If you were listening to KCBS in San Francisco around noon today, and stuck around after the traffic report, you might have heard me talking about the death of Hilly Kristal (at 75), the founder of NY's legendary punk rock club, CBGB's.
My first visit to the club, to see a very early Ramones show, changed my life entirely and led to decades of punk rock evangelism in the press, on the radio and in the record industry. It also led to a friendship with Hilly which worked out especially well later when I was running Sire Records and he was managing Cleveland's Dead Boys. Here's a classic performance of their biggest song, "Sonic Reducer," at CB's. (I would have rather posted "Caught With The Meat in Your Mouth" as a dedication to our friends in the GOP but I couldn't find a great version.)
C&L's Late Night Music Club with Stevie Ray Vaughan
The first and only time I saw Stevie play live was back in '90, when he was touring with Jeff Beck. I specifically went to see Beck because I had been a fan of his since the '70's. That night Jeff opened with his power trio (which included Bozzio and Hyams) and it was incredible. I was spent emotionally after finally seeing the man who gave us "Blow by Blow."
After an intermission-out came Stevie Ray Vaughn. I looked at my friend and we both agreed to just stay for a few songs so we could beat the traffic out in Oakland. Well, after one tune of his screaming guitar that almost knocked me, my friend and Stevie's wall of speakers down; I was a fan for life.