I went to Peoria and Chicago, IL last weekend for a Guitar World feature on Joe Bonamassa. I went on the road with the young but veteran guitarist (32 y.o. bu ton the road since he was a young teen) for two days and had a good time. it felt good to do a story like that — first time in a long, long time. I feel comfortable in that setting and enjoyed the hang.
I noticed that Gov’t Mule was playing a few miles away on Sat. night and got in touch with them and hooked it up for Joe to jam with them. I accompanied him over at soundcheck and watched them work out two songs. coolest thing was the second song they chose was one of my all time favorites — Albert King/Ann Peebles’ “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”
After Joe’s show, he, I, his manager and my man Art Rummler piled into a Kia van supplied by the promoter and zipped over to the Riviera. Walked in the back door, watched the last two songs of the first set from the side of the stage, hung out during intermission and the second began. After two songs, I climbed down into the pit and filmed both songs. I thought they were both really great and I was proud to have played such a role in making this happen.
Making it all the cooler was I was hanging with Art, one of my bestest buds –and we had not seen each other in almost 5 years! we also saw a legendary Allman Bros show at the very same Riviera Theatre back in about 1996 or 97.
We rode back with Joe and crew and said good bye. They boarded their bus for a drive to St. Louis. We headed home to Rummlerville, with a stop for a late night Chicago dog at Dogs on clark. That was my third of the night. Yeehaw.