journey started on April 28, 2005
Venue: "Capitol Musiktheater"
Years After were the headliners and on the same
bill were Iron Butterfly and Canned Heat. Just for
the record - Canned Heat has only one original
member, “Fito” De La Parra and Iron Butterfly
has two of its original members, Lee Dorman and Ron
Bushy. Ten Years After is very fortunate to have
three out of four of it’s original members still
Years After NOW-- Rocks and Rocks Hard into the
start our story with Iron Butterfly in Paderborn:
first thing to do these days is invest a little
energy and do some fast research
where these classic rock bands are concerned. You need
to know which original members are still in the band and who
has been replaced over the years. Some members are dead,
some are amoung the missing and some have simply burned
themselves out completely.
Butterfly consisted of: 17 Year old Erik Keith Brann
Bushy (drums), Doug Ingle (keyboards and vocals),
Lee Dorman (bass and vocals).
Butterfly Today is: Charlie Marinkovich (guitar and
vocals), Ron Bushy (drums), Larry Rust (keyboards and
vocals), Lee Dorman
(bass and vocals).
second phase after doing the research is to identify the
musicians involved as they arrive in person at the venue.
point Iron Butterfly and Canned Heat are all entering at
the same time. There’s a little guy wearing bowling
shoes who turns out to be Ron Bushy, next is Larry Rust
who speaks with his strong southern drawl and makes his
presence known without trying…when Larry enters you
know it. Lee Dorman, is elusive as he lays low and
isn’t as visible as the others, in fact my first view
of him was on stage and stepping up to the microphone
and requesting someone from “the back-line” to
repair the Marshall Amplifier that just shit the bed…broke
down as it were. This is during the sound check, and one side of
the stage had sound, the other didn’t. The fact is Ten
Years After took an hour to work out all the kinks, which
left Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly ten minutes each to
get their things in order. It was kind-of-funny to listen
to the German man on the sound board trying to get Larry
to play his keyboards—Arnold Schwarzenegger meets the
Dukes of Hazzard….talk about misunderstanding! Larry's
saying "and what is it ya'all wants me to do?"
and the German man replies "keys please" with
a German attention sound but it comes out sounding
like.. Playz dour Keez Plaze (play your keys please).
that’s how it all started, with Ten Years After on
stage doing their sound check and the members of the
other bands wandering through the concert hall for us to
listen to and
backstage area is
upstairs and a beautiful layout, plenty of room for all
and a great spread of food and drinks available. We
started out talking with Leo and Joe, I held a large pad
of computer print out paper and informed Leo that
I had a few questions that I’d like to ask him (enough
to fill a whole novel), Joe burst out in spontaneous
laughter at the sight of my visual prop. Leo on the
other hand said in his reserved and bone dry sense of
humour, "ok bring it on, I’m ready".
spent the better part of an hour with Leo and Joe, while
the members from other bands
wandered in and out looking for drinks and information.
first band up on stage is Iron Butterfly, so while they're
playing I now have the chance to introduce myself to Mr.
De La Parra “Fito”, the one and only founding member
and drummer for the one and only “Canned Heat”.
Over a year ago “Fito” and I exchanged a few emails
but it took all this time for us to finally meet in
person. When the situation was finally right I
introduced myself and he remembered our friendly letters
right away. Fito and Ric Lee have been good friends for
many years (35 or more) so I already knew that Fito and
I would have no problem getting acquainted, and I was
the background, Iron Butterfly is providing a beautifully
loud soundtrack and whose set list included the
1.Iron Butterfly Theme
3.In The Time Of Our Lives
6.Flowers and Beads
10. Are You Happy?
notices a poster on the wall that says “Heroes of
Woodstock” Fito says, “Hero of Woodstock, that’s
going a little far don’t you think?” as he walks
away—I yell out: "well Fito, you survived that massive
event, didn’t you, which is more than I can say for a
lot of people", he turns a little to the right hand side
and nodding his head says, with a chuckling laugh “yeah
He goes into the room where the members of Ten
Years After are relaxing.
next meet Dallas Hodge who is the guitarist and vocalist
for Canned Heat. He’s a big guy with a beard and wears
a beret. Dallas is a good front man for Canned Heat as
he has good appeal, strong values and always speaks his
mind, when asked or voluntarily, he has strong opinions.
we were sitting on the sofa Dallas surprised me when he
started having a conversation with Charlie (guitarist)
for Iron Butterfly and a few others in the room. Dallas
spent about ten minutes expressing his views on one
topic…the subject in question “Joe Gooch”.
was saying what an excellent guitarist Joe is, what
control he had over the guitar and how much he liked
Joe’s style. This went on for a while and then Dallas
really surprised me with another story which in short
amounted to this: “the rest of the bands had finished
playing and my band mates wanted to return to the hotel,
I said you go on ahead I want to watch Joe play”.
Dallas continues, “I wanted to stay, although I was
dead tired I wanted to see Joe play that guitar, even if I had to
hire a taxi to get back to the hotel, I was willing to
pay for it out of my own pocket if necessary, but I
wasn’t going to miss his performance”.
also said, “Joe is a very nice person as well a guitar
player, he has no ego problems, and a very decent person”.
Dallas continues “Joe is as good as Alvin ever
was when Alvin was his (Joe’s) age, back when Alvin had
that raw edge sound and was full of piss and vinegar”.
Dallas also noted, “in many ways Joe’s playing is
much better than Alvin’s, because anyone can do fast
runs up and down the fret board as Alvin does, but Joe
has a real feel for his guitar and what he’s playing.
Joe chooses his notes carefully and allows space between
the notes that
give it a special effect and significance and
that’s the real trick between being a good guitarist
as Alvin was, and a great guitarist that Joe already is”.
