|The Reign from left, Gene (Geno) Heliker, Bob Baker, Howard Holland, Me (sitting), Doug (Shad) heatherington, Craig (Cac) Chastain|
The highlight of our second session, which was held last evening, was that one of our former drummers, Howard Holland, who will likely not perform at the gig, was kind enough to drive up to Portland from Salem to help us out, give us a solid back beat while we rehearse. Howard is one awesome cat. Howard, (pictured above), was with us during the time we recorded at Capitol Records, and is just an excellent rock drummer. Heavy handed as hell, like Keith Moon. And just about as wild as Keith Moon too. Howard has made his mark with a popular and interesting Auto Body business, Howard's Backyard Auto Body and Videos.
Sitting there with these dudes, working out the tunes, the dynamic is just exactly what it used to be. Musically, we take a lot of direction from Geno, cuz he is our brilliant and handsome musical guru. Then we just do the tunes, over and over, till it starts to sound like something. Looking over at each of my buddy's familiar faces, as I sing and bang on my cowbell, though many years older and all wrinkled up and shit, is completely awesome. Talk about de jevu all over again!
We have been enjoying picking tunes to rehearse that we might actually be able to shape into a listenable experience for our future audience. Cac provided the following list which was the repertoire from our last gig together at John John's in Seattle, 1970. Some of them are in code, but you get the idea.