On the cover: Go Jimmy Go

Jimmy is going

AFTER A year of planning and a recent string of farewell performances, tonight is your final chance to catch Go Jimmy Go before they're gone for good.

Well, sort of.

"Our situation is going to be weird, because we're gone, but yet we're here," said sax player Eric White earlier this week.

Tomorrow afternoon, just hours after opening for Flogging Molly at Pipeline Cafe, all seven guys in the band will board a flight to San Francisco, where a 15-passenger van, storage trailer and driver await to get them started on the first leg of a national tour.

But they'll be back home by the end of May.

"Everybody agreed (that) we need to come back every few months," White said. "It's hard to stay away. ... There's so many things that keep us wanting to come back."

Go Jimmy Go was at The Wave Waikiki last month. Ian Ashley on guitar gets down as Jason "Bison" Friedmann, center, Eric White, and Fernando Pacheco groove behind.

FOR WHITE, lead vocalist Jason "Bison" Friedmann, guitarists Ian Ashley and Andrew McClellan, trombonist Fernando Pacheco, bass player Cameron Wright and drummer Shon Gregory, the next two months will consist of little more than touring the western United States and finishing up their new album, "Open the Door," due out this summer.

"Through seven years, everything seems right about going now," said White. "Everything was just a natural progression. We're known on the mainland. ... That's why it's easy for us to leave and things look good."

This will be the fifth time Go Jimmy Go has taken to the road, but the first time they're looking at touring as a long-term experience. Up until now, the longest they had ever been gone was to perform on 15 dates of the 2002 Warped Tour.

ANOTHER BAND that will be affected by Go Jimmy Go's departure is Pimpbot, of which Pacheco is also a member. Does his leaving Hawaii mean that Pimpbot is finished?

"The other guys are going to be ... concentrating on writing," he said.

Pimpbot will take a break from performing, but the hiatus will give them a chance to repair some equipment and concentrate on promoting sales of their latest album, "Vertical Lobster," that came out last month.

"They already knew that I had somewhat of a priority with Go Jimmy Go," said Pacheco.

Once the band's tour dates are locked in, however, he expects to squeeze in a few Pimpbot shows on the mainland as well.

"It's something we all want to do, (so) I'm willing to sacrifice coming back home," he said. "I would just stay up there and have the guys meet me."

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