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December 17 , 2009

Where The Action Was

On the Inside of the Evolution of Rock ’n’ Roll


To summarize this story, it tells a story of an individual who started out in 1960 in rock ’n’ roll and took it all the way in his field, to the top, and became the most famous road manager in the United States of the time. I was in trade magazines, on TV shows and received fan mail. It got to the point where I had to deal with my fans and their mania wherever I went, like the rock stars I worked with. The only other road manager at the time that was in this category was Malcolm Evans, who worked for the Beatles. Paul Revere had told me I was even like a sixth Raider. Here I was, a kid from Olympia, and now in Hollywood living the fast lane with the after burner on, and the G forces pushing my skin back on my face. The jet pilots are not the only ones that do that. I lived it. From band boy, to roadie, to road manager, tour manger, and body guard. It tells the true-life story of groups starting out, and the excitement of making it all the way to the top. And I was the only one that went everywhere the band did, having the same experiences. The changes in the way we tour on the ground and in the air, changes in sound equipment, show productions, TV shows, touring, recording, business and instruments. It tells of the fun, the hard work, the excitement, the danger and the responsibility of touring. I would go up against anybody in history that thinks they saw a lot of rock ’n’ roll bands in that time. I literally saw thousands and thousands. No one else alive can tell this story but me, because of the unique position I was in at the time. After 18 years on the road working with top American and top British groups, and having the business almost kill me a few times, I definitely have a very unique one of a kind story to tell. I have played Madison Square Garden's, Yankee Stadium, Dick Clark Caravan Star Tours, USO Tours, College tours, promotional tours, and other Country tours. I have done it all. Keep in mind that out of the entire population of the United States, 25% are baby boomers. And they were teenyboppers at that time. Looking back, I have no regrets except for one: THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL EVOLUTION WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. I was right in the middle of it! There were no set standards or proven ways until we blazed a trail into the new world of Rock “n” Roll.
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