Tuesday, July 21, 2009


George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, superstars all, individually, of course, but most special to The Master Baiter and myself as the supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys.

We, along with a number of other friends, received both the Wilbury CDs as gifts from our buddy Al.

Drinking Rolling Rock and smoking some of Humboldt County's finest bud this morning as we listen to:

I don't remember whether it was Rolling Rock or Corona Al and I were drinking the first time we saw The Traveling Wilburys on MTV, but we were smoking what he called Lucky Weed. {Aside from a reference to the grower, let's just say you were lucky to be one of the select group who got your hands on it.}

The song, of course, was Handle With Care:

It's funny now to think that when Al and I talked about going on a road trip one of the first things I did after hanging up the phone was to put on the Wilburys.

Being fans of The Traveling Wilburys was something that came easily.

The three of us went to a few shows together in the mid-80s when Bob Dylan invited Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to go out with him on the True Confessions tour.

It was a great tour and we had a lot of fun being on the road.

One of the shows we saw was in Washington, D.C. when they played two shows on a bill with the Grateful Dead. We were in Washington for five days and went to both the concerts on back-to-back days.

Two years after seeing Tom Petty tour with Bob Dylan The Master Baiter and I planned to see Roy Orbison play in Cleveland, Ohio.

When it turned out The Master Baiter was unable to go Al took his place.

Living in Pittsburgh it was easy to see shows in Cleveland and The Front Row Theater was a great venue. That's where we saw Roy.

He was touring in support of Mystery Girl, which was a huge hit, and the show was fantastic.

It was most appropriate, I thought, that You Got It was written by Roy's Traveling Wilbury mates Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.

It turned out that the concert in Cleveland would be Roy's last. He died two days later of a heart attack.

Needless to say we felt fortunate to have had the chance to see the show, but were also sad to lose Roy Orbison.

It's about time to get back on the road. I can't think of a better way to close out this post than adding two George Harrison tunes...

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

All Those Years Ago


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