Simon Kirke is presently recording and producing an instructional dvd for
drummers. He wants to teach you his favorite song so please enter the poll
on Simon's website at www.simonkirke.com
and request the song you wish to learn. The dvd should released sometime
Books will be available from Carl and can personally be signed for
Please remember to check the Forum on the front page. From time to time I
will be adding news there before it actually goes into the news section.
Friday, August 20, 2004 - Birmingham (Detroit) MI - "Cruisin' with
Ford" Charity Gala
More details to come.
The latest album from Derek.
Features Standing in the Rain, Dr. Love and Surrounded.
What do rock-lovers remember when they think of Ted Nugent's music? Most
likely, they think of wailing guitar, memorable melodies and strong,
bluesy vocals. That legendary 70's sound came from a band that wrote,
toured and lived the rock and roll lifestyle. It began in the late 60's in
Chicago, Illinois with a rebellious teen named Theodore Nugent who grew to
appreciate music and crave stardom. He started his band in his teens and
called them the Amboy Dukes. Meanwhile, a young teen from Riverview,
Michigan had gotten his first guitar for his twelfth birthday. Allowed to
practice in his basement, Derek St. Holmes played and learned everything
he could from all the rock and roll idols of the era--as any other kid
would. He started his own neighborhood band, played for all the high
school dances and perfected his craft.
in 1974, hard-rocker Ted Nugent first saw Derek's band,
Scott, as he opened for a Michigan Nugent show at the
Lincoln Park Theater. After several months, Nugent's
road manager tracked down and phoned St. Holmes about
auditioning for Nugent's band, then called Ted Nugent
and the Amboy Dukes. The Amboy Dukes had already
recorded several albums and was popular among the rock
circuit but, after the lead-singer left, Nugent needed a
lead singer to give his band the sound that would
catapult him into stardom.
St. Holmes was hired
and the band of Ted Nugent with Derek St. Holmes, Rob
Grange and Vic Mastriani, later changed to be known as
The Ted Nugent Band was launched and started immediately
on an extensive U.S. tour. Traveling and performng
nearly 300 days a year, they played with other popular
bands, such as Aerosmith, Lynard Skynard, Bob Seger, Van
Halen and Black Sabbath among other greats. They created
an era of music which has been admired by millions of
fans. At only 22 years old, St. Holmes found himself
traveling the world and playing to sold out audiences in
U. S. and European cities as did the Rolling Stones and
Derek will NOW be performing
Saturday 7th August at 9.30pm
and NOT Friday 6th August 2004 at
2606 George Busbee Prky
(Just north of Atlanta)
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR
PAUL RODGERS SHOW ON FRIDAY JULY 23RD 2004
B & B Backstage
Bull Market Square
1247 Boardman-Poland Rd.
Youngstown, Ohio 44514
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Be quick for best seats
CALL (330) 758-1557
or email them at Ed@BandBBackstage.com
months of July and Aug 2004 If you are flying either
You will hear 36
songs from different artists from the years 1970 -2003
Paul is one of
these artists and the music played will be from Live at Loreley Germany.
A great way to
fly - With the voice in the sky...............
WHITEHORSE MOUNTAIN ROCK FESTIVAL
DARRINGTON . WASHINGTON.
Festival is AUG 20 21 22
PAUL RODGERS - SATURDAY AUG 21ST
More details to come
Paul Rodgers will be
the Emerald Queen Casino in
Saturday 27th November 2004
Tickets NOT YET on sale
a native of Spokane Washington,
started playing guitar in the sixties with
the Beatles “British invasion”. His
early influences were the Beatles, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix,
Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
He moved to Seattle
in the early 70’s and soon became a fixture in the Seattle music scene. As
the lead guitarist /
vocalist of many well-known Northwest bands, Joe’s resume reads
like a who’s who of the Northwest rock scene.
Joe first played in Seattle with the band, Shyanne,
before joining Seattle’s Bighorn
in 1977. As a member of Bighorn, Joe was signed to Columbia
Records in 1978 which resulted in the release of the bands’ self
titled album. Bighorn toured the country with several bands including Boston,
Journey, and Van
Halen. Bighorn eventually re-formed with a new name The
Allies . After leaving the Allies in 1981, Joe joined with Roger
Fisher, best known as the lead guitarist of “Heart”.
Joe recorded and toured the country with The Roger Fisher Band playing many
dates with The Motels.
Next, Joe became a member in the Seattle band Shots
for several years. During this time, Joe also played guitar on Kenny
G’s album “Gravity”, and produced
an album for his former band Shyanne. Following Shots, Joe played
with Seattle based China, and
then Nosmo King…a New York
band composed of former members of Foghat and Seattle rockers, Rail.
Joe spent most of the 90’s as a member of retro rockers Magic
Bus, playing music from the psychedelic sixties and seventies with
fellow Paul Rodgers bassist Lynn Sorensen, while also playing and
recording with The Coast of
Mercy, which received a fair amount of airplay on college radio stations.
As a member of Magic Bus,
Joe had the opportunity to entertain many professional baseball players due
to the band’s relationship with Seattle Mariners / Anaheim Angels pitcher Mark
Langston. Playing in Cleveland twice…once for the All-Star game, at
Disney World in Orlando twice, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, and at The
Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Magic Bus became a favorite at Major League
In late 2000 Joe joined with Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers
solo band and toured the UK
with Paul in 2001 substituting for Howard Leese (another former
Heart guitarist.) After that,
Joe and Howard alternated with Paul’s band, but never played together
until November 2002. On
Paul’s 2003 tour Joe and Howard shared guitar duties marking the first
time Paul has toured with two guitarists.
plays his own custom guitars, as well as Gibsons, Epiphones and
Fenders. He plays through Marshall amps, and uses Digitech and Danelectro
The date when I last set out to visit Atlanta will probably be etched in
people’s minds and most likely remembered forever, September 11th 2001. I
had not been back since and it was high time to go there again. I have known
Lucy for few years and we have talked about my visiting many times. By
coincidence the company I work for has offices in Atlanta so a trip also
afforded me the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and other friends.
