Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm So Glad...

Today in rock history, Cream played their final two concerts in 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Over 10000 fans attended while thousands more were turned away. British groups, Yes and Taste were supporting acts. It seems odd to fans that Eric Clapton didn’t think very highly of the music created by his band with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Maybe Eric was "so glad" that the band had run it's course... Well, he must have seen at least the commercial value of those tunes because they did get back together back at the same venue in 2005 for a reunion. Here's "Crossroads" from that concert; not the version we're used to hearing, but a good one nevertheless. Thanks to for the info, and keep on rockin'!

Friday, November 14, 2008

"Third Stone From The Sun"

John “Mitch” Mitchell: 7/9/47 – 11/12/2008

Doing some fact checking today, I was astounded to learn that he started playing with Jimi when he was still a teenager. When I, as a 16 year old, heard him on the “Are You Experienced?” album in 1967, I was just blown away by the power and technical sophistication of his drumming. Now that I know that he was just a “kid”, only three years older than me at the time, it hits me again how really good he was. His passing reminds us that we’re all mortal and don’t have too much time on this little rock, the third stone from the sun. Let’s take a look at this vid of Mitch in his prime, and celebrate his life. It should be noted that he died while on a break during an "Experience Hendrix" tour, playing the music he loved. He will be missed… Thanks to for the info, and keep on rockin’!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dino’s Song

Today in rock history, Dino Valente (born Chester (Chet) William Powers, Jr.) was born in 1943. He was an early figure in the Village folk scene in the early ‘60’s, and wrote the seminal love and brotherhood song, “Get Together,” later recorded by the Airplane and the Youngbloods. After relocating to San Francisco in 1963, he became pals with David Crosby, Roger (Jim) McGuinn and Mike Clarke, and reportedly turned down an offer to join the Byrds. He was best known for forming Quicksilver Messenger Service with John Cippolina, David Frieberg, and Jim Murray in 1964, although he didn’t stay in the band very long – he was ousted for frequent drug busts. He served about 5 years of a 1 to 10 stretch in Folsom, and rejoined the band in 1969. The band lasted through 1979 and Valente died in 1994. Let’s celebrate his life by checking out “Dino’s Song,” written by Valente, which became his signature tune. It’s also a song I can play on guitar, bass or drums, which makes it instantly attractive to me! Thanks to and for the info, and keep on rockin’!