• David Cassidy

    Posted January, 2010

    CassidyhbIf my aging, feeble memory is serving me as I hope, I was introduced to David Cassidy by way of TV.  The year was 1970 and it was during my family’s first trip to Tennessee to see family since our move to Arizona.  A bunch of family was gathered at my maternal grandparents’ house when my cousins started to excitedly chatter about the Patridge Family about to come on television.

    I thought to myself, “What’s this?  My cousins would to quit playing so we can watch some dumb documentary about BIRDS???”

    Silly kid.

    I quickly discovered what all the fuss was about.  The show was an engaging, fun filled, innocent show about a single mom (the ever gorgeous Shirley Jones) and her singing brood of talented kids.  The eldest of these was David Cassidy and, judging by the sighs, giggles, and muffled squeals, it was apparent that he was the biggest star of the show.

    Over the next four years, I had to endure the many girls of my various dreams swoon over the image and voice of Cassidy.  Yeah, as I’ve already admitted previously, I was mildly jealous of the teen heart throbs of the day and all for legitimate reasons.  That said, I quickly outgrew the jealousy, but not the healthy admiration, of Cassidy and his peers.

    Many years have passed since those days.  However, Cassidy is still wowing girls of all ages by way of concerts, TV appearances, films and Broadway performances.  It was because of an upcoming concert with fellow teen idol, Davy Jones, whom I had the privilege of talking with David by phone.

    Cassidy projects a warm and gracious presence over the phone.  I say this because I knew that he literally walked in to his Florida home from the airport after a long flight from LA.  And, yet, he enthusiastically obliged to the interview.

    We first chatted about a friend of his (and acquaintance of mine), legendary record producer and former U.S.

    manager of Apple Records, Ken Mansfield, whom I interviewed in 2009.  Ken produced an album for David that, due to corporate thick headedness, never made it to American record stores.

    Mansfield said of Cassidy wrote in The White Book, “David and I had spent an intense six months together, and I don’t believe I ever enjoyed my chosen vocation more than I did when I was working with him.”

    In chatting about his upcoming Dallas appearance, David relayed his last experience in the DFW Metroplex back in 1995.

    “I had such an amazing experience there.  I’ve done a couple of concerts there but I also did a Broadway show, Blood Brothers, with my brother, Shaun, in Dallas in ’95, I think it was. The audiences were amazing and my fans have been fantastic.

    “Because it’s been so long since I’ve done a concert there, I’m going to do, basically, a whole – I’m going to do a lot of hits - both Partridge Family and myself.  I’ve gone back and dug out the really great songs from the 70’s.  I’ll take people through a musical journey of my life.”

    At this point in our conversation, Cassidy takes a surprising and entertaining turn down memory lane.

    “When I was thirteen, the Beatles broke.  I got to know all of them.  I got to know John very, very well.  I played with him a couple of times.  He came over to my house and we played some great Beatles songs.  He had forgotten them – the early stuff which I had really remembered.  I’m talking about Meet the Beatles and The Beatles Second Album.

    “You know, when you’re thirteen and I saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show, like a million other guys, I went out and bought an electric guitar – like the next DAY!  I started playing in bands and garage bands through junior high and high school.  It was such an amazing, musical time.

    “I also played with Paul once.  They were doing their final dress rehearsal for their Wings Over America tour (spanning 1975 and 1976). They did it for me and my guitar player.  They were in Paris at the time, rehearsing and I got to hang out and play a bit.

    “But I got to know John really well.  I really think his spirit and his impact on the planet was so great.  I truly believe that he had more to do with changing the world and was willing to die for what he believed in.  He was just lambasted by the media and the press when they did the Bed-In; Nixon wanted to deport him.  But he was such incredibly inspirational guy – hysterically funny and amazingly bright.  They (The Beatles) all did – but he had such an incredible impact on me.”

    Later in our conversation, I brought the subject of Lennon back up.  I asked him what his reaction was and what went through his mind and emotions when John was killed.  I could tell that Cassidy genuinely felt angst and pain as he recalled that horrible night in December, 1980.

