People ask me why I sing with my eyes shut. I tell them, “I can see the words.” They look at me kind of funny. Then I say, “Have you ever seen Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder use a teleprompter.” Then they really look at me funny.
I just got done reading Howard Kaylan’s “Shell Shocked.” Pretty good book. Howard tells of his life with The Turtles, The Mothers, and Flo and Eddie. His life went something like this:
Chubby little kid joins a band which becomes “The Turtles.” They have a hit with Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” Now that he’s a star, he gets lots of women. Gets married, and has women on the side. Finds drugs and has more women, and more drugs. Gets divorced, has more women and more drugs. Has more drugs, gets married, fools around on the side and does more drugs. Then he does more drugs, gets divorced, does more drugs, fools around, then gets married. Does more drugs, fools around, did I mention he does more drugs. More hits, more women, and more drugs.
That’s his life in a nutshell.
Just came back from seeing NRBQ. What a great show. Terry has a good band with
Scott Ligon – Guitar, vocals
Casey McDonough – Bass, vocals
Conrad Choucroun – Drums, vocals
and the Whole Wheat Horns
Klem Klimek – Sax, Tambourine, vocals
Tom Q. – Trombone, Maracas, vocals
As much as I miss Al Anderson, Scott Ligon can really play guitar and is good
singer. He sang most of the lead vocals.
The big difference I see in the “old” NRBQ and the “new” NRBQ is in the “old”
band, while Terry was the leader, the rest of the band had a big presence on
stage. In this band, You know it’s Terry’s band. Nobody did talking but him.
Some of the songs I remember:
“Hot Biscuits And Sweet Marie”
Howard Johnson Got His Mojo Working”
“Me And The Boys”
“We Travel The Spaceways”
They also did a couple of Jazz numbers and two County numbers that the names
escape me at the moment.
Terry was talking about David Rose. He said does anybody know who he is? He’s
the guy who wrote the “Little House On The Prairie” theme song. He also wrote
this song, and they did:
The last song they did before the encore was
“Don’t Let Me Down” – As soon as the first notes were played I knew what song
they were doing. Scott Legon did a great lead vocal on this.
All in all, excellent show.