Ten Years After was on stage Dallas, Ron Bushy and I all
went downstairs to watch Joe and the band in action,
ten minutes later Charlie also came to join us. Ron
opened the curtain and sat down on the stage just as Ric
Lee was starting his drum solo number called “Hobbit”.
Afterwards I asked Ron what he thought of it, he paused
a minute and then said “it was good, but Ric uses the
double foot peddle too often for my liking”, I said
you mean you don’t like all the thundering?
“That’s right” Ron said. I asked Ron if he knew
the meaning and the story behind Hobbit? “no I don’t
have any idea what it’s about” Ron replied, I told
Ron that according to Ric, it’s based on the battle
scene in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and that’s
what all the thundering created by the double bass pedal
is all about. Ron smiled as he now had a better
and I had the chance to talk about music, a little of
his life and his opinions on fellow band mates, past and
present, and some of the places he’s played at over
the years. He told me that he lived just around the
block from Jim Morrison and saw him quite often as they
both lived in Laurel Canyon in California.
I like most about Ron, is that he’s one hundred
percent direct, ask him a question and he’ll give you
an honest answer, no bull-shit and no star power trip
involved, if you treat him with respect he’ll offer
the same in return. Besides that, he listens carefully,
and I mean really listens, he doesn’t just pretend to
be interested, he is very interested in learning no
matter what the topic may be.
this our first meeting we broke the ice, got acquainted,
and exchanged some information, it was fun and a good
three bands played their sets and in the end we all hung
around for a little while and then Iron Butterfly and
Canned Heat returned to their hotel, which left us
(Brigitte and I) and Uli Twelker (our new friend and
contributor and music writer for Good Times Magazine)
and our friend Thomas Henzler alone backstage
with the members of Ten Years After.
It was fun while it lasted but Chick Churchill
wanted to go back to the hotel, and every five minutes
he’d say in a loud voice “I’m Ready”, so
the evening ended a little quicker than we all would
have liked, but no problem we respect Chick’s rights
ended day one of our five days with Ten Years After.
May 1, 2005
Venue: The Jolly Joker
my favourite venue, and it didn’t start off very Jolly
let me tell ya.
We walked through the crowd of bikers with no problem,
and found the entrance but that’s where the trouble
begins. There are three people guarding the
Brigitte walks in and they stop me dead in my tracks.
You see I’m the one carrying the bag full of nice
refreshments for the band, and that's not allowed.
come the two-way radios and the cell phones and they’re all
calling the same person to come to the front door as
they’ve got a problem. So I just stand there and keep
my mouth shut as there’s no use in wasting my time and
breath on these hired flunkies and wanna-be cops. Out
comes the higher ups, and he leads me to the front desk
to another person who is as equally
disinterested as the people at the front door.
luck would have it the Tour Manager for the band was
standing there so this should resolve the problem, as we
saw him all day long in Paderborn and he knew we were
with Ten Years After, but he didn't receive the guest
list yet, so it's still
then request that they take us to the back stage area, now
things would get better in a hurry. I saw Larry Rust,
keyboard player for Iron Butterfly and by this time I
was a little ticked-off and told Larry our problem,
Larry said “they’re alright, they’re with us,
leave them be” end of story…Thank You Larry, now I
have a good idea what God sounded like when he was
laying down the law and demanding the attention of mere
we’re in and I see Dallas Hodge sitting there, so we talk a
little while. There’s Fito, and the men of Canned Heat,
and our friend Axel along with his friend arrive. Now things
start rolling along at a fast pace. Brigitte and our
friends go out front to scope out the situation, and find the
best location for taking photos. I get to spend time
with the band members.
again I sit with Ron Bushy, I start by explaining to
him that I’ve had some time to think about our last
conversation, and that I’d like to discuss a few
concepts with him. Ron is open and honest and as I’ve
stated before he listens. I tell him about a future
project that I’m working on involving the influence of
on rock ‘n’ roll music. I continue by saying that
after much thought I came up with this
idea: Ron, have you ever
considered a two cd set of In-A-Gadda- Da-Vida, with a
full orchestration? Not exactly a concept album like
“Tommy” but an extended piece of music full of
strings and sub-divides and crescendos.
reply “yeah, it’s crossed my mind more than once”.
He continues, and now I listen intently. Ron says, Dave,
do you know what “Vita” is all about? I tell him,
well I do know that the original title was suppose to be
“In The Garden Of Eden” but someone (Doug Ingle) slurred the
words after too much wine and it came out in its present
form. “That’s right” he says, “but the whole
song is about the life and death of a butterfly. From
caterpillar, into a cocoon and then the transformation /
metamorphous into a beautiful
“The life of a butterfly is very short, when
they die they just crash and it’s over, and in my drum
solo the slow quiet part is the heartbeat of the dying
butterfly-dat dat- dat-dat- dat”.
I listen to Ron, I also notice he’s running my concept around in his head. He’s thinking of it in his terms
as a musician and
I’m thinking of it in my terms of what would work
from a fans point of view.
I can honestly say that we both are intrigued by
the overall prospect, but also somewhat confused about what would
work and what wouldn’t.
ask Ron what classical artists he likes the best -
Russian born Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
is one, Miles Davis (1926-1991) “Sketches of Spain”
is another, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) from Austria.
snaps out of his deep thoughts and elaborate ideas, as
it’s now time to get ready to do his set. I wander
around the stage area and catch up with Brigitte and
Axel who are focused on their photography, the place is
packed once again, I’m amazed as it’s a different
scene from the 2002 phase of Ten Years After’s Return.
all watch as Iron Butterfly goes through their set of
psychedelic music. They put on a good
show. Afterwards I head backstage, Brigitte comes in and
tells me that she’s met this interesting woman who’s
name is Gaby, I said “I’ve been looking forward to
meeting this woman for the last two years, please bring
her in”. In
fact I’ve seen her just a little while ago talking
with Fito but I just thought she was his girlfriend, now
I know her as Gaby.
my research, looking for Eric Burdon, or Canned Heat, I
keep running into the name Gaby, from Hannover,
Germany. Gaby, it turns out, runs the website for Canned
Heat, and for many others as well, she has a whole list of acts
she follows and is devoted to.
