DONALD LINDLEY AND I HAD BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER IN BANDS ON AND OFF FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS JOSHUA..MY FIRST ORIGINAL BAND.  AFTER THAT RAN DOWN , I LEFT AND WENT TO ENGLAND AND DONALD WENT OFF TO DO OTHER THINGS MUSICALLY.  WE CAME TOGETHER AGAIN IN THE LATE 70'S FOR A PROJECT CALLED TESLA (WE HAD THAT NAME ABOUT 5 YEARS BEFORE THE OTHER BAND CAME ON THE SCENE)..ANYWAY THAT PROJECT DIDN'T GET A DEAL SO..WE WENT OUR SEPERATE WAYS AGAIN..CAME BACK TOGETHER IN THE EARLY 80'S FOR THE YARBLES A FUN PROJECT COVERING ALL OUR FAVORITE BRITISH INVASION BANDS . THEN DONALD WENT OFF TO PLAY COUNTRY MUSIC 5 NITES A WEEK... WE CAME TOGETHER AGAIN IN THE EARLY 90'S FOR THE ANDY SAVAGE PROJECT..THAT SELF DESTRUCTED!! DONALD THEN MOVED TO AUSTIN TO PLAY WITH JOE ELY..IT WAS AT THIS POINT THAT HE SUGGESTED WE MAKE AN ALBUM TOGETHER.. SEEMED LIKE A GREAT IDEA!! SO, WHENEVER HE WOULD COME TO L.A. WE WOULD WORK UP TUNES FOR OUR RECORD WITH MICHAEL BOFETTA HOLDING DOWN THE BOTTOM END..WHEN DONALD RETURNED TO AUSTIN HE STARTED SHOPPING OUR REHEARSAL TAPE TRYING TO GET A STUDIO SPEC DEAL.. WELL, HE DIDN'T FIND A SPEC DEAL BUT A GREAT STUDIO LOCK OUT PRICE FOR 12 DAYS..SO WE GATHERED OUR CASH AND LINED UP THE STUDIO DATES. DONALD HAD BEEN WORKING WITH BASSIST JOHN CIAMBOTTI FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS..JOHN LIKED THE TUNES AND SIGNED ON TO THE PROJECT. THIS WAS IN SEPTEMBER OF 97.

WE HAD TALKED AS WE WERE WORKING UP THE TUNES. OUR INTENTION WAS TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM AS A TRIO. . WE WANTED TO MAKE A RECORD THAT SOUNDED LIKE IT CAME FROM THE 60'S....NOT THE PILED ON GUITAR SOUNDS OF THE 90'S..WE AGREED TO LET OUR BRITISH INVASION INFLUENCES SHINE THROUGH. NOT CONSCIOUSLY BY SAYING "LET'S MAKE THIS SOUND LIKE A WHO SONG," BUT BY LETTING IT HAPPEN AS WE WENT ALONG..AND IT DID....WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO BRING IAN MCLAGAN IN TO PLAY B3 ON A COUPLE OF TUNES. PART OF MAKING THE RECORD SOUND AS IT DOES IS THAT IT WAS RECORDED ON 24TRK 2" TAPE. WE RECORDED ALL OF THE BASIC TRACKS AND GUITAR OVERDUBS AND A FEW VOCALS..THEN OUR 12 DAYS WERE UP. I WENT BACK TO MALIBU..JOHN TO L.A. ..WE WERE GONNA RAISE A LITTLE MORE CASH THEN FINISH THE VOCALS AND MIX THE RECORD..THAT WAS NOT TO BE..IN JANUARY, DONALD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND WAS GONE BY FEB. 3 1998 (OF COURSE DONALD PICKED A FAMOUS DATE IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK N' ROLL TO LEAVE.) WELL NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS BROUGHT THE PROJECT TO A RESOUNDING HALT.. I WAS SO BUMMED OUT THAT I COULDN'T EVEN LISTEN TO THE TRACKS FOR AT LEAST A YEAR..AT THIS POINT IT WAS A DIY THING..WELL IT TOOK UNTIL SEPTEMBER OF 2006 TO ACTUALLY FINISH THE PROJECT!! WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE THIS RECORD WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR DONALDS EFFORTS TO GET IT STARTED..THANK YOU BROTHER!!

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