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Back in 1980, while on the
road in central Michigan, I discovered that there were more
"guests" staying at the Presidential Arms Hotel than were
guitarist, Larry Coryell, joined my Kent, Ohio based
jazz/funk band Northstar on stage in 1979, then hung out for an
after show party at my apartment. Find out what Coryell did to
get the party going when the beer ran out.
The late great delta blues legend, Robert Lockwood,
Jr., showed up to sit in with the Tom Bogus Band at Cleveland's
Brother's Lounge and caused a rare occurrence of stage fright.
In the 90's I worked at Ohio music retailer, Lentine's
Music. We featured in-store clinics by known recording
artists. Among them, Elliot Easton (The Cars), Steve Morse
(Dixie Dregs), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea Elektric Band),
Alphonse Johnson (Weather Report) & Lita Ford (The Runaways).
Most were professional and happy to share their knowledge. Then there was Billy Sheehan.
In 1986 I worked as a salesman at Pi Keyboards &
Audio in Parma, Ohio. When we discovered someone trying to fence
a hot keyboard, the Parma Police went under cover to nab the
perp. Click the button above to find out how the deal went down.