Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today!

The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today.

First album to be certified Platinum!

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Gold Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Dad was the Iron Butterfly’s manager and attorney.
I played at the band’s ranch in Topanga Canyon when I was little.
I also played piano at the age of five with Herbie Hancock when he stayed at our house.
I was backstage and under the bleachers when Black Oak Arkansas played Circus Circus in Las Vegas in the early 70’s.

Dad managed all of them and other famous artists while we were growing up in Los Angeles. It was not your ordinary childhood.

“IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by the Iron Butterfly 1968

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The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, with more than 30 million copies sold. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA Platinum Award. It went to #4 on the U.S. charts.

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The Iron Butterfly in 1968

Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)

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In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?

Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya now.
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?

In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?
Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya.

Two, three, four!
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Written by Douglas Ingle • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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In early 1968, the band’s debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the album in late 1967. Faced with the possibility of the record not being released, they quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring.

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I almost went to Woodstock! This was a smash hit record in the Summer of Love 1968. Here’s the story from Wikipedia that I heard when I was growing up:

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would “immediately” take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, the demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band’s career may have gone further had they played the festival. According to drummer Bushy, “We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.

But I always heard that Dad had refused to let the band get on the helicopters unless they were paid first and that’s why we never got to Woodstock….

Here’s the truth. The band’s equipment and lightshow got stuck in the famous New York Throughway traffic jam and never made it to the location. The band was stuck in NYC (and needed a helicopter to get to the festival) and the staff at Woodstock had too many problems to deal with and said “f*ck you”, the helicopter never came and the band did not go to Woodstock.

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Iron Butterfly “Ball” 1969

The gold record for this album is on the wall too. It went to #3 on the U.S. charts.

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Gold Record for “Ball” by the Iron Butterfly

The next album, Ball, reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly’s Vida tour) and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt.

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“Metamorphosis” – the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released August 13 , 1970.

The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Captain Beyond – “Captain Beyond” (self-titled) 1972

Captain Beyond was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up was singer Rod Evans, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Evans was the original lead singer for Deep Purple best known for his vocals on their 1968 debut chart-breaker “Hush”. Reinhardt and Dorman had played in Iron Butterfly; Dorman, in particular, played on most of Butterfly’s early albums, including their 1968 breakthrough In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Caldwell had come to prominence playing with Johnny Winter.

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A recent “Jeopardy” Answer!

 

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A fine Pizza Tribute in Las Vegas

NOTE: We own a small MUSIC CATALOG and the MASTER TAPES of some fine vintage recordings (some previously released on the ATCO/Calliope/Festival Records labels) and they are FOR SALE! Please message me if you are a interested in more information (serious buyers only of course).

 

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Platinum Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

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FlashbackFriday! Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

FlashbackFriday!

Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

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Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356c Cabriolet in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

Janis Joplin purchased a used 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet for $3500 from Beverly Hills car dealer Estes-Zipper in 1968. She paid Dave Richards, one of her roadies, $500 to give the Porsche a psychedelic face lift. Completed in one month and titled “The History of the Universe.” The car and its paint job (a base coat of Candy Apple Red with portraits of Big Brother and the Holding Company, her astrological sign Capricorn, “The Eye of God” design on the hood, butterflies, jellyfish and a Northern California scene on the side doors) became one of the most recognizable vehicles in San Francisco.

The Porsche was stolen in 1969 and partially repainted before being found.  When the stolen car was recovered, the paint job was restored because they were able to remove the new paint from the clearcoat with little damage to the original artwork underneath.

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Janis Lyn Joplin aka “Pearl” RIP (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

After Janis’ death in 1970, the car was used by her manager Albert Grossman. And then in 1973 ownership of the car went to her siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin in Ohio, who shared it for about 30 years. Michael rebuilt the original engine and returned the car to the original dolphin gray color (although some say it was originally oyster white). Working from photographs, artists Jana Mitchell and Amber Owen, restored Dave’s original artwork in 1990 and the 4-speed manual transmission was rebuilt and restored. The family loaned the Porsche to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Janis was inducted in 1995 and it was exhibited in museums until 2015. We saw it and took the above photograph in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2013 (see our previous Blog).

