Ric Lee, Chick Churchill, and their newest and youngst member Joe Gooch are
playing for keeps and are hitting their target every place they go. They look
and sound great and are in perfect condition to carry on the respected and
sacred legacy of the band that we all know and love.
Years After has always been alive and well in spirit, but while waiting for
Alvin’s possible return and his participation in some new recording, a great
deal of time and great chances have been lost forever, so the time has come to
move forward to do what they do best: hit
the road, play live for the fans - young ones, old ones and new ones - and get
back into the studio as soon as possible and record some new music. Chick
Churchill said “We should have done this ten years ago”. Leo told us
“I’m very excited” the more people that come to hear us the bigger the
venues will become. The past is just a good-bye as we know and as of August 28,2002 Brigitte and I have decided to draw a
line between the Ten Years After years
with Alvin Lee, and the Ten Years After with Joe Gooch, the new TYA is moving
onward and upwards. Their love of playing, of being together, love for their
fans, and passion for every thing it involves is alive and well.
website will reflect this change between old information, items, and material
that we add and the new additions that are coming.
Now we all have a chance to see “Ten Years After” or
“The Alvin Lee Band” and all is as it should be from now on,
everything is in its rightful place.
Joe Gooch: Is the newest member of the band and he is here to stay, he is
perfect for the band and he has found a comfortable new home. Joe knows the
music of TYA and has total respect for the professionals that he says he has
this great chance to play with, and all the members feel the same way about him.
Joe is ”25 years old, had some lessons but is mainly self taught,he has been
playing for thirteen years”. He is from what they call in England the Midlands
in a place called Kington in Herefordshire close to Wales. On stage he is an
assett in every way to the total chemistry of the band, he has a lot to offer
and he carries his own weight. New talent, new ideas and respected by his band
mates, this means great things are going to be happening in the near future.
We had to ask Joe about his feelings about his new position as guitar
player in TYA , his personal feelings about Alvin Lee and if he (Joe) was a TYA
fan himself. First of all he loves his new position, he likes Alvin’s playing
and respects all the work Alvin has done over the years, and yes
- Joe has an in depth knowledge and feeling for everything he plays, be
it Blues, Rock or Jazz he has it all covered. Jim Hendrix once said “It’s
not how old you are, it’s how far you’ve travelled” and this applies to
Joe Gooch, it is a must for all of you to hear him play Red House.
Joe is quiet, but not shy, he is secure within himself and speaks his
mind, he is direct and soft spoken, and he handles his guitar as if it was a
woman in his hands. He can caress the blues out of it or make it scream, roar
and invoke holy thunder, but either way he knows what he’s doing and has an
acute sense of timing and presence, and these two last things are what make him
exciting to watch and experience. He is not Alvin Lee and he doesn’t pretend
to be, he is his own man, his style is all his own, and he brings no excess
baggage with him to TYA, it is real and it is emotional and he is just like Leo,
Ric and Chick—Passionate and honest!!!
Years After at the Heimathaus in Twist Germany 8 / 28 / 02
I Woke up this Morning 2. Hear me
Calling 3. I May be Wrong 4.
Like a Man 5. Bad Blood
6. I’d Love to Change the World 7.
Hobbit 8. Red House
9. Good Morning Little School Girl
Black 45 11. I Can’t Keep From
Crying Sometimes 12. I’m Going Home 13.
Roll Over Beethoven 14. Sweet Little Sixteen
friends speaks for itself---
Welcome back Ten Years
My God welcome back !!!
TYA song after the other higher and higher—more and more, just fantastic.
well-known hits like “I’m
Going Home”, "Love Like A Man" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”
played most of the favorite songs we always wanted to hear like: “I Can’t Keep From Crying”,
“I’d Love to Change the World”, “Bad Blood”, “I Woke up this
Morning” - all performed live and
to perfection. People singing
along, clapping their hands, and all together as one family and not as
individual people any longer, it felt just like a miniature Woodstock Festival,
everyone melted together, friendly, happy and high on the music alone. Magic
happened, something special happened, something, snapped right into place, right
then and there before our very eyes and it stirred in our hearts and set our
souls on fire…. Leo was (touched)
moved by the spirit, Chick became posessed with his keyboard, he bent down and
was pounding the keys like I have never witnessed before, and Ric Lee kept
smiling at his band mates, and at me whenever our eyes met, and we would throw a
wink at each other, it was our non-verbal communication that said “What’s
going on here—can you believe this---it’s out of our control!!!”
Everyone that was there felt it and it showed on their faces everyone was
touched, from the club owner, his staff and fans alike.
It all started off as a very normal gig, but something happened ...
We can’t speak for the band, but we would love to hear their thoughts
about what happened on that special evening in Twist, because they and all of us
are still riding high.
by Dave and Brigitte.
Joe and Chick
Teamwork in Action
The New Professional Guitarist of Ten Years After: Joe Gooch
The Passion and Magic are back
- Welcome the New Member of TEN YEARS AFTER: JOE GOOCH