Times Square

Stuff from the Vault

I moved recently and during the process found a some items from back in the day that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. I’ve decided I’ll turn the blog into a kind of an online scrapbook — crammed with all kinds of things from my life. But variety is the spice of life. Anyhow, the pic above of Kirk Hammett is from an old magazine. I had to get rid of a bunch of old books and magazines ’cause I moved to a smaller place. But I tried to keep interesting or photogenic things so they will turn here at some point. Kirk Hammett is one of the great players the last thirty years. He’s had a pretty great career and his band was mega-influential too! Also, I used to play through a Mesa Boogie. Loved it!

Today — I have a few pics that were taken at a Johnny Winter show in the early 2000s. I think this was at BB King’s in NYC. Johnny wasn’t in the best of shape; this was after he fell and broke his hip, hadn’t recuperated fully, and was on a lot of drugs. The story of those days, which involved a possible shady manager, is not a very good one. But thankfully Johnny got better and did really well in his final years. From what I remember, at this gig he played almost all blues and ended with Highway 61 Revisited on his old Firebird.

BB Kings was kind of a weird place, but it hosted a whole lot of pretty impressive shows over an almost 20 year residence. It closed earlier this year. Supposedly they are looking for a new space and hopefully they find one, but it ain’t gonna be easy, because everywhere is expensive and the brick and mortar can’t afford it, including the clubs and music venues. Most of the music stores are already gone. But this night with Johnny Winter occurred back in a cheaper and more appealing time. It was my girlfriend’s birthday and, in addition to hearing some great music, we ate way too much and drank way too much…and then we ate more and drank more with the other couple at the table. We were a mess getting home that night for sure! Back then eating and drinking at BB Kings Time Square was like eating and drinking in Atlanta or something. All of the portions were effing HUGE! Even the mix drinks were huge. I think my girlfriend’s gin and tonic was 32oz! The club is downstairs like a cavern, and then when the show is over and you are BLOTTO from drinking a bunch of 32 oz alcoholic drinks…you ascend and exit directly into THE LIGHTS OF TIMES SQUARE! Total stimulation overload…like if the police pull you over and shine a flashlight in your face! It will either make you lose your buzz or fall over. We barely avoided falling over. GOOD TIMES!