My What A Long Strange Trip Its Been

I've received more than a few encouraging emails asking me to keep up
the diaries. When I say that I've been crazy busy I kid you not. But
its been a good busy. I try not to write about things that haven't come
to fruition but of course there is always the temptation.

What am I up tp lately? Well, am waiting on confirmation on several
gigs for May for Johnny, Daddyo, Chapple and myself. We have a final
and official name for the group but I would like to wait until the shows
are confirmed before saying. Am also 'looking into' a couple of Bay
Area gigs for the group in June.

Also, with the help of a British writer, I have been working on a
complete book of my stage adventures/ tours with Arthur and the guys.
Its not "the Diaries" verbatim either. Its hopefully going to maintain
the humor but also give the glimpse into a world so special and unique I
feel blessed beyond words to have had a part in it. The working

My Diary: Life as LOVE's Lead Guitarist in King Arthur's Court

Or something like that.

I've also been doing some music projects (I am currently finishing up a
solo track for the Sky Saxon tribute album). I ran into my old pal, Ben
Vaugn, thursday. Ben was really close to Alex Chilton (besides many
years of friendship, they worked on That 70's Show theme project
together). He was as surprised as anyone when he found out about Alex's
passing. My heart goes out to his family, his wife and the awesome guys
in the band.

I was lucky enough to catch Big Star @ the House Of Blues here in LA
around 2001 and they were fantastic. Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer with
Alex and Jody Stephens...that was tops. I know it would be hard for
them to continue but I would hope that, after some time, they would
consider how much people love that music and how well they do it.

Well, Hannah gave me a nice framed Motown Print of a young stevie
wonder, which I hung in my studio. Julian is nearly 11 and flies out in
a couple of days. It has been a strange trip in deed.

All the best,

Mike Randle

sixtyeightpercent@yahoo.com (For contacting Baby Lemonade)