Gig photos: Blues Power 1997-1998

Kuwait

Photo by: Jessica Bates

Getting off with a 1982 Japanese Squier Strat, Uncle Frosty's Club, Camp Doha, Kuwait, Dec. 1997. I had to rebuild this thing before we could even think about doing a show. As a matter of fact, I rebuilt a Richie Sambora Strat and a couple of Fender basses too. We didn't have much free time, but when we did, we were able to put together a band and jam for the "Joes". It was a real good time, and we brought some real classic rock to that area of the world.

The Army usually brings in country bands. I think I can safely speak for the majority of soldiers out there, "Give us something different!" Well, we did, and it was greatly appreciated. I jerry-rigged a Samick combo (pre-amp), Marshall P.A. rack head (power amp), and a Marshall 4 x 12 cab for this one (that is all there was!) I used a Sans-Amp GT-2 for the front end. It worked. Let's leave it at that.

LINEUP:
Big R: Guitar
Jason Weiseman: Drums
Mike Pintagro: Bass



One World

Photo by: Pauline Schlichting

At the One World Music booth, Three Amigos Guitar Show, Austin Texas, July 1998. You would have a smile this big too if you had just played an Olympic White mid-1959 Strat!!!!! Oh yeah, it sounded like heaven and played like butter!!!!



Tone II

Photo by: Pauline Schlichting

The Tone II Jamming at Belton Lake Recreation Area, July 1998. It was so hot, 105 degrees, without a cover. I thought my amps were going to burn up! The heat changed all of the tonal characteristics of my pedals and amps. Turned it all to mush. We made it through, somehow. This was truly the gig from hell man! Lessons learned from this debacle have been used in the past few years to avoid more heartache.

LINEUP:
Big R: Guitar
Mike Pintagro: Bass
Jim Ford: Harmonica
Xavier "Bonz" Polk: Drums



Continental Club

Photo by: Pauline Schlichting

Sittin' in with T.D. Bell and the Blues Specialists, Continental Club, Austin, Texas, September, 1998. T.D. Bell is a class act. He is one of the original Texas blues players and is in the Texas Music Hall of Fame. I am eternally greatful for them letting me sit in!