NOTE: Dec. 10, 2015 – A 1964 Porsche 356 that once belonged to the rock singer Janis Joplin sold at auction for $1.76 million (the highest price ever paid for any Porsche 356 at auction). The car had been expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The sale price includes a 10% commission for Sotheby’s auction house. According to the family, the proceeds from the auction will be used to support social programs in Janis’s memory.

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”

Sotheby’s did not say who bought Janis’ car and the buyer has not come forward.

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Janis’ Porsche at the “Driven by Disruption” Auction at Sotheby’s

 

PARTY AT GROUND ZERO!

PARTY AT GROUND ZERO!
written by Angelo Moore, Kendall Jones and John Norwood Fisher of Fishbone in 1985

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FISHBONE!

Fishbone! “Party At Ground Zero” music video directed by Henry Selick in 1985:

And Fishbone “Party At Ground Zero” LIVE at Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, CA in 1987:

The song is about “Dancing around Armageddon” and having a good time without worry or concern….

Party at ground zero – A “B” movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing – Pink vapor stew!
Johnny, go get your gun, for the commies are in our hemisphere today
Ivan, go fly your MIG, for the Yankee imperialists have come to play
Johnny goes to Sally’s house to kiss her goodbye
But Daddy says to spend the night
They make love ’till the early morning light
For tomorrow Johnny goes to fight
Johnny, Ivan, Ian, everybody come along for our nations need new heroes
Time to sing a new war song
[CHORUS]
Please do not fear ’cause Fishbone is here to say (say what?)
Just have a good time the stop sign is far away
The toilet has flushed and green lights are a ghost
And drop drills will be extinct
Speedracer cloud has come
They know not what they’ve done
Sin has just won
The planet is a crumb…
[CHORUS]

The term “Ground Zero” is generally used to mean the point directly above or below the earth’s surface closest to the detonation when a nuclear explosion takes place. The term is also used to mark the point of the most severe damage or destruction.

Inauguration Day has taken place on January 20 every year following a presidential election since 1937. Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017 around noon on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. The president-elect and vice president-elect will both take the Oath of Office, followed by the inaugural address and the presidential procession and inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

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The United States Capitol in Washington D.C.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
– The Oath of Office of the President of the United States (as mandated by the United States Constitution in Article II, Section One, Clause 8)

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More than 50 House Democrats are planning to boycott the inauguration in Washington D.C. after Trump’s divisive campaign, and most recently his twitter attack this week on civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis (after he called Trump’s victory illegitimate due to Russian interference in the election). And 200,000+ people are also expected in the city the day after for the Women’s March on Washington to protest Trump’s election.

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Trump is scheduled to be sworn in on January 20, 2017

Our Thoughts on Trump’s Inauguration:

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government elected by the citizens (well, actually the Electoral College) of the United States of America to a four year term of office. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces the most expensive military (with the second largest nuclear arsenal) in the world.

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NOTE: During the Cold War, a snack bar that used to be located in the open space in the center of the Pentagon was nicknamed “Cafe Ground Zero, the deadliest hot dog stand in the world.” Soviet satellites saw groups of military officers entering and exiting the hot dog stand at about the same time every day. They concluded that the stand was the entrance to an underground bunker.

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The Pentagon – Arlington, Virginia

“Rumor has it that during the Cold War the Russians never had any less than two missiles aimed at this hot dog stand. They thought this was the Pentagon’s most top secret meeting room, and the entire Pentagon was a large fortress built around this hot dog stand. They thought the officers were going to get their top secret briefings in a protected area, but really they were just going to get lunch” – Brett Eaton, an information and communications officer for Washington Headquarters Services

Cafe Ground Zero was torn down in 2006 and a new building was built in its place. The Pentagon was declared a national historic landmark in 1992 and the courtyard is one of five historically protected features of the building. The hot dog stand was replaced by a modern building of roughly the same size and exactly the same shape.

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Cafe Ground Zero at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (torn down in 2006)

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The New Building: The Center Courtyard Cafe at the Pentagon (opened in 2008)

Construction of the Pentagon was completed in approximately 16 months at a total cost of $83 million. Ground was broken September 11, 1941 and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

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Designed by American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), the building is 77 ft tall, and each of the five sides of the building is 921 ft long  with a five-acre central plaza. It has five floors above ground and two basement levels. One of the world’s largest office buildings, the total square footage is about 6,500,000 square feet. More than half, 3,700,000 square feet is office space. The concentric rings are designated “A” through “E” from the center out with additional “F” and “G” rings in the basement. “E” Ring offices have the outside view and are generally occupied by senior officials. Supposedly, it’s possible for a person to walk between any two points in the Pentagon in less than seven minutes.

