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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

Gord Downie, RIP

We lost another all-timer today, Gord Downie, 53, lead singer of The Tragically Hip.  He started the band with high-school friends from Kingston, Canada, made great music for 34 years, and died yesterday of brain cancer in his hometown, which is the way it should be.

He went on tour last year – it had to be incredible for all involved to play this last show after 34 years, knowing that your lead singer was on his way out:

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Less than 48 hours after capping the 40th anniversary tour with the finale at the Bowl, Petty spoke to The Times at his home in Malibu, about the band’s long journey together and what most resonated with him four decades down the line.

“The thing about the Heartbreakers is: It’s still holy to me,” Petty said. “There’s a holiness there. If that were to go away, I don’t think I would be interested in it, and I don’t think they would be. We’re a real rock ’n’ roll band — always have been. And to us, in the era we came up in, it was a religion in a way. It was more than commerce — it wasn’t about that.

“It was about something much greater: It was about moving people, and changing the world, and I really believed in rock ’n’ roll. I still do. I believed in it in its purest sense, its purest form. And I watched it commit suicide; I watched it really kill itself over money. That was painful, and I saw that coming, a long time before it happened. I wasn’t surprised in the least. I could see what they were doing wrong.

“But I think we still feel we’re on a mission for good. I’m so touched by … this year has been a wonderful year for us,” he said, adding with a laugh, “This has been that big slap on the back we never got. And it’s really felt good.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-tom-petty-20171002-story.html



Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

The Band

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 by Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar), and Levon Helm (drums, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined the rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’s backing group, the Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963.

In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[1] Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, the basis for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink. Because they were always “the band” to various frontmen, Helm said the name “The Band” worked well when the group came into its own.[2][a] The group began performing as the Band in 1968 and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with the Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Band

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

Michael McDonald

This Friday night at Kaaboo, Michael McDonald will take the Trestles stage around 7:00 pm.  While, at first take, it wouldn’t seem like he might fit in with today’s crowd, Michael is hip once again:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sd-et-music-kaaboo-mcdonald-20170912-story.html

We’re featuring Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter on lead guitar two weeks in a row! This on a song from the album Takin It To The Streets – Skunk was the guy who brought Michael into the band:

By late 1974, touring was beginning to take its toll on the band, especially leader Tom Johnston. Things became worse during touring in support of Stampede when he was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. His condition worsened and several shows had to be canceled. With Johnston forced to reduce his involvement with the band, the other members considered just calling it quits but while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, member Jeff Baxter suggested calling up friend and fellow Steely Dan graduate Michael McDonald who at the time was between gigs and living in a garage apartment. McDonald was reluctant at first, feeling he was not what they wanted, according to him, “…they were looking for someone who could play Hammond B-3 organ and a lot of keyboards, and I was just a songwriter/piano hacker. But more than anything, I think they were looking for a singer to fill Tommy’s shoes.” He agreed to join them and met them at the Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans where they moved on to a warehouse to rehearse for the next two days. Expecting to be finished once touring was completed, McDonald was surprised when the band invited him to the studio to work on their next album.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takin%27_It_to_the_Streets_(The_Doobie_Brothers_album)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments