The new front page at walterbecker.com shows the insert, front and back, included in Sonic360's UK/International distriution of Circus Money . [Make sure to "refresh" or "reload" the page for the latest revision. Graphics also below]. I've always liked that picture. We had a day's notice to get "art" for the insert...so we wandered around the building and finally found our spot in the laundry room :-). He insisted that I not correct the green florescent ambience... Bittersweet to read Walter's words, acknowledging the hard work of all the musicians, and hoping that we, their "imaginary playcousins", their " cherished and hoped-for listeners", will be pleased ("amused", he said) by their efforts. Don't know about you, no need to preach to the choir here, but I for one am going to transform myself this evening into one of their cherished and hoped-for listeners, and spin CM once again. o I do so miss you, honey. So many of us miss you. [ Edit : Don't forget there is still more of the Chalk Miller Saga in the hidden lyrics of Dark Horse Dub , posted a while back]
Had reason today to revisit Larry Carlton’s sweet tribute to Walter, a nice Josie , in Nov ’17 (below). Larry had played w/ SD that year of course, including the two stadium gigs Walter missed (he almost made both! Story on that some other time perhaps….), but he did also play with SD at Walter’s last gig in Greenwich Ct (May 27, 2017). It’s a nice intro and performance from Larry, seemingly full of joy and good memories. (and lots of props for Herington!). …which of course put me in mind of Walter’s live Josie on Letterman in ’95…worth mentioning/showing now perhaps because I’m pretty sure (I think I’m sure) that particular Sadowsky is gonna be in the auction . Walter always played well, I thought, during high-pressure performances — the 2 Lettermans, HOF, etc. That’s my boy! By the by, can't help but mention that a Rolling Stone’s article on “that last gig” in CT typically gets a major fact wrong, in this case, speaking of the missed stadia gigs, that “Becker had missed shows before and most fans didn’t make much of his absence…”. Missed shows? Really?? Grrrrr. Before the 2 stadiums he missed months before he died, Walter had to leave the stage halfway through 1 show, ONE show, during all of SD Mach II’s touring years, because of a 104’ fever. Be advised that both of those guys, Becker and Fagen both, were, in a word, incredible fucking troupers. Ok that’s a few words. But seriously…lesser artists would have cancelled or missed many times the number of shows these guys played sick or after burying a loved one or whatever. Really amazing pros.