Karen, it was stated on national television in Australia that they were hoping to get into the studio and do some recording when they returned from here. You didn't dream it up!
The enthusiastic reviews have helped us to relive our recent wonderful experiences.
Due to the Oscars, we have postponed tonight's listen until next Sunday night. We will be listening to Silent Letter. Thanks.
This one's for Dewey: please consider playing Young Moon at the upcoming shows! I would so love to hear this in concert.
I can't wait to see your pictures Mo!
Oh, Mo - that is great news about the new publicity photo! Now I have an excuse to someday ask them for their autographs again. I can say, "Yes, I know I've got your autographs before, but not on THIS photo!" I can't wait to see it.
Speaking of photos, I think I have now been officially diagnosed as an obsessed fan. Linda S. wrote that the number one sign is: Your wall of family pictures have been replaced with pictures of Dewey and Gerry. Well, they haven't actually replaced them for me, but they've joined them! The pictures my husband and I had taken with them are on my desk at work. Also, I have their current publicity photo autographed by them and framed and hanging in our home.
By the way, didn't Margaret say that while on tour in Australia they actually said it was a fact they are working on a new studio album? I thought they announced that at the same time they said there would be a DVD made of the Sydney concert. I could have dreamed that up, though - obsessed fans do that sometimes!
Mo, you ornery thing! Thanks for the kind words.
I hope you're right and DB/GB are working on a cd. They sure sound good with their backing vocals on Jeff L's soundclips.
Me too - I'm also hoping to buy a copy of Gerry's Van Go Gan CD!
Yes, Cindy. I guess I was typing my last post at the same time you were asking about talking to Gerry.
Expanding on what Leah mentioned regarding the Van Go Gan CD:
I had my Van Go Gan CD with me for Gerry to sign. When I handed it to him he commented that they are very rare now. I said, "Yes, according to Steve Lowry, I guess so." Gerry explained that he is the supplier to Melody Blvd. So, if they are out then he would need to get more made for them because he is out of them as well. He said it is just a matter of ordering them which is easy enough, he just hasn't done it. The other thing is, the minimum he can have made is 1,000 copies which I inferred he thought was too many.
Anyway, if you are in need of a copy of Van Go Gan, and would rather buy it more directly from Gerry than from some dealer on Ebay, perhaps you could mention it here. If there is an obvious demand for the CD, I imagine that would urge Mr. Gerry to order more copies from the manufacturer. It can't hurt, right?
I have some great pictures from the show to post. I took about 75 or so. But only about 50 or so are worth posting. I will post them tonight or tomorrow. What an awesome night it was. It was great to see everyone including the band, but also Nina, Lisa, BONES, Debbie, Dave, and some new faces to me, Leah and Linda. It was great to meet you ladies. Welcome to you new Gerry's Girls. Isn't he just adorable? Sigh. Yep, PADS is setting in for sure. There's not enough Paxil in the world to ward this off. I guess I'm glad I have the Oscars to distract me this eve. Yikey.
Thanks Mo for your "evidence" thoughts. I can't wait to see the photo! Did you get to talk to Gerry this time?
I would love to purchase one as well Gerry!
Recently, it has been the talk among the "no-lifers" and those who are still convinced that they do indeed have a life, that the lighter schedule could mean one of three things. One of these possibilities is great, one is terrible, and one is somewhere in between. I don't mean to sound cryptic. Allow me to explain.
Perhaps the light schedule is indicative that our guys are nearing the age of, "We've done this long enough. Let's stay home for a while." Evidence that this is their train of thought can be found in the Gerry Beckley penned lyrics of Robert Lamm's song, "Another Sunday." You may be thinking that I am implying that they are getting older. Well, besides the fact that, yes...a little...but aren't we all...there is the recent revelation that early retirement is not confined to musicians. Mr. Jeff Brink, our dear friend and fellow chatter, is only 48 (although some say he could pass for 47) and he has been granted retirement. I empathize that it is for bodily injury, but, hey, it's early retirement none the less--a good thing for most people. A lighter schedule based on the fact that our heroes are nearing a slow down or a retirement would be the TERRIBLE possibility for the lighter schedule.
Let's move on to the mediocre possibility of why the schedule is lighter at this time of year because I'd like to save the best possibility for last. This mediocre possibility is that the schedule just hasn't been filled in for the year and will continue to improve as the Spring unfolds. Perhaps this is true, and I initially held this as my thought, but I have moved away from it as we approach March and the Spring schedule is still conspicuously light. Most of you may not recall, but I do since it was of personal significance to me, that early April, 2003 (and most of the Spring of last year) was scheduled fairly heavily. That is not the case this year. However, the mediocre possibility to explain the lighter schedule remains that it has yet to fill in at this early stage of the game.
The final, and obviously terrific, possibility is that the reason the schedule is lighter is that the guys are taking time in the studio to start, continue working on, or finish up on this rumored new CD. I know I hope this is the explanation and I'm sure others do as well. It's all conjecture, of course, and only time will tell. But, I happen to have in my hot little hands, the strongest piece of evidence so far that a new CD is not far off. Drum roll, please. Erin was kind enough to give me a copy of the brand new publicity still of Gerry and Dewey. It's utterly gorgeous. (Thank you very much, Erin.) Both guys look very handsome, no surprise, I suppose. Dewey's hair is longer in the back than it has been in recent memory--always a bonus in my mind. Gerry's smile is gorgeous--showing his lovely dimple and his (who knew?) equally lovely teeth. They both look relaxed and healthy. Congrats to Henry Diltz on another job so well done. Bravo.
Sorry, I digress. Just distracted by the beauty here in front of me for a moment. Okay, regrouping. Erin knows me well enough to know that I would share this news with my fellow fans, unless she asked me not to. But, alas, she did not. So, I wanted to scan this bugger and send it to Steve pronto. There is only one problem, my scanner is on the fritz. I took a trip to the local pharmacy today to see if I could get it scanned onto a CD so I could email it but they just looked at me strangely and explained that the scanner in the photo lab was only able to produce a hard copy of a photo from an original or from a camera card. Rats. So, I apologize for the moment that I cannot yet share this. But, one of two things are likely to happen--I'll get it scanned elsewhere or perhaps Erin will send one to Steve. Either way, I'm sure it will be available soon...and I know, you guys will love it. Or, should I say, you GIRLS will love it!!
Anyway, I think a new publicity photo is the strongest evidence yet that they certainly are not retiring soon. And, it is only a guess, but, wouldn't you get a new photo when you're about to release a new CD? I would. But, hey, that's the beauty of rumor and innuendo, there's no telling what's true or what's speculation. We'll have to wait and see but the waiting just got easier for me.
When you get the chance, take a look at the Message Board...I'm sure you will get a real feel for the concert by those comments posted...Have a great night..Leah
When I was at Mohegan Sun on Friday, Gerry mentioned that he needed to have more Van Go Gan CD's printed. I hope that Gerry/Steve read this posting and get more CD's made. I don't want to go thru EBay and put a bid...I'm sure there is enough interest in this CD that would make it worth wild to print more. I would love to buy one. Thanks...Leah
What a treat. We just came back from watching America at Wolf Den in Mohegan Sun. We left work 2pm Fri. afternoon and got their 5pm with lines starting to form. My girlfriend arrived earlier and thank God got in line so we got good seats considering. We were on the 2nd level on Gerry's side. Wedidn't have dinner yet and realized they don't serve food at Wolf Den so we
were tired and starving but all was forgotten when they announced Americaand Gerry & Dewey came out to perform their first song, " Riverside"w/ Deweys trademark major-7th chord progressions i was blown away. I couldn't believe I was actually watching them live after so any years of listening to their vinyl album. The guys were in top form, looking rested
and sounding tight in spite a little audio problem. Gerry was very warm
>>>and acknowledging all his fans by glancing at the different areas. Dewey
>>>stayed mostly in his corner and hardly talked to his fans except when he
>>>would introduce Gerry's next song.I wish we got more of Dewey interacting
with us.I bought a shirt and their photo hoping they would have time to meet and greet their fans like I saw them do in their other concerts but later I heard the came back out after 15 mins. but I missed it..By the way, Willie was just as tight a drummer as he was years ago when they taped Musikladen- the earlier days.
It's like I know them well and know what they have gone through and even their idiosyncrasies when they interact with one another.They sang most of our favorite songs and some new ones but I was waiting for Muskrat Love, which I never saw them sing in any of the DVD's.Who would think that these guys who once worked as warehouse help for Mr. Mena whould end up as living Legends of our time! I was able to move to the front of the stage and listen to them up close sing Horse with No Name- how cool is that! What an evening it was for us four. We
finally went to Michael Jordan's Steakhouse to have dinner at 10pm and we recalled the whole event of the concert and the guys then I realized I wish Dan Peeks was there too. He brought another chemistry & dimension to the group.
I hope to be able to attend another Concert of theirs maybe to an even smaller group were they will have time to chat with their guests.Gerry & Dewey Rock! More power to America. Hope they never get tired of performing their Golden Classics 'cuz we will never get tired of their Music
Fiona (Still hoping to meet gerry & Dewy in person)
Company is a Bunnell song.
Wow- what a show! The main bummer for us was that even though we gotmthere early, we didn't get seats. The crowd was huge for this show too. Anyway it was worth it hearing "Survival", :All My Life", "...Unicorn", "Baby It's Up To You" and the Beatles Tune. I can't wait until the July Shows- because I will be there extra early. The guys are definitely Classic Rock at it's best. My only criticism of the show (and I understand that they were preparing for the European Leg of Their tour) was that the sound was weak (feedback etc.) and, I would love to hear Woodsy learn the original lead guitar solos a little more precisely. When they played "Company" I was so psyched until they got to the jamming part and it was like he lost it. Let's face it, if they are still doing Dan Peek songs (which they should), they might see the benefits of learning his guitar parts too. Gerry was outstanding, he gets better and better. It often astounds me that they don't get the noteriety thay deserve. Anyway- take care.
well I finally received the CD & taped interview from the Australian -ABC radio station last week.
The interview is about 10 - 15 mins with Angela Catterns
I will forward onto Steve for posting on the web....
I have to say, when we heard the interview P.A.D.S (Post "America" Depression Syndrome)started to set in again....!!! Grrrrrrrr the Goannettes are hissing....!!!
Please join us tonight on the live chat to listen to Silent Letter at 9 pm EST. If there are lots of Oscar-watchers, the listening party may be repeated Wednesday. Hope to see you!
I go to Naples, with bus and with 40 fans of Dewey and Gerry, too see concert of Mar. 11.
All we go to Naples with bus. After concert I send photo of concert and ...bus and my friends, 40 fans of America, to Steve Lowry.
Ciao Hi All
I wear t-shirt of America during the concert.
YAYYYYY!!! THEY'RE COMING, THEY'RE COMING!!!!.....
AMERICA soon embarks upon the European portion of their 2004 Tour.
It appears that the Oon-casville fans were beneficiaries of AMERICA's final tune-up b/4 the Euro tour. LAST UNICORN & SURVIVAL for sure !
Best wishes to AMERICA for a safe & successful leg of the tour !
Now DEWEY can you play WHOLE WIDE WORLD ? just kidding.
some people have been asking for van go gan--if you want to buy it, it's on ebay, starting bid 21.99, but you can "buy it now" for 22.99.
It sounds like it was a great night for everyone who attended. All My Life and Survival and The Last Unicorn. Wow!
Karen, I just sent a note to you, so check your email. I feel a chant coming for Milwaukee....All My Life, All My Life, All My Life.....
Karen, I just sent a note to you, so check your email. I feel a chant coming for Milwaukee....All My Life, All My Life, All My Life.....
(I used to love that show) Still flying high from Mohegan - funny how it just gets better every time. I think I played All My Life thirty times on the way home just so I could relive that memory. When I saw Gerry come out alone after SGH it was instant goosebumps - thanks Mo for pulling me up in front of the stage - couldn't have been a better place to be at that moment. Got a little teary eyed myself I must say. The guys were fabulous as usual, with a few new surprises on the play list - Survival and The Last Unicorn. After the show the guys were nice enough to chat and sign my homemade America shirt - and told me they just booked Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, where I saw them last summer (great place to take the little ones). Hope you guys got home ok, Mo, Nina, Lisa, Leah - oh yeah, and one more reason you know you are obsessed with America -
Your wall of family pictures have been replaced with pictures of Dewey and Gerry
It's great to hear Gerry played "All My Life" at Mohegan!!! SUPER!!!!!
I'm really glad for those of you who got to enjoy it. :)
More reasons you know you are obsessed with America:
10. You've been thinking about purchasing property in Barstow because you've heard it is the showcase of the southland.
9. You've named your pets Daisy Jane, Sarah and . . . Monster.
8. You have a green monkey, a unicorn and you used to have a pigeon named Fred, but . . .
7. You've named your kids Horatio, Hildegard, Humberto and Havelock.
6. Your preferred mode of transportation is the train.
5. You're taking a David Copperfield correspondence course so that You Can Do Magic. (So far you can only do a Hat Trick.)
4. You've gotten completely lost looking for the Ventura Highway and the Goodbye Highway.
3. Your friend Mary wonders why you're always asking her if she's seen better days.
2. You have created a delicious dish called Newton Under Roseberry Topping.
1. And after 32 years, you still cannot think of a name for your horse.
It was nice seeing Nina, Lisa, and meeting you Mo. Nancy still must of had milk in the fridge on Friday night. The guyz put on another awesome show. It looked like the crowd was somewhat larger than it has been in the past.
Mo......the next time you carry a sign around, make sure you wear a limo hat and gloves and also start begging now for "Hope" & "Might Be Your Love" for the July shows at the "mo-hee-gun sun". I really would love to watch Willie play the drums on MBYL.
To Linda - who back in December notified Joan and me of the date the Milwaukee tickets were going on sale, and any other fans in the general area - I ordered my tickets last Sat. when they went on sale. Just wondering if Linda, Joan or anyone else out there is planning to go. My husband and I are driving there and back that same day from the Madison area, so we won't be there a huge amount of time before and after the show, but possibly we could meet up with some of you - even if briefly. That is, if we're not all busy seeking autographs, if the guys stick around after the show! Who knows, maybe our tickets are for the same table?!? Anyway, if anyone out there is going and would like to meet up, feel free to e-mail me. Milwaukee is the next U.S. show on the schedule, unless there are some private shows that are not on the list! (Can't wait for the VFTHW pics and updates from the France & Italy shows!)
Hi Everyone :) :) :) ~~~ Yes Yes Yes, Thank You Gerry! ~~ Soooo AWESOME of You to do ALL MY LIFE ~~ I'd be willing to Bet there were Happy Tears in lots of Eyes... Wow I am soooo Happy for you all getting to absorb this Kiss of Life song! ~~ Hmmm Just wondering about what time was it that Gerry was singing All My Life for you all???
Mo ~~ You had me laughing, here I am picturing you walking all around the Casino with a sign that said Mr Bonesy! ~~ Tooo Much ~~ You are one Creative Monkeyshiner for sure! ~~ I am soo glad that you got to meet Bones, this had to be a Go Down In AMERICA History evening... Hmmm ~~ I bet it feels sooo good to kiss the PADS Blues Goodbye Huh!!!! Sooo Happy for you! I sure hope you got some pics to share with us... that will help chase away my PADS Blues! ~~ Wow ~~ What a Playlist of Songs, sooo Nice to see The Last Unicorn was added as well. Nice Nice Nice! Have a safe trip back home on your magic carpet ride... Come tell us more tomorrow night at live chat Okay???? :) :) :)
Thanks Richard & Steve L ~~ I really enjoyed reading the Article about the highway down your Musical Career. You sure have played with some pretty neat musicians... Soooo Cool that you have always admired Sting and got to talk with him. I would have loved to get to see you play with Chuck Negron ~~ Wow that had to be an experience. Thanks for sending this to SteveL to share with us... I am sure your continueing hwy with AMERICA will be filled with Magical Moments as well. I sure hope a show is added here in PA closer my way, so I can get to experience this magic for sure! :)
Hi there Margaret ~~ I bet you had some nice flashbacks when you read that Gerry did perform All My Life at Mohegan :)
Gen Ooooh Gen ~~~ I am sooooo ANXIOUS for your big Night to get here... WOW WOW WOW ~~ Get ready to hop on that Cloud 10 for a One in a Lifetime Dream Come True!!! ~~ I look forward to hearing all about your experience! :) Take some Pics for us Okay! ~~ Ohhhh one more thing, thanks for sharing the poster pic with us... but I am kinda confused ~~ I am a little Blurry on this show be cancelled out!
Hi Karen ~~ No need to be sorry.. I am sure we will catch AMERICA on VH1 Classic more times... My lunchtime DJ friend had played You Can Do Magic one day this past week at lunch... and he told me, he had seen the video for it on VH1 last weekend. ~~ Yeppers soon we will be hitting the replay button on the Sydney Live DVD... Can't Wait!!! :)
Hi Danae & Cindy FTS ~~~ Too much Danae ~~ You did quite well with your Ways to know You are Obsessed with AMERICA! You are very observant! :) Hmmm ~~ Any chance your Dad is gonna take you to see AMERICA in Italy? ~~~ Yeppers Cindy FTSouth ~~ I am Booo Hoooing here too, I would have loved to be there too!!!! Boooo Hoooooo! :(
Okay all done I think ~~~ Take care and Enjoy the rest of the weekend! See ya, Nancy :) ;)
Thanks Again Gerry ~~~ You are the Best, Hmmmm Now Dewey would ya, could ya, Pretty Please sing either Young Moon, You Girl or Garden of Peace for Us??????? WOW :)
~~~ Over the pond, cross the emerald lawn ~~~ a Breeze will carry me along down the path through the knowing trees, and each time you Laugh it is Love you Release, that Love will Come Back to You in the Garden of Peace ~~~ Wow won't ya sing it for us Dewey???? :)
Hi to all. Nancy & Jenna, and anyone else that watched or taped the show I thought America was going to be on today . . . well, it doesn't appear to me that they were on there! :( Sorry about that!! First, the show was on VH1, and not VH1 Classic. Second, they really didn't show any videos - just talked about movies, tv shows, fashion and things that were popular during 1972. Not even that much music, if you ask me. So, it was a bit of a disappointment. (I don't know why I thought that a channel that focuses on videos and is featuring the year 1972 and lists America as one of the featured artists during that hour would maybe run one of their videos?!) That's ok - we have a new DVD and a new CD to look forward to! Glad to hear everyone had a good time at last night's show! Karen
Steve wrote, "By the way, can someone please tell me how to correctly pronounce "Uncasville"?" Although Bones is right, I would offer that the best pronunciation might be "mo-hee-gun sun" since the place is big enough to be a city in itself.
