Godfrey Townsend and Heavy Friends

 

 

I'm a big fan of Classic Rock especially British Rock.

I always read Circus and Cream Magazine as a teen.

Giant posters filled the walls and ceilings in my room.

I went to many huge arena and stadium concerts.

Going to a concert was very exciting when I was

growing up. These personalities were larger than life

and almost on the level of demigods.

 

Rockstars, idols, heroes,

whatever you want to call them...

Getting to work extensively with a lot of them

has been a very fulfilling and eye-opening experience.

Witnessing their human frailties and strengths and

getting to know them as people is quite a trip.

Anyway, have a look...

There are many members of Rock's Royalty here...

 

 

 

 

At Woodstock ' 99 in Rome, New York

with John Entwistle, drum tech Jim Merrins,

an unknown crew member and my son Joseph.

 

 

 

 

 

Me, Jack Bruce and Alan Parsons -

DTE Energy Music Theatre / Clarkston,  Michigan

...a schmooze photo for Gibson Guitars - Summer 2002

 

 

 

 

 

John Entwistle -

Turning Point / Piermont, NY

...I can only imagine that John is making a joke

about the photographer - August 1999

 

 

 

Pete Townshend, and Deb -

Madison Square Garden / New York City, NY

August 2002

 

 

 

 

 

Zak Starkey - London, England

...at the reception after John Entwistle's

Memorial Service - October 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Starkey - Zak's sis and

Ringo's lovely daughter after John Entwistle's

Memorial Service - October 2002

 

 

 

 


Joey Molland of Badfinger -

Hilton Casino Ballroom / Atlantic City, N.J.

August 2003

 

 

 

 

With Kenny Forgione of Wonderous Stories,

and Chris Squire from Yes - backstage at

Madison Square Garden / New York City, NY

August 2002

 

 

 


Nancy and Ann Wilson -

Montalvo Winery / Saratoga, CA

...we were celebrating Ann's birthday and Nancy and their mom came to the show. - June 2001

 

 

With the amazing Jeff Beck -

Jones Beach Theater /  Long Island, NY

Summer 2004

 

 

 

 


Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling -

Celebrity Theatre / Phoenix, AZ - Summer 2002

...during the Abbey Road tour, Jackie traveled with

us on the tour bus for a few days.

 

 

 

 

Kip Winger and Alan Parsons -

John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino / Sparks, Nevada

This was our first gig as The Alan Parsons Live Project.

January 2003

 

 

 

 

At the Cutting Room NYC...

...with my buddies Jon Paris & Neville Chesters

Jon has played with Johnny Winter and Bo Diddley,

and Neville used to roadie for The Who,

Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

 

 


Mark Farner  of Grand Funk Railroad -

Columbus Zoo Amphitheater / Columbus, OH

...one of my earliest guitar heroes and

heck of a nice guy.

July 2002

 

 

 

 

May Pang & John Montagna

after our gig with Denny Laine

at The Cutting Room, NYC

May 2006

 

 

 


Jackie DeShannon -

Greek Theater / Los Angeles, CA

Summer 2002

Did you know she wrote "Bette Davis Eyes"?

 

 

 

 

Denny Laine from Wings & The Moody Blues -

Asser Levy Park / Coney Island, NY - Summer 2002

...this photo was taken before

I actually worked with Denny.

He opened the show that night.

 

 


Jack Bruce and good friend Frank Guella -

Asser Levy Park / Coney Island, NY

Summer 2002

 

 

 

 

 

With Daryl Stuermer , John Montagna &

Steve Murphy - Potawatami Casino / Milwaukee, WI

Daryl has played guitar with Jean Luc Ponty, Genesis

and Phil Collins. He opened for our Parsons show

as a solo act.

September 2005

 

 

 

 

Larry Carlton - Tokyo, Japan

We played the Cotton Club for a week with

Denny Laine & Alan Parsons. The same week,

Larry played the Blue Note. We would meet up

every night in the hotel lobby on the way

to our shows.

January 2006

 

 

 

Christopher Cross -

Hilton Casino Ballroom / Atlantic City, N.J.

A Walk Down Abbey Road 2002's end of tour party.

Christopher has become a good friend and is a talented musician and great guy to work with.

August 2002

 

 

 

George Carlin -

Rihga Royal Hotel / NYC, NY

As you can see, I'm still wearing my backstage pass

from The Who show at MSG.

August 2002

 

Joe Satriani

House of Blues / New Orleans, LA

He played there the night before us.

The John Entwistle Band tour

1999

 

 

 

Jeff Campatelli & Stu Hamm

Drummer and bassist with Joe Satriani at the time.

