JUST LIKE ME
Approximately 8,500 years ago, in what archeologists now call The Sixties, I played in a band called the Federal Duck. We were a bunch of guys from Haverford College who played all over the Philadelphia area at all kinds of functions -- dorm mixers, frat parties, weird Sixties events involving not entirely legal activities and substances, etc. The song we always played first was "Just Like Me," the hit by Paul Revere and the Raiders, which was a great opener because (a) it has only four chords, the sequence of which never changes, and (b) it kicks ass.
Years later, as a columnist at the Miami Herald, I got into a mail correspondence with Mark Lindsay, who was the lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders before embarking on a solo career that continues to this day. He's a funny man, and we stayed in touch, off and on. A couple of days ago he emailed to say that he'd be performing Thursday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as part of the Happy Together Tour, an oldies revue that also features Micky Dolenz, the Buckinghams, the Grass Roots, the Turtles, and a killer backup band. Mark asked if I'd be interested in getting on stage with him for "Just Like Me." Of course I said yes. Here's the video. (Thanks to judi.) I'm the guy in the brown T-shirt trying to remember what order the four chords go in. Note the psychedelic pattern being projected behind the band to indicate grooviness.
Anyway, I had a great time. For a few minutes there, I felt as if I was back in the Sixties. All that was missing was a frat boy vomiting on my amp.
But seriously, Mark: Many thanks, and rock on.