    “I got on an airplane and flew back to New York for reasons that are personal.  I didn’t want his funeral to be a circus.  I spent some time with Yoko at their apartment with a mutual friend of ours.  I spent a couple of days there.  It was, for me, a very personal thing.  I actually never talked about it because I talk about him and his life as opposed to the tragedy.

    “But I miss his voice.  And I mean his voice, now more than ever, his belief in ‘All you need is love.  Love is all you need and all we’re saying is give peace a chance.’”  Trying to choke back tears, David continues, “And his commitment to that was a real and genuine as anyone as I had ever known.  I think he had a lot to do with changing the world and its perception.  He was a tremendous spirit.”

    However, well before the emotional remembrance of his late friend, he excitedly shared his musical influences and memories, he lists a “who’s who” of rock royalty.

    “I saw Hendrix when I was a kid FOUR times.  I saw Clapton and Cream.  I think it was the last show they did.  The live version of Crossroads – I think I was there for that legendary, incredible performance of Crossroads.  I saw THAT SHOW.  They did two nights.  I believe that was the last show they ever did until a couple of years ago when they got back together and played Royal Albert Hall. That’s gotta be, shew, forty years ago!”

    As if to snap back from memory lane, David seamlessly brings the conversation back to his upcoming Dallas appearance.

    “I might take people back to when John and I first got together and played.  Anyway, I might take them all through that and up through my last platinum album.  I’ll do a couple of my remixes from two years ago which I premiered on Oprah.  It was February two years ago and my album went to number one on Amazon the next day.  The impact of Oprah is quite remarkable.

    “I just came off of doing a television series with my brothers, Ruby and the Rockets.  I cut down a lot of the dates because of my work back in television and I’ve moved back out to L.A.   I’m going to start doing a feature film – really a great script.  I’ve only done three features in my life – I’m talking about theatrical releases.  So, we shall see how it goes.  It’s the first show of the year for me and I’m very excited to do it.

    “I did a show last year with Davy Jones, which was really successful.  He’s going to open for me and do the first half.  God knows, he really surprised me.  We forget that the Monkees had an awful lot of hits.  His shows are REALLY good. I think a lot of the audience – they were from the 60’s and mine are from the 70’s.  I think the audience will be filled with a night of incredible high energy.

    “I’m chomping at the bit to get back and do it.  With all of the work and being in Los Angeles, I haven’t performed, I think, since the first weekend in December so it’s been a while.  I’ve got a lot of different sets that I do.  Every show I do different.  I don’t have any set pattern.  Who knows?  I may do a little bit of blues since I’ll be in Texas.  I’ll do some acoustic stuff.

    I’ve learned from Cassidy and others that he is quite the equestrian.  I got the impression from him that, aside from his career and his family, that horses are the next thing nearest and dearest to his heart.

    “Oh yeah!  I raise and breed thoroughbred race horses.  I’ve been doing that for over thirty years.  I race in New York.  I’ve got one in Louisiana at the fairgrounds that actually is going to start tomorrow.  He’s going to make his first start.

    “But I’ve been breading and racing almost exclusively for the last ten years in New York.  I’ve been the leading breeder by percentage of stakes winners and average earnings although I don’t have anywhere near the kind of earning that some of the big farms do.  I have a small breeding operation with six or seven mares.  It’s been a real passion of mine, too.”

    Ever the gentleman, David Cassidy brings the conversation back around his appreciation for Dallas.  He starts off by saying, “I am genuinely, genuinely excited about going back to Dallas.”  Then, switching gears, he tells a story about one of his last visits to the Metroplex.

    “I had come from Detroit.  It was, like, 37 degrees and freezing in Detroit.  I got there (to Dallas) and it’s, like, 89!  And this beautiful, BEAUTIFUL girl, who was working for the promoter and producer, greeted me.  She said (and he puts on his best genuinely Southern, make that, Dallas, accent), “Hi, David!  Welcome to Dallas!”  It was 89 degrees and we’ve got gloves on.  It was night and day!  So, I have great memories of Dallas.

    “I’ve played the Houston Astrodome.  I played a big Reunion Arena there in Dallas.  I’ve heard fantastic things about the Nokia Theater so I’m looking forward to playing there.  We’re going to try to blow the roof off of that place when we come down.”