By the way, I FINALLY got to meet the elusive Mr. Bonesy. I carried a sign around with his name on it like some limo driver in the airport. That didn't work. Fortunately, he emerged after the show and Nina spotted him. Nice to meet you finally, Bones. Hope we didn't scare you TOO much! You should have come out of hiding earlier, I wanted to buy you a Bud. Next time.
Your post is very funny and very true!! Thanks for the giggle.
Moser, I am thrilled for all of you! These guys are truly the greatest! Wish I could have been there.
I am eternally grateful...and $50 poorer--worth every single penny and a million more. Gerry, Dewey, Woodz, Willie, Rich, Erin, and Pete: you guys are the absolute greatest. Thanks for a great show.
I'm soooooo happy for the girls (!) and for Leah as well.
Real great of Gerry. Mmm, our guys are so cool, no?
Hey - I'm seeing them in Paris in 8 days!!!!! Oh my G! Can't wait......
Leah's post on vh.com says that (drum roll) . . . They DID play All my Life!!!!!
Who won the bet?
Oh yeah . . . and the VFTWMC pictures are fun, too! Steve - I really get a kick out of the Horse With No Name tribute page! And it sure says something when the title of that great song is displayed on a billboard 32 years after it became a hit! It's still a great song. It made my day yesterday when I saw that picture!
Wow! Either Gerry did a very good job of hiding the buildings when he took the picture, or it almost looks like they could be staying somewhere off the beaten track! Reminds me of a cabin-in-the-woods type of setting; wouldn't that be cool? Either way, it's a very nice picture. As Nancy said, it's always nice to see a VFTHW picture (as well as VFTAW and bonus pictures, too)!
Very clever, Danae.
You know that you are obsessed with Dewey when:
1. You throw away all your razors.
2. Your favorite film is the Wizard Of Oz.
3. You put only three roses in a vase.
4. Your pet is an aligator lizard.
5. You like the wind blowing through your hair.
6. However hard you try, you can't find a name for your horse...
You know that you are obsessed with Gerry when:
1. You die your hair blond and you oblige your sister to do the same.
2. You wear blue contact lenses.
3. You beg your oculist to let you wear glasses.
4. You need something and you don't know what.
5. You give everyone another try.
6. The women start to chase you.
Thanks Bones. I figured I had been saying it wrong all these years. Have fun at the show!
Me Again :)
Oooooooh Nooooooo there it is all that Snow & Ice and those bare brown branches. Hope Mr Sun shines brightly while you are there Gerry and melts this away... A Big difference from the Nice Beach & Blue Skies we saw downunder and from Fla. HUH?? ~~~ Stay warm! :) Oooooh well, Nice to see a VFTHW pic! :)
Hmmm ~~ Pretty neat Jeff, you seeing an AMERICA video from "the beat club", what song was it that they sang? I have seen this dvd on the PlanetDVD site... and wondered what it is like...
Okay gotta get back to my work here, See ya, Nancy :) Hmmm ~~ I had a Hankerin to hear LRB's great song "Night Owl" sooo I emailed my lunchtime DJ friend and requested he play it... WOW it was sooo Neat hearing this Great Rocking Song, it has been a Lonnnnnnng Lonnnnnng Time since I have heard it! ;) :)
~~~ Soooo Move onnnnnn there's a heart of a night owl callin'
To belong she's cryin' in the night
Be strong and Find the Heart of the night owl fallin'
Stay up till dawn until the night is gone ~~~~~ Sing it again for me LRB :) ;)
Is that a river? Looks pretty cool. I am SO JEALOUS of all you guys who get to go to a concert tonight. Hope you get to hear ALL MY LIFE!
Tell the guys hi for me!
Click here to see the view from Gerry's hotel window in Uncasville, CT. By the way, can someone please tell me how to correctly pronounce "Uncasville"? I've been saying it as un'-case-ville but maybe it's really uncuss-ville or something like that.
Yeah, Nancy, I do have more time for listening to music.
The coal mines were a huge employer here for years. Sadly, no longer....
...was watching tv awhile back and saw an America video from I think "the beat club". is this right?
TGIF Everyone :) What a gorgeous day here today, the sky is Crystal Clear Ocean Blue, not a cloud to be seen. ~~ I am Anxious to see Gerry's VFTHW pic! :)
Hi there Linda ~~ Have a safe trip and Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy the show! Have fun getting to meet the others from the chat folder too, it adds to the fun and excitement in such a Neat Way! ~~ Come back and tell us all about your time there.
Thanks Steve L ~~ That is one Unique Billboard for sure! Such a nice update to your Horse With No Name tribute page too. I still get a kick out of that old car with the Horse skeleton in it... I wonder if Gerry & Dewey & Dan have ever seen this..
Hi there Alan ~~ Hope you have been working on your songs! ~~ I too will be glad to see the black tinged snow piles melt away.. It is soooo sunny here this morning but still no sign of my Bluebirds... take care!
Hey there Jeff ~~ My hubby was kinda forced to take early Pension from the mines when it closed back in May of 2000... I hope your Back & Knee doesn't get in the way of you enjoying your retirement. I Bet you are surrounded by lots of Great Music each day.. Nice! Keep on enjoying all of Life's Simple Pleasures! :)
Nice to hear from you Mo ~~ Keep on a singing this awesome song, I sure do hope you all will be Treated to it this evening! I hope you all have a great time, be sure and capture some of this magic in pics to share with us. ~~ I'll be there with you all in my Dreams! :)
Hey there Bones ~~ Sing a little louder soooo I can hear you! :)
Gotta get now, have a great day everyone! See ya, Nancy :)
~~~ and soooo I sing, I'd be happy just to stay this way, spend each day with you, there was a time when I just thought that I would Lose My Mind, YOU came along and then the SUN did SHINE ..... I put the past awayyyyyy ... Oooooooh Gerry won't ya Please sing this song for them tonight ~~ We've wanted this All Our Life for sure! :) :) :) I want this All My Life, I Want this All My Life, I've Wanted this All My Life :)
~~~ I look to the sun ~ as the day is dawning, I carry my dreams ~ from a moment before, I try to recall ~ but I find myself yawning, I guess they are gone, but there's more, so I head out the dooooor, Allllll Around listen and you can hear the Sound, on cloudy days, seems like I always feel this wayyy... Sing it Gerry & Dewey :)
I, too, am looking forward to meeting you, Linda, at the concert tonight! Be sure to make yourself known! Moser should already be there and in line by noon-ish. I won't be leaving Massachusetts until AFTER school today, and hope to arrive there before 5:30 PM...which is REALLY late, for me! (I wanted to take the day off, but it's school progress report day, and to fill them out I kinda needed to be here!) Bones...I hope I see you, too, as it's been quite a while since I saw you last! My 5 yr. old niece is upset because she can't come with me to see "her Gerry"! Don't know HOW she got so obsessed with America?
Just a quick hello before we head out to the show at Mohegan - hope to get there around 3ish - hope there are not too many high rollers getting preferred seating! Talk to you tomorrow! See you there Mo & Nina!
Early retirement... back and knee. I am very fortunate to have worked in a system that takes care of its own. There are so many folks out there scraping to get by from day to day and it breaks my heart. Not to mention the retirees that have had their pensions dry up... coal miners, stealworkers, and so on.
Mo, I'm 48 yrs. old. Some say that I could pass for 47 though.
Lodgenet stinks. I want a laptop. WA!! Steve, invent something better, will ya? Thanks.
Double PS: All my life, Without a doubt I give you all my life. Now and forever 'til the day I die....
Was I singing out loud? sSssorry.
JB..You're not old enough to be retired. What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
Uphill both ways Jeff?
The winters here just aren't what they used to be. I remember walking to school 20 miles (one way) in 3 feet of snow... barefooted. Oh yeah... and 50 degrees below zero!
Cool Billboard! It sure is an attention grabber, love their use of the word Classic!
I checked out the sound clips to JL's new CD and I have to agree, they sound great! Makes me anxious for the CD to be released.
BTW Jeff, I'd be more than happy to ship you ALL the snow up here in Maine. I'm soooo ready for spring!!!
Yesterday my wife and I were driving through Salt Lake City when we saw a billboard for the radio station that we listen to the most. They play lots of music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's including America's early hits. I had my camera with me so we pulled over and took a picture so I could add it to the Horse With No Name tribute page. Click here to see the view from the webmaster's camera.
Goanna... Thanks for the Henley contact!
Genevieve, Nancy, Kevin, and all... I've been saving a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson for just this occasion:
"The music business is a dark, plastic hallway; where pimps and thieves run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."
tt <---- "It's all true but worse"
Nancy, send the snow this way... I'll take it. Going to be in the 50's/60's this weekend.
Hi Hooooo Everyone :) ~~ Have a safe trip Mo, I'd be willing to bet your CD stacker is filled with lots of great gems to keep you company! ~~ Have fun ~~ The Milk Jug is Empty .... soooo tempting to just get in my bessielouwhooo and drive, drive, drive.... :)
Triple WOWS ~~Triple Whoaaaaa's ~~ Triple Thaaaaat's Nice ~~~ Yeppers Jeff & Mrs, Gen & Anita.... I am loving hitting the replay button on this Cryin' songclip.... Simply Magic, Simply Breathtaking, Simply leaving me wanting to hear it in its entirety soon, soon, soon.... Hey Mr Mailman ~~ I can't wait for you to bring me my new Sepia CD for sure! :)
Hi there Goanna ~~~ Thanks for sharing this Don Henley article... Very Interesting Indeed! Don not only can write nice song lyrics, he is also gifted with a Nice Power of Speech... Hopefully one day soon the Record Company's will realize they are what they are today, because of the Music Artists .... and start treating them with the Respect they are Due, and giving more back to them. ~~ I definitely agree sueing kids for P2P file sharing isn't the answer... I myself have downloaded songs... but I also buy the CD's and I love telling others about these songs too...
Geeze Jeff ~~ You shoulda requested some of this White Stuff a couple of weeks ago... I could have had a Tractor Trailor Load shipped your way!!! ~~~ Finally the Ice is melting here... and the snow piles are sinking a little... to be in the 50's here on saturday... Soon my little bluebird's will be coming back to their nesting boxes... Oooooooh how I long to hear their Nice Warbling again... Spring ~Spring ~ Spring ~~ get here soon.... :)
Just wanted to say thanks to all for the fun last night at live chat... Sorry ~~ I kinda pooped out earlier than I wanted too, my big brown eyes couldn't stay open any longer...
Hi there ConnieB ~~ Yeppers Sandman holds one nice message in it's lyrics...
Hi Kade ~~ Nice to hear from you, how have you been? Yes Yes Yes... Van Go Gan is soooo nice... a Must have for sure!
Hey there Reddddddd Oakkkk ~~~ I am Smiling here, cause guess what song was just on the radio... Timothy B's "I Can't Tell You Whyyyyyy" Nice ~Nice ~Nice! Hope the sun is shining bright there.... take Nelleybelle out for a ride... :)
Well gotta get now... have to go get our taxes done! See ya, Nancy :) ;) ~~~ My Jeff Larson Sepia songclips are playing here on my winamp.... I too am sooo Anxious to Hear these songs in Full! Nice to know I don't have to wait too much longer... :)
~~~ there's only meeee, there's only youuuuuu, what's that you sayy, that can't be true.... ( I just love the harmonizing magic in this... I love that oooh sooo nice shadowy effect.... Nice Gerry :)~) that can't be true, you've let it go, I don't believe youuu, sooo why are you cryin, why are you trying to work this out, why are you cryin, we know what this is all about, Hereeeee I ammmmmm ~~~ Sing it for me again Jeff Larson & Gerry ~~~ Soooooooooo Nice! :) :) :)
That was pretty much my reaction too. My wife says... "Thaaaats nice"! to the soundbyte. I answered "no kidding"!
Will some of you northerners send some snow down this way. I'm retired now and for the first time in years can sit back and enjoy the stuff.
Gen, I wholeheartedly second that! Go give it a listen.
Oh yeah Jeff. Had a listen... and went whoaaa !
Jeff + the guys .... beautiful, breathtaking sound clip. Can't wait to hear the whole cd. Soon.
Genevieve and others, ...might want to check out Jeff Larson's mp3 samples. Just wait till you hear the "Cryin'" soundbyte!
Goanna: Thanks for the article. I can't imagine anything changing because there's so much money at stake. As long as the labels are raking in the cash, why should they care about the content providers. Someone else will always provide it. It will take artists with clout to one day band together and bypass the system. Too many of them are too comfortable with the money pouring in. With no "content" the labels have no new units to move.
Ok, follow the link http://www.kingbiscuit.com/america/song/song002.htm
and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Hope it helps.
Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but can someone tell me -- or post a link to -- Dewey's inspiration for the lyrics to Sandman. I have heard in the past that it was about Vietnam, but I can't see the analogy. Thanks.
If someone is looking for Van Go Gan, they might want to try emailing ebay seller for-music-lovers-only, as this person has sold two copies of it in the past couple of weeks.
Even though MelodyBlvd lists Van Go Gan as being available, that doesn't appear to be accurate. At least I'm aware of some fans who have ordered it but haven't received it (after months of waiting). In fact, it was a recent mail message from one of those fans that prompted me to upload the MP3 soundclips.
Melody boulevard still lists their data base as carrying "Van Go Gan".
Check out www.melodyboulevard.com and you should be able to order it,at least the version with the bonus tracks.
Your offer is extremly generous! I am having a hard time e-mailing you. If you still have the CD available please e-mail me at IAMBOO4 @yahoo.com. I love the idea of a donation instead of payment! You're a good hearted person!! Kade
Thank you VERY MUCH Goanna for sharing this with us. A very explicit article. As a music fan in general and a supporter of my local music scene (and friend to musicians and artists in the music biz) I can relate to this... and think we should all feel concerned.
Hello, I found this on the web... as I know Dewey & Gerry are friends with Henley & Co, I wonder if they feel the same way. An interesting article and clearly a call to artists to act now...
Don Henley speaks out in the Washingon Post
Reprinted from the Washington Post, 2/17/2004
"Killing the Music"
By Don Henley
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture. Artists connected with their fans. Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong.
That's all changed.
Today the music business is in crisis. Sales have decreased between 20 and 30 percent over the past three years. Record labels are suing children for using unauthorized peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems. Only a few artists ever hear their music on the radio, yet radio networks are battling Congress over ownership restrictions. Independent music stores are closing at an unprecedented pace. And the artists seem to be at odds with just about everyone -- even the fans.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the root problem is not the artists, the fans or even new Internet technology. The problem is the music industry itself. It's systemic. The industry, which was once composed of hundreds of big and small record labels, is now controlled by just a handful of unregulated, multinational corporations determined to continue their mad rush toward further consolidation and merger. Sony and BMG announced their agreement to merge in November, and EMI and Time Warner may not be far behind. The industry may soon be dominated by only three multinational corporations.
The executives who run these corporations believe that music is solely a commodity. Unlike their predecessors, they fail to recognize that music is as much a vital art form and social barometer as it is a way to make a profit. At one time artists actually developed meaningful, even if strained, relationships with their record labels. This was possible because labels were relatively small and accessible, and they had an incentive to join with the artists in marketing their music. Today such a relationship is practically impossible for most artists.
Labels no longer take risks by signing unique and important new artists, nor do they become partners with artists in the creation and promotion of the music. After the music is created, the artist's connection with it is minimized and in some instances is nonexistent. In their world, music is generic. A major record label president confirmed this recently when he referred to artists as "content providers." Would a major label sign Johnny Cash today? I doubt it.
Radio stations used to be local and diverse. Deejays programmed their own shows and developed close relationships with artists. Today radio stations are centrally programmed by their corporate owners, and airplay is essentially bought rather than earned. The floodgates have opened for corporations to buy an almost unlimited number of radio stations, as well as concert venues and agencies. The delicate balance between artists and radio networks has been dramatically altered; networks can now, and often do, exert unprecedented pressure on artists. Whatever connection the artists had with their music on the airwaves is almost totally gone.
Music stores used to be magical places offering wide variety. Today the three largest music retailers are Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. In those stores shelf space is limited, making it harder for new artists to emerge. Even established artists are troubled by stores using music as a loss leader. Smaller, more personalized record stores are closing all over the country -- some because of rampant P2P piracy but many others because of competition from department stores that traditionally have no connection whatsoever with artists.
Piracy is perhaps the most emotionally gut-wrenching problem facing artists. Artists like the idea of a new and better business model for the industry, but they cannot accept a business model that uses their music without authority or compensation. Suing kids is not what artists want, but many of them feel betrayed by fans who claim to love artists but still want their music free.
The music industry must also take a large amount of blame for this piracy. Not only did the industry not address the issue sooner, it provided the P2P users with a convenient scapegoat. Many kids rationalize their P2P habit by pointing out that only record labels are hurt -- that the labels don't pay the artists anyway. This is clearly wrong, because artists are at the bottom of the food chain. They are the ones hit hardest when sales take a nosedive and when the labels cut back on promotion, on signing new artists and on keeping artists with potential. Artists are clearly affected, yet because many perceive the music business as being dominated by rich multinational corporations, the pain felt by the artist has no public face.
Artists are finally realizing their predicament is no different from that of any other group with common economic and political interests. They can no longer just hope for change; they must fight for it. Washington is where artists must go to plead their case and find answers.
So whether they are fighting against media and radio consolidation, fighting for fair recording contracts and corporate responsibility, or demanding that labels treat artists as partners and not as employees, the core message is the same: The artist must be allowed to join with the labels and must be treated in a fair and respectful manner. If the labels are not willing to voluntarily implement these changes, then the artists have no choice but to seek legislative and judicial solutions. Simply put, artists must regain control, as much as possible, over their music.
The writer is a singer and drummer with the Eagles and a founding member of the Recording Artists' Coalition.
