I played again with +Berlin - official band
this past weekend, this time in Las Vegas. It was another fun show, but the highlight for me was seeing +Joan Jett
A hundred years ago, I auditioned to be Joan's bass player. It was apparently between me and another guy. I didn't get the gig, I was told, because I was only 17 years old. (Yes, it was that long ago.) She hired the other guy, who, as it turns out, lied about his age--he was only 15 at the time. Go figure.
About 6 months later, I was recording with Berlin, so I didn't think much more about it. That is, until Terri told me she'd be playing with Joan at this gig. When she invited me to join them again, I happily agreed.
After Terri introduced me to the audience, she asked me to tell the Joan story. So, with Joan at stage side watching us, I told the story. I looked over at Joan who seemed to be enjoying the memory. When I got off the stage, she gave me a nice hug and we got a good laugh out of it. It was pretty nice.
Joan, by the way, is still one of the most wonderful performers you will ever see. She's also a super sweet person--always has been. As I told her tour manager that night, if rock and roll could talk, it would thank Joan for being so true to it all those years.
Thanks and love to Terri and the guys in the current Berlin, each of whom are absolutely wonderful guys.
We will do this once more on 17 July 2015 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Then I'll return to rock star retirement. :)