    THEN, he dropped this little teaser that I don’t think anyone has heard yet.

    “My brother, Shaun, actually may come.  I don’t know for sure.”

    You heard it here first, Dallasites.  If you were contemplating buying tickets for the Cassidy/Jones show, there MIGHT be an extra added bonus.  I dunno.  I’m just saying.

    With our conversation about to wrap up, I asked Cassidy if there was anything unique or special that was going to be offered at the souvenir tables in the lobby.  His answer floored me.

    “I think the experience itself – for me – it’s a celebration.”  Clearly, for Cassidy, it’s about the fans and the memories.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?

    To relive your teenage thrills, catch David Cassidy in concert at a venue near you.  His tour schedule is available at www.davidcassidy.com.

  • Davy Jones

    Posted January, 2010

    DavyJones1As a kid in the sixties, I LOVED watching The Monkees.  There was something about the fun that Davy, Michael, Mickey and Peter exuded from the TV screen that left their viewers and fans with no choice but to smile along with them.

    Even after the show was cancelled from its Monday night line-up, the band (yes, they could really play their instruments) enjoyed a loyal following.  This was helped to a certain degree by the Saturday morning re-runs of theirs shows and the release of new albums.

    The Monkees still have that loyal following and to help fill the need for a Monkee fix is Davy Jones, arguably THE heart throb of the band.  Because of his British accent and charm, along with the looks that made girls swoon, Jones commanded the bulk of the attention the band received.

    I recently chatted by phone with Davy to learn more about what fans can expect from his Dallas area appearance with David Cassidy on February 6th of this year.  Honestly?  I was expecting a by-the-numbers interview where in this icon of the Broadway, TV, and concert stages would try hard to tolerate questions that he’s had to have heard a million times before.

    I was wrong.  I laughed.  Hard.  I laughed a lot.  After the call, I felt like I maybe should have paid the price for admission just to have laughed as hard as I did.

    Jones started our conversation off by filling me in on a little historical background about the Monkees being followed by David Cassidy and The Partridge Family after Monkees’s show was cancelled.  This was helped along by the fact that both shows were produced by Screen Gems.

    Davy said, speaking of David, “I had actually known his father, Jack Cassidy, back in New York, in the sixties as well as Shirley Jones.  I was on Broadway in Oliver.  He was all part of that little click with Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones.  It was Judy Garland and Tony Newly; Dudley Moore, Joan Collins, Peggy Lee, Buddy Rich.

    “Oh my goodness!  It was like, Judy Garland was good friends with Georgia Brown.  Georgia Brown was Nancy in Oliver.  She put me under her wing like I was her little man.  I was only sixteen at the time.  We always use to go over to Judy’s apartment on Central Park West and they got into whatever they got into.  I wanted to be JUST like them.  By the time I was seventeen years old, I was well into gin and tonics, you know?

    I’m thinking, “This is it.  I’m just like everyone else!”  It wasn’t until I saw Judy Garland go around the revolving door at the Russian Tea Room three times, trying to find her way out, that I realized, “I don’t think I want to be like that!”

    “I sang with her at Carnegie Hall and that was cool.  It was all about the time that I was on the Ed Sullivan Show in ’64 – the night the Beatles were on.  I did a song from Oliver.  That was when I first thought, ‘Ah!  Music!  It’s good, all these girls!  I think I’ll have a piece of that (fame), actually!’ That’s why I got into what I got into.

    “As I said, Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones was all part of that click and it was like, ‘Goodness gracious, me!’  Years later, David shows up on the lot at Columbia Pictures, he’s in a TV series and his mum there.  And he’s like, ‘Oh, my goodness gracious!’

    Obviously relishing the nostalgic memories of youthful innocence, Davy continues:

    “It was all good – very incestuous, in a sense.  It’s all from the same little mold, you know?  We all hung out together back in the 60’s with the Grass Roots, the Turtles, the Association and the Beach Boys.  It used to be that we’d all be going to the same parties and, pretty much, dating the same girls.

    “All of a sudden, we’d be saying, ‘We’re going to knock you off the charts next week.  Don’t you worry!’  It was like – you wouldn’t imagine Bobby Riddell pulling a gun on Fabian, could you?  ‘Hey, man!  Get off the charts!’

