RIP Jack. That's too bad.
Somewhere around the late 80's, the band I was in was booked to do a "gig" at the Beverly Hilton with him/Spirit.....for a Milton Berle hosted Emmy Award's or Emmy's After party. The details however are a blur.......partly because the whole thing crumbled on the night, shortly before we were supposed to do part one of the performance. The live band part of the show was pulled. I remember we got there early and did a brief soundcheck and run through....maybe 15 minutes of jamming. I think it had to do with a permit issue or some red tape they did not take care of. It was a FU....put it that way.
The only people I remember were...... the lead singer of the band I was in...Astrid Plane, the bass player Charles Ottavio....both ex-Animotion, EG Daly, the sax player with Pink Floyd and Jack Cassidy. My rough memory of it was that some form of Spirit was there....I don't think Randy was a part of it but I could be wrong. I think we were going to do a couple songs and I think it was then going to be an "All Star" type deal for the ending.
I seem to recall we did the soundcheck for the combined band jam at the end because I walked away disappointed we didn't play because I was really looking forward to our part of it...and the jam too......but remember being chuffed I had "jammed" with the sax player from Floyd and Cassidy.....even if only for a quick rehearsal/sound check. I forget sax players name.......he had a mullet and the long part went all the way down to his butt. Super long.
I have a photo from that night with me, Astrid, EG and sax player dude.
You have to understand the other part of why I don't remember.....I don't need to go into details....needless to say.....it was the 80's man!
I do remember this massive wall of TV's......and each TV played a portion of the whole picture......so all might be playing a close up on someone's face but like one TV might just have a portion of the persons eye.....etc etc. I remember wondering how the hell they did that.
The other thing I remember is that while standing there pondering the TV's, Ron Jeremy came up to me and asked me the time. Curious as to why he was there I followed him to his table and it was jam packed with chick porn stars. I found out they show up at these events in an attempt to legitimize their section of the film industry. I recall shaking his hand and thinking how cool I just met Ron Jeremy.
...and then thinking.......maybe I should go wash my hands!!!
That's my story and I am sticking to it.