August 9, 2001: The Q104.3 Golf Tournament - Part I "Sopranoland"

"Never bullshit a bullshitter." Joe Pantoliano. Photo by RD Mathers

"Never bullshit a bullshitter." Joe Pantoliano. Photo by RD Mathers

On August 9, 2001 the Q104.3 staff gathered at a golf club in Western New Jersey (no, not that one) and held a charity celebrity golf tournament.  Over the next few posts, I'll group the stars that were there.  This installment features members of the television series "The Sopranos." 

We start with a shot of Joe Pantoliano, taken right after I told him he was my favorite character in Eddie & The Cruisers. "Oh, you're the one kid that saw that movie."  

I told him my mother had made her own bumpersticker on our '78 Volaire that said, "Eddie Lives." 

"Well, that explains it... but thanks for saying that, it was a fun project.  Not everyone pulls that deep from my career."

Joe Pantoliano, (unknown) and Michael Rispoli

Joe Pantoliano, (unknown) and Michael Rispoli

Below, Little Steven on a mission to find his ball.

Steven Van Zant.  Photo by RD Mathers

Steven Van Zant.  Photo by RD Mathers

All shot on film.

July 19, 2001: Greg Proops

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Master comedian, seer of truth and 15 years later, author Greg Proops came by the Bob Buchman morning show to plug his gig at Caroline's on Broadway.

I was a big fan of Greg's from his days on the UK and US versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"  He'd also had a few lines in Episode I of Star Wars and I asked him what it was like to be part if the Star Wars Cannon.  He said, "Oh sweet Jesus, you're one of those people, right? I bet you can recite all the lines from the movie." 

"Just yours and I knew you were doing a combo of all your favorite baseball announcers." 

"Touche, kid. Tou-fuckin'-che"

I stopped talking after that.

Oh, one should notice that he is not wearing a tie or jacket to the interview.  It was July for bloody sake!

Shot on the Nikon E950

June 30, 2001: Bad Co, Styx and Billy Squire

Paul Rodgers. Photo by RD Mathers

Paul Rodgers. Photo by RD Mathers

Back with another triple bill at the PNC Bank Arts Center, where I pretty much had my own summer residency for a few years, along with my compadres at Q104.3.

Bad Co. headlined this show with Styx as the real opening act.   You can see how utterly awkward Billy Squire was (if you stare at the picture long enough, you can even here how out of tune he was.

STYX. Photo by RD Mathers

STYX. Photo by RD Mathers

Billy Squire. Photo by RD Mathers

Billy Squire. Photo by RD Mathers

All shot with Nikon E950.

May 15, 2001 - R.E.M

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

The day after the release of their twelfth studio album, R.E.M. came up to visit with Maria Milito and plug Reveal.  

For me, this was a personal highlight, because R.E.M. was one of the first bands I'd seen in concert and were a band I followed from close to the beginning of their career. At the time, I was also a weekend Air Talent at Q1043, so they cut an ID for my show and had fun with the on-air nickname I used at the time (The Beav).

The lead shot is the a great performance shot of Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills.

This shot below is a favorite of mine. Taken prior to going on air, I liked how easy Mike Mills was around the studio, picking up a copy of Rolling Stone and thumbing through it while Peter Buck tuned up.

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What else is particularly interesting about this day, was that I'd seen Sheryl Crow the night before.  She has done some pop up/secret/ rehearsal shows for her upcoming 2001 tour.  Mike Mills played with her for a few numbers and proceeded to down 1/2 a bottle of Jack Daniels during a live mash up of Madonna's "Don't Tell Me" / Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

In the below shot, I had just told Mills how impressed I was that he could do that, still play and be top notch for this interview.  His reply, "...well, I am a professional."  One can see Q104.3's Maria Milito holding her laugh.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Shot with a Nikon E950

April 30, 2001 - Ian Hunter & James Mastro

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

This one is cool for a few very personal reasons.  

First, legendary British rocker Ian Hunter stopped by to play and do an interview with Bob Buchmann on his morning show.  This picture was taken during the performance of "All The Young Dudes."

