Sammy Hagar’s Drummer David Lauser Comes To Talking HendrixFriday Night 7-8 p.m. on www.activatemedia.org

Sammy Hagar’s Drummer David Lauser Comes To Talking Hendrix

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By Ed Wrobleski

Our guest this week is drummer David Lauser who drums for former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and he’s also got a new album out with his other band that he is in when not playing for Sammy and that band is Alliance and their new album is called “Fire and Grace” and features Robert Berry on vocals and more if you’d like to know more about David check out the information below:

David has a long musical history that began by chance when a friend gave him his first pair of drum sticks.

“I’ll never forget that day” he says.” I was hanging out over at a friend’s house. We helped his older brother clean up his bedroom. I found an old pair of Ludwig drum sticks, 1S model to be exact. My buddy’s brother said I could have them for helping clean up. I started banging on a nearby chair to a Beach Boys record…they all said, ‘wow, you sound pretty good!’ I was 14.”

“My best friend, Jamey Brzezinski, had an electric guitar and amp. We formed this band (just the two of us), and would jam together every day after school. I took a plastic bucket and wrapped waxed paper around it with a rubber band…that was my snare drum. Then I had a plastic trash can for a tom tom, and last but not least, a fire place shovel for a ride cymbal. I think the first tune we played together was “Route 66″, by the Rolling Stones. This all took place in the summer before 9th grade. By the time we were back in school that fall, we had a keyboard player in the band, Jack Blair. I still didn’t have a real drum set, nevertheless, we still got together to work up tunes.”

“By this time, I was on my parents pretty heavily to get me a drum kit. Jamey and I would hit all the music stores in town after school and on weekends. After a couple of months, the store owners would see us coming a mile away…they would stop us and say, ‘no, no touching the G…Damn, instruments!’ So, I was finishing my first 9th grade quarter, and to my dismay discovered that I was flunking Algebra! My mom flipped out and said that unless I brought my grade up to a B, I wouldn’t be seeing any drums for a long time. That meant I had to get an A for the 2nd quarter. I went up to the teacher and requested that he let me sit up in front. I explained that I needed to get an A for the next quarter, or I wouldn’t get my drums. I don’t know who said it, but it’s true…you really do appreciate things that you have to work for. I passed that class with flying colors.”

“For my 15th birthday, my dad took me to Wallach’s Music City and bought me a red sparkle drum kit. I think it was a “Crown” kit…made in Japan. I’ll never forget, I got it home and had no idea how to integrate the bass drum. That weekend, I took my new kit over to Jack’s house and we played our material for the first time on real gear! I think I just played 4-on-the-floor to all the beats I knew with my hands. Later that year we did our first real gig. It was at the Arrow View Jr. High assembly. We called ourselves, ‘Young Blood.’ It’s amazing to think of how much we accomplished in a short period of time… everyone was self taught (except for the keyboard player). We started playing all the school dances and parties. We even had a manager…basically, a guy who thought we were cool and had his own car.”

“That ride lasted until the beginning of my Junior year in high school. Then, as fate would have it, I was asked to jam with an ‘older bunch of guys’… they were in their early twenties. I was torn between friendship and a chance to really stretch my wings. It was tough, but I left my first band, and joined a band that would change my life up to this very day! We called ourselves the ‘Mobile Home.’ We were quite ahead of our time as we had three guitar players that all sang. As it goes with bands, one of the guitar players didn’t like having to share the lime light with two other guys. His name was Eric Fields. We went to school together… he’s who actually referred me to the other guys. Well, Eric had an older brother named Barry who played bass. Barry’s best friend (who happened to play guitar and sing) was a young Sammy Hagar. Barry had told Sammy that Eric wasn’t happy with the band, and Sam asked Barry to take him over to our rehearsal.”

“I recall Sammy being dressed really cool and really digging our music. Afterwards the leader, Jesse Llamas, told the rest of us that Sammy wanted to take Eric’s place. Even at that young age, I had the balls to ask if this Sammy guy was any good…’what can he do?’ Well, the next day we all jammed a couple of Cream songs…Sammy played the solo to “Sunshine Of Your Love” note for note. We’ve been friends and gigging together ever since. After the Mobile Home broke up, Sam and I formed several bands together. I was out of high school by then but still too young to play in bars. In those days you could actually play hip rock music and make decent bread in bars. It was the early seventies in Southern California. My older brother let me use his I.D., and Sam and I landed our first night club gig. The band was called The Justice Bros….the club was called “The Night Club!” We jammed our asses off, playing as loud and as much Rock as we wanted.”

