Monday, August 29, 2016

Pete Townshend's Deep End concert w/David Gilmour, 1985

For his birthday in November 1985, Pete Townshend's Deep End collaboration (with David Gilmour, Simon Phillips, and John "Rabbit" Bundrick, among others) did one of two concerts that were captured on video/audio. The concert footage is very rare and totally worth the effort to locate for Pete's fancy footwork, heartfelt pleading ("After the Fire"), and of course, Gilmour's supporting lead guitar. This is the Brixton, England performance.

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
2. "Secondhand Love"
3. "Give Blood"
4. "Behind Blue Eyes"
5. "After The Fire"
6. "Slit Skirts"
7. "Blue Light"
8. "I Put A Spell On You*
9. "Hiding Out:
10. "The Sea Refuses No River"
11. "Face The Face"
12. "Pinball Wizard"
13. "A Little Is Enough"
14. "Rough Boys"
15. "Night Train"
* not on CD

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis - Roots Revisited, Germany 1991

A navy buddy of mine celebrated his birthday Up There among the stars a few days ago...dedicated to you, Rick Lindroos (and to Harley Powell), and to your still-with-us-bandmates who shaked and baked along with you: Hollywood Thompson, Tommy Moulton, Doo-dah, Moss-man, and the others.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ian Hunter Band with Mick Ronson: Apr. 20th, 1980 @ Grugahalle on Essen, Germany

Dedicated to a man who wears the COOLEST sunglasses, Ian Hunter, and to the late great guitarist, Mick Ronson. I personally would have loved "Lisa Likes Rock 'n' Roll" included in the set, but this was before that tune's release. (Therefore, I pinched it from another venue, and you can dig the steel drum fills!) Mick's daughter still knows her favorite musician. The party starts HERE tonight!!

1. FBI 
2. Once Bitten Twice Shy 
3. Angeline 
4. Laugh At Me 
5. Irene Wilde 
6. I Wish I Was Your Mother 
7. Just Another Night 
8. We Gotta Get Out of Here 
9. Bastard 
10. All the Way From Memphis 
11. Cleveland Rocks
12. All the Young Dudes 
13. Slaughter On 10th Avenue

Ian Hunter - vocals, guitar
Mick Ronson - guitar, vocals
Tom Morrongiello - guitar
Tom Mandel - keyboards 
George Meyer – keyboards 
Martin Briley - bass
Eric Parker - drums

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ray Davies and The Kinks are Krazy about human behavior

Ray Davies is the professor/clown prince of songwriting...and along with brother Dave and the other Kinks, these guys have created lyrics and music that could be a Ph.D. in musical interpretation of human behavior. And since Ray has been awarded an honorary degree...

(I especially dig the accordion on this version of "Apeman" because it bumps along in a perfect Cajun beat, but unfortunately, there's no video of the show at Konk.)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Billy Cobham and George Duke: Montreux Jazz Festival, 1976

Billy Cobham will always be one of my favorite drummers for his energy and vitality (and speed). (And also for amazing me as a left-handed drummer on a right-side kit--there are FEW pure left-kit drummers out there. I only remember Mickey Dolenz as the first I saw, and he had to be taught how to play!). But this is also dedicated to the late, wonderfully funny George Duke, whom I think gave SO much inspiration and laughter to his session work and live gigs with Frank Zappa. And check out this line-up with Alphonso Johnson and John Scofield! A truly funky and chunky good time!
Billy Cobham: percussion, drum synthesizer, vocal
George Duke: keyboards, vocal
Alphonso Johnson: electric bass, Chapman Stick, vocal
John Scofield: electric guitar

01. Panhandler 4:18
02. Juicy 8:10
03. Red Baron 7:51
04. Almustafa The Beloved 9:07
05. Ivory Tattoo 5:37
06. Some Day 9:54
07. Hip Pockets 8:06
08. Drum Solo 8:00
09. Sweet Wine 3:53
10. Life & Time 4:15
11. Stratus 5:10
12. That's What She Said 5:00

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Queen is king of the European venues

 It appears "Bohemian Rhapsody" is gaining attention again because of the (insane!) movie Suicide Squad. Well, presentation is king, but for a band's efforts, presentation was always Queen. Long live Freddy Mercury, Champion of the World.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Marshall Tucker Band Takes the Highway (again)

One of the major Southern bands to evolve during the 1970s, the Marshall Tucker Band brought its share of country-flavored rock and blues mixes, much like its inspiration, the Allman Brothers Band. The MTB also saw its share of losses through key personnel like Toy and Tommy Caldwell. Very little full footage is available for download, but a full show for viewing from 1981 is available at The Nashville Toy Caldwell feature is dedicated to that Ramblin' Brother, Michael Buffalo Smith.