In Reply to: Re: Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, Won’t You Come Along With Me? posted by Dean on December 17, 2020 at 12:41:36:
I first met Mitch and the band in the early 1970’s when DETROIT (sans Wheels) played at my high school. Their one and only album, “Detroit” featured a version of Lou Reed’s “Rock N’ Roll” and getting a lot of air play. I was 17 and our HS band played the gig as the warm-up band. After we played our set and were tearing down our gear, Detroit roadies were setting up theirs. I had my drums packed off to the side backstage and hung around to meet the band, especially Johnny Bee, the drummer, who was the original drummer in the Wheels. When the band started playing the opening track, “Long Neck Goose” right in the middle of it Bee’s snare tore a rip across the head. I knew something was wrong so when the song finished, Bee and the roadies were talking it over as they didn’t have spare head or extra snare drum. I grabbed my vintage Ludwig and brought it to Bee and told him he could use mine. He thanked me and they finished their show as I watched from the wings. After their show I walked to the drum kit to retrieve my snare and Bee and Mitch come up to me and introduce themselves, shake my hand and say how glad they were that I saved the day. I was just happy to meet them, especially Bee –one of my R&R idols. He said he loved my old Ludwig and loved the way I had it tuned, offered me a job as his drum tech, but I was still in school and couldn’t go out on the road so it didn’t happen but we become lifelong friends after that til this day. I did get to sit in on a few recording sessions with him and the band he formed after that, The Rockets. Last year I was privileged to have sat in during rehearsals and recordings of his latest with a revised Alice Cooper band with all Detroit native musicians. Alice Cooper were a Detroit area band in the ‘70’s and made it big with “I’m Eighteen”. This summer I was there for their newest album ‘Detroit Stories’ which will be out in February, 2021. ♯ ♬ ♪ ♩ ƒƒ… Fortissimo.