Congratulations Rick on 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo and More!

Rick Derringer has been one of my faves since The McCoys and “Hang on Sloopy“. I have seen him with his band as well as with Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Ringo Starr‘s All Starrs. He rocks that guitar like nobody’s business. Rock On for another 50 Rick!

Rick Derringer signed this 8×10 glossy for me in the crowded lobby at The Ridgefield Playhouse. It was so cool to meet him that night. The Rick Derringer Group opened for Mountain.

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Gregg Rolie, Ringo Starr 2014 All Star Band Tour

We have seen Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band three times live at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. It’s always a fun evening as the All Starrs’ perform their hits with Ringo Starr as the centerpiece artist.

Here is the promotional tour video for this year’s North America events. The Connecticut stop is the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on June 14, 2014.

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Happy Birthday Gregg Rolie!

Today is June 17th, 2012. We want to wish Gregg Rolie a Happy 65th Birthday today.

It is also Father’s Day and our 39th wedding anniversary. It’s nice to have all this in common with Gregg Rolie.  As many of you know I am a huge, long time Santana fan. Gregg Rolie was the original lead singer and keyboardist with Santana. He later founded Journey with ex-Santana member, guitarist Neil Schon.

It’s been a great year for Gregg Rolie. He is presently on tour with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Tonight they are playing at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Ct.

Earlier this year he put on a tour of small clubs called “An Intimate Evening With Gregg Rolie”. He performed with Texas blues guitarist Alan Haynes. He performed his songs, answered questions from the audience, staying until the end of the night signing autographs and greeting fans.

I can attest how down to earth Gregg Rolie in person can be. Several years back I caught the Gregg Rolie Band at a free concert at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct. The night took on an interesting twist when GRB was playing Santana songs from Woodstock. The wind kicked up and lightning/rain threatened to end the show. (It felt like Woodstock and “No More Rain” was upon us.) GRB hung tough, completed the show and stayed to sign autographs for us, despite the threatening weather. It was really cool to chat with Gregg Rolie and Michael Carabello (Original Santana conga player) that night. They signed my copy of the book Voices of Latin Rock as we discussed the significance of the music book topic in relationship to rock history .

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