Big Brother history, part eight, 1990 – 1992

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1990 – 1992

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This is the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park 1895.  The Museum still looked a lot like this when I first visited there in 1960.

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1990-1992    

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Michel Bastian and I did a lot of gigs together in Big Brother and also in The Sam Andrew Band.

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24 May 1990   Chi Chi Club   San Francisco

Elise Wainani Piliwale.

25 May 1990       River Theatre      Guerneville  California

James Gurley always called me mon jumeau malveillant, or, when he spoke English, my evil twin.   When he broke out into German, I became der Übelzwilling.

James very modestly called himself Saint James.

In the 1960s, he called himself The Archfiend of the Universe, a much more interesting appellation, not necessarily more accurate, just more interesting.

26-27 May 1990      Caspar Inn      Caspar     California

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Photo:   Polly Belinda Rendall

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28 May 1990   Live Wire  Grass Valley  California

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Peter Albin

14 February 1991    Sam Andrew Band    Paramount Theatre    Seattle   This is a beautiful old theatre.

Our guitar player on this gig was Mick Taylor, and he did a great job. Veronica Vitti came and sang beautifully.

The always inventive Rob Moitoza played bass and Chris Leighton was on drums.

When Chris plays, I always feel like a Klieg light went on somewhere. It’s like, “OK, we’re in the big time now.”

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23 March 1991

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23 April 1991   I-Beam   San Francisco

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21 May 1991

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Once when we were playing Piece of My Heart (Pizza My Heart?) in Lake Arrowhead, California, Eric Burdon came in, sat in the front row and ordered a pizza to be delivered. Here he is talking to an old friend of mine.

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1 June 1991              The Cannery              San Francisco

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20 July 1991                  I-Beam                  San Francisco

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2 August 1991    Anna Bananas   Honolulu

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Elise’s aunt Shirley Piliwale’s stage name was Varoa Tiki.  She was a very good singer and she played every instrument.

Silver Piliwale is Elise’s grandfather. Many places in Hawaii are named Piliwale after him.

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The Queen of the Nile

27 September 1991           The Queens of Denial            Seattle

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24 October 1991      Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   Cleveland    Ohio

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Nothing like misspelling a performer’s name on a poster.  It does make it extra collectible, I suppose.

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Dusty Springfield and Ronnie Spector

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How many Cokes have you drunk in your life?  Can you imagine anything worse for you? Loaded with sugar and other harmful ingredients. Empty calories.

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25 October 1991

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Todd Bolton.

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7 November 1991    I-Beam    San Francisco

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In Tacoma with Chad Quist who did some beautiful playing with us.

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Especially on the Hold Me CD.

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Cheryl Little Deer made this business card.

Elise Piliwale with Sheba.

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13 April 1992   Sam Andrew Band     White Rabbit    Austin

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16 April 1992

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23 April 1992

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12 May 1992

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9 October 1992     One Family Festival    Golden Gate Park   San Francisco

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28 November 1992         An invitation.

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The Little Willies

4 December 1992          Linda, an old friend of ours, introduced us to her husband at this event.

So, to celebrate the occasion, I threw a party at The Troubadour.

Adolfito de la Parra was the drummer.

Larry Taylor played bass.

Mark Riley played guitar.    And just to show you that he’s not always that serious, he also plays with hairstyles.

Our old road manager John Byrne Cooke came back for this one, and he made everything run smoothly.

Lotus Mahon was with me this weekend which made everything extra special.

Linda and David LaFlamme came to the party.

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Lester Chambers was there with his brothers.

Deborah Morrison sang back up with us.

Robby Krieger played.

Carl Gottlieb was there…

… and Howard Hessman.

And a cast of thousands.

Willie Chambers.

Darby Slick was there. Hey, he wrote a book and a song.  Well, many songs actually.

Peter Albin playing my guitar.    John Byrne Cooke took this photograph.

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31 December 1992   Pescadero   California    This was a fun gig. We had Peter Albin on bass and Spencer Dryden on drums.

Rich Kirch played guitar.

Peter Albin and James St. Pell.

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with Kathi McDonald.    Can a blue man sing the whites ?

Pentatonic-tab

Some people have made a career out of playing nothing but the pentatonic scale.

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Alton Kelley, square deal, always real.

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Thank you and I’ll see you next week.

sam andrew janis joplin by gilar

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