I have been sending her
emails for over two years but she never replied to my
request to use some of her photos on our website. Now I
know why, she gets five hundred emails a day, so mine is
just one of the many that she deletes without a second
introduce myself and tell her what a pleasure it is to
finally meet her in person, then I proceed to rag on her
about snubbing all my emails, when I’m only trying to
ask permission to use some of her work. From that point
on it’s a non stop mutual admiration society, and for
the rest of the evening we compare notes and exchange
what seems like a thousand
stories, ideas and opinions.
asks me to take a photo of her and Fito together for her
website, a great pleasure I assure both of them.
we return to my table, we talk about running websites,
photography, music, artists, and Henry’s Blues Garage
in Hannover. All of which consumes the next hours.
and Gaby have many things in common, two wonderful
women who are running great websites for the bands they
all stay together until the concert reaches its
conclusion, and all the bands leave the venue.
Also I meet a Big Bob Hite look alike who could also
pass for a Jim Morrison clone from the cover of the L.A.Woman
album. His name is Florian Damm and he's a disc jockey
from Okerwelle radio. We talk about everything and learn
from each other for well over an hour.
started out as a real life hell hole, turned out to be
another memorable event, in the most unlikely of places.
It’s a strange world indeed “Master Jack”.
concert wasn’t on our original itinerary of events,
but we decided to fit it in for two main reasons. It's a
prelude to the next gig that we’ve been looking
forward to for many months, but that takes place
tomorrow in Bünde.
real and most important reason is because today is Joe
Gooch's birthday. As frontman for Ten Years After and
its guitarist and vocalist we've come to celebrate.
back on it, Paderborn
was just a one hour drive and easy to find the venue.
a two hour straight drive, one hour past
Hannover, that was no problem at all.
Bochum, was a little more difficult with detours,
construction, speed restrictions and single lane roads
all over the place. Getting there and back home was a
real test of patience and endurance for both of us, but
we wouldn't have missed it for anything..
how every venue is different, some are clean and
manicured with good food and friendly people, and others
are the exact opposite. This venue wasn’t in the top
ten of classy places that we’ve ever been to over the
years. The glass windows were filthy, the floor was
filthy and the place reeked of everything except
disinfectant. It also seemed to repel or be allergic to
soap, water and fresh paint. Every wall showed signs of
tape, staples and the remains of a thousand discarded
person sitting at the door waiting for you to present
your ticket before entry, is using a
fifty five gallon oil drum as his official ticket taking
table, and an old fishing tackle box to stuff the money
again we've beaten the
guest list, it hasn’t been made available yet, so we’re
now under the suspicion of the person
guarding the gate and his clone
sidekicks. Someone goes to find a band representative to rescue us….thank you
Barney, Tech-Wiz for TYA..
escorted to the back stage area where Leo and Chick are
getting ready. We talk a little politics as Mr. Tony
Blair is running for office, Chick and Leo debate the
war issue, and it’s interesting to listen to
It’s a comfortable little area, but only built
to hold about six people in all, so it’s more than
advisable for some of us to abandon this area. Brigitte,
another friend of the band and I go out front to wait
for the show to begin.
be honest, the crowd is a little scarce in numbers,
it’s a little club and it’s not going to be a full
house on this night. Tuesday evening isn’t the best
day of the week for a rock ‘n’ roll show, and
the other problem is, that the band just played
another gig just fourteen kilometres away. We just
report the facts as we find them, there’s no need to
fluff up the numbers or exaggerate the situation in a
more positive light, it is what it is.
good news is, everyone there, wants to be there. Two
hundred, die hard rock fans are there to
have a good time. They
enjoy every song played and my impression is that
all the words to every song, even from their new cd. The
ones who aren’t singing are busy dancing, head banging
or playing their imaginary “air guitars”.
one is standing still, they’re hopping and bopping all
over the place. Clapping in appreciation, yells and
whistles abound, this is a happy gathering. From start
to finish it’s non stop fun. Brigitte finds a perfect
spot up on the second floor balcony, looking down upon
the stage, the bands in action and on the left hand side,
the audience is rocking along.
between numbers now and Leo and Ric both announce that it's
Joe's birthday today, whereby the crowd burst out with a
fond singing rendition of "Happy Birthday to you, Happy
Birthday dear Joe, Happy Birthday to you". Brigitte and I
and the band are caught by surprise at this heartfelt
gesture of affection and approval for the now twenty
eight year old member of Ten Years After.
Although it's not a sell out crowd, the band still plays with the same passion and
intensity, to this crowd as they do at every other venue. A fan is a fan and an
audience is an audience - it all counts. Playing their heart out is what
makes Ten Years After special.
the Best Floor Plan in the World:
backstage area is off by itself (remote) and the band
can’t directly access the stage from that location.
The food for the band is in another area and the stage
is in the center of everything. But it makes no never
mind, everything went well, everyone had a good time and
it all ended on a high note.
never seen a better or more active audience, they were a
show in and of themselves.
we echo Leo's own words, "Thank
You All For Coming Out-- We Appreciate All Of You".