    “I approached David (Cassidy) and said, ‘Come on, man!  You and I!’”  He and I had been, like, vying for All Time Teen Idol Celebrity for thirty years.  So I said, ‘Why don’t go out as the Ultimate Idol?’

    “So, Dallas is going to be good (where he appears with Cassidy).  And we also had a date in Staten Island or somewhere like that.  We talked about it.  I think that we’re going to work together.  It brings people in and gives them a lot of nostalgia.”

    Sliding in a little humor, Jones humorously makes light of the ages that his high profile generation:

    “He (Cassidy) sings, ‘I think I love me, what am so I afraid of?’ Tony Orlando sings, ‘Knock three times on the ceiling if you hear me fall”.  Peter Noone singings, ‘Mrs. Brown, you have a lovely walker’.  Roberta Flack sings, ‘The first time I ever forgot your face.’  And Willie Nelson’s on the throne again.  All this stuff is, like, ridiculous.  Ringo Starr sings, ‘I get a little help from Depends.’ It gets crazy.  Paul Simon sings, ’50 ways to lose your liver’ and Abba is singing ‘Denture Queen’.

    I’m sure that these take this as all being in good humor . . . don’t they?

    “People will look at me when I’m in the super market and they’ll say, ‘Do you know who you are?’ And I say, ‘What? Was I dead or something?’  They’re looking out the window to see if my Rolls Royce and my driver are there and they’re wondering why I haven’t moon walked into the cheese department.

    “It’s like, ‘Sorry, this is the real man!’  I keep race horses and I keep myself fit.  I can’t believe that I’m 60-friggin’-4.  It’s ridiculous. I go places and people go, ‘You look just the way that you did!’  And I go, ‘Did when?’

    Circling back to his Ultimate Idol idea, Jones excitedly shares information about his pet project.

    “We’re putting together an Ultimate Idol tour.  We’re actually going on a cruise ship with (cruise ship company) Costa and it’s going to be produced by Ron Dante, who produced The Archies and The Cufflinks.  He produced Cher, Pat Benatar, Barry Manilow.  He’s been a friend of mine for years.  He and I have been in the studio cutting some songs lately, finding a couple of nice things that look and sound like they could be pretty good.

    “Barry Williams from the Brady Bunch is going to be with us.  Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods and a couple of tribute bands – The Beatles and The Grass Roots.  We’re going from the 3rd thru the 9th of April out of Fort Lauderdale.  It’s all be on my website, www.davyjones.net and it gives the instructions and information.  We’ll do a question and answer thing; we do an autograph thing; we do a night in a night club where we’ll jam and play.  Barry does one, I do one and Ron Dante does one. Bo Donaldson backs us up and plays.  We’ve got great musicians!  It’s all going to be wonderful.

    Bringing the conversation back around to the Dallas appearance, Davy says, “David and I love the fans.  It’s going to be great!  I’ll obviously sing Clarksville, I’m A Believer and Pleasant Valley, I Want To Be Free, Stepping Stone, and Daydream Believer.

    “You know, all of the songs were written by Carol King, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and Harry Nilsson.  The credentials of the music is sort of the who’s who in the industry.  Consequently, it’s not hard to go out there and do what I do.

    Talking again about his age, Jones jokes, “But it’s not just about the songs, though.  The first thing I say when I go out there is, ‘Hello, everybody!  Good evening!  I’m Davy’s dad.  Davy will be out here in a minute!’  And then it starts there.  I’ve got my wife Telemundo star, Jessica Pacheco), standing on the stage, winding her arm around, saying, ‘Get on with it!  Sing a song!”

    “I do schtick, I talk and tell jokes, telling how I got there that evening and how long it took.  I’ll talk about the taxi driver.  It just comes to me and I feel so familiar with the audience.  They don’t go there to judge me.  They go there to be entertained and enjoy and listen to the familiar material and all of that stuff.  It’s a doddle – it’s easy!