Stu was pissed that they were rolling after the show

that night and he wasn't going to get to see

Entwistle the next night.

 

Yvonne Elliman - Hawaii

 

 

 

Yvonne autographed the sign on our dressing room door.

 

 

 

One of my first guitar heroes...

Martin Barre from Jethro Tull- Austria

 

 

 

Another of my guitar heroes...

Danny Johnson - Itchycoo Park Festival

Manchester, Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

With Dennis Dunaway

(Alice Cooper's bass player)

Rock 4 Christmas Benefit / Winter 2001

 

 

With Pat Travers and Tom Curiale

(Rick Derringer's drummer)

Rock 4 Christmas Benefit / Winter 2001

 

 

Joe Bouchard, me, Dennis Dunaway,

Ritchie Scarlet, Mitch Perry, Anton Fig

Rock 4 Christmas Benefit / Winter 2001

 

 

 

Pat Travers

Roseland Ballroom - NYC

Rock 4 Christmas Benefit / Winter 2001

 

 

With Glenn Hughes

(Trapeze, Hughes/Thrall, Deep Purple)

& Steve Murphy at the Bospop Festival

in Weert, Netherlands

July 2006

 

 

 

Speaking of Glenn Hughes...here's me and buddy

(and amazing guitarist) Pat Thrall in our dressing room

after our APLP show with Dennis DeYoung and an orchestra at the Alladin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 2005

 

 

With Colin Blumstone...singer with The Zombies.

(Time Of The Season" & "She's Not There")

He also sang on some of

The Alan Parsons Project's greatest songs.

 

 

 

 

With Rod Argent...keyboardist extraordinaire

for The Zombies and Argent

("God Gave Rock And Roll To You",

& "Hold Your Head Up")

 

 

 

 

With good friend Frank Guella & Bernie Worrel...

keyboardist from Parliament-Funkadelic.

Backstage at BB King's in NYC where Bernie

and I performed with Jack Bruce.

 

 

 

 

With Country Joe McDonald...

of Country Joe & The Fish

(Woodstock's famous

"Fish Cheer" and "Fixin-To-Die-Rag")

 

 

 

 

With Johnny Farina...of the famous

Santo & Johnny ("Sleepwalk")

I tried to get the lap steel tuning for Sleepwalk

out of him but "no cigar".

 

 

 

 

With Gary Pihl & Tom Scholtz of Boston

and Rick Derringer at the Arrowfest in Houston, TX

Summer 2008...other acts on the bill

were Night Ranger & Styx

 

 

 

Tiny Tim, his wife Miss Sue, and Mitch Ryder -

Flamingo Hilton Ballroom / Laughlin, Nevada

Winter 1995

 

 

 

 

 

With buddies Jimmy Canno,

and Tommy Byrnes (long time guitarist with Billy Joel)

upstairs at Le Bar Bat, NYC - Summer 2003

 

 

 

 

 

With Leslie West & Jimmy Canno

backstage at BB King's NYC

2002

 

 

 

 

With Jimmy Canno & Corky Laing

backstage at BB King's

2002

 

 

 

With Kari Wuhrer...

Playing her boyfriend's vintage

Martin Acoustic backstage in Atlanta

1998

 

 

 

My son, Joseph with Jim Breuer from SNL...

we did a radio show up at Sirius with Alan Parsons

 

 

 

 

Some of the Juke Box Giants gang...

Front to back;

a friend, me, David Leon, Mitch Weissman,

Ken Weiss (producer of the show),

Merrilee Rush, Spencer Davis

 

 

 

Merrilee Rush and me backstage

before the Juke Box Giants show...

Flamingo Hilton Casino

Laughlin, Nevada

1995

 

 

 

With Denny Laine at Canno's Swiss Tavern in

Lynbrook, Long Island in the summer of 2005.

From left to right: John Montagna, me, Denny,

(good friend and soccer coach) Alfonso Mondelo,

and Manny Focarazzo.

 

 

 

 

Drum Tech Jimmy Merrins,

Texas Blues Guitarist Chris Duarte,

myself and FOH engineer Joe Berger...

We were playing the House Of Blues in New Orleans

with John Entwistle but, the night before, Chris was opening for Joe Satriani. Of course, I couldn't miss that.

 

 

 

 

 

Left to Right: unknown person, me,

Victor the "Snakemannn", TM Stevens,

unknown person at a NAMM show.

 

 

 

The Bangles -

Humphrey's By The Bay/San Diego, CA

They played there the night before us.

A Walk Down Abbey Road tour

2001

 

 

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