“That band eventually moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area. From there, Sammy heard from a mutual friend that Ronnie Montrose was looking for a singer. Sammy auditioned and became the lead singer and co-songwriter for Ronnie Montrose’s new band…”Montrose!” During that time I was becoming disillusioned with the Rock scene, and wanted to delve more into Funk and R&B. I did so for a couple of years and by doing that I really began to understand how the rhythm section worked, and developed a lot more independence on my drum kit. Finally, I moved back to Southern California, playing in several Rock and R&B groups.”

“I finally decided to take a chance on this young rock group called Free & Easy..later to be renamed TOYS. Funny, all this time before I had been playing with the older guys, and now I was was the oldest guy in the band! This time around I was really playing Rock with a newly found confidence and savvy, having come full circle so to speak. Sammy and I always stayed in touch as friends, and during my stint with Toys, Sammy checked us out now and again, and actually helped produce a couple of our demos. I was getting valuable composing and recording experience. It is so important to realize that even though some things may seem insignificant or temporary in one’s career, they all lead to forming the overall picture. Sammy took notice that I had really progressed as a Rock drummer, and asked me to join his solo band in 1980. From that re-connection with Sam, I went on to record all the Geffen albums for Sammy up until and during his stint with Van Halen.”

David and Sammy have played together on and off for over 30 years. In fact, there is no drummer Sammy has spent more time touring and recording with than David. According to Sammy, after he and Van Halen parted ways, David was the natural choice. Even during Sammy’s time in Van Halen, he asked David to play drums on his non-Van Halen music, including his solo record, I Never Said Goodbye, and his ‘Best Of’ record, Unboxed. Additionally, Sammy recruited David and Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony to form his “party” band down in Cabo San Lucas, aptly named “Los Tres Gusanos” (“the 3 worms” in Spanish). According to all involved, Los Tres Gusanos will never die, and rumours abound that they may resurface in Cabo in the future.

David’s discography, found in the Discography section, highlights all his professional recordings, videos, soundtracks, DVDs, even video games for which he has supplied music.

David Lauser’s Official Website:

www.davidlauser.com

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Phoebe Legere Comes To Talking Hendrix Friday Night Yardbirds Jim McCarty & Bobby Whitlock Talk To Joe Vig On Non Visual Radio

Phoebe Legere Comes To Talking Hendrix Friday Night

Yardbirds Jim McCarty & Bobby Whitlock Talk To Joe Vig On Non Visual Radio Right After

By Ed Wrobleski

Our guest this week is singer/songwriter Phoebe Legere we had a really interesting and intense conversation on music and her career see Phoebe’s information below:

Phoebe Legere is an Acadian-Abenaki performance artist, author, multi-instrumentalist, artist, and community organizer. 

She is a Juilliard-trained composer who underlines her philosophical and social message with music, text, movement, image, and dance. 

Legere began her career as Resident Composer at the Wooster Group where she learned acting, movement, speech, improvisation and experimental, environmental theater with Willem Defoe , Richard Schecner, Victor Turner, Ron Vawter and Spaulding Grey. 

Phoebe Legere has had numerous academic appointments including Resident Artist at the School of Visual Arts where, in 2003, she invented a musical instrument, the Sneakers of Samothrace, a wearable computer for disabled children.

“At SVA I learned about installation art from Perry Hoberman. SVA taught me how to program computers and build circuits. I loved it!” 

As a teenager Phoebe Legere sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and debuted at Carnegie Hall. Now she plays with classical ensembles all over the world. 

She wrote an epic poem called The Waterclown about water issues and water rights. She sang the poem with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony(Ed London, conductor). Legeres work,(with music co-composed by Morgan Powell) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2001.

Legere received an NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) grant to write The Queen of New England, an experimental multimedia opera about the Massachusetts Native American Holocaust. The opera, produced by Roulette Intermedium in 2002, featured eleven Native Americans and four classical musicians.

