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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


The following was a small thrill for our quintent the Burners that I've been meaning to share with you.

On our two most recent gigs, July 15 and Nov. 3, our sound was done by a company that has done sound for a lot of heavy acts, according to its Web site (the address of which I won't share, because this is not a plug, just a cool little flip-out).

The Burners -- our humble group of five midlife crisis victims from South Jersey who cling desperately to our day jobs -- are listed among the following: Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Blue Oyster Cult, Badfinger, Guess Who, Jefferson Starship, the Spencer Davis Group, Leon Russell, the Rascals, Arlo Guthrie, Dave Mason, James Cotton and America. We're listed dead last.

But what a little thrill. MY guitar was miked with the same equipment and by the same personnel that miked JOHNNY WINTER'S? And BUCK DHARMA'S?

When we were kids in the '70s seeing B.O.C. at the Philadelphia Spectrum (and staring straight into potentially blinding lasers), this would have been incomprehensible to us. Well, to be frank, not much WAS comprehensible to us the night of that B.O.C. show.

My first club gig was in 1980 at the Galaxy in Somerdale when I was 22. Peter Tork of the Monkees played there a couple of days before we did. It felt like the big time! To us, that is -- NOT Peter Tork.


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