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The Pentagon After 9/11

On September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after the building’s construction began, American Airlines Flight Flight 77 (from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport) was hijacked and deliberately flown into the west side of the Pentagon at 9:37am, killing 189 people according to the official report. 59 civilians and 5 terrorists on the airplane were killed, as were 70 civilians and 55 military personnel in the building. The damaged sections of the Pentagon were rebuilt in 2002 and the occupants moved back in August. The Americas Heroes Memorial and a chapel opened in 2002 and is located where Flight 77 crashed into the building. The Memorial is open seven days a week, year-round and is the only place at the Pentagon where photography is permitted.

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The American Flag on the Pentagon for the 6th Anniversary of 9/11

After the attack on 9-11, the destroyed World Trade Center’s 15 acre site in New York City became known as “Ground Zero” and is now the new The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

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“Ground Zero” after 9-11 at the World Trade Center in New York City

 

Views from the WTC in 1994:

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Manhattan from the World Trade Center – New York City 1994

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New York City – View from the top of the World Trade Center 

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – New York and New Jersey

 

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September 11, 2001 – NEVER FORGET!

 

ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER

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One World Trade Center (aka “Freedom Tower”) – New York City

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National September 11th Memorial – New York City

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September 11, 2001

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Armageddon as it is written in the Book of Revelation (the last book of the Bible’s New Testament) is the prophesied location of the gathering of armies for a final battle during the end times. According to the Book of Revelation, the purpose of this gathering of kings in the “place called Armageddon” is “for the war of the great day of G-d, the Almighty.” Also called the “Revelation to John” or the “Apocalypse” it is interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location. The term is also used to refer to any “end of the world” scenario and the climax of the ongoing struggle between good and evil.

NOTE: In religion and theology, a revelation is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity.

Tell me who’s that writin’? John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’? John the Revelator
Who’s that writin’? John the Revelator…wrote the book of the seven seals!
– ” John The Revelator” by Son House

Sam Moore as Reverend Morris at the Revival Meeting in the film “Blues Brothers 2000”:

 

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USA! The United States of America!

 

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“Rockin’ Good Times!” A Cable Television Variety Show for $100!

“Rockin’ Good Times!”
starring Stan Davis and The Congregation

Produced by Joshua Weisel for Cable Access Television

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30 minute Variety Show
Shot LIVE in 1997 at TCI Cable Studio in Sherman Oaks for under $100.

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Opening Number “Underwater” followed by the Host’s monologue (standup comedy performed by Stan Davis), 2nd musical number “Lemondrop” and the interview and introductions with the band followed by the closing number “Turn It Out”.

The Congregation “Underwater” performed on “Rockin’ Good Times!”

The Congregation “Lemondrop” with interview and introductions by Stan Davis

The Congregation “Turn It Out” performed on “Rockin’ Good Times!”

NOTE: The program was shot LIVE on tape without any interruption or break. Unfortunately, most of the “technical details” were beyond our control and we were at the mercy of the Cable Access Television crew and their equipment for the video and audio.

SECOND NOTE: Unfortunately, the Host Monologue/Stand Up Comedy portion of the show starring Stan Davis was not uploaded with the musical numbers and interview.

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Once upon a time the giant cable companies were mandated to provide facilities and airtime for Public Cable Access. Pro and Con Productions decided to use this avenue to produce and shoot a “Demo” for a 30 minute variety show we called “Rockin’ Good Times!” and hosted by our talented management client at the time Stan Davis. We enlisted The Congregation and their manager, who we had met when we worked at Warner Brothers Records A&R, to be the musical guest.

Studio time and equipment was provided for FREE by TCI Cable in Sherman Oaks (which would later become Time-Warner and now Spectrum) after attending an orientation and training class. The equipment was far from “state of the art” (and so was the crew) but it was free, functioning and able to produce adequate broadcast quality video. Our studio time was also very limited, so we set-up, blocked, shot and struck the show in about two hours without any time for in-studio rehearsal.

