pops42 - 8/1/2020 at 11:34 PM
blackey - 8/2/2020 at 11:08 AM
Man this is news to me too. All star band for sure. Sounds good too. Joe Walsh getting on that whammy bar on the Stratocaster made me smile. Don't see him play like that much but I have before. Joe trying out all his Jimi Hendrix licks I suppose.
This is a nice find.
CanadianMule - 8/2/2020 at 02:11 PM
That is Jeff Skunk Baxter on his whammy - Joe Walsh is the guy in the US flag shirt. Watch the following track for a better example of The Best.
blackey - 8/2/2020 at 04:30 PM
Yes my mistake. After watching carefully I don't see a whammy bar on the Fender Strat Joe is playing. And I found a picture of Baxter's and it has a whammy bar. Fender neck but not sure what that see through body is. During the whammy bar attack the camera wasn't on either one then shows Joe so I though it was him.
CanadianMule - 8/2/2020 at 04:38 PM
It actually shows Skunk do it multiple times but it's all good.
blackey - 8/2/2020 at 05:02 PM
That guitar is Snunk's favorite of the many he owns. It's a Roland plexiglass with hand wound SnunkOmatic pickups, a whammy bar and has a Fender Stratocaster neck.
Snunk owns many Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazzmaster guitars, several Gibson's including a nice Firebird and some other makes including D'Angelo.
But now to my surprise Snunk is a missle defense advisor and chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missle defense. He is 71.
Does he really know about missle defense or is he on some drug trip?
He quit Steely Dan when he found out they planned to quit touring and scale down to a two member band and use studio musicians to record with. The Doobie Brothers picked him up because of Tom Johnson having to stop touring. When Johnson didn't return, Snunk suggested Michael McDonald for a singer and it not only changed the band but opened up a new audience that liked pop and dance music and more big albums. That is what it says. Michael McDonald probably changed that band as much as Stevie Nicks changed Fleetwood Mac.
robslob - 8/2/2020 at 08:50 PM
Michael McDonald probably changed that band as much as Stevie Nicks changed Fleetwood Mac.
Yeah but the Doobies have been touring without McDonald for about 25 years now and they ALWAYS bring it live. This is the original version of the Doobie Brothers, a rootsy rock sound with Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons along with long-time member John McFee, a multi-instrumentalist. McDonald made some excellent records with them like Minute By Minute and Takin' It To The Streets. But overall I tire of McDonald's voice fairly quickly and much prefer Tom Johnston.
CanadianMule - 8/3/2020 at 01:50 AM
Keith Emerson is so damn good. This show was a good chance to see him playing different styles than ELP.
Keith was friends with my buddy's Dad and he was a regular at their house. I got the chance to sit in a living room listening to Keith play once. Unreal the amount of talent that he had. One of the coolest musical experiences of my life.
[Edited on 8/3/2020 by CanadianMule]
JimSheridan - 8/3/2020 at 09:53 PM
Joe and Skunk on duelling guitars on "Boddhisatva" = pretty great!
That singer is straight out of "1982 MTV casting" for sure.
I'm seeing that there are indeed a number of clips of this supergroup on Youtube. I know Joe Walsh played on Entwistle's solo album from around this time, but I'd love to hear the full story on how this came together.
JimSheridan - 8/3/2020 at 09:55 PM
The Best was a short-lived English–American supergroup originally formed in London in 1990, featuring Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) on keyboards, John Entwistle (of The Who) on bass and vocals, Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, and solo fame) on guitar and vocals, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers) on guitar, and Simon Phillips (the Jack Bruce Band, 801, the Jeff Beck Group; later of Toto) on drums. Relative unknown Rick Livingstone sang lead vocals (along with Walsh and Entwistle). Backing vocals were provided by Hamish, Angus and Fergus Richardson of the band Brother.
In a 1994 interview posted on The Who mailing list, Entwistle said that The Best had toured Japan, and that an American tour had been planned but never came to fruition. In the same interview he also noted that drummer Zak Starkey had also been "in the band a while", presumably before Phillips joined.
In 2010, a DVD of the band's 26 September 1990 performance in Yokohama, Japan was released.