Ya, good point Steve. I thought about that too but it seems like one disc is just sitting there - so someone else might as well enjoy what we have all had the great pleasure of listening to over and over again.
howdy all - been lurking but not posting - almost had to cancel our arrangements for Friday, but looks like it is a go! Steve, don't you have ANY pull for us girls? Can't you send Gerry a request from the chat folder for Friday - or do we have to resort to begging in person??? Hope to say hi Mo & Nina - keep the vigil going, you never know.....
John, that is EXTREMELY kind of you. I have at least 2 copies of every America CD and I haven't had the heart to part with any of them yet. I'm always worried about one of them going bad and not having a backup (I guess that's my computer background coming out). Anyway, I think that's great that you're willing to do this!
Offer # 2:
I bought VGG as the Japanese import when it first came out. Then I bought it as the US release with the extra tracks. So....I don't need 2. I am willing to send my extra copy ( the one without the bonus tracks but I will swap the liner notes as the Japanese one has more and I want to keep that one- if that is ok ) to some America fan who is dying to get a copy but can't because it is out of stock. Again, no charge except maybe the person could agree to make a donation to your local food bank. Same deal if someone wants my extra copy of BLW's Like A Brother.
Email me if you are interested.
Great news about "The Definitive America" album of the week on RTL radio! Thanks for translating the article too or at least some of the highlights (my High school French is pretty rusty & just escapes me at the moment but I think I got the gist of it.) Interesting info and learned something new too since I didn't realize they participated in "Everybody sings Nilsson." Great quiz question too....just love those easy ones! Maybe they'll re-broadcast it? (I guess you could say I was curious...)
FYI 'The Definitive America' is album of the week in the Nocturnes ('Saga' page)on RTL radio as the America saga was re-broadcast last Saturday night 02/21. They added ref to the boys' contributions to Jeff Larson's albums (including Sepia) and of course made mention of Richard Campbell's joining the band to replace Brad .
Also George Lang told us about Dewey 's amazing collection of autographs (of which he is apparently very proud according to GL) that includes enormous celebs like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, but also James Dean, Marlon Brando and... John Kennedy !
Here is a link for the curious ones (it's in French, though)
And they added a quiz question to win 2 seats for the Olympia show in March :
(the question reads :<<with what song did America reach #1 for the 2nd time in the US charts in 1975?>> .... too easy, no? ;-)
Although I'm a pessimist at heart, I thought I'd try looking on the bright side for a change! ED. NOTE TO GERRY: Please remember that Moser comes from a TWO income household...while I, on the other hand, am ALL alone, struggling by on lowly teacher pay..... Do you have out the Kleenex, yet??!!
Either way, I know we'll have a great time at the show! Can't wait!
Think we'll never that too much, but VGG is such a great album! And no doubt a cult cd for us, fans.
So, Gerry, if you hear 'your' girls (!)...haha.
To paraphase a famous song "aw, c'mon Gerry"
"Hope" you get to hear the song Mo!
Mo, if I were a betting man, I'd be on your side (i.e., no "All My Life"). But, we can always "Hope"!
Yep, the best to come on the scene in 30 yrs. IMO. Not only do I like the sound... I can relate to a good bit of the lyrical content.
I would like to thank Difford and Tilbrook of Squeeze for the following (somewhat adapted) lyrics to help in the begging effort.
From "Up The Junction"...
Alone here in the kitchen
I feel there's something missing
I'd beg for some forgiveness
But begging's not my business
He wrote it for Silent Letter
Although I always tell him
And so it's my assumption
I'm really up the junction
Okay, not the best of a last ditch effort, I admit. My good bud and fellow Gerry Girl, Nina, assures me that Mr. Gerry has a great big heart so maybe, just maybe, he'll have some mercy on us longsuffering no lifers and play All My Life for us. In the spirit of seeing them at a casino, we have a bit of a wager going. I'm betting he won't, she's betting he will...I guess one of us will go home with a shiny new $50 in our pocket. Stay tuned.
Hey there, Sheldon. Wow, they're shufflin' off to Buffalo. Awesome. Yes, I guess I will be there. It is only about 90 minutes from here. Closest place since NY State Fair in Sept., '02. It's at Dunn Tire Park which is the Buffalo Bisons minor league ballpark. I wonder if they are playing before or after the game perhaps. Any details yet, Steve? I hope to see you there, Sheldon. You too, Nancio. Get that hubby up from in front of the Nascar races and get him up here!! By the way, do you need some milk yet?
Only a few days to go!!!!! CAN'T WAIT.
I agree, Jeff is the best new music I've heard in quite a long time. If you like the "California Sound", you'll love Jeff Larson.
Jeff, I'm of the same opinion....I'm a new fan of his, love all his music & cd's and is such a great songwriter. He should really get more exposure....I liked his descriptions of his songs and the one of Cryin' "not sure if Gerry can write a bad song"
Thanks for the new show dates....just made my day/week/month!
I know what they say about opinions... but if you've never heard Jeff Larson you're missing out on some good music. ...can't wait to hear the final soundclips!
Thanks to all who participated in last night's listening party. Next week will be Silent Letter, Sunday 9 PM, EST. (It may also be repeated the following Wednesday, due to the Oscars.)
Click here to see the wallpaper.
I sent Steve the first Gerry wallpaper-not the one you are waiting for, another simpler. It will soon be posted. Hope you like it.
Hi Hoooooo Everyone :) :) :)
I am loving this... I heard You Can Do Magic here on my radio about an hour ago, and right this moment.... Sister Golden Hair is on... Gerry is singing ~~~ Will you meet me in the middle will you meet me in the end, would you love me just alittle, just enough to show you care ~~~ Soooooooo Neat... sure does brighten my Mood! :) :) :)
Hi there Karen L ~~ Thanks sooo much for mentioning VH1 Classic... I am gonna take a tape up to my sister's and see if I get lucky enough to catch their Video... I wonder which one it will be, wouldn't that be Awesome if it were the video for the song HOPE ~~~ yes yes yes...
Just wanted to say I had a fun time listening to the Harbor songs last night at live chat... and to say I wouldn't mind Having a Replay of it on wednesday night for those that missed last nights... By now you should all know how much I love to hit the replay button on my favorite songs.... :)
Geeze only 4 more days till the Mohegan Sun show... Hey Mo looks as tho the Weatherman heard your request for a break from the nasty winter weather... the forcast showed nice calm days and temps in the 40's towards the end of the week. ~~ How I would love to head out for a Carton of Milk on thursday.... You guys are gonna have to enjoy it an extra measure for me Okay???? I hope there is a surprise Encore in store for all of you! :)
We had free HBO & Max movie channels this weekend, and I got to see Sandra Bullock & Hugh Grant in "2 Weeks Notice" again, along with Jennifer Lopez in a movie called "Enough" her oooh soo nice song "Alive" was the closing song to this.... Now I fully understand her Lyrics to this song... What a Movie! ~~ On Saturday night Jackson Browne was on Austin City Limits on PBS and I enjoyed getting to hear him sing "Barricades of Heaven" such a nice song. There was a short interview with him at the end of this show. I found it interesting when asked about him writing songs, if he went about it the same way all the time... He said No, he would never want every song to be the same, that every song has its own message and its own meaning for that time... ~~ Seeing the upcoming schedule for the musicians that will be on this show throughout this summer, made me think again.... I would love to see AMERICA do a show like this... that would be neat, being that it is filmed in Austin Texas, David Dickey could join them for it... and on this show they could sing some of the Hidden Gems... They wouldn't have to just stick to the known hits!
Hi there Jason ~~ Pretty neat you finding that AMERICA bootleg album from 1976... Hopefully the next time around AMERICA will be featured on this Old Grey Whistle. ~~~ Hmmm did you already visit the States... if so did you find the sudio in NY that you were gonna check out? Are you heading to see AMERICA in either France or Italy in March?
Thanks Ainsley ~~~ for sharing that playlist from 76, I have a copy of the Show they did in Pittsburgh in April of 76, from Pittsburgh, PA, this playlist is pretty close to the one you heard.... You got to hear some nice Gems for sure!
Thanks Steve L for the upcoming shows list, as well as mentioning Jeff Larson's Sepia .... I am really anxious to get to hear it. Nice CD cover....
Well thats about all for now, take care everyone, have a good day, See ya, Nancy : )
~~~ Thank the morning for bringing you, hope you never turn your head and run, and thank the sun for shining too, hope the darkness never comes again, what it does to meeee isn't good to seeeee, You say that fortune brought you sailing cross the sea, I don't believe you, I don't see how it's true, I think my Dreaming brought You Here, and if I wake tomorrow, will you still be near ~~~ Once a Miser, Twice a Son, Three's the Devil, Fours alot of fun, I'm for living one for all, Start a Battle, who's the first to fall, Hope it isn't Meee, have to wait and see, you say that fortune brought you sailing cross the sea, I don't believe you, I don't see how it's true, I think my Dreaming Brought You Here, if I wake tomorrow will you still be Near ~~~ Oh how I love hitting the replay button on this song.... Sing it again Gerry :)
Well a 3rd DVd has now been released of this UK music show whose debut programme featured America. I was hoping for "third time lucky" but unfortunatley America are still not featured. It would be great if this long lost footage would finally become available. I have feeling that its still out there and may hopefully appear on a later edition.
For fans of Jackson Browne I can confirm that he does feature singing "Jamaica Say You Will" from 1972. Others bands included are David Bowie, Steppenwolf, Al Stewart, Stealers Wheel, etc, etc.
As you can probably imagine, I get lots of mail messages from America fans and lately the most frequently asked question is, "where can I get Gerry's Van Go Gan?" As far as I can tell, nobody has it in stock anymore and I don't know how soon that will change. For a very brief time I have uploaded some soundclips for those fans to listen to until they can procure their own copy. Here are the links to the soundclips:
Please join us at 9 PM EST for Harbor. Should be fun -- hope you can make it.
I haven't been able to access the site since Thursday. Parts of it are up briefly, but today are down. This happened once before. Hopefully, the problem will be fixed.
Someone to copy it in the video!!!!
I was only able to access it briefly last night; today it's down again.
Hi America fans,
I have not been able to get onto the venturahighway.com site for the last 3 days. I get the error message: www.venturahighway.com Temporarily Unavailable
This account has surpassed its bandwidth allocation at the present time.
Anyone else have this problem? Maybe it's just an IE cache thingy.
Hey, Brad, Sean Lee & Anita! You guys are just a wealth of information!! I checked out the site Anita provided, did a search for America, and it looks like there will be something next Sat., 2/28! In Hour 3 (1:30-2:30pm ET) of their "I Love the 70's" show, they're featuring 1972; and America is one of the featured artists. I'm definitely going to be watching. I'd love to see that HWNN video from Musikladen that Sean Lee mentioned. I hope that's what it is. Karen
I noticed that Jeff Larson's web page has been updated to include the cover art from his forthcoming CD, "Sepia". It doesn't have any soundclips YET, but I understand there will be some coming.
As Anita has already pointed out, some new shows have been added. I checked my e-mail tonight and had the following list from Erin (which I'll add to the America Fans concert list just as soon as I have time):
2/27/04 Uncasville, CT / Mohegan Sun Casino
3/5/04 Nice, France / Theatre l. Ventura
3/7/04 Paris, France / Olympia
3/10/04 Rome, Italy / Theatre Santa Cecilia
3/11/04 Naples, Italy / Palapartenope
3/13/04 Catania, Italy / PalaSport
3/15/04 Milan, Italy / Teatro Smeraldo
3/16/04 Genoa, Italy / Teatro Palamazda
3/31/04 Milwaukee, WI / Potawatomi Casino
4/24/04 Pompano Beach, FL / Seafood Festival
5/1/04 Great Falls, MT / Great Falls Civic Center
5/18/04 Victorville, CA / San Bernardino County Fair
6/4-5/04 Peachtree City, GA / Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
6/12/04 Fond du Lac, WI / Lakeside Park
6/19/04 South Bend, IN / Lakeside Park
6/26/04 Buffalo, NY / Dunn Tire Park
6/27/04 Atlantic City, NJ / Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort
7/2-3/04 Uncasville, CT / Mohegan Sun Casino
7/9/04 Chester, WV / Mountaineer Race Track
7/10/04 Cincinnati, OH / Miami Meadows Park
7/11/04 Baltimore, MD / Camden Yards Stadium
7/23/04 San Diego, CA / Humphrey’s
7/31/04 Turlock, CA / Stanislaus County Fair
10/1-2/04 Alexandria, VA / The Birchmere
Hey Mo - bet you will be at that Buffalo, NY show on June 26th.. isn't that pretty close to where you live? Ya know, maybe I can make that one. I believe it's a 4 or 5 hour drive from here..
Brad, you are quite correct. If you cut and paste the link below, you can see what's playing for the coming week.
I have seen only the horse with no name video from the musikladen Tv show and on pop show they sometimes show You can do magic, the shows that America are on most is Super 70s and Pop show i hope to the border one day.
I believe that if you go to there website you can find out when an America video might be shown if you use there artist info , but don't quote me on that .
The gigs page at VH.com and Pollstar have been updated to reflect about half a dozen new shows.
I bought the dvd "America In Concert" ( The German concert from '99) quite a while ago but never had a dvd player. So I had a friend make a vhs copy of it for me. We now have a dvd player so I have this extra video that I don't need. If any America fan out there doesn't have it and would like it just email me. No cost.
( No cost to email me or for the video )
Hi Kevin - I suppose it's really not that odd that happened - because EVERY time I tune into VH1 Classic I wonder if I'll see America. It just finally happened. You're right, though - maybe while I'm on a roll I should wonder about that money thing. . . :)
If I were watching TV and wondering if they'd ever show an America video then suddenly an America video comes on, the next thing I'd wonder about would be if someone would ever drop a big pile of money in my living room.
Wow! Lucky you to have caught that one, Jenna!! U2 is one of my other favorite bands. (There's AMERICA-my favorite, and then there are the many "other" favorites that come after America. :) U2 played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison (where the Wisconsin Badgers play) a time or two in the last decade, and I think one time was after the release of Achtung Baby. I didn't go, but it would have been a good show to see. Karen
Thanks for the details on that, Anita! I just now sent off my e-mail request. (I thanked them for playing YCDM this evening and asked if they'd consider playing "The Border" and "Hope" sometime.) I'm a person that needs my full night's sleep; but if I knew I'd see these videos, I'd sacrifice my sleep for sure! (Maybe they'll even start playing these videos during the regular show, if they don't already. That would be even better!) Please keep me posted if you ever see them, ok?!? (Or if you know in advance they'll be played.) I'll do the same.
Wow, Karen, you do have a good memory! Yes my husband tapes it every night (it's actually on at 1 AM EST). You can request videos to be aired on this show by emailing VH1ClassicRequests@vh1.com. (I've already requested The Border and Hope, but it wouldn't hurt if others would join the campaign!)
Hi Anita! I think of you whenever we do watch this, because you recently posted that (your husband-right?) tapes it sometimes, if I'm remembering correctly. Anyway, it seems to be the regular show. We've had it on for almost an hour now and they haven't said anything about requests. To be exact, my husband just said it's their "pop" show. I was aware there is a way to request videos but haven't checked into that yet. I'll have to do that sometime and request the other two videos!
Karen, was this on the regular VH1 Classic or was it on their request show? Thanks.
That is, "unwinding from the day AND watching tv" -- rather than "unwinding from the day watching tv". I don't want you to think we sit around watching tv all day!! :) :) :)
Our family was just sitting around unwinding from the day watching tv (just a few minutes ago) and we switched to VH1 Classic. This is relatively new to us - just got satellite tv in December. Anyway, I said to the others, "I wish they'd show some America videos". So - the next video that comes on is "You Can Do Magic"! (Funny how that happens!!) Even though I've seen this one a lot lately on my computer (thanks to Steve), it was nice seeing it on VH1 Classic. For all I know, the America videos might get played a lot on there - but my husband and I don't get to watch tv as often as the kids do. Anyway, it leaves me hopeful that someday I'll catch "The Border" or "Hope" on there. Do any of you watch VH1 Classic more often than we do and have seen these other two videos on there recently??
Favorite Encore Moments....
U2 gave a great impromptu concert without any advance notice which I saw while on vacation in San Francisco in the early 90's. It was only announced on a radio station an hour or so beforehand and it seemed like suddenly 20,000 people were streaming to the Plaza where they were performing. I think it was early 90's & they were promoting Achtung Baby.... I was surprised they'd give a free-impromptu concert since they were already so huge (??) Couldn't see a thing but they did 2 encores's... New Year's Day & Sunday Bloody Sunday. I'm sure they don't do any more free concerts. I'm sure they've been other favorite encore moments but that one really stands out!
I think you are right . I caught them both here in Cincy when they were touring in the winter that year . Hey the guys are playing 10 minutes from my house this year at Miami Meadows in July; and Blood Sweat and Tears played there last. It is free and festive with lots of kids rides and drinks and eats . The fire works show afterwards is not bad either for the price Ha!
Hey I was also at the Universal amp in the late 70's not for that concert it was with Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn!!!!!! It was a fabulous concert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Loved that venue!!! Annette
Don't be too disappointed, Danae. While it's possible that someone may have seen Gerry smoke back in 1976, he certainly doesn't now. In the years that I've known Gerry and had the opportunity to visit with him both backstage and on other occasions, I have never seen him smoke and I've only seen him drink bottled water. Oh yeah, he did eat some ice cream with my kids and I two different times.
Question, Was it the year of 2000 that America appeared
on the hour long TV airing of this. They shared the bill
with Blood, Sweat and Tears. Please help refresh my memory
Thanks! They are great for Gerry's wallpaper!
<<Dewey drinking beer and commenting "Good Refreshments out here!" and of Gerry I believe smoking between songs!>>
So, Gerry too smokes! He really disappointed me.
I think I may have my dates out of whack.... my appologies to you guys... my brain is in reverse at the min...
Howdy from the hills of Pennsylvania. Visiting the fam damily here for a few days. It's the kids' winter break from school, so here we are. We spent this evening tubing at Seven Springs. That was a first for my kids and I. Wo, it was a blast. Kelly (sister) is an EMT and fills in occasionally for the Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. The dept. sponsored this tubing night as a treat for the volunteers and their families. So, we really lucked out and got to go along. It was a great night to be outdoors, not that cold (low 30's) and not much wind. Anyway, don't want to get too much into the weather forecast there...I know, I know...sorry.