We paid for the 3/4″ mastering and VHS videotapes. We also provided refreshments for our cast, crew and very limited audience. Total cost was under $100 for the entire production.

Public access studio time: $0 , two 3/4″ & two 1/2″ videotapes: $48, finding your vids posted on YouTube 14 years later: PRICELESS! (found it online in 2012)

“Rockin’ Good Times!” is currently available for airing on 3/4″ Video Master or VHS video.
Contact me if you would like to view the entire program and/or fund the next episode.

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Big Thanks to Stan, Katy, TCI Cable, the Crew,
Kevin, Andrew and all the Guys in The Congregation!

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Kevin Sandbloom – Red Llama Music: http://www.kevinsandbloom.com

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100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (thanks Skippy!)

100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (from fb, thanks Skippy!)

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My friend Skippy posted his list and these rules in his “notes” on facebook in 2009.

“OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)? *So far I can’t remember a lot of stuff… so I’ll keep this list going.

Should you choose this challenge, here’s what you do: Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select “write a new note” in the top corner. Paste the copy in the body of the note. Make your list. Change the number at the top, and add your title. Once you’ve saved, don’t forget to tag friends (including me) on the right.”

Here’s mine:

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

1. Grateful Dead (many times)
2. Rolling Stones
3. The Who
4. Jethro Tull
5. Yes
6. Guns N Roses
7. Metallica
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Pearl Jam
10. Nirvana
11. Fleetwood Mac (first real concert)
12. The Tubes
13. Zappa (and the Mothers of Invention)
14. Oingo Boingo
15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
16. The Band
17. Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
18. Jerry Garcia Band
19. Camper Van Beethoven
20. David Lindley & El Rayo X
21. Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band
22. Queen
23. The Cranberries
24. The Blasters
25. The Blind Boys of Alabama
26. Jefferson Starship
27. Foreigner
28. Foghat
29. Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow
30. Jim Belushi & the Sacred Heart Band
31. Wyclef Jean
32. Steelpulse
33. Sly & Robbie (with the Taxi Gang, Eek-A-Mouse & Yellowman)
34. Alice Cooper
35. Ringo Starr & the All Star Band
36. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
37. J.Geils Band
38. George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers
39. Prince & the Revolution
40. Destiny’s Child
41. Jane’s Addiction
42. Black Crowes
43. Allison Krauss & Robert Plant
44. The Gipsy Kings
45. Linda Ronstadt
46. Arlo Guthrie
47. Bill Brozman & John Lee Hooker
48. The Clash
49. Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
50. The A.R.M.S. Benefit (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.)
51. Jimmy Cliff
52. Neil Young & the Bluenotes
53. Lollapalooza(s) – Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
54. KROQ Weenie Roast(s) – Living Colour, Ministry, Sublime, Offspring, etc.
55. KROQ Acoustic Christmas(es) – Suzanne Vega, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, etc.
56. They Might Be Giants
57. The Three Tenors
58. Pink Floyd
59. Roger Waters
60. Vaud & the Villians
61. Stone Temple Pilots
62. Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl & Disney Hall)
63. Reggae Sunsplash ‘84 (Mutabaruka, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, etc.)
64. POWER 106FM Powerfest (Eminem, Snoop Dogg, etc)
65. The Congregation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJh…
66. Naked To The World
67. The Sea Monkeys
68. Counting Crows
69. Styx
70. America
71. Berlin
72. G3 Guitar Festival (Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc.)
73. Aerosmith
74. A Tribute to Ray Charles
75. The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl
76. Green Day
77. Blues Traveler
78. Melissa Etheridge
79. The Police
80. Genesis
81. The Dead (with Warren Haynes)
82. The Cure
83. The White Stripes
84. David Byrne
85. Beatlemania
86. Bob Dylan
87. Dylan & the Dead
88. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (with Jeff Beck & Terry Bozzio)
89. U2
90. Echo and the Bunnymen
91. Jersey Boys
92. The Brass Band
93. The Bobs
94. The Neville Brothers
95. Spin Doctors
96. Bryan Adams
97. The Chieftains (with Roger Daltrey)
98. James Taylor
99. Siouxsie & the Banshees
100. The Moody Blues
101. Bananarama
102. Tina Turner
103. Brian Setzer Orchestra
104. Limpopo
105. Alice in Chains

I know there’s more and probably a bunch I don’t remember too.
Here are some more old ticket stubs:

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Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

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TBT: My First Concert!

