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My photo of Glenn Frey posts to Elmore mag with his obituary

19 Jan

Elmore Magazine | Goodbye Glenn Frey, 1948-2016

I felt no small honor in photographing the co-founder of the Eagles,  guitarist, singer and songwriter Glenn Frey, last May 19 in concert at the Frank Erwin Center. On assignment with Elmore magazine, I photographed the band including Frey with Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Bernie Leadon at their final “History of the Eagles” world tour. Immediately I felt transported into the past.

For decades I have admired the band’s music, ever since first hearing Frey sing “Peaceful Easy Feeling” on the radio in 1972. Then, as a gawky teenager I felt my first crush and memorized the songs from their debut album.

I still feel a kinship with the Eagles and those lyrics, written by Jack Tempchin.

The tumultuous political headlines of that time 44 years ago included:  Gov. George C. Wallace who had been shot by Arthur H. Bremer in Laurel, MD, and five men that had been caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, D.C.  Those events and others prompted me to study journalism in college and to pursue a life-long writing career.

Today in the news physicist Stephen Hawking predicted that all humankind will likely vanish on the Earth within the next 100 years. The Eagles‘ hit song allows me if only for a few moments, to transport myself to an ethereal place beyond Earth’s realm. I have hope that if nothing else does, Frey’s music will survive.

I imagine radio sound waves as light, electromagnetic radiation, traveling through empty space across our galaxy and perhaps into other still-as-yet unknown galaxies for all eternity. That thought gives me a peaceful easy feeling. God’s speed Glenn Frey. Your music will exist forever.

Here’s a link to Glenn Frey’s obituary that ran today in Elmore magazine along with a photo that I took of him at the Eagles’ concert in Austin May 19, 2015 at the Frank Erwin Center:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/01/music-news/goodbye-glenn-frey-1948-2016

Here’s a link to the review of the Eagles’ performance that I wrote and photos that I took for Elmore magazine following last year’s May concert at the Frank Erwin Center: 

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/06/reviews/shows/the-eagles

My Eagles concert review posted to Elmore

3 Jun

Elmore Magazine | The EaglesFive of the original Eagles took musicianship to the limits at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Before a sold-out crowd, they performed hits from 12 albums and a career that spans four-plus decades. For over three hours (and two encores) Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh mesmerized their audience with nostalgic stories and songs synchronized to stunning videos of Southwest landscapes.

Selections from favorite albums, Desperado, Hotel California, and One of These Nights captivated Baby Boomers and Millennials alike, and introduced a new generation to the cross-genres from progressive country to rock. The six-time Grammy winners began their first set with early Eagles’ acoustic songs like “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Tequila Sunrise” sitting on stage. After an intermission, band members stood and rocked the crowd to its feet. A boyish Walsh upstaged the show by inviting audience participation on “Life’s Been Good” and using a talk box to perform “Rocky Mountain Way.” With “Take It to the Limit,” Frey provided a moving tribute to guitarist Randy Meisner, absent from the two-year “History of the Eagles Tour” due to health issues. The final encore song, “Desperado,” closed the show on a magical note, with ethereal harmonies that will forever echo in the canyons of the mind.

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Also please see my review on Elmore magazine’s website at: http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/06/reviews/shows/the-eagles

Doobie Brothers shine on Austin in my Elmore review

18 May

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Bewitched Baby Boomer fans danced and sang along with the hit songs of the Doobie Brothers, former Eagles’ lead guitarist Don Felder and up-and-coming 19-year-old Illinois native Matthew Curry at Austin City Limit’s Moody Theater.

For “Those Shoes,” Felder used a 1970s style talk box and then dedicated “Witchy Woman” to his female audience. His band cast a spell with “Seven Bridges Road,” including: bassist Wade Biery, drummer Randy Cook, keyboardist Timothy Drury, and additional guitarist Greg Suran.

True to their hippie rock genre since 1969, the Doobie Brothers founding front men guitarists and singers Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons opened with their hit, “Jesus is Just Alright.”

Simmons sang his 1975 number one hit, “Black Water,” before fans broke into hysteria with “Long Train Running.” The band included multi-instrumentalist John McFee on guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, harmonica and vocals; Guy Allison on keyboards and vocals; John Cowan on bass and vocals; Marc Russo on saxophones, and both Tony Pia and Ed Toth on drums.

An encore of “China Grove,” led to a guitar orgy with solos by Simmons, Johnston, McFee, Curry and surprise guest Ray Benson, frontman for Asleep at the Wheel. Their instrumental blues rock medley ended Monday night’s fandango beneath a Texas half moon that seemingly shined nostalgia.

Please follow this link to read my review and see my photos posted on Elmore magazine’s website at:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/05/reviews/shows/the-doobie-brothers-feat-don-felder-and-matthew-curry

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