I remember what I was doing exactly 45 years ago this weekend, I was hitchhiking up Hwy 101 from my home in San Mateo to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a huge music event billed as the "Monterey Pop Festival". It was the first of it's kind, and would be the template for Woodstock, 2 years later. My friend and I were lucky enough to make it down to Monterey to see the most incredible roster of SF Bands, LA Bands, International acts and lots of good vibes. The scene was mellow and absolutely perfect. It was casual, naive, innocent and a freaking good time. It's the first real glimmer of what was to come. Janis did an amazing set, so good, they asked her to come back the next night so they could get it all on film. Otis Redding showered the crowd with his love and gritty soul, the Who exploded and Jimi Hendrix just stunned everyone. For one weekend in 1967, the promise of the Woodstock generation was conceived on the Monterey Peninsula. Happy Birthday Monterey Pop..45 years ago, hard to believe it all really happened.
Recently I did a phone interview with iconic Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson. We talked about a bunch of things but mostly it was about his latest project Thick As A Brick part 2. It picks up the story of the child Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age..now it's 40 years later and the story picks up in current times. It's really about a baby boomers journey through the years and what it has come to. There will be a tour with this production, No Sacramento date yet. The second part of the show will be the complete original Thick As A Brick performed in it's full form. Click here to hear the interview.
The Doors have put together a new video for their 1971 song "L.A. Woman". It features professional skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Alex Olson and Braydon Szafranski giving a tour of Los Angeles with stops at Doors related landmarks in Venice and Hollywood. Here is that video, it's really cool, and see if you can spot a few of the actual members of the Doors in this vid.