Second, and I didn't put this together for another ten years, Jim Mastro, the guitar player with Ian, owns a sweet guitar shop in Hoboken.  In November of 2011, while dealing with a particularly painful life event, I was nudged to chase a small dream and learn the bass guitar.  I bought my first bass from Jim and realized that I'd seen him somewhere before... outside Hoboken.  

Jim is a great session player and all around awesome guy.

Shot on a Nikon E950

March 25, 2001 - Otil Burbridge, Derek Trucks, Butch Trucks and Marc Quinones of The Allman Brothers Band

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

In the middle of their 2001 Peakin' At The Beacon run, these four members of The Allman Brothers band stopped by Q104.3 to for their appearance on the syndicated radio show Rockline, with Bob Coburn.

The shot below is a personal favorite; Butch Trucks had just placed his phone down on the "kitchen" table after seeing mine.  We had the same phone and he'd turned to tell his nephew Derek, that he thought it was cool.  In my 28 year old brain I was screaming, "YOU think it's cool? A founding member of the Allmans thinks it's cool that we have the same Nokia phone?" 

I was able to keep my composure and get the shot.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Both shots: Nikon E950

January 17, 2001 - Peter Frampton

Photo By RD Mathers

Photo By RD Mathers

Q104.3 was the New York affiliate for a syndicated radio show called Rockline.  When the subject of Bob Coburn's interview could not be in Los Angeles, they would come to Q and do the interview from there.  From a local station perspective, we would try and get at least 10 minutes with the artist for our purposes, or just linger a bit. 

At the start of 2001, Peter Frampton came in to do his Rockline interview on the release of a deluxe 25th Anniversary edition of his groundbreaking album, Frampton Comes Alive! While waiting for the show to start, Frampton hung out with Marc "The Cope" Coppola in the Q kitchen/green room.  

I had asked Frampton's wife, who was along, what the rest of their press tour for was like.  The shot below is at the moment when Frampton's wife said, "Well, you guys were a class act.  We have a bet going on how many morning shows are going to make stupid 'How many times does Frampton come alive?' jokes to me."  Fortunately I already had the camera to my eye.

 

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Shot with a Nikon 5mps digital camera.

Date Unknown 2000 - Joan Jett

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Joan Jett had formed a friendship with Q104's Bob Buchmann since the years she lived on Long Island, at the beginning of her solo career.  She made several appearances at the station over the years, this is one of the first.

Shot on a bad Sony digital camera.

Date Unknown, 2000 - Tom Johnston & Keith Knudsen

This is another example of when poor record keeping may detract from the story.  In 2000, Tom Johnston and Keith Knudsen of The Doobie Brothers came by Q104.3 to promote their new boxed set, Long Train Running.  

At the moment I was taking this picture, I quoted my favorite line ever in reference to this great Classic Rock band, "Which Doobie you be?" - to Tom.  The line is from What's Happening when The Doobies appeared on the show to play a concert Roger Re-Run's high school. 

He laughed and I followed up with, "I am sure you get that all the time." Johnston replied that not too many remembered the show, and they, in fact, did not have the quote said to them often.  "You must be a real Doobies fan, man."

Another interesting thing about this shot, which you cannot see, is that Johnston and Knusden are seated on the bench seat of one of the Q104.3 vans.  For some reason we had pulled it out of the vehicle to make room for something and left the seat in the studio.

Shot on a Sony digital camera.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Date Unknown, 2000 - Butch Trucks

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

The next three posts are from 2000, but my records do not indicate the exact dates.  For the most part I kept detailed notes and a dated folder structure on when each of these photos were taken, but some things fell through the cracks.  I know there are photos somewhere on a hard drive some where at the new Q studios.  Unfortunately, I was unable to recover those prior to my leaving Clear Channel in 2006.  In any event, we move along with what I can present.

Today, the late, great Butch Trucks, who was one of the drummers and founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.  I recall it being cold out when he came up to talk about an Allmans run at the Beacon, so it could have been March of 2000, or it could have been December, when the 2001 shows went on sale.  You can tell it was cold out because he has his scarf hung loosely around his neck

I was fortunate to have several occasions to shoot Trucks and I loved how animated and engaging a conversationalist he was.