I wasn't going to post again until getting back to NY, but I wanted to comment on the wonderful pictures from Nancy M. WOW!! They are great. Thanks for sharing. You must have had wonderful seats. I would have to guess after looking at the pics that you may well be a fellow "Gerry Girl." Am I right? Oh, that long hair (swooning). Anyway, I really enjoyed the pictures and am surely glad for that new scanner of yours!!
Sorry I have been less than diligent on the begging (aka nagging) front lately. Don't let that be misconstrued as disinterest. I just needed a day or two to come up with a new approach and figured all involved would appreciate the reprieve. (Dictionary not handy, I hope that is how you spell reprieve.)
I am headed back to NY tomorrow and hope to make the chat but it will be close. If I miss you guys, say hi to Bonesy for me. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. I bought a portable Sponge Bob seat to take with me to MOhegan so I can sit in line to see the show. Try 'splaining that to your mother!!!
Happy Tuesday, Everyone.
Thanks Steve! It was great to hear that song again....what a real gem, it's the next best thing to being there! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction at times I forget to check out the midi files at the bottom of the page. Maybe someday they'll re-introduce it??
Nancy, fantastic photos...looks like you had front row seating!
Nancy, It is a bit hard to remember back to 1976 but from some memories I have and from the newspaper reviews I have kept these are the songs I think they played(not in order).
Don't Cross the River
Old Man Took
I Need You
Today's the Day
Jet Boy Blue
She's a Liar
Don't Let it Get You Down
Sister Golden Hair
Horse With No Name
It was certainly much more of an energetic rock'n'roll type concert. The audience on their feet dancing and trying to touch the guys and as one review said nearly dragging Dan off stage. A couple of memories - Dewey drinking beer and commenting "Good Refreshments out here!" and of Gerry I believe smoking between songs!
Hi there Everyone :)
Welcome aboard Outlaw Man ~ NancyM & rick & Rob !
Thanks sooo much NancyM for sharing these 1975 concert pics with us. I really enjoyed getting to check them out a couple times in a row. You are sooo lucky to have gotten to see them back then. I have been a fan of theirs since I was 14, but I never got to see them as a Trio. These pics kinda gave me a glimpse of just what I missed. What a nice treasure chest keepsake gem you have in these. Thanks again for sharing them with us. WOW!!! Nice Pics!
Hi there SteveO ~~ I second you saying that seeing these pics makes you want to get out all of the early albums and listen to them ... I do hope Dan & Tom will check these pics out, what a blast from the past this has to be for Gerry Dewey & Dan too as well as David Dickey seeing these pics.
Hi there Rob ~~ Neat ~~ I really enjoyed checking out the pics from the show in 79 as well. I especially liked the pic on the newspaper article that you sent. I also like the one you mentioned of them standing between their lockers. Thanks for mentioning that you sent these in...
Hey there Robsl ~~ You sure had some neat Encore moments.. ~~ Wow getting to see Johnny Rivers sing "Slow Dancin" Swayin to the Music ~~ Nice, I got the spinetingling chills just picturing getting to hear him do this as an encore. Such a Great song! :) ~~ I just gotta say it again, I sure do appreciate your Awesome taste for music... for your age! ~~ Hmmm ~~ how is your Dewey report coming along??? I look forward to getting to read it! :)
Well now Outlaw ~~ Regarding LRB, I don't know much about them, I just love to hit the replay on their great songs that I am familiar with... Hmmm ~~ Come back and share your Encore moments from this show, and others you have seen Okay? ~~ As for my Encore Moments.... I have been searching my memory banks to recall these... I saw 3 Dog Night back in 74 and I know they opened the show with "The Show Must Go On", I am almost positive they ended it with Joy To The World & Celebrate, I really enjoyed getting to see them, the whole experience was very energetic and spontaneous, big beach balls were being thrown around the college auditorium before the show, and the lighting for their opening and ending reminded you of a Circus... I only wish I could really remember more of it, cause Chuck Negron was there with them and little did I realize then, how neat this was to get to see them all perform together... I also got to see Seals & Crofts 2 nights in a row and I am having a harder time trying to remember their encore song, something keeps making me remember "We May Never Pass This Way Again" and also something about when they sang my favorite song "Hummingbird", I can remember it being completely dark and people held up lighters while they sang Hummingbird, after each of the shows, they came back out and had a talk about the religion that they are involved withI believe it was Baha,the lyric line Ooooooh source of our Being was quoted as being from the Baha' Scriptures, and they sang their one called "The Euphrates" ~~ I can remember something about their whole mystique that I was caught up in... The Summer Breeze album covered opened up like a book and all of the lyrics for the songs were on the inside, with a pic of Jim Seals and Dash Croft and their wives, and babies & alot of other people, they were having a picnic, I always found myself wondering about the smiling faces that I saw in this pic... too much ~~ Anyway I really enjoyed getting to see them 2 times in a row. ~~ Last but not least, the 3 times that I have seen AMERICA stays with me always... I just love how everyone starts to say wait a minute they didn't sing Horse... as Gerry, Dewey & the band leave the stage, and then the yelling gets louder "Come Back and sing Horse Wit No Name! ~~ Yes yes yes, then they come back and that oooohh sooo comfortable strumming begins, and hearing this song takes me back to being 14 again... and listening to it and singing it over and over and over again.. ~~ Can't get enough of that feeling ever! For sure! ~~ Thanks outlaw man for the neat question! :) ;)
Thanks TZMAC & Margaret for sharing the info on LRB with us!
Hey there Jimmmmmmmmbob ~~ Hope you are still floating on the clouds.... :)
Hi Valerie ~~ You are ooooh soooo right, I would love to escape on a Cruise right about now... My 25th wedding anniversary was last May and we didn't go anywhere.... I guess we should have just did what you did, taken the Kids along with us... Glad to hear you all enjoyed this getaway... Sounds like alot of Fun ~~ I second your idea for a Cruise... where we all would go and Gerry & Dewey could perform all of the Hidden Gems just for us Die Hards! Nice Nice Nice~~ When should I start packing my things! :)
Well gotta get now, take care all and have a good day! See ya, Nancy :)
~~~ Alas here comes the "Gardener" He's come to till the flowers, the draught of Understanding, Wisdom, Peace & Love is ours.... Hummingbird don't fly away, fly away Hummingbird don't fly away, Don't fly away, don't fly awayyyyyyy, don't fly awayyyyyyyy .... Sing it again for me Seals & Croft :) :) :)
Jenna, you can listen to the guys performing "Things We Said Today" from the October 2, 1999 Atlantic City concert by going to the Sound Clip Index Page on the America Fans web site. Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section and then click on the blue "notes" icon to the right of the song title and you'll be able to listen to a RealAudio version of the song. You are right that it is a Beatles song. It is one of those many Lennon/McCartney compositions which was released on the 1964 "A Hard Days Night" album.
Rob, I haven't heard anything about the Sydney DVD concert. In fact, things have been very quiet lately from Dewey, Gerry, and Erin. I hope that means the guys are busy working in the recording studio and Erin is taking a well deserved rest (not that Gerry and Dewey don't deserve a rest, too).
Outstanding shots of the guys! Despite the years the guys have performed as a duo,it was nice to see these shots and remember that at one time America was a powerful 3 man band with some great supporting players! Just looking at the pics makes me want to dig out those early albums again! Thanks for sharing with us! I'm sure Dan and even his brother Tom would appreciate these...
Nancy-- Your shots are terrific! Thanks for sharing them. If you get a chance check out the ones I posted a while back of Gerry and Dewey at the University of Bridgeport, 1979. I love the shot of them standing by their travel lockers. Thanks again for your great camera work.
Thanks, jimbob. I hope things are OK in your part of NZ. There were frightening images of some of the storm damage on the news here.
man i live about 8 or 9 minutes from this joint, skynyrd ,doobies , reo have all played there , but now the boys wil grace the stage...cant wait mex nm
man i live about 8 or 9 minutes from this joint, skynyrd ,doobies , reo have all played there , but now the boys wil grace the stage...cant wait mex nm
NancyM!! Those pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us. I saw them at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC around this time. Wow does this bring back memories...
They did Things We Said Today in Reno a few years ago. It was great, and I'd love to hear it live again!
Just recently got a scanner and finally figured out how to e-mail them to Steve!
I'll jump on the bandwagon here for the 3 encore request. I was lucky enough to hear "California Re-visited" once last year and it'd be great to keep it in as part of the encore!! Hopefully everyone going to the Mohegan or France & Italy will get the 3 encore's!?
It wasn't an encore but they did "Things we said Today" a few years ago which was great! I think that's a Beatle's tune? I'll have to do a search on google to find out....or check out an old cd, makes sense that it would be! Maybe they could re-introduce that one to the set sometime?
Thanks to everyone who participated last night at our Hideaway listen. Next Sunday, approximately 9 pm EST, will be Harbor. Hope you can join us!
Thanks Nancy M. for the fantastic pictures! Now where have you been hiding them all these years :>)
OutlawMan, sorry I cant be of any help concerning LRB, as I dont know much about them, apart from the hits of course. From what Ive read though, folks here have been of help.
Hi Margaret,Im not sure when the guys played Newcastle in '84, but I can tell you they were in NZ from late July to early August '84, so that may suggest the show was in August rather than October. Although as the date was important to Goanna, it is a bit confusing, youre right. Steve, America played Wellington NZ, on 29th July '84, Christchurch, 31st, Nelson, 2nd August, then Auckland, possibly the next day. Im sure those dates are correct, but its possible Im out by a day or two! Oh, and Margaret, will let you know when we are in Sydney; it wont coincide with your friends being there as it may be a little later than I had wanted.
I've been on vacation this last week. We went on a cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary early! (Anniversary is July 7th, but the prices were so much cheaper now, so we just booked the cruise 3 weeks ago!) It was a lot of fun! We've never been on a cruise before. They sure pamper you! I was thinking about those of you back East, in the cold weather. You could probably benefit from a cruise about now!
We also went to Disneyland and Califorinia Adventures since we were already down in Southern Calif. We all had a great time!
Yes, I said "all", of course we took our three children. Who would watch them for a week?? So needless to say, it wasn't a very "romantic" anniversary vacation, but still a lot of fun!!
It's good to catch up with the chit-chat.
Congratulations Ingrid and hubby!
Anita, love seeing the horse dip that way!
And thanks Rich, Jason, Anita and Steve for posting all of the Florida pictures!
All the guys look really good! That trip to Australia seems to agree with them!
Dewey's hair seems to be getting a lot longer. Could the beard be growing back next? Ha-Ha!
Bye for now, Valerie.
P.S. How about having a fan gathering on a cruise ship? Dewey and Gerry could give a concert each night in the showroom!!
How's everybody doing? We're still waiting on some info on this upcoming album release i guess. I'm really hoping for a 2004 release. That will really be a big event. When Human Nature came out, I was in highschool and only a pretty big fan but now I'm a huge fan and this will be a big thing for me. I will definitely get a countdown going on the days once a release date is announced.
I think it was OutlawMan who suggested that we post on the topic of our favorite encore moments at concerts. Here's some of mine:
1. Simon and Garfunkel, Fleet Center, Boston, this December. There is a first encore that consists of I think 2 songs, and then there is about 4 minutes of darkness. Me and my friend are just about to leave and we are expecting the houselights to come on, we thought the show was over and we had had a good time. The stage lights come back on and the guys walk out to the mikes, they just have Paul's acoustic guitar. Paul says, "We're gonna play a song now that we haven't played since about 1967." The crowd cheers. Paul launches into the opening chords of Leaves That Are Green. It is one of the most intense concert moments I've ever seen. The entire stadium was quiet and everybody was paying attention to that folksy guitar sound and the voices of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Really cool encore.
2. America, Boston, City Hall Plaza, I think this was 1995. It was a free concert and my first show of America. They played a pretty long set and I remember thinking "Wow, I knew these guys were great but they're so good live too" I was blown away by how they seemed to feel and put their hearts into each song they played. The encore consisted of Horse as usual but they also played Everyone I Meet Is From California. I had only heard that song one or two times, I had recently bought Encore. It was a really good performance, and it was really cool to hear that a band who some had classified as "soft rock" or "oldies" had the musical integrity to pull out a song from their back catalog, just for the beauty of it. I realized then that America was different from some of the bands who feel they have to stick to a strict commercial format. There is still a lot of art in their concerts.
3. Johnny Rivers, also in Boston, this was on the Esplanade. Johnny Rivers played this free show, and he was really good. There was a pretty big crowd at first but some people started to leave because it started raining a bit. I stuck around and enjoyed his guitar playing, which was awesome. He went through his set, and I wasn't sure if he would do an encore because of the weather. Many fans began to leave and we kind of moved in closer to the stage. He came back out with only one or two of the band members and there was a spotlight on him. He started playing "Slow Dancin' (Swayin to the Music)" and a bunch of people were trying to light their lighters even though it was raining. A bunch of couple started dancing. It was a great performance and it made it cool that it was raining, it actually added to the mood a little.
Okay, see you later everybody.
Steve and all:
Is there any news on the Sydney DVD Concert? Or the next album release? The rumours are swirling, but anything definite yet, we hope?
America-Sister Golden Hair, Jackson Browne-Stay
Goanna,I'm a bit confused about the dates of those early '80s shows. You mentioned Oct 84 (the date was important in your family and ours)when we were talking in Melbourne and mentioned it again in the Chat Folder but Steve's list says the Newcastle Workers Club show was Aug 21-22. It was the 85 tour that I didn't know about.
I'm kicking myself that we missed opportunities to see the guys, but we didn't surface for air in those years with our overwhelming parenting duties. Things must have been looking up for us by 88 because we did see the guys again then, but it was just a fluke that we saw a giant banner on a building as we drove off the Sydney Harbour Bridge one day that alerted us to one of the shows. It is so much easier now to learn about shows than it was then.
Well, I'm not Aussie, but a fan of Little River Band and its members, past and present.
There are 2 groups of interest to LRB fans .....Little River Band and Birtles, Shorrock, Goble (BSG).
Little River Band is headed by 2 long time members, Wayne Nelson and Stephen Housden. Stephen is the last stock holder of the name, Little River Band, and thus owns the name. These guys aren't original members but have been with LRB for over 20 years. There are 5 members in LRB with Glenn Reither, Kevin Murphy and Greg Hind being the other three.
BSG came together a couple years ago and have released a live CD and DVD. Originally they were to include other original members (some whose stay was brief)in hopes they could be billed as the Original Little River Band. A lawsuit resulted in a settlement which said no to using Original Little River Band.
Little River Band is touring the US in 2004. It has been indicated that BSG might too.
If you read Message 26412 Sat 22 February 2003 in the Archive section you will find a message I wrote after seeing the original members Shorrock, Birtles and Goble a little over a year ago.
>>So, everybody list their favorite encore songs, group and where you saw them perform<<
This is my All-Time Favorite Encore Moment...
Late 70's Universal Ampitheatre before they put the top on. Therre is a noise abatement rule that the show must be over by 11 pm. Warren Zevon, touring behind his wildly successful "Excitable Boy" lp is called back to the stage for yet anotehr encore. The problem? It is WAY too late and the house lights are on. WZ strides back on stage to the cheers of the crowd. HE growls "Turn the Houselights off!" Nada. Again "Turn the %^&*# houselights off!!!" They remain lit. He grunts and stalks back to the piano where he plays "Desperados Under the Eaves" Classic moment. I remember it as if it were yesterday.
Goanna, Holiday, JimBob & Margaret, I need some information on Little River Band. First of all, has any of you seen them recently in concert. If so, who are the players now, and how many are there? Looks like they will be performing here in my state of Kansas, and I would seriously like to see them. Since they used to be one of the greatest harmonizing bands around, I'm anxious to know how they sound now. Absolutely love Cool Change and Lady:):) I believe those 2 songs are the encore songs for their shows, which leads me to ask, "What concert that you've attended has the best encore songs?" I know 3 Dog Night has Eli's Coming & Joy to the World, America has Sister Golden Hair and HWNN, Eagles have Take it Easy and Desperado, etc.
So, everybody list their favorite encore songs, group and where you saw them perform. Thanks again Aussies for I'm sure giving me all the info I need for LRB.
If it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.
The North Carolina affiliate is Magic 95.9 out of Plymouth. It deosnt reach Raleigh - it's northeast of Greenvile, near the ocean. If you ever venture east you might be able to get it - it runs Sunday afternoons.
Thanks for the interest,
I can remember the 80's concerts like they were yesterday...
especially the one at the Newcastle Workers club, Oct 84... then at the comedy theatre in 85'. Tommy Emannuel was backup performer. a great concert...
By comparision, we've had the band here quite a bit when you look at it in "perspective" :)))...
to everyone else, I'm still waiting on the CD of the downunder interveiw. I thought it would be in the post by now, but still no sign
will let you know soon....
Tonight's listening party will be Hideaway, approximately 9 pm EST. Hope you can join us! Or stop by to chat anytime between 8 pm and 1 am.
That is an impressive track record! I was wondering if you gave Steve all the Melbourne dates. I didn't know that they came to Australia in '85. I wonder if it was just to Melbourne. In the '80s and for some of the earlier '90s shows it was difficult to hear about them because they were not advertised in the newspapers, but in club magazines that were distributed to members of the clubs only.
Thank goodness for the internet!
Just this morning my fiancee was saying he didn't think it ever snowed in Greece. Guess he was wrong! Danae, are you going to the Olympics at all?
Hi Joe B....which station in North Carolina? I'm here in Raleigh...and I loved the 70s. (The 60s were great also)
Crap, I was hoping someone would give a date for that Rapid City, SD show I was at in 77 or 78. Maybe someday.DanC.
Un bacio ad Ingrid e alla sua bambina e al suo papŕ...
Whew! You guys sure sent me plenty of concerts to add to the lists. I finished the monumental task of putting them in the correct list and in the correct order tonight. Thanks again for all your help. If you find any more ticket stubs or concert dates, be sure to send them to me and I'll add them as I get time.
By the way, you'll notice that some of the dates have question marks by them and there are some places where two different concerts will be listed on the same date. In those cases the date was either unknown or two different people sent me different concerts venues for the same date. If you happen to know how to resolve any of those discrepancies, I'd love to hear from you.