TBT: My First Concert!

And one of the first outdoor rock music festivals.

Fantasy Faire and Magic Music Fesitival at Devonshire Meadows

Fantasy Faire and Magic Music Fesitival – Devonshire Meadows, Northridge CA Penny Havard designed the festival’s concert poster titled ‘The Gates Of Eden’

1967, I was just a baby.

Classic Radio Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttf5Nr2lehQ

“The Doors perform at Devonshire Downs (a.k.a. Devonshire Meadows) during the Fantasy Faire And Magic Music Festival in Northridge, CA. The band is double-booked on the 15th and travel to Anaheim in the afternoon to perform two more shows. Due to their double-booking, photographs show the group using another band’s equipment for this performance — Robby plays a ’63 Gibson SG Custom, Ray plays a Farfisa Compact Duo (along with a silver rather than gold Fender Rhodes Piano Bass), and John plays a Rogers drum kit. Consequently, these photos have led some fans to believe the band used this equipment on a regular basis when they did not.”

NOTE: I’m pretty sure it was the Iron Butterfly’s equipment.

Also performing Saturday: Second Coming, Kaleidoscope, The Whirling Dervish, Solid State, Iron Butterfly, The Grass Roots, The New Delhi River Band, Thorn Shields, The Groupies and The Factory

The DOORS:

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The Iron Butterfly:

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I have an office...Gold Records on the wall.

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Cripple Creek Music Co. Store in Ashland, Oregon

Cripple Creek Music Co. in Ashland, Oregon

Down on Main Street in Ashland, there’s a music store: Cripple Creek Music Co.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

In business since 1976, this place is a musician’s dream store. They have a great inventory of instruments and accessories, a very knowledgeable staff and great customer service.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

From their website: Since 1976 Cripple Creek Music Company has provided beginner to professional musicians with all their musical needs.  Cripple Creek Music Company has a diverse variety of instruments and instrument accessories, as well as offering print music and repair on instruments…from traditional to New Age, Whatever your taste in acoustic music; Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Latin, World or Ethnic, Cripple Creek Music will start you on the right note!

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

There’s a lot to look at, and most items are available for “hands on” inspection and play.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Folk and Ethnic Instruments of the World”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Cripple Creek Music Company is a family business built on the traditions of quality service, knowledge, and integrity.”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

It’s a great store! And they have a “secret room” that musicians and collectors will really appreciate:

THE VAULT – They don’t advertise it, and it’s a “word of mouth” type secret, but down in the basement is a temperature controlled bank vault with a collection of beautiful vintage instruments for sale (most are on consignment). I was lucky enough to get a tour and they let me take pictures! You may have to be a musical instrument collector or musician to really appreciate them, but here they are:

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos, a violin, acoustic guitars, steel drum & a mandolin

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – mandolins, electric guitars and a 12 string guitar

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – Acoustic Guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – they have a Martin ’47 Acoustic Guitar for sale

NOTE: The reason for my visit to the Cripple Creek Music Co. Store

We have a Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar (for sale) – great condition, serious inquiries only, detailed description and more photos available – email us if interested.

Martin '57 D-28 (for sale)

Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar – great condition (for sale)

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Cripple Creek Music Co. – 353 E. Main St., Ashland, Oregon 97520 541-482-9141 www.cripplecreekmusic.com

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Flower of Life Crystal Gallery in Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery in Ashland, Oregon

This store rocks! All photos copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel.

Who doesn’t like crystals? Here’s a retail store devoted just to crystals, rocks and jewelry:

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – 40 N Main St, Ashland, OR 97520 www.floweroflifecrystals.com

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9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip

9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip – A Brief Photographic History:

If those walls could talk! This address was the home of Cafe LaMaze in the 30’s (with a lounge called the Key Club), Sherry’s in the 40’s (where Mickey Cohen was shot), the Plymouth House in the 50’s, Gazzarri’s in the 60’s-80’s, Billboard Live and the Key Club in the 90s until last December 2013 when it became 1 Oak Nightclub.

