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    Default A Gathering Of The Clan - The Fred Walecki Benefit Concert

    I just posted a link to this concert in a Randy Meisner thread, sorta off topic. I think it deserves a topic of it's own. Bernie Leadon and Glynn Johns helped to organise it, indeed Bernie's in the house band. I didn't realise there were actually two concerts. Randy opens both shows, Henley's last on before the, every body on stage finale.

    Proceeds from the concert went to Fred Walecki and his family. Walecki, longtime proprietor of Westwood Music guitar shop, had recent surgery for throat cancer. He has two young children and had incurred many medical expenses not covered by insurance.
    Along with building custom instruments for many popular artists, Walecki has been a friend of the Los Angeles musicians' community for more than 30 years. Westwood Music has been a gathering place for many musicians who have gone on to have very successful careers, including those performing at the benefit.
    You can listen to and download mp3 files of both concerts at the wonderful Sugarmegs.org website. If you put Randy's name in the search box both concerts will come up in the search results.
    Randy opens the concert with Take It Easy and Take It To The Limit the first night, Already Gone and Take It To The Limit the second. Henley sings The Boys Of Summer, My Thanksgiving and Desperado. The whole show is a procession of the top LA music acts of the 70s, plus Spinal Tap who feature a special guest appearance, on 4th bass, by Timothy B Schmit.

    I don't think I can post a direct link to the show but the sugarmegs link is;
    http://tela.sugarmegs.org/

    I don't think Bernie is playing Take It Easy guitar solo

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    Default Re: A Gathering Of The Clan - The Fred Walecki Benefit Concert

    Don Henley was there too? Hmph. So there was Randy, Tim, Bernie and the Henster.

    Thank you very much for the link, Mr. Funk.

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    Thank you for the info, Funk 50. I didn't know there were 2 concerts either. I remember in Heaven and Hell, Don F expresses disappointment and hurt that he wasn't invited to participate. Was it b/c he didn't have a real connection to Glyn Johns or was it due to his then-recent firing and Henley's objections? Or maybe they just didn't think of him.

    Quote Originally Posted by NightMistBlue View Post
    Don Henley was there too? Hmph. So there was Randy, Tim, Bernie and the Henster.

    Thank you very much for the link, Mr. Funk.
    I believe this was the incident where Randy's wife asked for a picture of Randy and Don H together, and Don turned away and walked off without a word.

    Take it to the limit, one more time.

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    Default Re: A Gathering Of The Clan - The Fred Walecki Benefit Concert

    Oh, I thought that was the R&R Hall of Fame? And that she wanted a photo with Henley.

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    This from page 313 in Heaven and Hell while discussing the benefit concert:

    Bernie stayed onstage most of the night as a backup musician, but [Randy, Bernie and Don] never all played together. Randy's wife, who wanted a photograph of her husband with Don Henley, approached him with her camera and asked him if he'd mind posing. Without saying a word, Don turned on his heel and walked away.
    Apparently I was wrong when I said the concert occurred after Felder got fired. It was during all the negotiations and inquiries into the finances that preceded the firing.

    Take it to the limit, one more time.

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    Default Re: A Gathering Of The Clan - The Fred Walecki Benefit Concert

    Ahh OK, thanks D. Man, I got that all screwed up.

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