Hey Joe, the fabulous flip side of "Ventura Highway" would be "Saturn Nights". Congratulations on the 5 affiliates. Let's hope it keeps growing.
To the rest of you, Joe has been kind enough to share a couple of his shows with me (via cassette tape) and it's a great show. Lots of fun 70's music which I really enjoy.
Hey Jim and all you people,
Beware! I haven't been posting lately - but I'm always reading the board. I've been spending every available minute on trying to get my syndicated radio show "Super Groovy 70's" going. It's been tough - but we're up to 5 affiliates. Spingfield, Missouri; Plymouth, North Carolina, Binghamton, New York; Springfield, Mass.; and starting in March, Minneapolis. I recently played the actual 45 of 'Ventura Highway' on the show. Instant trivia - do you remember the fabulous flipside of the single?
P.S. Jim - thought you'd like to know it's that lovely time of year here in Chicago where it's snowed a bunch, melted, re-froze and the ground is now a crunchy charcoal-black colored ice thanks to car exhaust, dirt, and dog doo. BEAUTIFUL!
P.P.S. Check out supergroovy70s.com
Thank you Ingrid...
nancy I just wanted to thank you for being excited as I am with my new collection of the best ...America CDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks again Annette aka Nettie
Today was an unusually crappy day at work with an extra large side of, "Why is it that I work here? Would someone please remind me...quickly." Following that, we had a birthday party for my two younger kids with 12 other kids in attendance. I'm not sure which surprised me more, the spontaneous burping contest or the 4 or 5 kids who actually got down on the kitchen floor to do the worm. It was a long two hours. I was going to retire early, hoping tomorrow might be a better day. But then I remembered something I had neglected to do today...BEG. I almost didn't do it, but I feel compelled to continue this daily rant since so many of you fellow fans are helping out the cause with your own begging. Thanks. I appreciate it.
So here's my entry for today, Friday the 13th, 2004:
Ain't too proud to beg, sweet Gerry,
Please play All My Life, at the show.
Ain't too proud to plead, baby Gerry,
Please don't let us down, don't you know?
Have a great weekend, ya'll.
In Gerry We Trust,
Hey, I'll put in my request for "All My Life" as well. I'm not going to make it to Mohegan Sun this time around, but I'm sure I will see them at some point this year (I always manage to catch at least one show a year).
And while I'm at it, I would love to see Dewey perform "Pigeon Song". The perfect 3 song encore - Gerry comes out and plays "All My Life", then Dewey comes out and sings "Pigeon Song", then the whole band takes to the stage for "Horse." Now THAT'S an encore I could really get into!
Sorry I'm a little late with this response, but I am just now catching up with the week's posts. I definitely consider myself a "Poconut" - I have all of their albums and I finally got to see them last fall in concert. I have to say I have really been enjoying the Running Horse CD a lot. I have to agree that it is a far cry from a return to their roots. I see it more along the lines of "Legacy", the reunion album from 1989 which featured all of the original Poco members, including Randy Meisner on bass. I think the addition of Jack Sundrud has a lot to do with the "modern country-rock sound" that you describe, but I think Jack is a good addition to the band and I find myself liking some of his songs the best on the CD. It is definitely subdued compared to a lot of their earlier stuff. I also find it a lot "smoother" than their earlier work, which I find to be a little rough around the edges (I don't mean that as a criticism, just a statement of fact). I love the CD and play it often, but still, it would be great if they had included a good rocker or two (like "Rough Edges" from Legacy). Speaking of "Legend", they opened the concert last summer with that song and it really rocks when they do it live!
My 2 cents worth.
p.s. I say I have all of their albums, but I am not familiar with "While We're Still Young." When did that album come out? I have never heard it mentioned anywhere in any discographies. Is it available on CD anywhere?
I also would love to hear "All My Life" at the March 3lst concert in Milwaukee. Please Gerry??????
It has been snowing in the whole country since yesterday!
That was cute Cindy.
Please, please, PLEASE put ALL MY LIFE in the set list for upcoming concerts Gerry. You are our hero. : )
TGIF Everyone :) ~~~ Now and forever until the day I die, You and I will Share all the things this Changing world could offer, Soooo I sing I'd be happy just to stay this way, spend each day with Yoouuu, there was a time when I just thought that I would looooose my mind, Youuuuu came along and then the SUN did Shine, started on our wayyyyyy~~~ Ooooooh Won't Ya Sing it for Us GERRY ~~ Would ya, Could ya Pleassse sing it for Us at the shows coming our way! (I have my fingers crossed that you guys will be coming close my way, here in PA! :) :) :)
Hey there Ainsley ~~ Yeppers I would say You are a Fan of AMERICA's music. Wow triple WOW's, you have seen them 16 times, and and and you are ONE of the LUCKY One's that has seen them as a Trio.... That is sooo neat! Have you traveled all around to see them? ~~ I'd love to hear your thoughts about the shows and how you feel they have changed over the years... My Wondering Mind is Wondering how many different songs You have had the Opportunity to Hear them perform, for example... Have you heard them do Young Moon at a show, can you remember the songs you heard at the 76 show?? Were you one of the lucky Downunder audiences that got to hear Gerry sing "All My Life"??? :)
Hey there Mo ~~ I sure hope I didn't fall off of the "All My Life" Request Bandwagon! I too HOPE to get to hear this Special Song at a show soon... I would just love it if Gerry would do "All My Life & Kiss of Life" and if Dewey would do "Young Moon & Garden of Peace" ~~ I think I would have to be Pinched really hard to make me know it wasn't just a Dream if this were to Happen! ~~~ Gerry is here singing ~~~ Promise me You'll never change, Promise me You'll stay the same, and Dewey is singing Every moment is a Shining Light, every moment gotta get it right... Moment to Moment wooooooooo oooooh yeahhhhh Sing these for us Please Gerry & Dewey! :) Oooooooooh Yes we sure do love all of YOUR HIDDEN TALENTS! Nice :)
Yahooooo Nettie ~~ I bet you are loving listening to your new Treasure Chest of CD's! :)
Hi Hooooo Red ~~~ Time to shine Nelleybelle all up and park her for the weekend! ~~ Time to take your Mrs by the Hand and lead her to the dance floor for a Moondance! ;)
Hey there Mr Mailman DanC ~~ Are you back to work yet, how is your recovery coming along, is that "knee of your" ready to brave all of the Weather Elements yet? Hope you have been listening to all of your great music and then some! You best be Smiling too! :)
Okay gotta get now, take care everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! Have a great weekend! See ya, Nancy :)
~~~ when you were here in love with me, there was sooo much I didn't see, and I watched you go, believing that you would never leave .... I dream every night about Youuuuuu, sometimes I'm On Target, sometimes I seeeem to Missssss Youuuuu ~~ Sing it for us Gerry & Dewey ooooooh Baby turn your heart around, ooooooh baby turn your heart around, ddidididiidididideee come back dadadaddaddaa let me turn your heart around ~~~ dededededdededededadadadad :) ;)
Thank you for jumping onto the begging bandwagon, Nina and Rich. Any others out there?
In Gerry We Trust,
Thanks for that nice not Traveler, I appreciate it!!! Annette aka Nettie
Hi Nancy, Sorry it took so long to answer you. I am a fan, this was my sixteenth concert, including seeing them with Dan in 1976.
No Problem Nettie. Even us nolifers can't attend every live chat session...lol Sometimes life intervenes. Well, we will expect you either next Sunday or Wednesday though... If you don't show up for more than two weeks, should we contact the local police to make sure you are alive and well ???? lol
Thanks to all for the incredible photos Thaks for sharing with us!! Annette
Back around 1997, it's a beauty, a keeper for sure. Taylor guitars did a limited run of the GERRY BECKLEY signature model & it is no longer available, unless you are lucky enough to find a used one.
Hey you guys I missed the wed chat I totally forgot about it and went to Bed early at 10:00 I guess I needed my sleep!!! Im so so sorry
=( ps i got my cd's today!!!!!!!!!! yahooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
What if we all request All My Life? Gerry supposedly reads the chat board every now and then.....I hope he wouldn't ignore ALL of us.
Congratz to you and hubby with your new arrival!!! How nice, I hope yourl abor and delivery was good and I hope yous and your baby are doing fine! Welcome to the world!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey, Moser, you sure are persistent! Let me put in my request, also! I, too, would love to hear "All My Life" performed at Mohegun Sun soon,...and in concert always! How can Gerry turn us BOTH down? (I can see him on the plane, or in his hotel room right now answering the previous question with one word: EASY!)
I'd reckon the hair stylist is doing an extremely good job if they are...
I couldn't notice anything when i said g'day to them a few weeks ago...
They all looked pretty "snappy" & "ship shape" to me...
I'll tell you what though, Funny you should ask...I did notice something, (not related) and that was Michael Wood's boot's...they are the same boots that I'm sure I've seen him wear 10 years ago on stage,, (he probably wears them every concert), and that's his Rattlesnake Cowboy Boots... I love em' - I even got myself a pair from the State's (Tony Lama's) genuine rattlesnakes size 10.
Has anyone else noticed that...????
I had a moment of panic on the live chat this eve when i noticed that it was past midnight and I realized that I hadn't accomplished my daily begging. I was assured by my fellow chatters that it is still "today" on the west coast so I would have time to do my civic duty. And so...
...PLEASE, please play ALL MY LIFE at Mohegan. In fact, don't just play it at Mohegan. Play it all season long. It is an absolute fan favorite. And how could a three song or even a two song encore bring an audience down NO MATTER WHAT SONG IT IS? Gerry...GerRY...GeRRY...GERRY!!! (stomp, stomp, lighters held high) Come on, you know it would be awesome.
Just because we have nothing better to do on a mid-week night than ponder the hair care habits of our favorite heros...the question of the night is...wait for it now...DOES HE OR DOESN'T HE? Do our favorite well-preserved, thinner than most, classic rock icons color their hair to cover the gray? The no lifers were split on this about half way down the middle. Frankly, I'm positive we'll never know for sure but it is something to ponder. Well, right after finishing pondering who you might vote for in the democratic primaries...or how we might feed the hungry in the world today...or how to pay for college for the kids...or...well you get the idea.
Hi jimnak this is sean lee i am assuming you are Jim Nako, i was wondering when did you buy that Gerry Beckley signature guitar? It is nice i was wondering if they still made that model. Thanks Sean Lee
If this is what 52 and 51 looks like....well, I'll take one of each please!
Cindy....from the South
Tonight we weill be listening to "hearts" so join me at 7 Pacific ( come in before just to chat!)
I attended that show. A bunch of us drove my buddy's van from Bloomington, Indiana. It was a great theater, in the round, the stage rotated.
Hey I thought this might stir the world famous DJ Joe B & one of AMERICA's greatest supporters.
Do you remember GERRY stirring the screams of the gals with his guitar pointing motions ? there was lightening for sure.
I wonder if we were sitting near each other. Ah...The Mill Run - gone but not forgotten.
Hi Everybody :) The sun is shining here again this morning, soooo nice to see the blue of the sky again too.
Thanks John C & Steve L for sharing this neat clip with us. ~~ It almost sounds as though it could be very much the same for a show today, just add that the Unique sound of AMERICA is still alive and going strong 31 yrs and counting..... Nice Nice Nice :)
Thanks a bunch for the Morning Smiles ~~ Rich S, Jason C & Anita ~~ I really enjoyed watching these neat pics come to life in front of me... These new digital cameras sure can bring this Magic to Life for sure. ~~ Rich ~~ you got some really great shots of moments that I have loved getting to see at their shows, hmmm the little reactions on their faces, the moves they make on certain songs, and I really loved seeing a pic of Gerry & Dewey back to back, and the opposite side of Gerry's ooooh sooo nice dimple ~~ thanks really great pics! :) ~~~ Thanks to you too Jason C ~~ Nice to see a pic of you and your Mrs with Gerry & Dewey, as I mentioned in my post on Sheldon's AMERICA Yahoo group site, the background setting for this show really made for some nice Pics and I just loved how your pics capture the Energetic side of Gerry, Dewey & the band, it was sooo neat to see Woodz with such a big smile on his face ~~ Neat ~~~ Nice Pics & I liked how you added the caption lines Anita ~~ a really nice way to spell out your View from the Camera of the Magic you got to indulge on... I enjoyed reading your bio too! ~~ Just gotta say it again ~~ thanks for all the morning smiles these pics brought my way! :)
Hi there Rob ~~ Yes that would be neat to see a DVD from the Hearts, Hideaway days, sooo many great songs, lots of great memories to go with these songs too... Tooo much you mentioning Gerry playing the tuba on God of the Sun ~~ Wow I never knew that!!! :)
Hi pcbwu ~~~ That is neat TWO ~ 2 AMERICA songs being played on C2C ~~ Nice to know that our requests are heard Huh! :)
Hmmm ~~ It's wednesday, that means its time to hit the Replay button on the Hearts songs tonight at live chat ~~ Hope to see you all there, have a great day! :) :) :) See ya, Nancy :)
~~~First came the winter and then came the morning, bright cold branches that pass you again, down from the meadow and onto the seashore, came the vast checkerboard kingdom of men, Sun radiates the golden parade ... ~~~ Ice on the pond, won't stay long, too thin to walk in today, ice on the pond, something went wrong, frost must be lost on the wayyyyy, evening is falling the tree is a sihouette,as seen by the Teddy Bear( ;) ) Watching his Den ... Sing it for us Dewey make Spring come quickly pleaseeeee! :) ;)
WOW! We did it Johnny! Mon Feb 9 Coast to Coast - not ONE but TWO America songs! Tin Man (per our many requests!) AND Horse with No Name! Two America songs on the same show!! WOW!!!
I haven't really followed Poco either but I did have a few lps and have a couple of compilation cds. I did get their newest " Running Horse" and I have to say I am really enjoying it. ( It only arrived last week). I had found some of their earlier work went a little too far to the "country" end of the country-rock spectrum. At least for my liking. But this album didn't. And I thought their vocals sounded great. They appeared to have aged as well as Dewey and Gerry.
Great pics from you guys at the FLA show--Rich, Jason, and Anita.
Thanks very much.
PS: Thanks, Steve, for posting them.
AHEM, hem...hem. (Clearing throat.) La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. (Singing scales.)
...All my life, without a doubt I give you
All my life, now and forever till the
Day I die, you and I will share
All the things this changing world can offer
So I sing, I'd be happy just to
Stay this way, spend each day, with you...
...Just practicing the song so I can (please, oh, please) sing along at Mohegan.
Happy Tuesday, Everyone.
Yes indeed AMERICA did 4 shows in Niles next to Chicago, it was packed each nite. This place was in the round, the band on a very slow moving circular stage, you could view from all sides. SILENT LETTER was the featured LP on the set list. GERRY aiming his guitar to the groups of screaming girls. I believe this was the tour where AMERICA launched the new hair cuts also.
The DVD from Germany is close in style to the concerts we've seen in recent years from America. I would love to get a video of a concert in the 70's just before Dan's departure. I always thought that the Hearts or Hideaway or Harbor tour would be must-see-dvd or video. Classics such as "Old Virginia" and "Today's the Day" rounded out the Dan Peek era I think. Does anyone remember Gerry playing tuba on "God of the Sun"?
John Corbett sent me a radio promo ad (in MP3 format) for an America concert series in Chicago for September 28-29, 1979 in support of Silent Letter. Note that by this time, America was already seen as a "classic" group, with new material downplayed or ignored altogether. The ad comes from a radio broadcast on WKQX Chicago on September 13, 1979. By the way, the clip itself comes from a wonderful classic radio airchecks site called ReelRadio at www.bossradio.com. Lots of great radio broadcasts dating back from the early 1960s!!
Thanks for sharing this with us John.
I meant married in Nov. 2002, baby in Nov. 2003. Nov. 2004 hasn't yet occurred, I don't think; not even in Australia.
America verrete in Francia e in Italia
Hi ShariL from San Diego
Hi there Everyone :) ~~ Hmmm the sun is shining here this morning and those friendly white and indigo blue cotton ball clouds are on parade... It may actuall go up to 34 today.... Nice I hope it melts this ice fast!
Hi Ingrid, sooo nice to hear from you! Wow ~~ Congratulations on your new baby girl Ilianna (what a Pretty Name), I am sure she has brought much Joy to You and Your Hubby's life. Little Ones sure do have a way of taking our world and wrapping it around their every waking need. Enjoy her, they grow up wayyyyy tooo fast! :) ~~ I will look forward to seeing your updated bio page! Nice! ~~ Hey come and join us at Live Chat again sometime soon, Okay? :)
Thanks Gerry for the Orlando VFTHW pic... it is here on my puter as my background pic along with my little pic of NancyJo Warmheart the cute little Boyds Bear! ~~ I really loved seeing the Rainbow colors in that nice blue sky with the jet liner streams. Neat seeing all of the Green, green, green! :)
Hi Hooo Mo ~~ I too will back up your Request for Gerry to sing "All My Life" here at the shows... What an Awesome treat it would be just to experience this.. All I can say is that I really think it would Heighten the Mood to a Magical Level for sure! :)
Thanks Anita ~~ I really enjoyed seeing your Horse Dip captured moment... I agree with Ingrid, this was soooo real... sooo like we are there seeing and hearing it... thanks for sharing it with us! Keep on holding onto that big cloud and enjoying your ride back down to the ground... :) ~~ I enjoyed your review too!
Hmmm Speech ~~ too much you comparing Poco's new cd Running Horse to Restless Heart's sound... I have their cassettes and can truly say they have been played again & again & again... I gotta get me a copy of this Running Horse.
Too Much Sting is on the Ellen Degeneres show... I at first thought it would be the rerun of him being on back before xmas... but it is brand new, he is in a much more comical mood today... he is singing that song Please take me dancing tonight, you promised me one day we would, I'm just a prisoner of love.... sooo neat to hear him sing this song live... this is his different voice... his more provocative voice.... sooo neat :) ;) ~~ Ellen asked him if that was a skirt he had on at the Grammy show, when he sang his song Roxanne with one of those rapper guys.. he said yes it was, she said well it didn't look like the regular kilt... he said well it is on the same line.. and she said do you wear anything under that, he said no, it is a custom, that nothing is to be worn under them... too much. I must say he looks very handsome today in his brown suit... I loved the way he was a smiling and really getting into singing this neat song from his Sacred Love cd.... :)
Thanks Mark (cfhere) for sharing those dates with us when Sister Golden Hair was on the charts... that time frame sure is a very memorable one for me... it was my last months of school, it was Prom, Graduation, starting my job, stepping out into a brand new beginning of life's highway... what a great song to have in this time capsule... WOW Nooo wonder it brings a smile to me everytime I hear it played on the radio...
