"WHAT'S NEW" return to October
THIS IS AN OLD PAGE, WOULD YOU RATHER READ THE CURRENT ONE?
"I should call this report "What's Been" instead of "What's New".....lots of catching up to do.....here goes:
"It was a real treat to see so many old friends and fans on my two latest trips. First up was Latham, New York and a beautiful facility called Michael's Banquet House. The sold out show was arranged by Mr. Don Bowers with help from Al Bruno, (who does a great Neil Diamond) and I'd like to thank them both for making the whole experience very positive. The band, together for years under the name The Heaters, was tight, really ready for me, and sounded great. I'd love the chance to work with these fine folks again. I'm told that the lovely big hall we were in, formerly known as Raphael's, was a stop on many big-name music tours in the 60s and 70s and that it has changed very little since Roy Orbison appeared there. Quite something to be on the same stage, even if it was 30 years later!, and even more remarkable were the several guests who shared with me after our show they had been to Roy's, way back when, and that I'd brought out the same goosebumps.
Once a slow moving Amtrak got me home from New York, I packed up the car for a trip back up to New England. Hard to believe that after all the years of doing my shows, this trip was my first chance to play at the Hu-Ke-Lau in Chicopee, MA.
Both that Chicopee show, and the one two nights later returning to Point Breeze in Webster, MA, were appearances with the band Shakin' All Over. Every time I have worked with these guys, I am amazed at how much sound just the three of them can make. They really have it together and it's always a treat to join them. Mike, Jack and Richard...thanks! Their vocalist, Janice Dee, was also on the bill and did her usual terrific job! Special mention also needs to be made of my old radio buddies, Bruce Marshall and Fred King at Oldies 1250, WARE, for helping to promote the shows again this year, and keeping things rockin'.
Special thanks go out to all the friends and fans who came out to welcome me back to the Pioneer Valley. It was great to see family and fan club members and to catch up on all the doings. Ray ("Elvis") Guillemette and Patrick ("Frank Sinatra") Tobin attended the Chicopee show and it was nice to see them again; it's been a long time since we worked together. While I may not play in my old backyard as often as I once did, it's wonderful to see smiling faces and share hugs when I do get there."
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FEB/MAR -APRIL/MAY 2008
Palm Springs, CA
Happy New Year
hot August nights...
home in Carolina
S. Carolina, Florida
DECEMBER 2005/JANUARY 2006
Myrtle Beach, SC
2005, 2004, etc, have links at the bottoms of the pages above
"The hot sun has cooled a bit and the flash of thunderstorms has finally come again to signal the closing weeks of summer in my little corner of South Carolina. Our region has had unusual weeks upon weeks of temperatures soaring above 100 degrees and my thermometer, my garden and my patience in general has been taxed to their very limits.
Now comes a season of travel as I get to perform on the road in some of my favorite places. Mid-September will find me back in my native state of Massachusetts, visiting with friends and family, sipping coffee at my old haunts and giving shows with Mike Slahetka and his band, "Shakin' All Over". I'm really looking forward to it.
Friday, Sept 14th
The Point Breeze Restaurant
Webster Lake, MA.
Saturday Sept 15th
Town Hall, Orange, MA.
at the Ruth Smith Auditorium
Once we get into October and November, I'll be down south in Florida and up north in Canada. If you're in either of those regions, check the SHOWS page for updates & specific information.