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  1. And this brings me to Molly Hatchet Memories - Part 4 Gator Country was indeed a great band and more Hatchet than Hatchet when they were performing. I currently play in a band with Linni Disse (who is now playing bass, oddly enough) and although I try to avoid the subject, every once in a while I'll ask a question about his time with those guys. Linni is an amazing player, funny as hell, and has some good stories to tell. Paul Chapman of UFO was living in Florida and also played with Gator Country for a while when Linni was in the band so he has some experience with him too. I'm off to try to find a copy of the Gator Country CD. A few years ago, Steve Holland participated in a charity fund raiser where he signed copies of the Gator Country CD. I should have gotten one then.
  2. Holland hated Bobby Ingram and any version of the band Ingram was involved in. Ingram calls himself an "original member" which is so far from true the claim is ridiculous. He did play with DJB in a band called Rum Creek before Danny joined Hatchet, then in the DJB band, and finally joined Hatchet on their SEVENTH studio album, well after their formation and certainly past their creative peak and popular heyday. About a year ago, Holland was trying to get the story of Ingram's shady dealings like legally but immorally "stealing" the name, cutting ex-band members out of their royalties, etc. out to papers or magazines. At first he was worried about law suits but then he just said "Screw it! I'm talking about this stuff." but he had a stroke before he could get it out there.
  3. Molly Hatchet Memories - Part 3 The guitar players (wherein my appreciation for Steve Holland makes a complete 180) Since I didn't really start playing until the late '80's, I never knew why southern rock bands seemed to go overboard by having three guitarists. Later I figured out that it was about having 3-part harmonies, 2-part harmonies that retained rhythm guitar underneath, having an acoustic part here or there, or just having different sounds and styles for certain parts and solos. Seeing pics of Hatchet's guitar players, I surmised that Dave and Duane were the "lead" guitarists because they looked the coolest and played Explorers and Vees while Steve looked a little nerdy and played a Strat and Firebird (both guitars that I disliked because I thought Strats sounded thin and Firebirds were ugly - hey, I was young!). Many years ago now I was looking up some Hatchet live stuff on YouTube and ran across a video of Gator Country. To my shock, Steve came running across the stage like a wildman playing the solo at the intro. It wasn't the most amazing solo I've ever heard but prior to that in my mind he was their rhythm guitarist strumming along in the background so it really opened my eyes. I also learned that Dave and Steve had met years before they got the recording contract and were truly the two original members. Later I found out that Steve was the one who put the entire arrangement of Dreams I'll Never See together which raised him another notch on the ol' Respectometer. Just last week, a few days before Steve died, I picked up the Rock Candy label remaster of the first album and in the liner notes Tom Weman said Steve didn't bring much to the table musically which I would have taken exception to just for Dreams, but then I looked and Steve wrote one song on the debut by himself and cowrote 4 others, plus 5 on Flirtin' With Disaster, and 2 each on the Farrar-era albums. With that and realizing he DID play lead guitar, I'd say he was pulling his weight just fine! I'm on a Molly Hatchet FB page Steve would visit from time to time, and other members would post pictures of him throughout his time with the band all the way up to present day. He's known as a bit of a strange guy but he seemed to keep his sense of humor except when it came to talking about the versions of the band that have been using the name the last 10 or 15 years and who could blame him? The "Molly Hatchet" that is out there now bears no resemblance whatsoever to the great band they started out as.
  4. Molly Hatchet Memories - Part 2 From '78-'82 it seemed like they were within driving distance of my town every other week and I just took it for granted that I would get to see them plenty. Danny Joe Brown must have left the band in the early part of 1980. I had heard they had a new singer and they were scheduled to play a "grad night" in May at King's Dominion, a theme park about 80 miles from my town. I decided not to go because there was no way to know what the new guy would sound like and I didn't think I would like them without DJB anyway. Beatin' the Odds had not been released yet. When that came out in September I was blown away! That song is probably my favorite of theirs and I consider that album every bit as good as the first two. They fell off just a smidge on Take No Prisoners, but man am I sorry I didn't go to that show. I never did get out to see the original lineup play, although I vaguely remember I may have seen one of the shitty later versions at an after work outdoor concert series here in Richmond at some point. If I did, I don't know if there were any original members in the band and the show obviously didn't make any impression on me at all.
  5. Molly Hatchet Memories - Part 1 The summer/fall of 1979 I started collecting, piece-by-piece, my first component stereo system. I got a receiver one day, a few weeks later the speakers, then a cassette deck, and a turntable. I wasn't allowed to open them because they were to be my Christmas present. I had to wait until Christmas day. Christmas day FINALLY arrives and of course I set everything up and am ready to rock out. The first album I put on was Molly Hatchet's debut. Since I had never had a system like this before, I was scared to turn it up but my dad encouraged me to. It was just 45 watts a channel but at the time that seemed earth-shaking! We were cranking that thing and blasting side one of that album, with me just grinning ear-to-ear and my dad happy to see me so happy. We get to the end of side one and hear a bunch of banging on the back door and the bell being rung repeatedly. I went to see who it was and it was my uncle. I'm terrified and ask what's going on. He says "I've been out here for 20 minutes! Y'all can't hear over that noise!"