Hi hooooo Jimmmmmmmmmbob ~~~ Are You still up on cloud 10???
Well gotta get now, have a good day all! see ya, Nancy :)
~~~ this is my life, its not what it was before, all these feelings I've shared, and these are my dreams, I've never lived before, somebody shake me, cause I must be sleeping, now that we're here, soooo far away ~~~ Sing it Staind :) ;)
Double congrats, Ingrid.
Wow! I'm so technologically unadvanced. What an amazing piece of digitalia that is. You can't hear the instruments well but Dewey's (almost a capella) voice sounds as good as ever and he's right on key. You'd think he'd been singing the song for 30 years or somethin'.
Congratulazione a Bruno e Genevieve! America vorrei in Francia e in Italia!
Moser, good luck with your All My Life request! I know I'd be in tears if I heard Gerry sing it live : )
Hi Webmaster Steve, Red Oak, Johnny, Lisa Rose, Mayor Terry, Beechlady, Nancy, Robyn, Erin from Reno. Long time no post. I was telling Red the other day that my husband (we were married in November 2003) is everything on the original, unrevised "Criteria for Choosing a Man" list and then some. It just took a REALLY long time (until I was 39) to find him! In November 2004 we had a beautiful baby girl named Ilianna. I'm probably gonna have to update my fan biography with a picture or two . . . : )
Proud Wife and Mommy
Gerry, Gerry, who can I turn to?
There are 18 days until MOhegan. I intend to say this at least once a day until then...Gerry, would you please, please, please play All My Life at the Mohegan show? I know that it is a huge change of pace from the "in the rafters" feeling of SGH but I KNOW it would absolutely bring the house down. Pretty please with sugar on top?
Think about it.
YEA!! Thank you, Anita. Very cool.
You rock Anita! Thanks!
Hey, pretty cool clip! Thanks Anita & Steve!
Anita sent me a copy of a short video segment that she took with her new digital camera at the Gulfstream Park show in Hallandale, Florida. Click here to see the view from Anita's digital camera (it's a WMV file).
Speech, I haven't followed Poco and up until "Running Horse" I was only aware of their hits. But I got "Running Horse" and I really like it. I agree with your assessment of a "modern country-rock" classification. It will be interesting to hear what true Poco followers think of it.
I'm a little late on this, I admit. My brother recently gave me the newest Poco project, "Running Horse." I'm just curious as to what folks here who follow Poco thought. I am enjoying it but, by the same token, I'm a little surprised. The production seems a bit muted in contrast to some of the band's prior work -- consider the relatively tougher sound of 1972's Good Feeling to Know LP, for example, or the sound of, say, the 80s LPs. I expected to like the new CD, which I do, but not for the reasons I thought I would. It reminds me a lot of a modern country-rock (Nashville-rock?) record, something that a band like Shenandoah or Restless Heart might release. It's very likeable and melodic and ballad-rich, and the voices still resonate. My wife and I put Running Horse on at night, at bedtime, for laid back listening. But, when I heard some time back that the band had cut a disc that returned it triumphantly to its roots, I expected something else ... something more on the order of, if not the back-porch rustication of Pickin Up the Pieces, then maybe the production wallop of "Legend" and "While We're Still Young" from that early-to-mid 80s period.
Thanks to all at the listening party last evening. Next Sunday night will be Hideaway, 9 pm EST as usual. Hope you can make it!
More palm trees...lucky! I love it.
Thanks so much for your description you Lucky Duckie on the America concert you went to hun I wish I was there!....!!Thanks again hun Annette
Click here to see the view from Gerry's hotel room in Orlando, Florida.
Wait, did I forget to say that the show was terrific?!? Well it did indeed rock! Can't wait for the next time! Thanks guys!
For this fan, a warm Florida breeze and America were the perfect antidote to a bleak northern February Saturday at Gulfstream Park. There was a crowd of over 19,000 in the park for a special race featuring champion Funnycide. It looked like most of them had crowded into the area surrounding the reserved concert seating.
I was fortunate to be able to speak with Gerry and Dewey (thanks Erin!), who graciously signed my photos. I asked Gerry if they'd be doing All My Life and he said probably not (just thought I'd try!). When I mentioned to Dewey that I lived in Maryland, he said he is looking forward to the show at Camden Yards in Baltimore, so he can see the great stadium they have.
I was also lucky enough to get a nice front row seat, and I've sent Steve lots of photos which he'll be posting when he gets a chance.
The band looked rested and happy, despite their long flight from New Zealand and then the flight from LA. Gerry commented about this saying "We couldn't miss Gulfstream!" He also said there was a cold spell the last time they were at Gulfstream and this weather (about 80 degrees) was refreshing. (Fortunately a shower cleared shortly before the show.)
The setlist was as follows:
You Can Do Magic
Don't Cross the River
I Need You
Only In Your Heart
Never Be Lonely
Sister Golden Hair
Horse With No Name
P.S. Hello to fellow fan Peter from Marco Island!
Thanks Steve and Mark for the info on SGH's charting info. So, it was a summer song. Great.
Sister Golden Hair first hit the charts on April 5,1975 and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks until July 19,1975, and you mentioned that it hit number one on June 14, 1975.
Lovely...welcome home Gerry!
Cindy...from the South
Friday nite I saw an amazing performance by Matt Beckley. Those guys are really incredible. If you were in LA and missed it, shame on you! It's only a matter of time before he's charging 50 bucks a piece for nosebleed seats.
Grammys tonite. I don't care about anything but the Warren Zevon Tribute. Too bad he couldn't have been honored when he was with us.
And I love your Little River Band ditty...
so cool, reminds me of walking on the beach
with the surfboard tucked under the arm
and watching replays of "tubular swells"
an Aussie surf movie...
According to the Highway box set liner notes:
"Rainbow Song" is another atmospheric piece by Bunnell, a nostalgic sketch of his days at Central High set to an understated Latin rhythm: "I did hang on to the high school years quite a bit. I made a lot of friends and had some eye-opening experiences. We used to have these big parties out in the woods and build a bonfire. 'A case of beer, a smile, a motorcycle child, I feel the glow surround me'--that was all about that. And I think already I was feeling guilty about my success; I was on this rainbow, hoping for the rest of the ride."
Of course the lyrics quoted above come from "Moon Song", but I still think this answers the question about "Rainbow Song".
I have a friend who really loves "Rainbow Song" from HAT TRICK, and he would like to know what exactly the song is about. Could you have either Gerry or Dewey enlighten him about its meaning, Steve? Thanks.
Since Gerry has been sending regular updates in his photo series, their new album should be called "View From The Hotel Window"--it could be a follow-up to their "View From The Ground" album of 1982.
Another fabulous photo and a million dollar view! I just love Florida in the Winter!
It was a nice day in sunny S Fla as Gerry's pictures indicated. Since you're dying to know, I'm sorry to say that All My Life wasn't part of the set list today. It seemed that we had somewhat of an abbreviated playlist today compared to what we're used to hearing down here. Gerry told us that if they looked "refreshed" it was because they had just flown in from New Zealand. He also commented that in their backstage trailer there were many photos of all the classic rock performers that play this venue and that America was the "slimmest" of all of them. The guys sounded great, were in good spirits and a good time was had by all. One personal regret was that they skipped the Beatles' I Need You this time around especially since this was the weekend of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first American performance.
I guess we can just fire up Grand Cayman and listen to All My Life.
Hi Hoooo Everyone :)
Thanks Gerry & Steve ~~~ Simply Sailing, Simply Breathtaking, Simply WOW!!!! What one of a Kinda Bonus Pic! ~~ I found myself wanting to Jump into the VFTHW ~ Hollywood Pic. What a Gorgeous View ~~ Soooo Inviting too! :)
Hi Rich ~~ By the Looks of Gerry's 2 Pics, it was one nice day to head out to their show. ~~ The Big Question that we all are dying to know about the playlist ~~ Is ~~ Did you get to Hear Gerry sing "All My Life"??? I will look forward to seeing your pics and hearing more about the show! ~~ Thanks :)
Hey there Anita ~~ If I were you, I would probably hate getting on that big plane to head back to oooh sooo white and cold PA.... I look forward to hearing all about your time there.
Too Much Goanna ~~ I have always found that to be a rather interesting song by Men at Work.. Pretty neat how you worked around their lyrics to describe how you are feeling about AMERICA leaving there... :) Same to you too Chris, now everytime I hear this song on the radio, I will think of the other version to it :)
Hi Hoooo Mo ~~ I get to hear it the most of all their past gems on the radio here. I never grow tired of hearing it, and it always brightens my mood for sure.. Hopefully this winter weather will start to slack off a bit, by the time Feb 27th gets here... I will keep my fingers crossed for you too.. Sooooo Guten Morgen is good morning in Deutsch ~~ pretty neat... I always remember Gute Nacht (good night)easier... Yes ~ Yes ~ Yes ~~ What a Serendipity Moment for sure, Gerry, Dewey & Dan meeting & remeeting again, then heading back here to America as AMERICA ~~ I am sooooooo glad to have traveled along their Highway! :)
Hi Dave B ~~ Neat you wanting us to check out your book. Hmmm so not that type of Secret you say! ~~ Very Intriging for sure!
Hi Herman ~~ Hmmm ~~ I am not familiar with thie Ronny Weiss or Rio Grande!
Gute Nacht Everyone ~~ Nice Dreams, Nancy :)
~~~Time forrrr, Cool Change, I know that its time for a cooool change, and now that my life is sooo prearranged, I know that its time for a cool change, well I was born in the sign of water, and its there that I feel my best, the albatross and the whales are my brothers... it's kinda a special feeling, when you are out there all alone and staring at the Full Moon like a Lover... ~~~ If there's one thing in my life thats missing, its the time that I spend alone, Sailing on the cool and bright clear water, It's kinda special feeling when you're out on the Sea Alone staring at the Full Moon Like a Lover ~~~ Sing it for us Little River Band :) ;)
Perhaps Gerry drew some inspiration for his picture title from Christopher Cross who played Hallendale a few weeks ago. Or...not.
Click here to see Gerry's bonus shot from Hollywood, Florida (simply titled "Sailing").
Looks like the guys stayed at the Westin Diplomat on Hollywood Beach.
Just got home from the Hallandale show and it was great. The set list was changed up just a little but we had a sunny day in the high 70's, time with my daughter and a great show. I'll send Steve the some of the photos I took and try to recall the set list soon. By the way, anyone know who came on stage today for HWNN and played guitar? Gerry referred to him as Stuart.
I think of this [Sister Golden Hair] as the perfect "summer song" but I don't know when it was released and when it hit its stride as number one on the charts. Does anyone know or remember? Was it a summer song?
Mo, SGH reached #1 on June 14, 1975. I guess you could say it was a VERY EARLY summer song.
Click here to see the view from Gerry's hotel window in Hollywood, FL.
Loved your little ode:
<<I said to the guys, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?">>
Then I look over to see Gerry
And Dew, Willie, Rich and Woodsie
Man, there's no place I'd rather be
Than in the land of plenty
With 'America', or two, or three
Guten morgen, meine liebe. Not much has been written in the last few days so I thought I'd fill up some space for fun--or at least for my own entertainment. Let me start by saying that today is the 7th so I guess the guys are in Florida by now and will be playing tonight. Welcome back home, guys. We missed you terribly. Hello to Anita who must also be in Florida now. Have fun at the show and report all the lovely details soon, please. The big question for me is, will Gerry Gerry Gerry play All My Life for the encore? Fingers crossed. That reminds me that MOhegan is only 20 days away. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. As I look out wistfully at the winter scene in my back yard, I wonder if it will be possible to go. Fingers crossed.
On the way home from work yesterday, after drowning in the paper avalanche that is my job, I tuned in the radio. I was flipping around and wasn't liking what I heard. I was just about to reach for Van Go Gan when I hit one last button. There I found Sister Golden Hair just firing up. I squealed. (Easily excited, I guess.) Anyway, I had a few thoughts. I absolutely love this song was my first thought. It's so much fun. I love hearing it. I especially love hearing it in concert. Although it is well placed at the end of the set for a rousing (nearly always standing ovation) finish, it is bittersweet to hear since it is one of my faves but it signals the end of the concert (religious) experience. Another thought: I think of this as the perfect "summer song" but I don't know when it was released and when it hit its stride as number one on the charts. Does anyone know or remember? Was it a summer song?
All of those thoughts stuck in between bellowing the lyrics along with the radio, took up the time of hearing SGH. The next song was a Santana song which prompted this train of thought. Carlos Santana is an amazing guitar player. But, I think, although I'm not sure, that he doesn't sing. At least I've never seen him sing. That lead me to thinking that Gerry is an amazing guitar player and an amazing singer. That was followed quickly by the next thought, you can probably guess this one, Gerry is also an amazing songwriter. How does that happen? How is one person gifted with ALL of those amazing talents in one package? Does he know how uncommon that is? Does he know he's blessed? Next thought: Dewey is an amazing guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Does he know what a gift that is? Next thought: Dan was an amazing player, singer, and songwriter as well. Final thought (I promise): How the heck amazing is it that these three utterly gifted guys ended up in the same high school class as friends? WHEW! Talk about stars aligning...that is just mind blowing to me. Well, it's either that or I'm really, really overworked on a Friday night!!
Good one, G! I've always loved that song. You've created an image in my mind of the band and crew flying home, looking out at that VFTAW Gerry captured for us, everyone thinking about the good times had by all in OZ and NZ (and that song playing in the background:). The best news is, according to one of the articles Margaret found for us, it sounds to me like America plans to continue touring for quite some time! So, hopefully they'll make their way back to a venue near you before too long. How have people put it lately? May the bubbles continue to take them safely on their travels! They sure do rock, and they bring us so much happiness!
It's now surreal, "America"
Have come to the land downunder
Where women glow & men plunder
can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder
cause they've been to the land downunder
I said to the guys, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
And they said,
"Oh! Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."
from all of the fans downunder...
Cause we miss you desperately...!!!!
23 years ago I bought the Rio Grande album with leadsinger Ronny Weiss. It's a beautiful album. I still play it often.
I wonder if it came out on CD.
Thanks Nancy - The Secret is a person that has a secret but it's not the secret you think...When I'm done I'd love some America fan opinions.
Thanks for sharing those newspaper links, Margaret. It seems like each new story adds another piece of information about the band.
I was disappointed not to find any reviews of the Sydney shows in the papers. I did a search to see if I had missed any and found these interviews.
Gerry's photos have shown what a wonderful eye he has for detail, composition and making the ordinary seem extraordinary. I should also mention his ear for accents. Those who have heard his George accent would be impressed. He is about the only non-Australian that I know of who has successfully nailed the Australian accent with its flat vowels.
Hiiii hoooo Everyone :) ~~~~ All the days of my Life, I will walk with you, all the days of my life, I will talk with you, all the days of my life I will share with you, all the days of my life I will fear with you ~~~ Sting is here singing this now, this song is called Deadman's Rope and he has some nice meaningful lyrics and accoustic music to this song :)
Thanks for the Pics Gerry & Steve L ~~~ Gerry ~~ This pic from the airplane window is really neat ~~ thanks I have always wondered what the sky would look like from the airplane window, I loved the Blueer than Blue color of the skies in the Sidney Pics... both pics are sooo oustandingly unique.. hmmm ~~ what is this big glowing globe shape in the one pic? Some really neat sky writings in this pic, late late last night when I looked out at the almost Full Mr Moon, the sky was lit up and there were rippled rows of clouds similar to this pic of yours.. it was soooo light out, cause of the moonlight and the whiteness of the 12 inches of snow that we were blanketed with. ~~ Tonight we are being blanketed with freezing rain ~~ Ouch! ~~ In the Auckland VFTHW pic ~~ I loved seeing the Green Green Green of the trees, also is this what you call a CarPark or is it Carport Jimmmmmbob? Sting's lyric line to Never Coming Home kinda fit this pic and setting there in Auckland ~~~ Well it's five in the morning, and the light's already broken, And the rainy streets are empty, for nobody else has woken, Yet you turn toward the window, as he sleeps beneath the covers, and you wonder what he is dreaming in his slumbers ~~ :) pretty neat visual description huh! :)
Thanks Steve L for the Jeff Larson update info.. I too am really looking forward to getting his new cd, sooo neat that Gerry has done this song Cryin with Jeff, can't wait to hear it... thanks too for the States abreviations.. lots of neat info on this page site, I saved it to my faves...
Hi Ainsley ~~ I just wanted to say Thanks for sharing your pics from the Melborne show, I thought that was pretty neat how your camera lighting caught the multicolored outline of Gerry's guitar, some great pics for sure. Was this your first time getting to see them?
Hi there Karen & Sergio ~~ I too have always been caught up in Stings Magic with his songs. I got to see him on the Ellen show back before xmas, I remember hurrying up and emailing Jimmmmmbob about him being on there, he was there to talk about the Book he wrote of his younger days and growing up... I was in Awe with how responsive he was to Ellen's questions, he had a Comfortableness about him when he talked and Ellen even remarked about this & thanked him for this, she said she was Honored that he came on her show. He also sang his song Send Your Love from his Sacred Love cd... I really like his song "The Book of My Life" this song is definitely spells out the Mystique I see in Sting ~~~ Let me watch by the fire and remember my days, And it may be a trick of the firelight, But the flickering pages that trouble my sight, Is a Book I'm afraid to write ~~~ It's the book of my days, it's the book of my life And it's cut like a fruit on the blade of a knife, And it's all there to see, as the section reveal, There's some sorrow in every life ~~~ Sing it for us Sting ~~ I love his voice on this song! :)
Hi Dave B ~~ Hmmm Pretty neat you are writing a book called "Secrets" I gotta agree with your choice for Tin Man, Lonely People & Sister Golden Hair ~~ all three of these songs spell out some really nice AMERICA Magic! ~~ Pretty neat that you can visualize this being made into a movie too... I hope all of your Expectations come to be Realizations for you! Please be sure and let us know when you are done with your book. Hmmmm ~~ My wondering mind is wondering why you picked this Intriging Title "Secrets", very catchy title for sure!