It’s not big crowds
that cause me concern, because they
can self-regulate any negative activity that might
happen, if the band is below their standards. It’s a
little crowd like this and a venue in disrepair that
concerns me. On this evening, it could've turned very
ugly very quickly I felt. Ten Years After proved to
me, that they can play anywhere, anytime and
anyplace and satisfy the most discriminating or
demanding music fan and without the fear of any negative
repercussions . If the band was
lacking in any way, shape or form,
this audience would have raised their voices in unison and eaten them alive. But these Bochum
"Gladiators" didn’t smell any blood in
the air, in fact far from it, as the band was on fire,
the audience was fired up, and a great time was had by
again will I be overly concerned about any audience not
liking Ten Years After, they just let the music do the
talking and it works everytime.
Four: The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For:
Venue: The Liverpool Club / Stadtgarten Bünde
It’s Brigitte’s Home Town and we want to make
damn sure that Ten Years After receives the biggest warmest
welcome as humanly possible.
here to pay us a special visit and they are sure to feel at home because
this is where we live, they are our guest now.
We arrive early (3:00 PM) and already fans have beat us
there (the campers from Berlin who Brigitte met at
the gig the night before) and
the bands equipment is being unloaded and being brought
up onto the stage.
It seems that the sound check was in
progress the whole time as preparations were being made,
involving the sound boards, amplifiers monitors ect.
venue is like a palace compared to the one we left
behind last night. It’s a huge, clean, professional
looking hall, bright, friendly and happy. It is
reminiscent of a school auditorium.
The owners and patrons are also of the same
caliber, good people. I watch them all, staff, promoters,
roadies, musicians, everyone and everything, but not one
security guard lurking around, pointing fingers and
asking bull-shitty questions. We have access to every
corner of the place, free reign and it feels wonderful.
So, we pull up a couple of chairs at a nice clean table
and observe all the activity, while staying out of the
Lyons waves to us from the stage and comes over to say
hello, on the way Leo takes the time to say a special
hello to the campers from Berlin who we met the night
before in Bochum. Later on they tell Brigitte how impressed
they were about Leo, not only that he took the time to say
hello to them, but also that he remembered their names
sits down with us, and I tell him this is the Taj Mahal compared to
the venue last night, and wait for him to second that
notion, he doesn’t. I have just learned another
lesson from the master world-trodder, that his main goal is to play music,
nothing more. I can make the logical assumption that to
him one venue is just the same as another and it’s a fools errand to
try and compare them. In reality, they are really
inconsequential to his real objective of making good
music. It’s just another building, another venue,
another gig at yet another location.I
remember John Kay saying to me back in Albany, N.Y.
"just another city, and another town, the only
difference is the name".
has a special request of Leo, but she's to shy to ask, so I
help out. She would like Leo to write down the bass
guitar tablature for the song "I Can't Keep From
Crying Sometimes". Leo has to think for a minute,
but then he works it out in his head and then puts it
down on paper for her. This was not a usual request by
any stretch, but it should also be noted that Leo didn't
ignore or blow off the situation, he faced it head on
and once again proved himself to be the gentleman we've
come to know and respect.
spends about twenty five minutes with us and then back on stage he
goes to continue right where he left off, never missing
minutes later Ric Lee comes over and says hello, he asks
if I know my way around Bünde, not as well as Brigitte
I tell him, as he needs someone to get him from point A
to point B in a hurry. Brigitte climbs into the van with
Ric and off they go. Brigitte later tells me, that Ric
knows his way around her town almost as good as she does.
the meantime I talk with a woman who happens to be second in command to the promoter,
and we have a nice chat, about the schedule and the
artists who have played at this club in the past.
Butterfly is up first tonight and then The Spencer Davis
Group and the headliners are Ten Years After. Allow me to
jump forward and tell you in numbers how it all finished
total of 1,200 people attended this concert, the
audience wouldn’t let Ten Years After leave until they
did a third encore and it’s been the best showing of
support that we’ve seen so far for an indoor concert.
show was over, in
fact the amps were turned off, guitars unplugged and the
roadies were all lined up and ready to start loading the equipment
onto the trucks. The audience grew louder and louder until
finally, after fifteen minutes, the band came back out, Joe steps up to the
microphone and says in an astonished voice “you’re
ya know”. I really don’t
think Joe has seen this before, but from now on he’s going to have
to start getting used to it, because as the audiences are
grow larger they are also becoming more demanding.
how did the Bünde concert get to be the exceptional
place on the map for this tour?
of all the link from the venue went to our friend
Torsten Strube’s German Ten Years After website, and
that was a big help. Secondly, the local radio stations
and newspaper media made the concert known well ahead of
time. There were posters on the street advertising the
event, and this is where we did our little part. We placed a
few posters, contacted a few people, and notified the
fans on our website, every bit helps.
also set up a meeting with the venue owner, who gave us
more posters and allowed us to check out the concert hall
where the bands would play, he showed us the back stage
area, and the dressing rooms downstairs.
the night of the concert there was an extraordinary
amount of busy activity and buzz in the air. Sigmund
Bischoff from Radio Herford was there as were other
press / media people. Brigitte was out front with our
friend Reinhard Pieper,
I stayed backstage to talk with Ron Bushy, Lee
Dorman, Charlie Marinkovich, Spencer Davis, Colin
Hodgkinson, Larry Rust and Eddie Hardin and of course
the members of Ten Years After as they wandered in and
out until it was time for their set.
were coming and going, cameras were flashing all around
and musicians were conversing with everyone in the room.
It was busy but relatively quiet considering all the
Butterfly is first up:
again I think it’s necessary to start at the end and
work further backwards esspecially in this case.
original members of the “Butterfly” are missing.
