This band consists of three of my best friends, two of which are former Refreshments and one a guy who was the lead singer of all of my AZ bands not the Refreshments. Despite the bass position of this band being more than ably manned by Mitch Cole, I couldn't help but watch on from Oregon and ... well, you know.
It seems my wish is being granted as I am officially scheduled to sit in for one night with Murphy's Outlaw on Friday, February 22nd at Scottsdale, Arizona's ROCK BAR.
I'm already starting to get a little geeky over this.
My understanding is you can get tickets at Rock Bar's Facebook Page and at their website.
Brian Blush asked me if I have any photos that might serve as appropriate. It took some digging, but I found an outtake from the Refreshments' first "photo shoot," the story of which you might find amusing.
In the summer of 1994, the Refreshments had our first LP Wheelie in the can. One problem: we didn't have a band photo.
You know, you're a band, and you want some cool, professional photo to put inside your CD. It's something bands do.
So, what do you do when you want a nice, professional photo of yourself? Why, go to Sears, of course!
As luck would have it, Sears had a sale, and the four of us put on our Sunday best and went to the Sears on (I believe) 44th and Camelback and threw down the credit card for the deluxe package.
It's probably one of my favorite memories of being in the band.
The young lady doing the shooting that day caught right on. "Which background would you like?"
"What are our choices?"
She started pulling down these tacky photo backgrounds, but I assure you, none was more tacky than the "space age" one that clearly dated from Star Wars time.
"That's the one."
So, we got all cozy--our little AZ rock and roll family getting its picture taken--and we came home that day (or back then probably had to go back and pick up a week later) with our photos.
The best one went into the inner sleeve of Wheelie. (I'm listening to Wheelie right now, incidentally. "Don't Wanna Know.") The second was a kind of outtake that found its way into some press stuff back in the day. Here's a partial.
That was 25 years ago.
Wonder where I'll be in a year? How about 25?
Come see Murphy's Outlaw on February 22nd at Rock Bar and swing right along with Dustin Coleman Denham, Brian David Blush, James Allen Gerke, and of course, Arthur Eugene Edwards III.