Hmmm ~~ I just wanted to share this months calender caption, I am loving the Deepness in these for sure this months is a Picture that kinda reminds me of Gerry's song Sunrise,Sunset & Stings song "Fields of Gold" all wrapped into one nice setting for this powerful one line message ~~~ EXCELLENCE ~ Greet each morning with a desire to Excel and the Day Will Shine! ~~ Wow tooo much! ~~~ Yeppers Jimmmmmbob ~~ I can see what you mean about the Similarity in Gerry doing the Go Man Go Remixes and Stings great remix of his song Send Your Love ~~ Simply Amazing for sure! :) ;)
Nitey Nite all ~~~ Nice Dreams ~~ See ya, Nancy :)
~~~~ We are walking, we move mountains, we want you to want us, but what can we doooo, she sits alone as she sews, ~~~~ Make up our minds Now Sue it gets More and More, make up our minds, Now Sue, we are walking we move mountains, we want you to want us, but what can we dooo.... Now Sue it gets more and more, make up our minds, more and more, now sue, now sue, now sueeeee ~~~ Soooo clever of an Idea Gerry ~~ Sing it again for us as ~~~ Won't Know till the Sun comes up againnnnnn :) ;) Now you are singing Crying in my Sleep, Hmmm by chance the song Cryin that you did with Jeff Larson on his new lp, by chance could it be compared to this song??? WOW!!! :)
I really love your photos Gerry. I can sit here on my couch with my laptop on my lap and see what you see. Very cool!
Cindy....from the South
that Steve Lowry is unbelievable !
Just wanted to check in with you and tell you that I really enjoyed your review of your meeting with Dewey and Gerry, and you are certainly very fortunate to have received such a great gift from Gerry. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story!
Speaking of Sting, he just played New Orleans a week ago, and a friend of mine and his wife were present. He said that the concert was fabulous and that Sting was very congenial and worked the audience very well, taking pictures with the front row folks. He also mentioned that Sting mingled with the fans after the show at the hotel. So, maybe he will someday come your way, perhaps those negative things that were published were untrue. Anyway,hope you get to see him someday Down Under:0)
Hi Ainsley. Yes, CT does stand for Connecticut. I must confess that the reason I only put the two character abbreviation for the state is because that's how I receive it from Erin and I'm too lazy to change it. However, I can help you out. Here's a link to the official state abbreviations which you can put in your favorites (or bookmarks) and then you can look them up whenever you have a question: http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/usps_abbreviations.html. I hope that helps.
Hi Steve, Once again a thank you for all your work on this web site. However with your upcoming concert list, is it possible to list the full name of the State America are playing in. I'm not familiar with all abbreviations for the 52 States, eg. Is CT Connecticut?
Hi, Jimbob! Thanks so much for responding to my question about Gerry and Sting. I knew when I posted that question to you that I might not have interpreted things correctly, but I just had to find out! You're right; what you did say was "I can't imagine Gerry being nervous about meeting anyone; tho I see he hasn't met Sting yet!" I took a guess that might have meant that he had once said somewhere that he wanted to. So now I can go back to just thinking of Sting as Sting, and not connecting him to Gerry! Too bad about Sting not wanting to come to NZ and getting hung up on the venues not being what he'd like. I would imagine he'd have a lot of fans in NZ. I really like the songs I've heard off his new album. You're right - we sure appreciate America being so accomodating! Just one of the many reasons we love them so much. They're my favorite and always will be. Cheers, Jimbob! Karen
I was playing History and thinking of the two times America had three top ten singles in a row. HWNN, I Need You and VH. Then Tinman, Lonely People and SGH. I vote for the 2nd group do to the fact they each have one in that group. I on personal note have finished 50 pages of my book call The Secret. I tell my nephew who plays in a band that if it becomes a movie they could have one song on the sound track but America would get the top billing and single rights. My goal is to finish it by year ends. I have the ending mapped out..
Hi Karen, I dont recall writing anything about Gerry wanting to meet Sting, though I did say that he HADNT met him.But its entirely possible you DID read it somewhere, which I would be interested in knowing about too! Ive several times read that Sting wont play in NZ again as there is no venue that he thinks is good enough, although The Civic where America played seems pretty good to me. Im a real Sting fan. Recently I posted that next to the guys, it is Neil Finn, but thats not entirely true, its Sting. I get the strong feeling he would be nowhere as accomodating as Gerry and Dewey though. If I do remember more about said topic I will be in touch! Cheers, Jimbob.
Gee I hope the Auckland photo Gerry sent doesnt reflect how he feels about the city! Though for those that know Queen St, I gotta say its gone to the pack somewhat, and now resembles a small side street in Sydney. By that I mean a street that maybe isnt looked after much, as opposed to the fantastic streets of Sydney city. One thing I havnt mentioned is That Hank joined the band for HORSE which was way cool, and also the song was done REAL slow, like the original recording. Ive not heard it done like that on any live recording, and as the recording on the 1st album is my fave, it was great to hear! Thanks to those that have acknowledged my posts too!
Click here to see the view from Gerry's airplane window - the flight home.
Click here to see the view from Gerry's hotel window in Auckland.
Click here to see the view of the Sydney Opera House from Gerry's camera.
Wow, that was fast. I sent Gerry a different e-mail address and I had 4 new photos within minutes. The first one is from Sydney. Click here to see the view from Gerry's hotel window in Sydney. Click here to see a bonus shot of a Sydney sunrise.
I received a message from Gerry saying that he has been sending me the photos but for some reason I haven't been receiving them. I have given him a different e-mail address to send them to so we'll see if that fixes the problem.
What a great night you had! Thanks for the message.
Great news! thanks for the update on the upcoming album....I may have been one of the last one's here to pick up his cd's but only did so after hearing all the great recommendations from everyone. Jeff has great melodies & tunes! Always nice to receive rave reviews! Yeah! looking forward to the new cd....and hearing "Cryin" too.
You are absolutely, positively getting the award for the "Best pick up" of the downunder tour.... getting Gerry's harmonica and meeting them all in the one night.... well, what can one say... it's getting Louis Armstrongs trumpet...!!!! 10/10 bloke... a treasure for ever....
Your reveiw was exciting too... I was like Margaret, nearly going to send you an email to find out where you were.... I think we all thought you may have hidden in a guitar case or somthing... gone back as a travelling roady...!!!!
well done JimBob, you'll have to come over for a mini convention to Sydney... hope that cloud 11 doesn't go away for you....
Wow, Jimbob - you really came away with it all - pictures, autographs, set lists, picks and harmonica - good for you! It has been just so much fun the way Chris, Greg, Margaret & you have provided the rest of us with such good reviews - next best thing to being there! Are we going to get to see your pictures? So, this is the third time you've got to meet them, right? Cool! I've been meaning to ask you something. I think you once posted about Gerry wanting to meet Sting - this was after I got to meet Gerry & Dewey. I never have heard the story behind that. If you know what I'm talking about, I'd love to hear the story! I never asked you before because I thought I'd run across it somewhere, but so far I haven't. Sting is in Milwaukee, WI - which is about 1.5 hours from where I am - one night this week (might even be tonight), and every time I hear about Sting or hear one of his songs now I think of Gerry - even though I don't really know the story about Gerry wanting to meet him. Enjoy your America high, Jimbob! Karen
Some of you may recall that "Fragile Sunrise" was my pick for album of the year in 2002. All I can say is,it'll be a welcome return for the next album,and if you haven't invested in Jeff's music yet you're really missing out!
I was looking for an update on the new Jeff Larson CD (Sepia) and saw that the webpage has been updated with a little different look. I checked with Jeff and he said that he's going through the artwork on the new CD with the company in Japan and everything is on schedule there. I believe he'll be sharing the cover art and some soundclips later in the month. Even though there is only a little information about Sepia on the main page, it is very exciting news. Let me quote:
"New album due May 2004. 11 new songs with guests Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Jeff Foskett, Stuart Smith and more. Tracklist..."
"Produced by Hank Linderman. All songs written by Jeff Larson, except "Cryin'" Written and co-produced by Gerry Beckley".
Along with this information is a link to a nice review just out this week on "Fragile Sunrise".
I can hardly wait for the CD to come out. Way to go Jeff!
<<Gen Oooooooh Gen ~~ before you know it, it is gonna be your turn, I am soooo Happy for you... I can't wait to see your review.... :)>>
Went through some hardish times lately... nothing too serious, but really submerging my mind and my life. It's ok now. And i'm trying to get mentally ready to see the guys. Tickets & stuff in pocket. Can't wait ...but I'm a bit anxious too (know what Jimbob means, actually) ... I'ts gonna be a great moment for sure, especially @ the Olympia. Such a mythical venue for us, french people... couldn't be better than have them come and play the Olympia hall.
I'm soooo excited! ...
Hope you're fine too.
I received a message from Mo this morning which mentioned that she has received 3 VFTHW photos via e-mail that have not been posted here on the chat folder. She wondered if there were technical reasons why I hadn't posted them or if I just hadn't had the time yet. I sent a reply to Mo but it came back undeliverable so I'll give my reply here because I know she'll read it and it will also allow the rest of you to get the answer at the same time.
A day or two ago I received the Sydney Opera photo via e-mail and it surprised me because I hadn't received it from Gerry. I sent him a mail message asking if he forgot to send it to me and I haven't received a reply to that query. It's very possible that he did send them to me but they got lost for technical reasons. I know that the BYU e-mail server (byu.edu addresses) was shut down to outside access last week because of the viruses and worms that were being spread. I didn't think it would affect the byu.net addresses (like mine) which are simply forwarding addresses but maybe it did. It's also possible that Gerry has decided to only distribute the photos on the VH.COM web site and via e-mail which is OK with me if that's what he has decided.
The bottom line is I don't know why I haven't been receiving them but I'll be sure to post any that I do receive.
Join us tonite at 7 pm Pacific to hear an encore performance of "Holiday". We will also have an encore performance of "Hearts" next wednesday, as I am sure many people will want to catch the Grammys. I was ambivalent about it until they announced the tribute to Warren Zevon by Jackson Browne and friends. Wouldn't miss that. I am a huge fan of WZ's music and think it is a shame that he is gone and can't enjoy the moment. "The Wind" is a brilliant farewell to his friends and his fans ( or "customers" as he liked to call us)
Hope to see you all tonight.
Happy Hump Day Everyone :)
Wow Jimmmmmmmmbob ~~~ Soooo great to see your review posted! Thanks for sharing this Awesome Memory Keepsake with us... Dewey is here singing ~~ Nothing sooo far away as Yesterday, woooo oooo nothing sooo far away, I recall how it used to be, I can feel it, feel it Surrounding meeeeee, nothing sooooo far away as Yesterday wooo ooooh ~~ Nice Nice Nice! I loved hearing the Excitement in your voice... thanks for sharing your High with me! :) ~~ I can just picture you playing Lonely People on your Guitar and now with "Gerry's Harmonica" gives me those spinetingling chills all over... How Neat you getting to meet Hank Linderman too, WOW that had to be cool. What a nice chunk of AMERICA Chocolate you and Frann got to enjoy! I am soooooooooo Happy for you both! ~~ I too look forward to seeing your pics. :) ;)
Hey Mo ~~~ Gerry is here singing ~~ Great Hits of the 60's ~~~ Look the lady's got a photograph, silver framed,& velvet backed, she took it quite awhile ago, funny that, she never let me know, What does it Matter to Me, if it doesn't show, I just don't know... it's only just a memory, just a little history Oooooooh ooooooh oooooh ~~~ Are you all ready to come and Hit the Replay button on the Holiday album songs at live chat tonight? Hope to see you there :)
Hi there Gen & Nina ~~ Hope all is well with you both... Lucky you Nina getting to see them in 30 days... WOW ~~~ Gen Oooooooh Gen ~~ before you know it, it is gonna be your turn, I am soooo Happy for you... I can't wait to see your review.... :)
Yes Chris ~~~What Dreams are Made Of ~~~ Soooo true! Sooo Happy for all of you getting to see AMERICA and much more ~~~ Now is the moment treasured ~~ for sure... it come across the meadow, like a slow moving train, Lonnnng determination over every name, when You love someone, its gonna take some time.... ~~~ Yes Gerry is here singing Kiss of Life again... ~~ What a nice piece of Highway History for them... I hope that the Jet Lag has been kind to them, I hope they get to unwind alittle and get to share some Simple Pleasures with their familie... Safe traveling to Fla.... WOW ~~ For sure we all have been Spoiled Nicely by Gerry & Dewey, Woods, Willie & Richard... :)
Hi Steve L ~~ Pretty neat pics that Scott shared with us, that had to be a special feeling getting to experience this tribute show for Ian... I enjoyed reading John Corbett's Epilogue interview with Ian, that too had to be an awesome way to wrap up your Comprehensive AMERICA story.. getting to interview him this way... Thanks a bunch for sharing it with us. :)
Okay gotta get now, Have a great day all, see ya tonight at live chat Nancy :)
~~~ Soooo you talk a walk down the goodbye highway, the hello goodbye way, its a long dark roaaad, ever take a stroll down the goodbye highway, the someother time way, try to ease your load.... soon you'll find it over the yours or my way, the do or dieee way, its the only way you know.... gooodbye gotta make my connection ~~~ Sing it Gerry :)
WOW!!!!! What else can I say? If there's a cloud 11 I'd say that you're probably on it.
Jimbob...Your enthusiasm about "meeting the guys" is catchy! I remember the feeling well. Can't wait to see the guys in CT at end of month! Am sooooo lookimg forward to it! Hope the feeling stays with you, Jimbob, for a long time!
<<But its cool, y'know? Im not dumbstruck like 20 years ago, I am just so HIGH on what's happening>>
I can say that I know how you feel - I'll give that an "A"merica - wow, what a buzz for you mate ... just so happy that you were able to pull off an inner-sanctum special, and how special it was for you and Frann. What dreams are made of; from Jan 17 here in Perth to Feb 3 in Auckland - we have been spoilt beyond belief down under the Southern Cross in 2004. Say again ... Gerry's harmonica? ... this just keeps getting better. You are going to have wrinkles where the smiles have been - great news my friend. You will have to send me an email soon when you wake up from this dream-come-true .. hee hee
<<A little while back I posted that I didnt think anything could match my last America experience. Last night it surpassed it!>>
Sooooo happy for you Jim !!!
Can't wait to see your pics.... ;-)
That is so cool. Thanks for sharing your experience. Don't you just love these guys? I'm so excited for you. Enjoy the high!
In Gerry We Trust,
Yes Margaret, 24 hours since we saw the show and this is my third try at getting something written! As we live 2 hours out of Auckland, we had to be sure to get into the city early, which we did. 4 hours early in fact, but much more preferable to being stuck in Auckland's huge traffic congestions come rush hour! We had a look around Queen St(Auckland's main street) and then at quarter to eight went to a stage door and into a small room. Only 8 or so people mingling, talking quietly, waiting. A lift comes up and the door opens, someone walks to some other place. This happens a couple of times more, then it opens again and I see him, looking straight at me. Its Gerry, Dewey is beside him and they walk into the small room Im in. And no-one in the room speaks, then Gerry looks at me and says "Hey, its Jimbob", and the nervous tension Ive had all day, disappears, and I walk up to him and say "Hey MAN, WELCOME!" And there begins the most unreal 30 minutes Ive yet had! Im on the guest list to meet the guys before the show in the already mentioned small room. There are a couple who won this honour through a radio competition, a DJ who interviewed Gerry when America were there last week, a marketing manager from the radio station, and a couple of others. Oh, and me and Frann. And its just so damn amazing, I cant really describe it. I tried when I got home from the show last night, but my writing was too over the top! We got photos of course, they signed the pics I had taken with them in 2002 at Auckland Airport, Frann working for a digital printing company, thus enabling the photos to be blown right up. Whilst all this was going on, a cool looking dude enters the room. Gerry introduces him to me as Hank Linderman. My GOODNESS, this is little NZ, and Im in this surreal situation! But its cool, y'know? Im not dumbstruck like 20 years ago, I am just so HIGH on whats happening. The half hour over, Gerry and Dewey leave the room, again no-one speaks. Not for long though as I exclaim " Lets go see AMERICA!" And 30 minutes later Frann and I are in the front row, 10 feet from Gerry, and Riverside is blasting through the theatre! And my goodness, they ROCKED! When Gerry did lead breaks he stood right in front of me and his guitar playing was impeccable! Woodz too, he is so, so good! What a treat hearing Company. And when Gerry did All My Life, there was not a sound from anyone throughout the song.It takes some doing to have that sort of control over a lot of people. This show was stunning, although I wasnt as close to observe Dewey in action as Ive been before, he was awesome. At the shows conclusion Erin Edwards handed me the set list, thankyou so much Erin, Pete handed me some guitar picks, and I was turning to leave when Pete was back handing me something else, and this just topped off the whole experience. It was Gerry's harmonica used on Lonely People! Thankyou so much Pete. A little while back I posted that I didnt think anything could match my last America experience. Last night it surpassed it! Cheers guys, Jimbob.
Jimbob, it's 24 hours since the show began. We'd love to hear about it if you are near a computer.
Just a note of thanks to Margaret, Chris and Goanna for all your wonderful wonderful reviews the last few weeks - my excitement has been building especially hearing that there is a chance I will see Gerry's encore of All My Life. What a treat that would be! Anita - you have to let me know if the set list is the same in Florida! I am praying! 24 days to go to Mohegan Sun - I've never been there but hear it is a beautiful hotel/casino. Being a casino, I hope they still do a "long" set - And by the way, I have to stop reading this site late at night - seems like the last three nights I have dreamt about our boys - not that I'm complaining!
If you haven't checked out John Corbett's transcription of his interview with Ian Samwell on the America Fans web site, you really need to. It has some more great insights. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us John.
Speaking of Ian Samwell, Scott West (owner of RockAndRollUSA.com) was a good friend of Ian's and he sent me a few photos to share. Scott's friend "Kirby Shields" did a tribute show for Ian Samwell with Gallagher the comedian on Saturday (1-31-2004) night at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Just click on the links below to see some photos from the show.
Photo #1 - Gallagher showing off with some watermelons backstage before the Ian Samwell Tribute show!
