Another good week for music and autographs in the Cleveland Area. Last Saturday, two original
members of Jefferson Airplane- Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, also known as Hot Tuna hit the Music Box for an acoustic set of blues based rock. Although I didn't have a ticket to the show, I decided to go up and see if I could get a couple of autographs from these legendary Hall of Famers. The Music Box is a great venue that has two levels and two stages. The first floor seats about 150 and the upstairs holds about 750. I got there for the start of the 2nd set (I didn't know they would play 2 sets) and decided to grab a beer and listen to a great local band on the smaller stage. After a little while, I noticed the crowd dispersing from the upper level and saw this as my mark to go up to the merch table and see if the guys would come out and sign. I brought my Volunteers lp already signed by Kantner, a new reissue of Surrealistic Pillow and a mini guitar. I went upstairs and saw a couple of familiar faces. A couple that I have seen at a few shows were there to get their guitar signed. I was talking with them for about 10 minutes when the manager came up to me and said "The guys are in the backroom with friends and family, but give me your items and I will get them signed for you." Wow! I didn't even have to ask-that was a first. I see the manager head to the backroom- he opens the door and I see Jorma standing there talking with some people. The door closes and a few minutes later, the manager comes back with my items signed.
That was awesome. Even though I didn't get to officially "meet" the guys, I know I have authentic autographs. Jeff and Marlene also got their guitar signed. They decided to wait around and get a picture with the guys, but I decided to take off. I see that Jefferson Airplane is playing in Cleveland in March so I will try to add Paul to the mini guitar and album.
Steve Hackett brought his Genesis Revisited tour to the Hard Rock Live on Wed. This was another situation where I didn't have a ticket and decided at the last minute to go. I ended up scoring 8th row center stage tickets worth $90 for $30! I ran into someone who couldn't go and was willing to part with these beauties for a fraction of face value. I love when that happens. Steve and the band sounded great and played a lot of Peter Gabriel era tunes including the entire 22 minute Supper's Ready. However they "only" played 2 hours and did not play 3-4 songs that they have been playing on this tour including my favorite "Squonk".
About 6 hardy souls waited out in the cold for the band and Steve to come out. I have heard from others that Steve is a great guy and is very generous with his fans. After about 40 minutes, Steve comes out and says "Are you guys waiting out in the cold?". We asked if he would come over and he said sure. He was very nice and signed for everyone and answered questions. I asked why Squonk wasn't played tonight. He said that the Casino asked him to cut his setlist down a little so that people would be more likely to gamble. Man, thanks a lot Hard Rock! If an artist wants to play for 3 hours, as long as it isn't past cerfew, let them! He started at 7:30 and ended at 9:25, clearly early enough by anyone's standards. Anyway, as I got my items out he said "Oh look at this little Les Paul, Cleveland sure likes their guitars!" I said we sure do. He proceeded to sign my Trick of the Tale lp and added his name to my Rock N Roll HOF 16x20. Another great experience from a Hall of Famer.
The good news is Mike + the Mechanics are playing the Hard Rock in March so I will try to add him to the guitar and lp as well. And the beat goes on....