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Roadie #3

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  1. I wasn't there, but its funny because at the Bryson Group rehearsal this past Saturday I asked Wally to play a little of it and he obliged(it has always been one of my favorites). Wally commented that he and Scott wrote that song when they lived in a house across the street from the Utopia club and they were just having some fun. When I see Wally over the Holidays I will ask him more about the song.

  2. Great night, Wally brought the A game and Jesse was awesome. Not only can the kid play and write fantastic songs but what a guitar player. When they say the apple does not fall far from the tree . . all I can say is "WOW".

    The only glitch, a broken string on Wally's Parker on the first song (mis- communication between Wally and me at the one and only rehearsal regarding restringing the Parker - my bad. But I got it changed without my tech rack. gotta tell you it's tough changing a string sitting on a folding chair in the dark!!

    I told Wally & Jesse that its time to take this show on the road.

  3. This roadie learned way back in the 70's NEVER rent from U-Haul, they just do not maintain their equipment. Sometimes a trailer is OK but never a truck. Every bad truck rental experience I hear about being bad involves U-Haul. For the band we now rent from Hertz Penske and their equipment is normally maintained to a high standard and when we have had an issue they took care of it immediately. The first couple of reunion shows we went to Budget but after having a bad experience on the Chicago run vowed never to rent from them again. Our job as a crew is tough enough without having to worry about transportation issues. If it just a small move look at local rental companies for trucks and trailers and if possible stay away from U-Haul.

    * Opinions expressed in this post are strictly from the writer and in no way has the endorsement of the band or any rental company. However, I load/unload and drive the truck so I usually make the decision*

  4. The Bryson Group will be playing on November 23rd at the Beechland Ballroom in Cleveland. This will be the second time the band has performed since releasing the "DRY" CD. Hopefully, the beginning of additional gigs from Wally and his tallented son Jesse. Hope to see many of you there.

  5. Indeed, Ken & Barbie were reunited at the Utopia rehearsal hall. Today they are in safe keeping waiting for the next show. They have been on stage with the boys at every show. Read their story in "Tonight"

  6. We used to play there on most Thursdays and Wednesdays were rehearsal days. So the crew would usually come in on Tuesday afternoon and set up, to hard to get up early on Wednesday to get everything set up on time. The Berries played with Chubby Checker and Chuck Berry at the Utopia. The club was much like the Agora for everyone who lived on the East side and did not want to go downtown. Like most clubs it catered to the 18 - 25 crowd and served low and high beer.

    Hey WC 1215 hate to disagree with you but we had strobe tuners way back in Cyrus Erie and Target days. Without those I would have never figured out how to tune all of Wally's guitars.The hard part was tuning the piano to the strobe but the whole crew got pretty good at it. One thing I liked about Utopia was that it was an easy load in/out.

    Lastly, when the band got back together for the reunion shows , we rehearsed back at the club. Prior to it now being a funeral home it was an auction house and after weekday rehearsals we had to pack everything up and put it away in an office for security. If you bought the CD/DVD there are some shots of the rehearsal hall just prior to the first reunion show.

    AHHHH the old days!!!!

  7. In addition if you were a good band you could play live 4 nights a week but you had to be very good. I am not sure but I would be willing to bet there were at least 20 active clubs with live music at least 4 nights a week. I remember one place in Akron that was so large three bands could play at the same time. Those were the days.

  8. In the late 60's and 70's Cleveland and the surrounding areas (Kent, Akron,etc) provided a mecca of musicians and clubs to showcase live music. So many acts broke out in Cleveland. That's why its known as the home of rock & roll. Plus at that time Ohio had low beer (3.7 max alcohol)which you could drink if you were 18 which made the clubs prosper.

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  9. Happy Birthday to my "Baby Sister". It's amazing how you always complained about that title, you have finally grown into it. Thanks for being such a great sister and being there for everyone. I have really enjoyed the time we have spent together the last couple of years with your band training to start out as a RIT and then to a RITWBT and then take command of the lighting. Hopefully, we will be able to take this show out on the road again.

    So have a great B-Day and I'll see you soon

    The older brother, Ernie

  10. As I too am a Brush High graduate, I remember "The Sounds of Silence" playing at the after football game dance in the girls gym and even in the cafeteria for some odd reason. I remember after every home football game they had a dance from 10:00 until 11:30 where a local band would play a couple of sets. I remember not only seeing SOS but the Choir and a band that featured Road Manager Rusty Pitrone playing sax and lead singing. In those days I was just starting to get into the roadie thing (no musical ability but wanted to be part of the band). At the same time I was on the swim team and became very good friends with Bob Montague. Bob was an OK bass player but excelled in sports including football and swimming. The music scene in Cleveland was already booming and Brush was the home of a couple of top Cleveland bands including the Cellmates and others. There were a couple of local hangouts to hear live music for high school kids before the Hullabaloo's such as the Inspot at the Eastgate Coliseum.

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  11. Yea, Yea, Yea I know that yours is October 31 and you just don't want anyone to forget.. I remember the night you were born..cold wet and I had to stop trick or treating to come home and go to the hospital. Priorities, you still owe me a bag of candy.

  12. Just got home from an extended trip and it's our 25th anniversary. I would love to stay home, but I will take that bride of mine that has put up with me for the past 25 years out to dinner. She said something about Prime Rib. I'll sleep later!!!

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