Eric Keith Brann (real name Rick Davis") who was their seventeen year old
guitarist in 1968 has since passed away from a heart
attack in on July 25, 2003, and Doug Ingle the bands vocalist and
one of the bands song writers, it seems wanted to be
left alone and got out of the music business all
covers what happened to Iron Butterfly the best:
As quickly as Iron Butterfly became "hip" they
just as quickly became "unhip" in the fickle
popular consciousness. A rocket ride to the top and a
rock slide- ride to the bottom. This
leaves two original members, Mr. Lee Dorman (bass guitar)
and Mr. Ron Bushy (drums). Charlie Marinkovich (who is
in Eric Brann’s previous position) and Larry Rust (who
is doing the keyboard duties for the band)
replacing Doug Ingle to great effect in vocals and
is my opinion, that the Iron Butterfly of today is still
capturing the mood that was the late 1960’s and
that’s not easy to do, but for whatever reason the
reviews for the band are far from flattering. It is my
personal belief that this band is a lot like
“Vanilla Fudge”, you either get their passion,
energy and artistic approach or you sadly miss their
point. I feel the later seems to be true. People are not
aware of the message, the meaning or the cerebral and
emotional content being offered. In other words, when Ten
Years After plays "Good Morning Little School Girl" for
example the fans from all ages can relate to it and they
react appropriately to the song. The same applies to The
Spencer Davis Group when they perform, "Keep On
Running", "Gimme Some
Lovin’" or "I’m A Man", it stirs deep memories that the audience can relate to.
Iron Butterfly, the message is lost, due to the fact
that everyone knows the one song that they’re made world famous---
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. The rest of
the set list is just fluff and filler to an audience who’s
waiting for that one twenty minute epic, and this explains
the bad reviews. The band comes across as being limited,
arbitrary and insignificant.
This perception is totally misguided and seems just
plain wrong to me. It may be easy for some people to
dismiss them as a one hit wonder, but they're still here,
performing and I see no one hit wonders doing that. Iron
Butterfly is the exception to the rule.
They're playing their hearts out and working their ass
off to bring it across to the fans.
Conversation with Ron Bushy Continued:
this five day period Ron and I have had the chance to
become friends and exchange many ideas and compare
experiences. As I said previously, we discussed
“Vida” in detail.
wanted to figure out what these four professional
musicians could do to make it more interesting for the
fans and themselves.
song “Vida” started out as a two minute country song
and evolved into it’s present epic. If the fans are so
uninterested in the rest of the “Butterfly” song
catalogue then why not give the people what they want. A
new updated version of "Vida".
Letter To Ron Bushy and Lee Dorman:
easy for me to envision “Vida” in the realm of say a
classical piece of music, after all “Vida” is just
an elongated version of variations on a theme, in the
classical sense. So why not redevelop the whole concept
give it new life, and under an expanded new title. Tell
the whole “Butterfly” story in words and music like
an opera and keep it closer to opera rather than
rock-opera, as that’s where it belongs, add rock to
classical music and opera and make “Vida” sing out
and capture the imagination of today. The drug filled
illusion is long over, use "Vida" as a stepping
stone into your grand-childrens future,
the piece will remain long after you're gone. Isn't that
what the basis of music and film are really all about "Imortallity"?
Drawing pictures on the walls of caves and communicating
with others by drums, that's what they have done to preserve their
you’re a fan of classical music and you have your
favourite opera, that we’ve discussed. You and Lee
have your heart and soul invested in Iron Butterfly, so
it’s no quantum leap to make “Vida” classical /
operatic / progressive and heavy all in one flowing
variations of sounds, colours and texture.
a choir of voices, riding over Lee’s fantastic bass
line, with that classical organ as Larry Rust has had
eight years of classical keyboard training under his
belt, and Charlie can play anything upon demand. Lee,
you worked your ass-off with “Captain Beyond” and
were never happier or more proud. I say, go for it just
one more time Mr. Dorman.
is where my concept of a double Iron Butterfly cd comes
into play. It may take two years of intensive work to
create but the end result could make this band immortal,
for all the right reasons.
“Vida” is you, perfect the vehicle as
the creative possibilities are endless.
up The Spencer Davis Group:
Jaeger, founding member of the "Liverpool
Club" told us he saw them play in a near by town
and that “this show was so much better”, that
opinion of course was expressed after the fact.
sitting backstage when Spencer Davis himself and Band
come in. The band is hungry and Spencer Davis is thirsty.
One thing I notice at these concerts is water, soda,
juice and wine is provided for the artists, that’s very
nice, now if only someone could remember to provide the
nessecarry cork-screw and bottle opener that would be wonderful.
Werner heads off in search of the elusive opener, and to
all our surprise he returns with one in hand.
things settle down a little, I request an autograph from
Mr. Davis and the rest of the band, with no problem they
all are happy to sign. Within
twenty minutes The Spencer Davis Group is on stage and
working hard to please the audience. The whole set last
about an hour but the time flew by. One old hit after
another was played and broken up in between by a drum
solo and bass solo at separate times. The whole band
played together well and the crowd loved knowing the
familiar songs. Which was very important after the Iron
Butterfly performance. Spencer Davis was perfect for
setting the tone and
mood for Ten Years After to follow.
Spencer Davis Group got good reviews, and they were well
than Spencer Davis the real star of the show was Colin
Hodgkinson who has a long and prestigious musical
history, he’s a real living legend.
Davis Group concluded their set and left the venue just
as fast as they arrived. In a flash they were gone.
Next Up "Our" Ten Years After:
being in their hotel and in their dressing room
downstairs we only saw the members at sound check and
wandering through the backstage area from time to time.
