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Friday, November 28, 2008
Aging Rock Star - I'm talking about me...
Before this year is over, I wanted to look back - 40 years ago...
I played in a semi-professional Top 40 band in Munich, Germany. Most of our gigs were for American soldiers stationed in one of the military bases in our area.
We played rock, soul, R & B, you name it. We didn't play very good, but everyone drank a lot of beer and that made our music sound acceptable, I guess.
Our band was called 'The Penny Dreadful":
Josef - drums, vocals
Harro - bass, vocals
Juergen - keyboards, vocals
Bernd, Andy, Rolf, Harry (one at a time, over the course of 4 years) - guitar
Achim (Chef Keem) - keyboards, saxophone, percussion, vocals
Earlier this year, my former band mates organized a reunion. They all played together again - without me, I'm in Texas now.
My friends sent me pictures. I post one here, next to a black & white image from a contact print of our band promo material. It's amazing to look at these side by side, and wonder what happened with 40 years' worth of time.
I'm looking at our old band pictures and it feels like it all happened...well...40 years ago.
(In case you were wondering - I'm the second from the right in those old prints.)