In 2004, Legere revived her 1992 political play with music: Hello Mme. President about the first female President of Color. The original cast included Rock n Roll Hall of Fame great, LaVerne Baker, with Phoebe Legere playing the First Partner.
•In 2013 Legere created an alternative fuel vehicle, a giant Eagle puppet entirely made from upcycled and repurposed metal harvested from car wrecks. Legere transmuted the pain of car crash relics into beauty. She cut 1000 eagle feathers from discarded iced tea cans. Legere learned how to braze, forge and manipulate metal to make this “magnificent, mythic, giant, rideable sculpture that can be seen today as the giant mascot of the nonprofit allies Foundation for New American Art on the East Coast and Curious Forge on the West Coast. ” She rode it around Northern California, doing performances on the solar stage, teaching school children about the environment. The SHAMANCYCLE was the subject of her 2015 film The Shamancycle Story. 
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•Also in 2013, Legere wrote Shakespeare and Elizabeth. She starred as Elizabeth l. The play investigated the Shakespeare authorship question and the roots of the Protestant Reformation. Legere also played Mary Queen of Scots. She was decapitated by Rhys Tivey who played her Executioner.
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•Legere has recorded seventeen albums.
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•She shoots, directs and edits her own videos.
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•Her video for her award-winning song Marilyn Monroe was seen by David Bowie. He invited her to open for him on his 1991 National Sound and Vision Tour.
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•Legeres 2017 album Heart of Love went to #18 on the National Roots chart. She has had over a million views of her videos on Youtube. Legere, signed as a teen to Epic Records, has, throughout her career been a vital part of the downtown
•avant-garde music and art world.
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•Phoebe Legere was Head Writer and Host of the Roulette TV, a show about the global experimental art and music scene. Legere is an Acker Award Winner and MC of the annual Acker Awards. The Acker is an award given for service to the Avantgarde Community. She was also an on-air DJ “The Grand Duchess of the Blues” for Sirius-XM radio for two years. 
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•She has recorded for Mercury Records in England and Epic, Island, Rizzoli, Funtone, ESP Disk and Einstein records in the United States.
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•Legere is a prolific painter whose works are held in major museums and collections around the world including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. She has performed and exhibited all over the world, from Art Basel to the Venice Biennale.
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•In 2006 Legere formed the New York Underground Museum and in 2014 she broadened the mission to bring art and music to underserved children at her 501(c)3 entity Foundation for New American Art.
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•Phoebe Legere’s 2018 Musical SPEED QUEEN,The Joe Carstairs story, (Book, Music, Lyrics by Phoebe Legere) ran for 3 weeks at Dixon Place:
•”Her witty lyrics are matched by music that echoes the melodies of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with dashes of Joni Mitchell. Her piano playing is virtuosic and she sings superbly.”- THEATRE SCENE
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•Blessed with a swinging croon as dynamic as Judy Garland’s; magnetic intensity that recalls Carol Channing; and a swaggering exuberance that would wow Ethel Merman, Phoebe Legeres talent is the sort that uplifts sinking ships.
•”Legere has outdone herself in crafting infectious tunes that set the audience bopping with delight. As a tunesmith, she is Cole Porter’s feminine flipside. – Theater World 
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•”Legere’s delivery is of the sort that Fred Astaire used to sell a song: dashing execution wedded to precise elocution. When impersonating her lovers and their hijinks – notably Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead – Legere shows a madcap brilliance for salty comedy that would make SNL or MAD TV blush.” BROADWAY WORLD
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•If you’ve never heard of Carstairs, it’s probably because, like many bold women throughout history, her story has been suppressed. That’s something Carstairs and Legere have in common. .One of the show’s most powerful sequences recalls when Carstairs was nearly murdered by a German solider during WWI until she seized a rifle and dispatched him with savage fury. But when a British army officer came upon the scene, instead of commending her, he dismissed her as “just a girl.” Legere also knows what it’s like to be written off, and her empathy for Carstairs is obvious throughout. It’s challenging to be a woman ahead of her time, but that’s what led both Carstairs and Legere down such singular paths at breakneck speed. -THEATRE DEVELOPMENT FUND
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•Bursting onto the scene as Joe to sing a few cabaret numbers, you feel enthralled by Legere who matches her characters fierceness. Blessed with a voice that belts DRAMA!; she could transform a hum into an opus. Legere truly delivers the essence of cabaret as an art form and test of human beings capacity to grab attention and transform it into amazement. -DIANDRA REVIEWS IT ALL
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•Legere’s sonorous and wide-ranging voice fills the room during the original songs, and it lends itself well to the larger-than-life characters she inhabits in the show. When playing Joe, she embodies an excited, gee-whiz attitude. When embodying Marlene Dietrich, the famous movie actor and one of Joe’s lovers, she exudes a slinky, sly sexual confidence with a killer German accent.- DOWNTOWN EYE
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•Legere’s performances as Joe and four of her lovers are hysterical and consummately performative. -WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS
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•”I loved it” – Janet Coleman, Theater, WBAI 
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•”Witty, high-octane mega-watt stardom, sings like an angel, plays sizzling piano and a mean accordion…she pulls out all the stops…” Patrick Christiano, THEATER LIFE

June 6: Gulu Gulu in Salem, MA 
June 8: Brick House where she’s doing a benefit for Children in Cape Cod to learn the arts in spring 2020.
Look for a Worcester concert in spring 2020.