Before their set started I dropped off a good size box
chips and fruit, that Brigitte packed for the band to
enjoy, and left them alone to take care of their
business and personal affairs.
is our fourth gig out of five with them, so at this
point we give them some comfort and our support, but
it’s really time and just as important to back off and resume our
position as observers and loyal fans. In short,
we respect their privacy and space so as not to over stay our
is out front with Reinhard Pieper both with camera’s
at the ready, while I place myself over on stage left
and pull up a moving trunk to sit on. I’m behind the
monitors and the large speaker columns
to prevent getting blasted with the direct sound
that will make your ears ring long after the show is
over. I want to be able to hear people talking after the
set is over.
this position and prime location, I can see our friends in the front row and
the band perfectly. The only problem that presented
itself was the monitors to Ric’s weren’t
allowing him to hear what was going on. More than once
Ric instructed the sound technician to turn it up, the
man would play with the controls but it was of little
use, the monitors weren’t cooperating at all. Barney,
would run back and forth between Ric and the sound man
but to little avail, Ric was stuck with basically dead
monitors. Ric kept looking at the faulty equipment with
disgust and frustration while shaking his head.
sound in the venue was good from the stage to the middle
of the audience, but from there to the back of the hall
it was questionable, safe to say it wasn’t up to (scratch)
whatever reason this seems to be an on going problem.
Ten Years After’s presentation is top notch, their
performance is top shelf, they have all the energy,
passion and talent needed to propel themselves right
into the stratosphere. They're tight, professional and
project to the audience well, but the faulty equipment, sound problems
and frequent equipment failures need to be resolved.
wasn’t only Ten Years After's problem it also affected Canned
Heat and Iron Butterfly the same way. Charlie (guitarist
for Iron Butterfly) was talking about the amplifiers
dropping out (dropping down / breaking up) during a
guitar solo, and that the pots in the back of the amps
were damaged during every transport.
Frustrating and time consuming to say the least. In Paderborn
(as I reported) the Marshall amps conked out
for Iron Butterfly during sound check, more than once we
heard the musicians yell for “back line support, up
front” we have problems they’d say.
Ten Years After, if their equipment was as consistent
and reliable as their performance is, they’d have it
made in the shade. Until that time arrives they’ll be
fighting with these annoying distractions and electronic
demons, before and during their shows.
rarely has any technical
problems, Chick’s are minor and easily resolved, Ric’s drum kit is in mint
condition, and Joe has his own amplifier, new guitars
and they receive perfect / quality maintenance on a regular
means the problem resides elsewhere, the microphones,
the monitors, the Public Address system supplied by the
venue or the sound board mixing. All of these are
variables that seem to throw the whole thing out of
whack. For whatever reason, too many of these minor
things add up and directly compromise the integrity of the artist
and the quality of
his music and performance.
Bushy (drummer for Iron Butterfly) asked the sound
man who was setting up the microphones for his drum kit,
why they were placed in a vertical position, because
they are usually placed pointing up at the bass drum
from a horizontal position for better sound. The man
replied “because these are new clamps and they need to
be installed this way” Alright Ron says, I guess
that's just the way it is.
Ten Years After Set List:
Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes
Time To Kill
I’m Going Home
Love Like A Man
Big Black 45
Livin’ It Up
Voice Inside Your Head
Choo Choo Mama
Sweet Little Sixteen
I’d Love To Change The World
Working On The Road
King Of The Blues
As stated before, 1,200 people attended this concert in
this quaint little town called Bünde, considering the
size of this little community and the economic
depression here in Germany (and getting worse everyday)
this was a big turnout for a Wednesday evening.
over we're the last ones out the door and time to return home.
Last Day With "Our Favorite Band", Ten Years
Heat and Iron Butterfly:
May 7, 2005
this is it, the last stop for us this month, at least on this leg
of the Ten Years After 2005 tour.
paced ourselves just right because the weather and the
driving around Germany has been exceptionally easy to
deal with. The usual fatigue is just starting to catch
up with us, but not as bad as our past “Three Days In A
Row” with Ten Years After, back in December of 2002.
drive to Osnabrück, Germany to meet up with our friend
Reinhard Pieper. He wants to drive his car to the gig so
we get to ride,
that’s a good deal, we get a chance to relax for a
change. I insist that Brigitte sit up front with
Reinhard, so they can both talk in their native German while I sit in
back and listen and enjoy the ride.
timing is perfect as we arrive just as Canned Heat is
unloading their equipment, I walk in, and the man in
charge wants to stop me and then decides that I’m with
the band. Brigitte and Reinhard who are walking behind
me aren't as lucky, as they get stopped in their tracks. We inform the man that
we’re on the guest list and we’re doing nothing
wrong—come with me he growls, alright no problem. He
takes us to the other side of the concert hall, where
the backstage area just happens to be, well at least
we’re closer to where we’re suppose to be. The man walks
behind the office type wall looking for the tour manager
(remember him, the guy that forgot to remember us the
last time?) Dallas (Canned Heat singer and guitarist) is
sitting there eating (or trying to eat, because he’s
all pissed-off because the food is all gone before they got
there, he ain’t a happy camper) I say "hello Dallas,
would you please tell this man that we’re with Ten
Years After and get him off of our backs!"
