RIP: Ted Were, 1954-2014

August 8th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Ted Were on drums at the Silver Chicken reunion at The Parting Glass last May. Photo by Jeanne Anne Ganley.

Ted Were on drums at the Silver Chicken reunion at the Parting Glass last May.

Photograph by Jeanne Anne Ganely
Video by Brian Mulkerne

We are saddened to report the recent passing of Ted Were, drummer and founding member of the Local 518’s pioneering country-rock band Silver Chicken. He drummed with the band from 1975-1978, and was back behind the drums once again last year at Silver Chicken’s sold-out reunion concerts at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. After a long battle with cancer, Were died on Wednesday, July 9.

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LIVE: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13, Take Two

November 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Rascals

The Rascals

Review and photograph by Ted Were

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The only distractions were a muddled initial house mix, which was resolved after 15 minutes or so. The other was the rear projection screen used for the video presentation. It was like a drive-in screen comprised of many panels. These were maybe one-foot square, perhaps 40′ high by 60′ wide. A few of these had been replaced and were super bright when compared to the rest of the screen. The placement of these panels was, unfortunately, positioned in the narrator’s face. Annoying, given the concept of the show, but didn’t detract from the live music.

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LIVE: Todd Rundgren @ The Egg, 7/30/13

August 16th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Todd Rundgren (photo by Ted Were)

Todd Rundgren (photo by Ted Were)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photograph by Ted Were

The ever-versatile Todd Rundgren started his Egg set as a rocker, working the stage from side to side and dramatically waving his arms to conduct his four-piece backing band during the opening combo of “Real Man” and “Love of the Common Man.” He looked like a rocker, too, in dark shades, tight black pants, Beatle boots and two-tone colored hair that matched his black blazer with white piping.

But rock and roll was just the start of the two-hour performance, which touched upon blues and then got heavy into soul before coming full-bore back to rock and pop before the night was done. No matter the style – and despite the empty seats in the wings of the Hart Theatre – the show was a non-stop delight.

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