Phoebe Legere Official Website:

www.PhoebeLegere.com

Phoebe Legere Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/phoebelegeremusic/

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and don’t forget to stay tuned in right after our show is Joe Vig’s non visual radio from 8-9 p.m. and joe always has some great guests 
This week Joe’s Guests are legendary drummer from the 60s british rock band The Yardbirds Jim McCArty, who had such great guitar legends in the band like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and of course Jimmy Page who was in the last formation of the band and would only be in the band for a short period of time and then go on to form Legendary band Led Zeppelin, Joe’s second guest is another legend who worked with the cream of of the crop none other than Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominoes who had legendary Yardbirds first major guitarist Eric Clapton and then he also worked with legendary Beatle George Harrison as well. So be sure to stay tuned in this week after Talking Hendrix
for Non Visual Radio from 8-9 p.m. 

Source: Phoebe Legere Comes To Talking Hendrix Friday Night | Framingham, MA Patch

Over GOP ‘Build the Wall’ Shouts and Sabotage Efforts, House Democrats Pass ‘Historic’ Bill to Shield Dreamers From Trump Deportation Force 

Over GOP ‘Build the Wall’ Shouts and Sabotage Efforts, House Democrats Pass ‘Historic’ Bill to Shield Dreamers From Trump Deportation Force”

After years of GOP refusal, the House finally voted on the Dream Act under a Dem majority. The people’s cheers brought many, many members to tears. What a moment. This is why we fight.”

By Jake Johnson

After ignoring shouts of “build the wall” from a Republican congressman and defeating amendments designed to kill the legislation, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the “Dream and Promise Act” with the goal of providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of young undocumented immigrants who are facing the threat of deportation under the Trump administration.

The bill, H.R. 6, passed by a vote of 237 to 187, with just seven Republicans voting yes.

“We will keep fighting for permanent protection and reject any proposals to grow Trump’s deportation force and anti-immigrant agenda.” 
—United We Dream

Immigrant rights groups that are fighting President Donald Trump’s deportation machine and xenophobic policy agenda applauded the passage of H.R. 6, calling it a “historic milestone” in the struggle to protect vulnerable immigrant communities.

“This is the first time since 2010 that legislation to protect immigrant communities without hurting them has passed a chamber of Congress,” said United We Dream in a statement. “We will keep fighting for permanent protection and reject any proposals to grow Trump’s deportation force and anti-immigrant agenda.”

In addition to providing over two million young undocumented immigrants—known as Dreamers—a path to citizenship, House Democrats’ legislation would also provide a pathway to citizenship for people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a program for those fleeing violence, persecution, and natural disasters that Trump has attempted to end for several countries.

“Today, we celebrate but we know our journey is still a long one,” Francis Garcia, a Honduran TPS holder, said in a statement. “TPS holders have been living in limbo for decades, not knowing if some day our status would be revoked.”

“H.R. 6 makes clear, the overwhelming national consensus is for TPS justice, but the fact is, our families are still not protected,” Garcia added. “Now we build from here.”

While the legislation faces opposition from Trump and Senate Republicans, the passage of the Dream and Promise Act was met with jubilant celebration on the House floor.

“Today, after years of GOP refusal, the House finally voted on the Dream Act under a Dem majority,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “The moment when it passed was like a rock concert. The people’s cheers brought many, many members to tears. What a moment. This is why we fight.”

 

The Dream and Promise Act passed the House despite the GOP minority’s best efforts to stop it, including by pushing a last-minute “motion to recommit” designed to kill the legislation.

Speaking against the Republican motion on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.)—the son of Eritrean immigrants—was interrupted by repeated outbursts of disapproval and at least two shouts of “build the wall” from the Republican side of the aisle.

“Their racism is showing,” José Alonso Muñoz said of the Republican shouting. “Glad the House did the right thing.”

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said in a statement that passage of the Dream and Promise Act is “a testament to the work, commitment, and growing power of immigrant communities and the movement for immigrant justice.”

While noting that some of the language in the bill is problematic from a criminal justice standpoint and must be changed, Hincapié noted that the legislation “includes precedent-setting inclusivity, including a roadmap to U.S. citizenship for 2.5 million immigrant youth and people with temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure, an increase in age caps, stronger judicial protections, and more.”

“This victory, eight years in the making, is more urgent now than ever before,” Hincapié said. “[W]e won’t stop until immigrants and their families are able to remain with their loved ones, live freely, and have the tools they need to thrive and fulfill their full human potential.”

 

Source: Over GOP ‘Build the Wall’ Shouts and Sabotage Efforts, House Democrats Pass ‘Historic’ Bill to Shield Dreamers From Trump Deportation Force | Common Dreams News