    “The part of it that’s not easy is to try to not be repetitive with everything you do and say.  Obviously, the little dialog I mentioned, talking about Abba and Tony Orlando and all of them – yeah, there’s little sets and little dialogs that I have.  But I try to say it in a different way and make the band laugh and have a great time.  Whether it be from an expression on my face or the words I say.  I make fun of the band and I talk about the past and I talk about falling in love three times in every episodes and getting stars in my eyes; being the centerfold in 16 Magazine.

    “It all sounds a little bit ‘nothing’ but once you put it all together, it’s an evening of nostalgia – Monkee memories.  It’s something I lived.  I DID go to Birdland with Buddy Rich and I did sort of sing with Judy Garland.  I did lunch with Elizabeth Taylor.  It’s a name dropping thing at the time but there’s a story behind every one of those occasions. And I try to make it fun and funny and informative; to let people see the human – the ordinary side of who they are listening and looking at.”

    I brought up a quote by Jones when asked about why a Monkees reunion tour wasn’t going to happen.  The net/net of the quote was that it wouldn’t happen because the rest of the group are “serious” now and that Davy likes to inject large amounts of self-deprecating humor and such into the shows.  He reminded the interview that humor was what the Monkees were all about.  I concluded the reminder by saying that, while our generation doesn’t want to live in the past, we don’t want to forget about it, either.

    “Yeah, that’s the thing. I go on stage now and, obviously, I make fun of the fact that Peter joined a one man band but gave it up for musical differences.  About Mickey Dolenz, I say, ‘Since he doesn’t have any hair now, how does he know when to wash his face?’; whatever it takes to make the crowd laugh.

    “The idea is that I WOULD go out and do the Monkees again if we would do the Monkees.  I play the guitar.  Mickey plays the guitar.  Peter plays about twelve instruments – at once, I might add, if you know what I mean.  And the idea would be, if we’re not going to do the Monkees, I don’t want to do it – I don’t want to go out.

    “I can go out with musicians I know and give them parts to play, okay?  And present a show that I know is going to be entertaining.

    “I was approached (for the Monkees) to go to Europe.  The Monkees went to about 36 countries around the world where the TV show was shown.  So, there’s a vast audience who has never seen us live.

    “The odds of getting Mike Nesmith involved is another story altogether.  Mike is involved with other stuff and he’s not really into performing.  He doesn’t like to play on stage that much.  So, you can understand that.  He’s 66 years old or thereabouts.  He doesn’t want to go out there and be a Monkee.

    “I go out and I perform.  I refer to the Monkees.  I sing Monkee tunes and I also sing Nat King Cole and swing music and I sing country music – all kinds of stuff.”

    At this point in the conversation, Jones drops this little nugget:

    “I was approached just this week by a company in Las Vegas about giving us a residency as the Monkees.  Just like Elton John.  Just like Cher.  Just like Bette Midler.  Just like a lot of people have done.  So that the people come to you.  It makes it easier.

    “John Lennon said years ago, ‘I don’t want to be 40 years old, wearing a silver suit, playing in Vegas, you know?’  He also said that the Monkees didn’t sing like the Beatles they were more like the Marx Brothers, which was a compliment.  Thank you very much, John!

    “The thing would be that people are doing that now. As you get older, travelling becomes harder. It’s more difficult, especially in the winter months.  You get people to come see you.  It’s not what it used to be.  It’s the entertainment capital of the world.  There are more shows and more entertainers go there to perform because the people come to them!

    Becoming more verbally animated, Davy excitedly continues to describe the concept.

    “It would be great to go there for three months and put on a show. Use film, use footage, use sets.  You know, reset the Monkees living room and work it out of there and give them a show!  Just like the Jersey Boys, they’re going to do it eventually anyway.  They’re going to put the Monkee thing back together because the songs all hold up and they’re great songs. So, they’ll eventually do it so why don’t WE do it?”

    Jones’ foot is nowhere near the brake on this topic.

    “I don’t want to tour around the country with two other grumpy old men, you know what I’m saying?  Because, you know, they go through their menopause about every two weeks.  Forget it!  It’s not easy.  You feel one way and you look at yourself in another. And so I try to put the fun into my performance. I’m not inhibited by anything.  I’ve been to the top of the mountain, okay?

