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  •  Saw Stevie warm up for Thorogood in 77 (3+ / 0-)
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    Stevie was just 'locally known guitarist' at that point. Took about a minute to get George out of the dressing room and just offstage, stayed there the whole show. When he came out, said, "If I could play guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughn, I wouldn't have to look so good."

    Saw Stevie so many times over the years. Saw his last show at the Continental Club before going up to the Montreux Jazz Festival where Bowie spotted him. Saw him when he came back from a long tour and was so wound up that he went and 'sat in/took over' at a different club each night. I was clubbing pretty hard those days, and three nights in a row I saw him show up and take over. The fourth night, I headed out as soon as I saw him walk in. Too much of a good thing.

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:52:53 PM PDT

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      ...I would have loved to have seen him during that period - I didn't come on board until the release of Soul to Soul. Have some show recordings from the late 70's though, and while already a fantastic player, I can understand "too much of a good thing" (4 nights in a row). If anyone read the original statement as an insult, I don't think it was at all... there was just a fairly limited set list in those days

      This isn't meant as an insult either - Stevie opening for Thorogood?? While not quite Hendrix/Monkees, it's in the same zip code. George does his thing and it's great/fun, but he's not one for going off script, so to speak. He puts on a rockin' show, but he doesn't jam around as a rule. That's definitely not a knock.... He presents it that way - He's not out to reinvent the wheel every night, he's out there to show everyone a really good time

       Speaking of GT... Always thought he should put out an album of his country blues/acoustic stuff. The early albums had quite a bit of it (couple of trx per album), and it was really good. Maybe he has by now, I don't know.

      Such a shame about Stevie. He died just as his best creative days were beginning. The drug use had essentially trapped him in a rut, and he was kind of 'playing himself' (in the Broadway sense) for a few years. After getting clean though, his writing improved instantly, and his best days were yet to come. I hate that we'll never get to hear them, in addition to losing such a perpetually nice, thoughtful, community-minded guy.

      Money speaks for money, the devil for his own... Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone?

      by LeftOverAmerica on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:40:30 PM PDT

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