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Cafe LaMaze 1930’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Sherry’s 1940’s (Mickey Cohen was shot here!)

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – The Plymouth House 1958

9039 Sunset - Gazzarri's Supper Club 1960's

9039 Sunset – Gazzarri’s Supper Club 1960’s

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzari’s 1970’s

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzarri’s 1980’s  Bill Gazzarri “See Ya Pal”

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – Billboard Live and then the KeyClub 1990’s- 2013 RIP

I used to promote club nights as Joshua 13 with Stephen Aquarius and Luis Q NightKing Productions at the KeyClub! “Cloud 9” on Wednesday and Friday nights, “The Indepen-Dance 1998”, “Midsummers Night Dream 1998”, “Saturday Nights in the Plush Room” and “The Resolution!” on New Years Eve 1998-1999.

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

"The Resolution" New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

“The Resolution” New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

 Now it’s the new 1 Oak Nightclub. (but for how long?)

9039 Sunset Blvd - 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

9039 Sunset Blvd – 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

UPDATE: Not too long after this Blog was posted, rap mogul/convicted felon Suge Knight was shot “six times” at a pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub. Lucky mo-fo will survive the shooting. Weird parallel to the Mickey Cohen shooting in the 40’s!

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Travel Answers: Yosemite!

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT YOSEMITE!

HOW MANY DAYS IN YOSEMITE VALLEY? 

It depends on how much of the park you want to explore or if you just want to see Yosemite Valley.Allow at least three days! You should add more days if you want to really see everything! It also depends on how active a hiker you are. There are great things to do and many day trips with varying degrees of difficulty you can experience in and around the park.

WHAT ARE “MUST SEE” SIGHTS AND THINGS TO DO? 

In Yosemite Valley, ride the Shuttlebus, walk the valley paths and bridges, raft or inner tube down the river, tour the valley in an open air tram, hike to Mirror Lake, picnic at Sentinel Beach Picnic Area, hike to the top of any of the waterfalls or around the rim of the valley or to the top of Half Dome, climb El Capitan. Visit Yosemite Village and see the Visitor Center and the Ansel Adams Gallery, shop at Curry Village and be sure to check out the Ahwahnee Hotel.

REMEMBER YOU ARE IN BEAR COUNTRY!

There are other areas to see within the park or just outside: Tuolumne Meadows, Mariposa Groveand the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees, Wawona Point (and historic hotel), skiing at Yosemite’s Badger Pass in winter), Bass Lake, Oakhurst, and many others. You should allow 1-3 days or more for each area depending on how active a hiker/camper/skier/snowboarder you are.

If you want to experience the backcountry as a backpacker/camper you should plan 3-14 day trips. there are great areas in and around the park. I’ve been to the Tiltill Valley above Hetch Hetchy Loop and down the South Fork Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, both of which were excellent backpacking trips! Be sure to learn the necessary skills and the park rules and regulations before entering the wilderness.

You are also close to Lee Vining, Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake State Preserve which are near the east entrance to the park.

See also John Muir Trail and the Yosemite Park website for more info.

MOSQUITOES? 

Yes, there are mosquitoes in Yosemite National Park! They primarily feed at dusk and dawn, but you should be prepared and use repellent all day and night if you have reactions. From the http://www.nps.gov website:

  • Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, mainly during the summer. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants or consider staying indoors during these hours. Ticks cling to plants, waiting for a host (you) to walk by; walk down the middle of trails and avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Use an effective insect repellent.
    Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection against mosquitoes, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repellents containing DEET or permethrin to repel ticks.

WHERE TO STAY?

Accommodations in the park range from tent and camp sites, RV sites, covered campsites, tent cabins, and hotel rooms. You need to make reservations for any of the concession vendors a long time in advance at nps.gov and there are lots of rules and regulations you need to be aware of before and during your visit.

In Yosemite Valley, the Ahwahnee Hotel is a luxury resort and the Yosemite Lodge at the Fallsis more of a family hotel/motel. Curry Village has tent cabins and some hotel/motel type rooms as well. There are a few campgrounds with covered camp sites, tent sites and rv sites if you want the full experience of “roughing it”.

