be fun to do. We got together and rehearsed in Chicago with a couple of other musicians for about a week. We went and did it and the response was overwhelming. We had the biggest crowd they ever had there. The audience was really great to us. It was just a great response and a feeling like it was great to be back.After we did that festival, the three of us (original members) got together every summer for several years. We did ten to twenty dates in the Chicago area in `81, `82, and `83. At that point, 60s music started to become very popular again. There was a demand for us to do dates. So I approached Dennis Tufano and Nick Fortuna about the idea. Nick wanted to do it, but Dennis had an acting career in Los Angeles and that forming together with the Buckinghams on a regular basis would pull him too far away from his acting career. Nick and I decided that it would still be a good thing to do based on the imput we had realizing that what the audiences really wanted was to hear the Buckinghams and 60s music. It didn't really matter who was in the band as long as there were some original members. So we went on in `84 to do about thirty-five dates that year in and around Chicago. A lot of people remembered us, but it was still like starting over again. It wasn't that easy. In `85, we were offered to go on "The Together" tour by the David Fishoff Production Company out of New York. He had a lot of success with the `84 "Happy Together" tour and he wanted The Buckinghams, the Turtles, the Grass Roots, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and the Mamas and Papas. So we agreed to do it. We toured the whole country---about l8O dates in 150 different cities. We traveled 50,000 miles for seven months. We had a lot of success with it and that tour was responsible for throwing us back out there again. Last year we did about seventy-five to eighty dates on our own around the country. This year we'll do about 150 dates.