This is probably going to be the last of the old band stuff, but I’d like to give you guys a quick rundown on my band history.
You already know about Grendel, but I should mention a few others:
Sing Out Waco – the Waco “Up With People” franchise. This is where I switched from drums (The Flower People) to bass guitar.
Baylor Symphony Orchestra Summer Student Symphony – my percussion instructor Larry Vanlandingham who was a Fellow at Baylor got me into that one. Funny sub-story – I was looking for the Professor, and someone said he might be in Dean Sternberg’s office. I went there and opened the door. He was there, all right – along with the Dean, and ISAAC FREAKING STERN!!! Completely starstruck, I muttered an apology, bumped into the doorframe, and left.
El Gran Mestizo – a 10-piece Chicano orchestra (accent on the second syllable), where I learned to play cumbias, cojuntos, and other cool stuff. I was the only gringo in the banda..
Aftershock (cover band), one of the few bands I ever quit (to join my ex-Grendel bandmate John Bednarz in a project that fell apart, but still got me out of Waco and up to Dallas).
H2O – two versions – a seven-piece with two keyboardists and two female singers (and no, we didn’t do any Heart covers)
Here’s a pic of us at the famed Agora :
This was the time of my stupidly large bass rig, “Stonehenge”. A roadie for a band that was opening for us took one look at the massive 8′ by 7′ behemoth (two Altec A-7 bass bins, a 2X15″ cab, and a 400-watt Peavey Super Festival Series amp) and muttered : “Stonehenge”. You notice that there’s no one on my side of the stage?
H2O reformed as a four-piece all-original group, with the keyboardist singing lead and a different guitarist. We got some label interest, went to Austin (their choice) to record a demo for them. Here’s a song from it :
The keyboardist fired me, fired the guitarist, and the drummer quit. They didn’t offer the keyboardist the contract afterwards, so I guess the power play didn’t work out quite the way he intended.
I’ve left out some cover bands, but you’re not missing much – except maybe the Elvis impersonator Steve West. That one was fun. Only time I’ve ever worn a suit onstage.
Next Sunday – the Good Vibrations Recording Studio saga. After my tales from the recording world series, some more recent band stuff.