  6. The last surviving member of the original 6-man lineup, guitarist Steve Holland, died yesterday. One other person here and I both posted their debut album as seminal album for us in that other thread. I LOVED the original Molly Hatchet, especially their first 4 albums. I had literally just rebought their debut album this week for the umpteenth time (on the Rock Candy label, remastered with bonus live material). I had the chance, but I never saw the original lineup live back in the day - big regret. The article doesn't mention it, but he lived at least part of his early years in Va Beach. He had some major health issues the last few years and was living in an assisted living facility in Florida or Georgia. RIP to one of the greats. I have some Molly Hatchet stories that I'm going to post separately in this thread. You can just skip right over them but I just feel like writing them down. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/steve-holland-molly-hatchet-dies/
  7. Here's a few off the top of my head. I'll be back to edit later with more and some comments. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock Cheap Trick - Budokan Molly Hatchet - s/t Blackfoot - Strikes Ted Nugent - s/t BTO - Not Fragile Mother's Finest - Another Mother Further Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
  8. Never got into Lordi or GWAR (which is crazy because I've lived in Richmond since 1987 and knew some of their members and entourage over the years) but I've always liked Udo. I got to meet him years ago when his band opened a show I attended. Literally 10 minutes after he finished, he went and sat at his own merch table for at least an hour. Nice guy.
  9. The skills that it takes to do this are utterly beyond my comprehension.
  10. In a weird kind of way, I thought it was pretty ballsy to release that live album with Dave's voice the way it is. Obviously no touchups. At least they're honest.
  11. Kind of the same. Like many, I really became aware of Rush when Moving Pictures was released. I had that, Exit Stage Left, Signals, and Grace Under Pressure growing up but about 10 years ago I got everything from the first album through Permanent Waves also. I've never owned or REALLY listened to anything beyond Grace except Clockwork Angels which I bought because I was going to see them on that tour. I need to listen through all that "newer" stuff while I'm working from home.
  12. I knew a guy who bought all kinds of "celebrity owned" or autographed items without any authentication from eBay and then sold them in a flea market booth. He bought his own "certificates of authenticity" and filled them out, and usually jacked the price up to 3 or 4 times what he paid for the items. Those things are meaningless to me.
  13. Don't know jack about basses but that is really nice-looking.
  14. For a guy who writes and plays such dark music, he can be very funny too. If you haven't seen him as the bass player in this "dad rock" band video, you need to:
  15. Gibson Offers $59,000 Reward For Lost Ledgers (or two Custom Shop historic McCarthy relic NOS Les Pauls with actual 1958 dust from the shop that was recovered and hermetically sealed and stored in Mason jars buried under Funk and Wagnall's porch for the last 60 years)
  16. I agree with all the comments about Graham Bonnet's voice. I saw the Schenker Fest tour last year with four singers and Bonnet blew me away! I've seen some videos where his vocals were terrible, but the night I saw him he was by far the best of the four. I love him on Rainbow's Down to Earth and Assault Attack is my favorite Schenker album largely because of Bonnet. I always say Disturbing the Peace is the best album Steve Vai ever played on too.
  17. I agree - something sounds sterile about this one. I just don't like it. I like the other two songs that have been released so far: Polar Bear and London 1666. I'm still going to give it a listen when the full album comes out.
  18. I know Turbo was released first, but the pre-chorus to Parental Guidance sounded a lot like Animal from Def Leppard to me and the bridge was similar to the progression in the chorus to Photograph. I've wondered what Turbo would sound like if the keys were stripped off and it had production more like the previous four albums (actually British Steel and Point of Entry sound alike to me, and Screaming and Defenders sound sort of the same. All four don't sound alike).
  19. The man could play anything with strings on it and had a great voice for the songs he wrote and performed. Everybody loves The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Uneasy Rider, and Long-haired Country Boy, but The Legend of the Wooly Swamp is my favorite. RIP.
  20. Sorry to see it confirmed, but that is a very cool story straight from Jol! I wonder if you could find the other one and own them both. Now THAT would be something!
  21. Gorch, I was the one who scanned the magazine pics for you before you evidently acquired a copy. Man, I hate to rain on your parade but other than similar (not exact) paint on the upper wing, that doesn't look like the same guitar at all. Yours is still really cool though.
  22. I remember reading (maybe in Ozzy, Bob Daisley, or Rudy Sarzo's books) that Randy was worried people would think he was ripping Eddie off in his solo spots when he played live because he did some tapping stuff. Of course, like a lot of guitar solo spots, some of it was just standard rock licks played at blinding speed. He didn't feel like he had his own thing. I feel like they BOTH did. When they started out both were striving to be innovative; Randy with the classical influences in his melodies, licks, and progressions and Eddie with tapping and whammy stuff along and all manner of other weird sounds. Each VH album seemed to have some new twist. VHI took tapping to a new level with Eruption and had all the crazy fills, VHII added some cool volume swells and acoustic tapping, W&CF had stuff like the intro to And the Cradle Will Rock and the craziness at the beginning of Everybody Wants Some, Fair Warning had the Mean Street intro, and even Diver Down (which I love but I know others don't) had Cathedral, Intruder, the Little Guitars intro and showed off another side to Eddie with Big Bad Bill. He never surprised us again at the level of those first 6 albums IMHO. I still "like" Eddie better but I give them both a LOT of credit. We're still talking about them 38 YEARS after Randy's death and 36 since Eddie's best period which ended with 1984 IMO. They both absolutely made their mark.
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