The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to be pretty much a guy thing, reflecting the world of past half century or so of the macho dominated business. But there is still a lot of history here, as the powers who decide these things has revealed special guests for the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 18, at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall. They include:
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium (photo by Rick Bedrosian)
Pat and John picked me up just after noon on Friday, July 15th, 2011. I first saw Paul McCartney two years ago in Queens, NY at Citi Field, home of The New York Mets. Prior to that 2009 show, I made the mistake of calling ahead for rules and regulations. I was told that no cameras or picture taking of any kind would be allowed. Reluctantly, I purchased a Nikon Coolpix. When I arrived at Citi Field, my heart sank as I saw dozens of people entering with full-size SLR cameras and zoom lenses. Even though I was in the 4th row, I emerged with only one halfway decent photograph. Ironically, that picture ended up on the cover of Classic Drummer Magazine and I received a photo credit. Go figure. Damn the rules and regulations. This time I came prepared.
Bob Girouard (far right) pictured with (from left) Max Weinberg, Modern Drummer Associate Editor Billy Amendola and Dino Danelli
OK, it’s not everyday that you have an interview with Paul McCartney.
But Capital Region writer Bob Girouard had that rare opportunity recently when he was writing the cover story for the current issue of Classic Drummer magazine, which features Denny Seiwell, the drummer for Wings.
Girouard is a longtime drummer (Aged in the Hills, City Lights, more) on the local music scene, as well as an entrepreneur (he helped launch the Alive at Five concert series when he worked for the City of Albany’s Special Events Office). But lately, he’s been concentrating on writing for such magazines as Classic Drummer and Modern Drummer, delivering in-depth, detailed interviews with such influential percussionists as the Band’s Levon Helm, the Rascals’ Dino Danelli, Mountain’s Corky Laing and Little Feat’s Richie Hayward.
Here’s Girouard’s recollections of his interview with McCartney:
What English sounds like to foreigners: from 1972, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol” is sung/rapped in nonsense syllables meant to sound like English. It has a surprisingly modern sound. Here’s a transcript of the lyrics.
I know, I know. You’ve got a special certain someone on your shopping list, and you’re looking for that perfect gift that says, “Hey, I don’t have a damned clue what to get you.” Well, we would like to suggest maybe a WowWee Elvis Alive Talking Robot with microphone-shaped remote control. Limit 5 per customer. And don’t forget the batteries, either – this sucker requires 8 Ds and 3 AAAs. (Thanks to Paul Rapp for the tip.)
Of course, Rick Bedrosian is the leader of one of Nippertown’s most popular bands, Hair of the Dog. But he’s also a HUGE Beatles fan, who has led fans on guided tours of the Fab Four haunts in England.
So, as you can imagine, Rick was pretty darned excited to catch Paul McCartney in concert at the NY Mets’ new home, Citi Field on Friday, July 17. So excited, in fact, that he wanted to share his photos with Nippertown readers. Hope you enjoy them.
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