The historic Wawona Hotel and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (tent cabins and campsites only) are both inside the park concessionaires on the rim of the valley. Near Wawona there is the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees and skiing in winter at Yosemite’s Badger Pass and Toulomne Meadows and Tenaya Lake are worth the trip when the roads are open and there is a grove of Giant Sequoias there as well.

There are a number of hotels, condos for rent, cabins and campgrounds just outside the park too.

CAMPING?

Do you have a reservation? Most of the campsites in Upper, Lower, and North Pines Campground for summer are “sold out” before May! If you don’t have reservations, you can try to get a campsite in the valley on the day you are there, or there’s “Backpacker’s Camp” (Camp 4) which is “first-come/first-served”.

From the National Park Service website:

“Yosemite National Park has 13 campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from May through September.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS?

Reservations are required from about March 15 through November for Yosemite Valley’s car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month at 7 am Pacific time. Be aware that nearly all reservations for the months of May through September and for some other weekends are filled the first day they become available, usually within seconds or minutes after 7 am!”

Here is the link to the nps.gov site: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm

NOTE: Check and see if Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley is still available! If you can’t get camping in the valley, there are campgrounds in the park on the rim (about an hour from the valley) and just outside the park as well. Camp Wawona is on the rim near the Wawona Hotel, Yosemite’s Badger Pass, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point. Wawona is also close to Oakhurst which is a real town with markets, laundromats, restaurants, etc. Soquel Campground and Crane Flat Campground are farther away.

COOKING IN YOSEMITE PARK?

INFO FOR WAWONA (AND OTHER) CAMPGROUNDS?

From the NPS.gov website: “Each campsite contains a fire ring, picnic table, and food locker [33″(D)x45″(W)x18″(H)], and is near a bathroom with potable water and flushing toilets. You are required to store food properly in order to protect Yosemite’s bears.

In out-of-Valley campgrounds, fires are permitted at any time. Fires must always be attended and put out completely with water when not attended (do not let them smolder). Firewood collection (including pine cones and pine needles) is not permitted in Yosemite. We discourage visitors from bringing firewood from more than 50 miles away to prevent spread of forest pests. You can purchase firewood at stores near most campgrounds.

Camp wastewater must be disposed of in designated utility drains.”

The fire rings may have a grill, but you should plan on bringing EVERYTHING you want to have for cooking. There’s lots of information online about camping and camp cooking, so spend a little time researching “camp hacks” etc. so you’ll have some ideas.

Plan your meals, bring your ingredients and spices, if you’re car camping and you have room, bring the comforts you want. Keep it simple! Things you can cook in and with boiling water, things you can grill over a fire, things you can wrap in foil/cook in the fire, and things you don’t have to cook are best.

Remember to bring bottled WATER, cooking and eating utensils, can opener, corkscrew, trash bags and cleaning stuff that isn’t harmful to the environment!

HOW TO GET THERE?

If you’re flying in, you’re going to have to land in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland or Los Angeles. Each has it positives and negatives, so base your decision on the cost of airfare and then determine the best mode of transport from your destination city.

Rent a car (get unlimited mileage plus insurance) or take Amtrak (train and bus combo) from Los Angeles or San Francisco/Oakland. The bus will take you right into Yosemite National Park and drop you atYosemite Lodge at the Falls and it’s both less expensive and cleaner than driving! www.amtrak.com/san-joaquin-train

The drive from Los Angeles is about 6 hours, and you’ll travel the 5 freeway to interstate 99 through Bakersfield, Fresno and the Central Valley to interstate 41 into Yosemite.

The drive from the Bay Area is about 4 and 1/2 hours (could be longer with traffic) on highway 580 through San Leandro and Livermore to highway 205 through Manteca to interstate 120 into Yosemite.

NOTE: If you’re driving in the Sierra Mountains in the Fall, be prepared for rain and snow at higher elevations, some roads may require tire chains (sometimes a problem with a rental vehicle).

There are also tour companies that have chartered buses that will take you into the park, or backpack/bus adventure travel companies like Green Tortoise from San Francisco that include more than just transport: www.greentortoise.com/adventures/yosemite-national-park-tour-3d.php

NOTE: If you’re going to take a chartered bus, make sure the company is CA state licensed and check their safety and consumer record before buying a ticket!

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