"Shit", he says,
"I don’t know what your relationship is with them and I
don’t want to know, all I know is we have to play in
ten minutes, I’m hungry, there ain’t no food and
then we have to leave and play another gig somewhere
else this evening, two gigs in one day, ain’t that
some kind of bull-shit!!!" . On
a happy note we did get to talk about his Detroit
"Rock" City days, of Ted Nugent, Jim McCarty (who
Dallas calls a good friend) of "Cactus"
fame and the old MC5 with "Sonic" Fred Smith
on guitar and Wayne Kramer and crew.
the tour manager has another memory glitch and he now
remembers us from Paderborn, how come he couldn’t
remember us in Braunschweig? Anyways (I'm too tired to
try and figure it all out) now we’re
in but they don’t like it, and are having a little
conference to discuss the situation. One thing's for sure
they don’t have to worry about us eating their food,
there wasn’t any to begin with, and what’s left I
wouldn’t feed to a bull-dog..
do help myself to a large bottle of coke and three
glasses and share it with Brigitte and Reinhard, but in
all the excitement I
also forgot to put ice in the glasses, oh well I’m not
pushing or pressing my luck any further. I sit in plain
view with my hands on the table and try to look as innocent
as possible to this jury of two, who is keeping an evil eye on us. God, how some people hate it when they're not
we are back stage with these two sour older geezers and two young
guys who are posted at the door. The one with the pony
tail and stands over six foot I soon learn is a drummer
and a good one at that, the other guy is twice my size
and I figure he’s the one who emptied out the buffet
table long before we and old Dallas entered the
young guys look confused but harmless, in fact by the
end of the evening we're like old friends saying goodbye.
I start off the original conversation by saying, do you
guys speak English? Yes, they both say, that's a good
start for all of us, we talk about music and food and
bands and Germany and America and everything under the
listen to Canned Heat's set from our backstage location
"On the Road Again" is playing and then "Going
Up The Country" and "Let's Work Together".
After their set is over all their equipment comes
through our location, the noise increased, orders are
being given and it looks like Grand Central Station in
New York City, Iron Butterfly is setting up as Canned Heat is breaking
down and Ten Years After hasn't arrived yet.
big guy's name is Michael, and he informs me that the hill
just outside the door and windows that looks for all
purposes innocent, is really a toxic waste dump of sorts.
The whole building and the land was an old textile
factory and the gigantic mountain of a hill was composed
entirely of reminants from the old textile days.
Cloth, carbon, chemicals, contaminated dirt you name it, it's in
there. When the sun goes down and night falls, you
could even say it glows....so I named it "Rudolf
Hill" in Nordhorn RHN. It should be noted that many
places like this in Germany were at one time industrial
textile mill towns, like Gronau, where the Rock'n'Pop
Museum is located and in Twist where Ten Years After
played twice before have now been modified to become
venues for music and entertaiment. This also includes
old bomb shelters such as the one in Minden...called
opproperatly "The Bunker" and old movie
theaters as well, such as the "Capitol" in
Paderborn and "Lagerhalle" in Osnbrück.
friend Reinhard brought a handful of record albums with
him to be autographed by Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly.
The members of the "Butterfly" were here so I
asked if they wouldn't mind signing them for my friend, "of course we will let's see them"
said Charlie. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, original album, and a
double album (a two album set of two different Butterfly
albums). Catching Lee Dorman is a real challange, mostly
because he seems not to like being bothered with such
nonsense and secondly because the man was ill, Lee was
getting the nasty flu bug that the members of Canned
Heat had since before Paderborn. In fact while Lee was
on stage he had to excuse himself to be sick off stage.
After the show Charlie also said that he also wasn't
feeling very well either, and Charlie doesn't like to
complain about anything, so I knew he was getting ill
members of Ten Years After were all healthy but the
Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly members were all
suffering with the flu bug or bad colds.
and I got to the point that I could now start picking on
him a little bit, all in good fun of course. I was
sitting across the table from him and I was reading the
liner notes on the back of the "Vida" album.
First of all don't we all look different from 1968 to
now in 2005? I personally think that Lee Dorman and Ron
both have aged very well having survived a life in rock
and roll, the nineteen sixtes and everything else
inbetween. Let it also be noted that their attention
span and memories are also very much intact /perfect.
says in the liner notes that back then (1968) Ron could
call about 34 states home, now I think he can call most
of the other sixteen states home in one way or another as
well. The reason for all the moving around was due to
the fact that his father was a career military man in
the U.S.Navy, a commander as I recall. So as I was
reading this I said hey Ron does your father know Jim
Morrison's father? Ron became serious in a hurry,
as I know he thought I was crossing the wise-ass line
and was putting a little stress on our new friendship, I
wasn't, but I now had to explain myself and waste no
time about it. I said Ron, you and I were discussing Jim
Morrison the other day, Jim also moved around the
country much too often, because his father like yours
was also a career military man in the Navy, Jim's
father is Rear Admiral Morrison. I just thought
that there might be a possibility that your father and
Mr. Morrison may have known each other personally or at
least in name. Ron now gave me a inquisitive look and
said, "I didn't know that Dave, I had no idea".
I said Ron, Charlie told me that your father is still
alive, considering that you're 62 that's
incredable to say the least, Ron replied "yeah
that's right, my father is 89 and will turn 90 very soon".
That's great Ron, I like that kind of good news.
is also very reserved but he speaks his mind as well
when he needs to. In the last five times that we've crossed
paths I always call him Mr. Dorman, it just seems the
right thing to do and he accepts my respect very well.
As I was looking at the liner notes and the album cover,
I was struck by a long lost memory that became revived
as I sat there, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was one of the very
first records that I ever bought, and I thought how much
of an impact the album cover meant to me so long ago.
Everyone I knew loved the song and the album, everyone
either had it in their collection or heard of their
reputation and that famous drum solo. Lee, is also a
producer, writer, arranger and a major influence on bass
guitar players up to and including the present time.
Some of his best and most profound work can be heard on
"The Captain Beyond" band, which he himself is
very proud of.
of the sudden I had the urge to tell Lee Dorman how I felt
at that moment. I
waited my turn to speak up and started. Excuse me Mr.
Dorman, I was just wondering, if you have any idea
how many of us (soon to be long hair Hippies) had this
album hot off the original press back in 1968, and the
impact it had on all of us? The Beatles and the Stones
of course had their place but Iron Butterfly was extremely different and fresh at that time. Lee was
getting ready to thank me, but I continued, you and the
whole band can be very proud of what you accomplished
back then, and that you are still willing to accomplish
today just by being on the road and playing your music.