    “The Monkees was such a successful idea.  I don’t need to escape anything.  I just need to include other things.  I’ll sing some theater. I’ll sing a medley of Oliver songs.   Or I’ll sing something from West Side Story. And I won’t feel uncomfortable or like I’m throwing it down people’s neck.  I’m just adding to the schedule of the show and be entertaining. I talk.  I talk about things that have happened to me and about things that will happen to me.  I make it as tough as I can for the next act who comes into that theater. They better be good if they come after me, okay?  I’ll probably be going on first so Cassidy better start thinking about it!” Jones concludes with a laugh.  He later adds, “If you enjoyed the show, tell everybody.  If you didn’t, tell them it was David Cassidy!”

    I happen to know that, while Davy and his lovely wife, Jessica, lend their celebrity to a lot of charity work, they also quietly lend a hand to charities in much lower key ways.  It’s a belief that those good deeds done in relative secrecy will be openly rewarded.  Not a bad philosophy to live by, don’t you think?

    Another bit of trivia that some Davy Jones fans might not be aware of is that he is quite the hands-on equestrian.  He’s quite proud of the fact that He feeds his horses and grooms them himself.  He was also quite complementary the thoroughbred breeding operation of his peer, David Cassidy though Jones is quick to point out that Cassidy is on a different, more expensive level than he is.  That said, as our conversation was winding up, Jones was about to head out the door and to the barn to feed his babies.

    As we closed, Davy Jones did something that caught me completely and pleasantly off guard.  He encouraged me to keep on keeping on with my work with Boomerocity.  While I wasn’t looking for encouragement, it was quite a welcome comment coming from someone who is an icon of my youth.

    I guess that now makes me a Daydream Believer.  How cool is that?

    You can find out where Davy Jones is going to appear near you by going to www.davyjones.net.  If you plan to be in the Dallas area on February 6th, why not plan to catch a rare opportunity to catch both Davy and David Cassidy in concert?  It is certain to be quite a nice addition to the memories we all love.

  • Davy Jones and David Cassidy - Dallas, 2010

    Davy Jones/David Cassidy Concert

    Nokia Theater, Grand Prairie, Texas

    February 7, 2010

    Do any of you folks watch CBS’s hit show, Cold Case? You know how they always do that thing where certain characters temporarily transition from how they look “today” compared to how they looked back when the crime was committed? Well, I just learned that those transitions are for real and made possible with some super-secret gizmo thingy.

    How do I know this? I saw it happen, en masse, during the Davy Jones/David Cassidy concert last night at the Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas.

    I know what you’re thinking. You thinking, “Surely you jest, Mr. Patterson!”

    I kid you, not!

    My lovely and graceful first (and only) wife and I are avid people watchers wherever we go. As the crowd filed into the wonderfully configured Nokia Theater, we watched the mostly female crowd excitedly make their way to their seats. 

    Most of the women were in the late forties or older. Some of the women were suffering from ailments that the passage of time bestows on many of us as we hit around the half century mark. Some came alone. Others came with their spouse/date/significant other and others came as a giggly group. Regardless of how we all got there, we were all definitely aged shadows of our former selves.

    That is, until the lights went down, the band fired up and Davy Jones bounced onto the stage.

    That’s when that Cold Case time-machine thingy zapped the building. For the next three hours, it seemed as though everyone metamorphosed back to the way we all were in the late sixties and early seventies. People who limped and hobbled in were suddenly able to jump to their feet, squealing and swaying to the sounds of yesteryear.

    Davy Jones, fit and effervescent as ever, performed an hour-plus set that led the near capacity audience on a trip down memory lane, when times were simpler, innocent and carefree. 

    Knowing how to please his fans, the Monkee front man delivered all the hits. From the hit TV show and related albums to a tune or two from the Broadway Oliver, Jones danced and swayed to the squealing delight of the time-machine treated women in the audience.

    As inmy interview with Jones, he delivered an almost non-stop string of stories drenched in his humor. Delivered with his British accent, one couldn’t help but shake with laughter. He also introduced his lovely wife, Telemundo star, Jessica Pacheco, who performed a beautiful flamingo dance, ending it with some age related humorous banter with her iconic husband.

