MIKE RANDLE BLOG
What a strange trip its Been
30 days from today I'll be boarding a flight to Washington DC, an
overnight "red eye" and when it lands the next day I'll grab some
breakfast and meet up with Glenn Povey and Patrick Hand. With me will
be bassist Dave Nolte, along with drummer Daddyo and Mr. Squeezebox.
After checking out all the gear we're renting for the tour, we'll head
to Philadelphia to meet up with the Electric Prunes guys. We were also
supposed to meet up with Sky and Sabrina Saxon but the good lord had
other plans for Sky so we are going forward the only way you can, and in
the way and spirit we know Sky would have wanted it, which is to play
dynamite shows everynight and we're even injecting a couple of Seeds
classics to summon up the wonderful spirit of the psychedelic
grandaddy. I want to give Sky the "Fantastic Party" he envisioned.
I've had an incredible fortunate life and many experiences most people
would give a couple of fingers to have. In 1993 Love toured the west
coast with Spirit and I got to see Randy California play every night.
Now, believe me when I tell you this; Arthur Lee, Sky Saxon and Randy
California were all cut from the same cloth. Those guys gave us
something and they were true American artists, if there ever was one.
The Electric Prunes (and now Gerry Miller from Moby Grape) are among
those bands that bring the magic and are now to be missed. I was barely
born when they were making history on the radio and now I will be
sharing the stage with them. How lucky am I? And you know what? You'd
be hard pressed to find a bigger Alex Chilton fan than me and I got to
spend a week in Italy rehearsing and then performing with him. Robbie
Kreiger use to jam with us when we used to play with Arthur in the early
So believe me when I tell you that the California 66 Revue is not to be
missed! And with Sky's absence (physical but not spiritual absence), we
now may include a few local opening acts who were influenced by that
incredible era of music. And some guy/gal will get to rock the stage
with a rock and roll trailblazer like Johnny Echols or James Lowe or
Mark Tulin and know how I felt and to come to understand why this music
is so incredibly precious.
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