Friday, September 19, 2008

Wish You Were Here

.. This one's for you, Rick!

Richard Wright - 28 July 1943 – 15 September 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Local Legends

I’ve written in past entries about the Wednesday night jam at Renegade’s Bar and Grill in Burnsville, MN, where anything can and does happen. Well, last night was no exception – local legends Larry and Dick Weigand showed up to jam with the band. Larry (bass) and Dick (guitar) were members of the seminal Minneapolis band Crow from 1967 to 1972. As far as I know, they may still be together and playing gigs, as the recent video below shows. They had a national hit with the song “Evil Woman,” which is distinctive for its unusual horn line. Well, as I understand it, they are no horn players in the band and the horn parts were dubbed in over the band’s objections, so I don’t know it was actually the horn part that made it a hit. Back in the day, I was a big fan – I think I owned all three of their albums. At any rate, it would have been great to sit in with these legendary musicians, but Howie wasn’t about to give up the drum chair, so I had to content myself with watching the action. Here is a clip from the band in their prime and a later vid of them doing their other hit "Cottage Cheese" at the Medina Ballroom. Enjoy, and keep on rockin!