Something 4 The Weekend #245
Brian May & Friends: Star Fleet Project: "Starfleet" [mp3]
One of Brian May's friends on this 1983 project is Eddie Van Halen. That's pretty much all that matters to a guy like me who believes Eddie is the second greatest rock guitarist after Jimi Hendrix.
I saw the original Van Halen in concert three times. Aside from Eddie being the second greatest rock guitarist of all time, I still believe, after all these years and sooo many concerts, that Diamond Dave is the best front man I've ever seen, with the possible exception of Michael Stipe.
I never saw Queen live, nor Jimi, though my dad claimed he and my mom saw Jimi live. My mom didn't agree. I can say that one of my earliest memories is going to a Willie Nelson show with my parents when I was about four years old. Willie Nelson isn't one of Brian's friends on this project.
REO Speedwagon's drummer, Alan Gratzer, is one of Brian's friends. I saw REO Speedwagon headline The World Series of Rock at Milwaukee County Stadium back in 1981. That show is significant because it was the first time I smoked weed. Combined with too much blackberry brandy, and I spent a good chunk of 38 Special's set puking and shitting in a filthy stadium bathroom.
I don't know if this is true, but I seem to recall being hunched over that disgusting toilet and thinking, "Alan Gratzer is not a good rock'n'roll name." Meanwhile, five hundred feet away, on the stage erected out in the centerfield bleachers, I hear Donnie Van Zandt singing "Hold on loosely, but don't let go..."