I am now in the middle of my 6-week break from the road and I am really enjoying my time back in C-Town…relaxing, recording, visiting friends, making music, doing some radio interviews and watching some of my musical friends perform. I even found time to take a mini vacation to my favorite city in the USA, New Orleans!!
But the best part of this vacation was being able to perform with my musical brothers from our old band Love Affair as we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a reunion concert at The Tangier. All the pictures on this blog are from that night…and they were taken by Tom Apathy. Thanks Tom!!
The show was completely sold out and we performed non-stop for 2 hours & 20 minutes playing all the favorites from our 3 albums along with a few surprises from our early days playing the bars…pre-1980. During the show we did a 20 minute Led Zeppelin medley but the real surprises came when we did our Four Seasons medley & encored with Bohemian Rhapsody, both of which we had not performed since 1979. The band also performed the David Bowie song, Moonage Daydream, a song they used to do before I joined the band in 1974. It was awesome watching the audience singing along to the lyrics of the songs from our three albums. But the best part of the evening was when the audience took over & chanted the chorus to our 1980 hit, Mama Sez!!!
I must take a moment to thank the people that made this hugely successful reunion possible: Jeff Hair, the sixth member of the band and longtime musical brother….what can I say, you and your crew went above and beyond with your incredible sound, mixing & light show. Mike Criscione for your excellent work on keyboards re-creating all the sounds from our albums perfectly. Drew Losch & his crew for the great job you all did filming the show. Chris Sees for making sure everything went smoothly on stage. John Tevis for making this night happen at The Tangier. Ray Carr for the wonderful job you did emceeing the show. And of course, all our friends and fans that have always supported us.
The T-shirts that were sold during our reunion concert are now available here on the website. But there’s only limited number left, so once they’re sold out, that’s it!!
I’ve also been busy doing some radio interviews. I did a couple for my good friend Ray Carr on WCSB 89.3 leading up to the reunion concert. Today I was on Gene Briscoe’s Kool Kat Oldies Show on WDLW 1380 and this Wednesday I’ll be on the Chelsea Phillips Show on TYME 102.9 at 3:45p.
I still have 21 more days at home before touring resumes and hopefully during that time I’ll finish Fred Jackson’s new upcoming CD plus finish recording a track for Bill March. See ya soon!!!