That last time I went, I was on a flight that set out from London on
Tuesday the 11th September and eventually arrived in Atlanta five days later
in the early hours of Saturday 15th having spent the intervening time
stranded in Newfoundland at a township called Gambo. However, that is
another story, one that evokes strong memories of man’s generosity to man
and the events on Newfoundland has been extensively documented by others.
I had decided that I would pop across to Atlanta toward the end of March
stay with some close friends who are planning to move to the UK. At the same
time I could work in the office for a few days and catch up with Lucy and
other friends. It all slotted together nicely!
I caught up with Lucy on a Thursday afternoon and we went back to her
house, or rather “shrine”. There were pictures, posters, and mementoes
to Free, Bad Co, and PR everywhere. There was hardly any free space on any
wall in her ”Allrightnow” office or the guest bedroom. It was amazing to
see what Lucy had accumulated over the years. I spent virtually all
afternoon going through scrapbooks and photograph albums. There was an
incredible amount to look at and it took hours and hours and was deeply
We did have a short break and we toured Roswell, the area in Atlanta
where Lucy lives. To say that it is extremely pleasant is an understatement.
I have an impression of an area with lots big houses and lakes. Many of the
houses are either embedded in gardens shrouded in trees or backing onto
lakes. In Atlanta’s late winter sunshine when I knew temperatures were
around zero in the UK, it all looked very tempting especially when we
checked the cost of some of the house that were for sale; I could sell up in
the UK and move to a house in Roswell three times the size of mine and also
get a swimming pool, double garage and not have a mortgage!
Going through Lucy’s archives, it became apparent that unknowingly we
had been in each other company before; Lucy has a list of virtually each and
every concert she has ever been to. In the late 60’s we lived in the same
are of the U.K. and we had been to the same concerts. Free, Chicken Shack,
Duster Bennett, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, are some names that jumped off
her archives at me. We had seen them all and more often that not, we would
have been at the same gig. One gig I specially remember was the last time I
saw Free, on the 21st February, 1971 at the Guildford Civic Hall. I do not
think that I knew it would be the last time, but by then, Free were big and
that concert was a far cry from the first time I ever saw them when they
were the fifth support act at a college gig!
I spent ages going through the stuff Lucy had and I really did not notice
how dark it has got outside until Bob; Lucy’s husband came in from work.
It was a delight to meet him as I felt that I knew him so well. He too works
in IT and that also gave us a lot to talk about.
We then went of to dinner and Lucy had planned a surprise as she knew
that I ma a huge fan of the blues. We went to the Fee-Lay Gumbo in Kennesaw.
Its full name is the Fee-Lay Gumbo Creole Kitchen and Lounge and it
specialises in Cajun/Creole cuisine and live blues, funk, rock and zydeco.
My first hurdle was the menu, which was extensive, huge and confusing,
however Lucy and Bob guided me through the options.
There were starters of Shrimp VooDoo, VooDoo Wings and Drunken Barbecued
Shrimps; salads called Creaole House, The Garden District and Shrimp Pasta
YaYa. Or you could choose from Mardi Gras, Tipitina, and Storyville
Spaghetti. There was a list of sandwiches I could not get my head around, Po’
Boys, Chicken VooDoo, Scarlet Heifer, Muffaletta and Moof-uh-leh-tuh! Then
you get the entrees, Jambalaya, Crawfish, Etoufee Shrimp, Creole Fried
Ersters, Fried Catfish Platter, Crawdaddies, and the Funky Butt. All of
which can be served with side dishes of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Dirty Rice,
or Maque Chou. And by the way “What did I want to drink”? “Beer”.
You can choose Abita Rurbo Dog, Abita Amber, Abita Purple Haze, Dixie,
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or O’Douls.
Absolute nightmare, however, I managed in the end aided by Lucy and Rob
and not without a little patience from the waitress who found my confusion
somewhat amusing! What I ended up with was one of the most amazing meals I
have ever had all served up with a large helping of blues in the form of
Lucy introduced me to Andrew and he was a delightful character to talk
to, extremely polite and charming, he also pays the guitar and sings a bit!
He was absolutely amazing; Andrew played an incredible set and the place
really, really rocked. No words will do justice to the music or the
atmosphere he generated that night; he played a range of classic blues
standards as well as his own compositions. His virtuosity on the guitar
coupled with his immensely powerful voice along with the audience, many of
whom, unsurprisingly seemed to be there because of him, made an easygoing
atmosphere that absolutely rocked. There was constant exchange of quips and
repartee between Andrew him and the audience that bought everything together
and all in all It was an evening that I will not forget. I bought a copy of
his CD that Andrew kindly dedicated to me and I have played it constantly
ever since I got back.
All I can say is “thank you Lucy” and “thank you Rob”. I look
forward to my next trip to Atlanta, which will definitely be in October.
However, I will be delighted to make a special trip in August to the Fee-Lay
Gumbo ……………….! Let me know!
PAUL RODGERS PERFORMS
B & B Backstage
Bull Market Square
1247 Boardman-Poland Rd.
Youngstown, Ohio 44514