Photo #2 - R&B singer Kirby Shields singing a tribute to Ian Samwell at his Crest Theatre concert in Sacramento 1-31-2004. Kirby was the last artist that Samwell produced before his death in 2003. Shields' band and dancers left stage and a giant picture of Samwell in the studio was brought out before he sang his song to Ian.
Photo #3 - Backstage Riftraft Scott West & Gallagher before the watermelons and food started flying.
Hi Hoooo Everyone ~~~ We are getting buried by the white stuff, but it sure does look beautiful out... Gerry is here singing Houses In White.... WOW! :) The kids are having a Blast, Yep another day off of school...
Hi there Speech ~~ You're welcome! I only recently got to hear the Go Man Go songs.. I had always had the 2 versions of Kiss of Life on my puter... I just didn't know which one was to Go Man Go. ~~ After I posted yesterday, the more I thought about it, all of the songs on Go Man Go are done in this same way, and I thought how Neat it must of felt to Gerry to do these songs this way. I hope you will be able to get to hear the Go Man Go cd, I am sure if you enjoy the Van Go Gan songs, you will enjoy the different ways Gerry brought these songs to Doubly shine... I have the Go Man Go version of Goodbye Highway playing here now, Gerry really lifted it up by adding a nice Jazzy sound to it... and you may have remembered me posting a while back about how much I love the way Gerry redid I Need You... it really stands out on the Go Man Go cd also... I think Houses in White would have fit perfectly on this cd... I love Mystique that Overwhelms me when I hear Gerry sings these songs. ~~ Kiss of Life is on here again now... I just can't say enough about how much I appreciate Gerry's Talented ways.. these songs sure do breathe the Kiss of Life nicely in sooo many ways! ~~ In listening to these the last couple of days... it has my wondering mind wondering, what Gerry's Next Solo will be like... I think about those songs that he has in a jar on the shelf... waiting to be finished... I hope we do get to hear them one day! :)
Cheers Jimmmmmmmmmbob ~~ Enjoy it up there on Cloud 10... Come tell us all about it sooooooonn!!!! :) :)
Hi Sean ~~ I will give these 2 songs a listen.
Well gotta get now, see ya, Nancy :)
~~~ wherever i goooo its coming back to me, whoever I know, they're sending it back to meeeee, I know the night will be alright as long as your love keeps coming back to me, right back to me ~~~ :) ;):)
Thanks, Nancy, for your helpful reply. I don't own Go Man Go, and I've never heard it (although I intend to acquire it). Now I have a sense of what "Kiss of Life" sounds like on Go Man Go. Thanks, too, for your comments on the lyrics. Very interesting.
Sean Lee: Good catch! I wonder if Gerry even realized the similarity.
Goanna thanks so much i cant wait to hear about it!! Annette
hey guys i would like to point out something on alibi and van go gan. If you listen to right back to me on alibi and emma you see the connection on Gerry's line "i recall some years ago" and on Van go gan the line " i can tell i'm in your spell" sound very alike listen to "right back to me" and "Emma" i think you will see the connection of melodies in the songs.
Thanks to you Margaret for your matchless coverage of the east coast concerts (along with Goanna) - we are marvelling at the stamina of the band as well as Margaret and Ross!! Enjoy some rest and the fondest of memories - 2004 will stay in my mind as the best start to a year I've had for some time, but your memories (on top of the 2002 tour) will be fresh as the morning Dew (and Gerry) ... hee hee.
The Opera House shows will be the standout for you no doubt, looking forward to the DVD and thanks again for the breaking news you provided over the past weeks.
Over to you now jimbob ....
"However, conversely these to compositions".....
That's these 2 x compositions....DOH!!!
yes, I would agree with you, the 2 songs are very much different in
both illumination & diffusness. However, conversely these to compositions are in fact discordant with each other... so yes, agreed.
My point in comparision, was that if we look at Gerry Beckley's work both as solo compositions and joint song writing efforts, is both intense and beautiful on an individual offering. The meanings of which are a totally different point. Just as I wouldn't compare Horse to Ventura Highway, by Bunnell...
It's the preciseness of clarity, the refinement & subtlety in Gerry's music that I guess I was trying to emphasize. And,,, just his ability to make what he produces so damn good to listen to....
Hi Everyone :)
Speech ~~ I just took a couple listens to both of them and the Go Man Go version is Hmmm ~~ Let me see how I can describe the difference in them... For Me I find the Go Man Go version More emphasized, there is a Shadow to Gerry's Lyrics, I find it more Hauntingly Beautiful... and it is here where I can see how Goanna would compare Gerry Doing All My Life too it,It isn't the Lyrics, it isn't the meaning, it is the way Gerry sings these... The first time I heard the Go Man Go version, I too thought there isn't much difference with Kiss of Life, but from listening to them back to back I can hear this difference in the way the whole Essence of the song is Magnified... I would love to hear Gerry sing Kiss of Life, In The Dark, Sergeant Darkness, Moment to Moment, Whispering.... just as I would love to hear Dewey sing Garden of Peace, You Girl, Old Man Took, Greenhouse, Nothing so far away as yesterday... WOW I could list sooo many more! ~~ In regards to the similarities with Kiss of Life & Sergeant Darkness... I guess there is that Need in the Meaning of the Lyrics... That Holding On, I think the same Sincerety is found in Gerry's Voice on both of these, it is what carries across the Deeeeeeep Meaning in them.... For Me anyway... I guess in summing it up... I think that Gerry when doing the Go Man Go version, put finishing touches on it, that maybe he wasn't in touch with, when he did it the first time.... Simply Perfection with both of them... Nice :)
Cheers Darren ~~ Thanks for coming and posting about your AMERICA experience... That was sooo cute, your little boy writing your names on little pieces of paper, in case you happen to be in the desert and forget your names... I love it! Ahhh the Perfect Innocence found in Children's thoughts and deeds... It Doesn't get any Better than that! :)
Okay gotta get now, Have a great time Jimmmmmbob ~~ I Hope Time Stands Still for You & Frann, sooo that you can absorb as much of this Kiss of Life for sure! :)
Take care everyone, see ya, Nancy :)
~~~~ It comes across the meadow, like a slooooow moving train, long determination over everrrrry name, when you love someone, its gonna take some timeeeee, come on and saveeee me, savee me, pull me from deep water, give the kiss of life, now is the Moment treasured, Breathe the Kiss of Life Into the Words we Speak, into the words we speak Yeah yeahhhh ~~~ WOW what a song... Thanks Gerry :)
I have Go Man Go and don't think there is much of a difference in the two tracks - in fact, I'm not sure there is a difference, but I've never played them side by side.
I think your comments about KOL are very insightful - "worldwise" is a good way to describe it. Older, more mature would be others. Given that, for me anyway, Sgt. Darkness can be about a pretty dark feeling, I never connected the two songs. Now that you've said it though, I think I can see where you are coming from. In any event, I sooooo wish Gerry would play this song live.
I have a question regarding "Kiss of Life" in the Go Man Go mix, and a comment regarding the comparison to "All My Life."
The question: I've never heard the Go Man Go mix. Is "Kiss of Life" substantially different on this version of the CD, as opposed to the original solo CD?
The comment: I hear "Kiss of Life" as a very different kind of song than "All My Life." "All My Life" is a beautiful song, but to my ears it's all wide-eyed, smitten-by-love posey. The song "Kiss of Life," by contrast, seems to be infused with more melancholy or ruefulness or something. "I will cease with the illusions, and I will ask of you the same" is a very different sentiment -- world wise, world weary, whatever you want to call it -- than the wedding ballad sentiments expressed in "All My Life." I offer this comment only by way of saying that, for me, it's difficult to even compare the two songs.
I tend to think of "Kiss of Life" as coming from the same wellspring as, say, "Sergeant Darkness" and "Monster."
In case you missed an earlier post, by popular request, Wednesday will be a special repeat listening for Holiday.
Sunday will be Hearts.
Thanks for the wishes, and yes, I think I do have one of the best seats in the house -- in the front row, hooray!
Darren, I think that may be the best kid story I've heard yet on this folder!! What a classic one. What a smart little guy! Thanks for sharing that with us.
Margaret, Goanna, Holiday, et al: Thanks so much for the great reviews, comments, and photos from the shows down under. What a great tour it has been. I'm especially excited to hear about the Opera House shows and the DVD taping. What a great experience to be in the front row for that. Wow. Way to go, Margaret and Ross. I can hardly wait for the DVD release. The excitement and enthusiasm from all of you is just completely contagious. Thanks so much.
My wife and I saw America for the third time recently in Wollongong NSW. We loved the show in particular the songs "All my life" which I had never heard before and "Wheels are turning".
Weve been playing the America CD's quite alot lately and our 3 year old boy particularly likes "Horse with no name" and "Dont cross the River". A couple of days ago he asked my wife and I how to spell our names and then about 15 minutes later presented us each with little square of paper with our name on it ... he said this is for when you go to the desert and can't remember your name.
Margaret I enjoyed reading your concert reviews. I was very tempted to go to the Opera house as well as the Gong concert - I am jealous. Some of our friends also wanted to go to the Wollongong concert but could not afford it.
Hi Margaret, I had forgotten you were going to Newcastle as well! What a graet few days its been for you. Thanks for the reviews, they are so good and as with holidays then Goannas, really are getting me ready for tomorrow night! In 20 hours we will be seeing them! So cool! Will post my review when we get home. Cheers, jimbob.
Thanks to Goanna and everyone else who has posted positive comments to my reviews.
Jimbob, we have had numerous memorable concerts over the years. We both felt that the back-to-back Opera House shows, from quite different perspectives, were fantastic. The location and the sense of anticipation added to the wonder of the shows.
Holiday, there isn't really anything else to add about the conversations because I really tried to cover all the news in the reviews.
Today has been quite an anti-climax and we will to to go to sleep early tonight! The fine memories will linger.
Now we have to resume all things that have been on hold since 20 January.
Nightowl Nancy here just to say.....
Yeppers Goanna ~~ Gerry is here singing this version of Kiss of Life right now... I just Love hitting the Replay Button on this song, and I must say I would definitely be in Heaven if I got the chance to Hear Gerry sing this song.... What a Sentimental Masterpiece, what a Deeeeeeeep Meaning it Holds.... For sure, Gerry does give the Kiss of Life to us with this song.... Look forward to hearing about the interviews... Thanks a bunch.... :) I must say you are listening to some Great stuff to gently bring you down to the ground... and to prolong PADS from setting in.
Oooooops Jimmmmmmmbob ~~ I kinda jumped a day ahead... with my post this morning.. I hope the rain has stopped and that the Blue skies have returned for our VFTHW pic of Auckland... Hmmm tomorrow night at this time You will be experiencing your AMERICA Heaven ~ ENJOY :)
Toooooo Much Margaret... WOW ~~~ What a Kiss of Life getting to see AMERICA again & again & again... I bet these moments are more than treasured HUH! ~~ Thanks once again for sharing a Glimpse of this Magic with us...
Time for me to head back to my dreams... I kinda fell asleep on my work desk ~~ Ouch I got a stiff neck!!!!! :)
Nitey Nite all ~~ Nice dreams, See ya, Nancy :)
~~~ Come on and save me, savvve me, pull me from deep water, give the kiss of life, breathe the kiss of life into the words we speak, when you love someone give the kiss of life, when you love someone breathe the kiss of life, its gonna take some time, give the kiss of life, now is the moment treasured, breathe the kiss of life ~~ Sing it once again Gerry ~ Gerry ~ Gerry ~~ Breathe the Kiss of life into the words we Speak ~~ yeah Yeaaaaaah :) :) :) Thanks for this Gem, it shines brighter than bright! ~~ My Inquiring Mind would love to know the Inspiration that brought these Lyrics to you! :) Hard to Sleep is just beginning to play here... Nice :)
I was listening in the car today - Gerry's "Kiss Of Life" from the Go Man Go remix. I think that this song is as good as any solo that Gerry has brought out. Next time you have a chance, sit quietly somewhere and have a real good listen to it. I may be going overboard, but I really think that it's as good as "All My Life"
Also, I have been in contact with the people who recorded the ABC radio interveiw with Gerry & Dewey last Thursday morning. Will keep you posted when it arrives in the mail...
P.A.D.S is still in our system by the way....
I think you & Ross deserve the "Acadamy Award" in OZ for "America" concert stamina.... now you can get back to normal...??? probably not for sometime.
Your reviews have been some of the best wev'e seen on the chat folder
Over to you now Jimbob as vacate my reporter's position. Have a fantastic time.
Civic Theatre Newcastle
Sunday 1 February 2004
For Sunday’s show we drove to Newcastle, about two hours north of Sydney. The venue was the Civic Theatre, an atmospheric restored Art Deco theatre with visual links to the State Theatre in Sydney and the Civic Theatre in Auckland where we had seen the guys during the NZ/OZ tour of 2002.
This was another sold out show. It has been fantastic to see the support the guys have been given here at the shows. It was also announced that the head of Warner Bros had told them that The Definitive America was almost Platinum.
They seemed delighted with the Opera House shows and were very relaxed on this, their last Australian show of this tour. They all looked like they were having fun. Gerry commented on Pete, who was wearing his trademark shorts, saying that he had dressed up in long trousers, (big boy shorts, I think he called them) for the first time for the Opera House.
The songs were the same as the previous shows we have attended this tour and were received with enthusiastic ovation and cheering, with everyone on their feet and stamping and yelling for more after SGH and Horse. This was a really rocking show. All My Life was again played to a hushed room. The show passed far too quickly.
It was such a joyful night that it countered the sadness that we felt that our fantastic experiences were coming to an end. We are both so tired but wouldn’t have missed our adventure for anything. We marvel at the stamina of the band and crew.
Thanks to everyone who has provided us with memories of the whole tour that we will treasure always. Travel safely and return soon.
Bravo Anita! Hope you end up with the best seat in the house for the Hallandale, concert.
Robyn, great, thanks for doing this. I'll be in sunny Florida by then and will report when I return -- can't wait!
Next Sunday night will be Hearts (I know it's the Grammys, but if folks want to they can repeat it Wednesday).
I'm new to the board and also went to the concert on Saturday night. I was in the third row (seat 29). Haven't seen the guys since they were here last time. All I can say was that it was awesome. They just keep getting better. I especially loved the California Dreamin and I Need You (George Harrison). I'm going to the States at the end of the year so I hope I can catch them again when I go. Can't wait for the DVD to come out. Regards to all.
I would love to know more about them and possibly purchase some myself!!! thanks Annette aka Nettie
Sounds like a plan, Robyn. Would you care to host it? I'll already be in Florida by then (eagerly awaiting the show on Saturday!).
That's ok Anita. We can have an "encore performance" of Holiday on Wednesday at 7 pm. I think that would be fun!
Hi Hoooo Everyone :)
Gerry is here singing ~~~ now Mama don't start to cryyyy, let's give him Another Try ~~~ Oooooooh my this song takes me back to some uncertain teenage years too... Hi there Mo ~~ I have no problem with waiting to hear the Holiday album.... :)
Hmmmm ~~ Why couldn't we just do a Replay of the Holiday album on wednesday evening at Live Chat... You all know how I love to listen to these songs more than 1 time... :)
Cheers Double Cheers Margaret ~~ Thanks sooo much for sharing this news article with us... Sounds like this Awesome show, kinda put an extra Layer of Icing on your Cake... Isn't it Great how we never find ourselves getting enough of hearing them sing and play our favorite songs.... Just imagine what it would feel like if we were treated to a Whole show of Hidden Gems.... Wow you got to hear Gerry sing All My Life how many times in the last couple of weeks ~~ 3 or 4 times??? Lucky Lady you are! For sure! Hang onto Cloud 10 as long as you can now! :)
Hi Mark ~~ Wow ~~ That is pretty neat you hearing Young Moon in a Muzak version at the Mall ~~ that would have stopped me in my tracks too... I gotta agree with you... it is One of the Most Awesome songs! I would love to see Dewey add it as one of his final encore songs for the shows here in the states... Dewey is here singing Old Man Took ~~~ Wow I could think of a whole show of Dewey songs, as well as a whole show of Gerry songs... I guess I will never get enough of these great songs! I sure am loving hitting the Replay button on them.... :)
Hey there Jimmmmbob ~~ Did ya leave yet for the show tonight??? Have a great time, Sing some for me okay!!!! WOW WOW WOW :) :) :)
Hi there Karen ~~ Yes that is ashame about the George Harrison "I Need You" song not going to be on the Sydney Live DVD... but I can understand the Hassle they would have to go through to be able to put it on there... I guess we will just have to hit the replay buttons on our memory banks to hear it live there again and again... :)
Hello Danae ~~ You Crack Me up for sure! ~~ Hope you are feeling better... It will be neat to see Your Gerry Wallpaper collection...
Okay gotta get now, I am looking forward to seeing Janet Jackson perform at Halftime .... Wouldn't that be neat to hear her sing her song "Someone to Call My Lover" ~~ what nice exposure for the song Ventura Hwy... Yes yes yes, sing it for us Janet :)
See ya, Nancy :)
~~~~ Tell me a story, tell it with your eyes, I'm gonna stop believing if i Hear another lie, drink some cold water your mouths getting dry... I never found the time, to seeee into my lady, the memories don't die, with time become hazy, I never found the time to see into my lady, the memories don't die, but with time become hazy ~~~ Sing it for us Dewey, Gerry & Dan :) :) :)
Sorry if some of you won't be able to make the listening party, but since we've already set it up, I think we'll go ahead with it. And believe it or not, there are actually some folks who don't watch the Super Bowl, LOL!
Hope to see you next week.
I agree I kinda lost track of what daythe Big GAme was! my dh "worships at the church of the NFL" Can we do Holiday next weekend-- and Moser "another Try" is a song that got me thru my Teenage years too
Just curious--Why are we having a listening party on Super Bowl Sunday? I would like to be a part of a listening party for Holiday since it is one of my faves but certainly not today. Super Bowl Sunday and Oscar Night Sunday are sacred events here. Would you consider rescheduling?
Oh well, if not then have a good time. Think of me during my two favourites--Another Try (my teenage anthem for reasons too complicated to explain) and What Does It Matter (Gerry's voice is so appealing here and the song is so channeling McCartney whom I love).
And one more thing: GO PATS!!!
Last Revised: 1 March 2004