You can't fake that passion and desire to continue, you
still have it and so does Ron, and I personally just
wanted to say thank you.
thanked me and Ron just sat there with a big smile on
his face, nodding in a way that said, hey you're alright
Following Is For Serious Rock Fans Only; LOVE,
REVELATION, and VIDA:
along the line in these five gigs that we've attended, I
asked Ron which album was released first, Love's second
album called "Da Capo" or Iron Butterfly's
second album "Vida" as to me they both had a great impact
on my music appreciation development. To my great surprise
Ron knew Arthur Lee alright, but never heard of
Love's album called "Da Capo". Da Capo was
released in February of 1967 and one whole side was
dedicated to the song called "Revelation"
and was prompted by Arthur Lee himself who wanted to be
a pioneer of the first twenty minute track on a
rock album. The song "Revelation" runs
18:57, and as a special point of interest, you may like
to know that the uncredited producer for this song was
none other than Neil Young himself.
The song called "7 and 7 Is" is
considered to be the precursor / prototype of what was
to become known as Heavy Metal. The band
"Love" was formed in 1965 and was called the "Grass Roots"
but seeing that their was another band with the same
name they changed their name to LOVE. In 1966
they reached the top 50 on the U.S.
record charts, "Da Capo" 1967 climbed to
number 33 on the album charts.
the text for the band "Love" it says,
"Love were a highly influential band, but nobody
bought their records". But people influenced by
"Love" were Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson
Airplane. I'd say someone was buying their albums and in
big numbers, to get where they were on the music charts.
Gadda-Da- Vida followed over a year later in July of
1968 with the title track clocking in at 17.05. "Vida"
out sold every record in the history of recorded music
and within the first year of its release over eight
million copies were sold, and therefore out grew and
outsold the standard of the music industry's "Gold
Album"--Iron Butterfly were subsequently awarded
The Recording Industry's Very First "Platinum"
album.. "Vida" received the Multi Platinum record award.
stayed on the record charts for 140 weeks, on the Top
Ten for 81 weeks and to date this album has sold in excess of 30 Million
Copies / Units.
Note: It is my personal opinion that Love laid the
groundwork that within the next year and beyond, would
produce such now classics as: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, The
End by The Doors, Days Of The Future Past by The Moody
Blues, and followed soon after by The Atom Heart Mother,
Meddle,Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
Involved in some of these projects were names that I'm
sure you'll know, Paul Rothchild, Bruce Botnik and Jack
nineteen minute song "Revelation" was revolutionary, it took time for music listeners to adjust
beyond the standard three minute AM radio hit of the
day. By the time "Vida" arrived the masses of
new music fans (myself included) we were ready, willing
and now able to accept this new artistic music and it's
expanded free form of musical expression.
and West was the second album release for the band and
it paved the way into music history that others would
soon follow . The breakthrough came by way of a
thirteen minute experimentation of real fusion jazz and
blues inspired by the indian raga. It was this
ground-breaking instrumental that was the first of its
kind to mark the exact point where the root of all
"Acid Rock and Psychedelic tradition emerged. With
all this being said, let's not forget another important
album that also belongs in this catagory "Quicksilver
Messenger Service and their Spring of 1969 release
"Happy Trails" with its epic rendition of the
Ellis McDaniels (Bo Diddley) song called "Who Do
You Love" parts one and two, that clocks in at an
unbelieveable 25:22 and fills one whole album side.
brings us right back to Iron Butterfly once again. Doug
Ingle who was the writer, singer and played keyboards
stated in an interview, that he couldn't properly sing
the song In-A-Gadda-Da-vida, but that it had
nothing at all to do with his involvement in drugs or
alcohol. Doug also states for the record, that "the
title is Latin for Garden of Eden" but I find that
hard to believe, as my research shows that in Latin
Garden is "hortus" and Eden is "paradisus".
LITTLE COMIC RELIEF:
are some misheard lyrics to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
I Gotta Gonorrhea, Baby
In A Glob Of Velvetta, Honey
The God of Velvetta, Baby
A Garden Of Venus, Baby
A God Of The Vida, Baby
The Bhagavad Gita, Baby
BAND PLAYS ON:
sitting in the backstage area when Ric pops in and is
looking for Brigitte to take a few band photos, she's
out front with Reinhard so I go head out to find her. On
the way, a person steps in front of me and says hello
Dave good to see you, you don't remember me do you he
says? I stop and look more closely and I do know the
face and now need to place it, ah yes Twist, Germany 2002.
name is Erich Geisen and it's been awhile since I've last
seen him, he lives in Nordhorn and he even lives close
enough that he rode his
bicycle to the concert. When we met him in Twist it was
2002 and we invited him to come backstage with us, we took some photos and posted them on our website,I
would later learn that he made a copy and brought it
with him, he's very proud of it you can tell. I'm in a
real hurry and I don't want him to feel that I'm being
rude, but I need to find Brigitte, and I do but it's too
late the band is ready to begin their set.
a present for the band we both decided to give each
member of the band a cd of the photos we took of the
last five days with them. After the show, after they
greeted their fans, signed autographs and settled down a
little, Brigitte invited them over to show them the
photos we put on the cd on her laptop. We could have let them return
to their hotel and look at them later, but we wanted to really enjoy the
moment. It's a rare moment when you can get all the members of
Ten Years After in one place at one time, and focused on
the same thing when they're off stage, this was one of
those special moments.
band is special, it's members are extraordinary, their
music is exceptional, it seemed that our five days with
all of them came down to this, what a great way
to end the first leg of this tour.
we sit writing this review and story, we are already
planning on seeing them again on June 10th and 11th here
end of a long day - Wolfgang and Barney breaking