Our sincere condolences go out to the Ocasek and Cars families as a whole. We played a couple of shows with them back in the 80s, and although we never met Ric (Johnny and I went to the R&R Hall of Fame concert with Ben Orr – RIP – In Cleveland), we admired their style and their music. Hard to see so many icons from our era pass away . Rest in Peace Ric. – Bill
September 13, 2019
Johnny, Mario and my band, Sound Hole, played many shows together with Eddie Money in the ’70s, when both bands were trying to “make it.” We would open for him on his home turf, the East Bay, and he would open for us in Marin and the North Bay. Although there was a strong competition, we always got along. Eddie finally did make it with “Two Tickets To Paradise.”. When we put Huey Lewis & The News together, we found ourselves opening for him again, hoping for a hit of our own. We’d see each other occasionally after that, and a few years ago found Eddie and band opening a few shows for us. We went full circle. Eddie was always affable, had one of those distinctive voices that you recognized instantly, much like Huey’s. Although Eddie had a lot of health issues over the years, he kept on going. A sad day for Bay Area music. I wasn’t ready for this. RIP Ed Mahoney. – Bill
Back in the day several SF Bay Area bands (Huey’s ‘Clover’ and Bill’s and my ‘Soundhole’ included) were out there busking to get signed to a record deal. Then BAM! . . . along comes this East Coast cat named Eddie Money – with his honking saxophone, spinning tambourine, and self-confident swagger – stalking the stage with reckless abandon. That’s when I realized it took more than a great song to make it in the the music business. We’re gonna miss you Eddie . . . thanks for being a true mentor in ‘Rock Stardom 101’. – Johnny
September 10, 2019 – News members Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Rob Sudduth (baritone sax) will be augmenting the Doobie Brothers’ horn section for shows at Wente Winery in Livermore, CA on September 11th and Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA on September 12th, joining longtime Doobie Brothers sax man Marc Russo. The band will be performing their classic albums Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me in their entirety! Visit www.thedoobiebrothers.com for ticket info.