Friday, April 07, 2006

James Gang Rides Again

In my previous post I noted that Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard have hooked up once again for several dates together this season and it reminded me of my very first FRANKtalk blog post of June 22, 2005. That initial post Icons and Legends was about a TV special from LA that I happened to catch around that time featuring Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard along with a host of other performers.

Bob and Merle had just wrapped up their first time ever co-billed tour together while Willie & Bob were just newly embarked on their 2nd consecutive season of touring minor league ball parks. In my debut blog piece, I related my enthusiasm for another of the performers on that TV special. The Eagles guitarist, Joe Walsh who happens to be one of my favorite rock musicians. As Kris Kristofferson would say, Joe Walsh finally beat the devil and still drank his beer for nothin'. Well, believe it or not, sober Joe's former group The James Gang are about to get BACK TOGETHER to tour again after 35 years.

Check this out

Here's the permalink for The James Gang item from Rock Philes.

Rock Philes is a cool new site run by an experienced music business publicist who also happens to be a singer/songwriter.

The James Gang was our collective introduction to Joe Walsh and his unique character as a rock guitarist. Remember "Walk Away"...?

Joe Walsh expresses his soul as a rock guitarist in a unique style that is not dissimilar in its overall effect to the bold distinctions created by players such as Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. Joe Walsh is as a solid and creative a guitar player as anyone who has ever wielded an axe.

You always know its Joe Walsh when you hear him play. There's no mistaking his individual stamp on a particular lick or phrase voicing.

I've heard Joe play with The Eagles back in the mid 70's when he was still new to that band and although he always filled his space within The Eagles California folk/rock/country sound, his sonic rock spirit eventually took much deeper root within the group to create his own "niche" in The Eagles music. After all, this is the same Joe Walsh of The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get and Rocky Mountain Way. Joe's been with The Eagles for 30 years and always worked especially well with those guys. Don Felder is no longer with The Eagles but Don and Joe played the great "double lead parts" on Hotel California.

Dual lead guitar magic did not originate with The Eagles of course as The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers all made significant marks in that department long ago, but Felder and Walsh were really tight and dynamic together as lead guitarists in tandem.

Speaking of Haggard & Dylan, RWB features an item this week called Haggard On Dylan. It seems even the great Merle Haggard is completely mystified by the enigmatic nature of his tour co-star.

Seems that Dylan is a bit of a loner on the road and not very sociable with Merle or anybody else apparently. A stranger to himself and not at all like Frankie Lee and Judas Priest who were the best of friends.

Speaking of Judas, as many in the world are as a result of the recent Gnostic Gospel of Judas revelations, Right Wing Bob has all the bases solidly covered in his post today. Read it. The truth will set you free.

Bob Dylan however is preoccupied beyond the tour stage.

With what..? Nobody knows. Not even Merle Haggard.

It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!

But Hag should understand that's just how it is with Bob Dylan.

Bob is Cold Irons Bound and its Not Dark Yet...but its gettin there.

He's just tryin’ to get to heaven before they close the door.

After all, he not busy being born is busy dying.

And though the rules of the road have been lodged
It's only peoples games that you got to dodge

It's alright Merle...he can make it.

Talking Points: Another new site to recommend: The Spirit Of Man features a 30 minute mp3 interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. I've been a Jethro Tull fan since the days of Stand Up and Benefit.

Finally, here’s an illuminating mp3 overview on Canadian copyright with intellectual property maverick Michael Geist who is upsetting more than a few copyright monopoly applecarts these days with his radical "creative commons" views and alternative copyright ideas.

As Bob Dylan the mysterious enigmatic loner once riddled…name me someone who's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him.

I'll say a prayer for Michael Geist.


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