Someone living on the end of my block had obviously pissed someone off because that someone had hired a hit man to take him out, and did! I couldn’t go to my car until late afternoon when forensics had left the area. For days I was to step over the blood that was all over the pavement when I walked to the supermarket.

We found some nice rehearsal rooms in the Hollywood Valley and fairly priced – they were much cleaner too and well looked after. There were 4 suitable rooms with heat on cold nights and one really large room. One day while rehearsing a new song written by Luis and myself, in came a guy who asked if he could he listen. We said “sure”. I thought I had recognized his face but wasn’t sure. He said “could you play another song, I would like Graham to have a listen” – “no problem”. So in comes this feller and I nearly fell over – it was Graham Bonnett (ex-Rainbow, Alcatrazz). He was working in the large room with his new band, at that time called Thrall + Thrall. He was a nice guy and told me he could hear my voice from his room and liked it and wanted to meet me. We met on a few occasions talking about different techniques and qualities.

He told me that  Thrall + Thrall should have already been touring, but that he woke up one morning, having a job to breath correctly and he couldn’t feel one of his eyes or one side of his face including his throat. So the tour got cancelled. His manager quickly found a good acupuncturist for him and it has taken him a while to get all the feeling back again. Now he is putting finishing touches on the Album, ready for the Labels to come see them again. He lived with his wife in Hollywood Hills, a really lovely area.

Ruby Spoon, meanwhile, had gotten a song pushed on KLOS Rock Radio Station and it had sparked enthusiasm and more attention. The name was making headway. One thing the band learned was never turn down a gig, even if you do not like the venue. You never know where it takes you and you never know who’s standing in the audience. Always give the honest 100% of yourself. It doesn’t matter if there are one 100 people in front of you or 100,000 people, just continue to give your all.  It’s important to work on stage presence and character. Never let anyone see you with drugs, or at least, taking some, if you are that way inclined. Always be a friend to every musician or band, because in this business we help each other. Never, never purposely try to upstage someone else.

Everybody has a chance to nurture. Sure, there are knocks, but there are good times too. Just hang in there, and never give in, no matter what – you owe it to yourself. But my path was going to be very long…

Story continued in next blog post…