Hey Now Sports Fans
On our 1974 Europe Tour, Tom Salter was our promoter at the Alexandra Palace in London. He was also a mogul of Carnaby Street. His house in Chelsea was our headquarters for the first stage of the tour. He also had a house in the country, St. John’s Jerusalem, in Kent — a British manor house with its own chapel and many acres of park land. He invited us for an afternoon of soccer and baseball. We had a giant buffet lunch and then divided up into two teams, each well mixed with Americans and English. We had brought all our own baseball gear in the road cases, mitts, bats, balls, etc. – hoping for just such an occasion.
Phil is happy to be touring Europe again. And looking great in this photo, imo.
Joe Winslow, a truck driver on this tour, looking miserable, missing his beautiful bride Sandi Winslow who stayed in the States. He went on to create Hard Truckers but that’s another story for down the road.
Sam Cutler, a rock legend and one of the band’s managers and promoters of the European tour. Here he is with Rudson Shurtliff, his godson, who is the son of Ramrod and Francis!
And more Pigpen, whose real name is Ron McKernan. This is the classic Pigpen look cowboy hat and all. And as most of you know, he and Janis Joplin were an item for a short time.
Note also that Pigpen died in 1973 after the Europe ’72 tour so strictly speaking this photo should not be here. Yet another reason to do the Remix to set the record straight 😉
Bobby playing baseball. I don’t recall getting the time and place of this as I didn’t make that tour. But I will get it to you.
Tom Salter’s home in Europe where the band played soccer and baseball.
The Ten Commandments of Rock and Roll
I Suck up to the Top Cats.
II Do not express independent opinions.
III Do not work for common interest, only factional interests.
IV If there’s nothing to complain about dig up some old gripe.
V Do not respect property or persons other than band property or persons.
VI Make devastating judgments on persons and situations without adequate information.
VII Discourage and confound personal, technical and/or creative projects.
VIII Single out absent persons for intense criticis .
IX Remember that anything you don’t understand is trying to fuck with you.
X Destroy yourself physically and morally and insist that all true brothers do likewise as an expression of unity.
– Robert Hunter
Photos: Phil and Pigpen – Mary Ann Mayer, Joe – Mark Raizene, Sam and Bobby – Frances Carr, house – Tom Salter