    As Davy was ending his set, he introduced David Cassidy, providing quite a photo op for the crowd as well as yet an opportunity for the girls to exercise their vocal chords. 

    After the intermission, the Cassidy band paved the way for David’s warm welcome onto the stage. The girls went nuts, as was to be expected. Flashing the perfect smile that is a genetic legacy of his late father, Jack Cassidy, David wiggled, sang and pressed the flesh as the girls again stormed the stage.

    As did Davy Jones, Cassidy delivered the expected hits, peppered with covers of such great rock classics as Cream’s Crossroadsand Deep Purple’s Hushwith the same punch and raw power as the original bands presented them. He also performed an impromptu, unrehearsed set of Beatles tunes as he reflected back on his time with John Lennon. I think David should record a project covering classic rock songs such as these. The sales would do well, as Rod Stewart has discovered.

    Apparently wanting to freshen up some of the Partridge Family and solo hits a bit, David tweaked the arrangements of a couple of the songs to be more in line with blues or jazz. While some in the crowd might not have liked the changes, they never showed it, clapping and squealing once they recognized the tune.

    As the show ended and the house lights came back on, the Cold Case/Time Machine thingy was turned off and everyone morphed back to how we were when we entered the venue three hours before. 

    While it sucks to have had to come back to reality, for brief moment in time we could forget our age and the aches and pains that have tacked on to our bodies over time and once again revisit the emotions and memories of our youth.

    Do you think there’s a Cold Case/Time Machine thingy app for Blackberry’s and iPhones? I want one!

  • Good Times (The Monkees)

    goodtimesmonkeescoverGood Times
    The Monkees
    Label: Rhino Records
    Release Date: May 27, 2016

    Legacy acts often release new material and, while the material may be great work, some fans will complain that it sounds nothing like their work from days gone by.

    Such is NOT the case with the first album in almost twenty years by The Monkees entitled, Good Times.

    Yes, they recorded the album without their late bandmate, Davy Jones, but Mr. Jones' voice is present on the band's cover of the Neil Diamond song, Love To Love.

    The entire album sounds as though it was recorded forty years ago and remastered. New material (for the most part) but definitely nostalgic, Monkee fans are absolutely going to love this CD.

    I suggest buying it and then immediately take it to your car, turn it on, and hit the road and don't come back until you've heard it all the way through at least once.

    Yeah, it's that good!

  • James Burton & Friends 2019

    James Burton and Friends
    Schermerhorn Symphony Center
    Nashville, Tennessee
    November 12, 2019

    Burton ShowLast night, I experienced a musical night of historic proportions that I haven’t experienced since seeing Elvis Presley in 1973 . . . and I don’t say that lightly.

    I’m talking about a fundraising event hosted by legendary guitarist, James Burton, for his foundation whose purpose is to put music – especially guitars (thousands of them) in schools and rehab institutions.

    Burton invited a large number of his friends to come and perform and they did so on their own dime. What kind of friends, you ask? Legends such as Brian May of Queen, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Sammy Hagar, Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Paul Shaffer (The Late Show with David Letterman), Vince Neil (Motley Burton and DolenzJames Burton and Mickey Dolenz - Photo by Randy PattersonCrue), Tanya Tucker, Brandie Carlisle, T. Graham Brown, Maggie Rose, Caroline Jones, The Imperials, Alex & Roy Orbison, Jr., Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, John Carter Cash, Chris Whitehall (Griswolds), Tim Rushlow (Little Texas), Steve Wariner, Skunk Baxter, Marty Haggard, Ronnie Tutt (former drummer for Elvis Presley).

    This show was four hours of musical magic. Imagine watching Joe Walsh and Brian May performing Rocky Mountain Way or Jason Scheff with Brian May serving up a scorching version of Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface.

    What was great about the whole night was that its purpose was to raise money to put music back into schools and into the hands of kids and veterans.

    It’s unconscionable that with all the money collected in taxes for education systems across the country that musical education has been cast aside. But, cast aside it has been. Mr. Burton has raised money to fix that travesty of education. Please help James continue to accomplish his gargantuan mission by contributing to The James Burton Foundation directly (click here). Contribute now. Contribute often. It’s a phenomenal cause.