Shot with a Sony digital camera.

November 14, 2000 - Robby Krieger

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

True to his word, just about a week after a giving us a brief interview, the man who sang with Jim Morrison on The Doors’ “Walking Blues” (he was also the lead guitarist and most sane member of the band) came to the old Q104.3 studio to talk with us about the new Doors boxed set.

Shot with a Sony digital camera.

November 3 & 4, 2000 - Radio Music Awards Part II

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Two more pictures from the 2000 Radio Music Awards show in Las Vegas.

Above, Robby Krieger of The Doors.  We only had about seven minutes with him, and he was staring so intently at Gerry Martiere when I got this shot.  Moments later Krieger’s handler came to whisk him away, and he turned back to us and said, “I’ll come to NY next week and we can talk more.”

Big E, Gerry and I were stunned… we did not expect the most sane member of one of the best rock bands ever, to even be at this event, let along promise to come back and talk to us, at our studios.  

Then… then we got an attempted interview with Gene Simmons.  I say attempted because Gene Simmons was more distracted than a 12 year old who forgot his ADHD medicine.  Gene would not wear headphones and was constantly looking around at everyone else.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

We went to two music breaks, rather than go to Dead air.  Gene eventually wandered off and we had to fill time, so we interviewed a woman named Jen, who was pretty much there to… I honestly don’t know what her role was, she was in a short skirt, tight top and a cowboy hat.  It was Vegas… somethings one just nods one’s head and tries not to think to hard.  

Anyway, we had time fill and we started talking to Jen on the air, then Gene Simmons came back to our table, sat on Jen’s lap and hijacked the interview.

One thing you should all keep in mind, Gene Simmons does not and has never drank alcohol or taken any drugs.  He just operates on his own plane of existence.

These shots were taken with a Sony digital camera.

October 25, 2000 - Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar came up to Q104.3 to be on the nationally syndicated Westwood One show, Rockline.

Hagar started the show with a hat, bandana and loud coat.  He was plugging his new Tequila and while I can confirm he was not partaking, he did leave his sunglasses on for the entire show and was a ham the whole time.

What I like the most about this shot, is that it was the first time he remembered I was in the room and decided to talk to me, versus the engineer.

Shot on a Sony digital camera.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

October 10, 2000 - Mick Fleetwood

Scott Muni and Mick Fleetwood.  Photo by RD Mathers.

Scott Muni and Mick Fleetwood.  Photo by RD Mathers.

One of the founding members of the band Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood, stopped by in the afternoon to do an interview with Ken Dashow.  At the time, Scott Muni was working for us at Q104.3 and Mick waved him in to the studio.  

At the moment of this shot, Ken had asked Fleetwood a question and Muni made a dry, side comment, which caused Fleetwood to laugh.

In the shot below, we see Scott Muni pausing in the middle of a story about a pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac concert in NY in the early 70s.  Mick Fleetwood and Ken Dashow rapt with attention.

Shot with a Sony digital camera.

Ken Dashow, Scott Muni and Mick Fleetwood.  Photo by RD Mathers.

Ken Dashow, Scott Muni and Mick Fleetwood.  Photo by RD Mathers.

September 2000 - Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe.  Photo by RD Mathers

Cameron Crowe.  Photo by RD Mathers

This one is special, because I really dig Cameron Crowe.   

Crowe was at Q104.3 to promote his new film, Almost Famous, for the national radio show Rockline.

I had seen an early screening and as I was shooting this image, was having my own William Miller moment.  We kept the lights low, because the show started at 11pm east and had an old FM radio vibe.

Shot on a bad SONY digital camera.

September 1998 - Mark Parenteau & Roger Glover

Photo by: RD Mathers

Photo by: RD Mathers

I can’t recall why Deep Purple’s Roger Glover was at the station, but here is another outtake from the “Step and Repeat” sessions.  

These were the days, when artists didn’t feel compelled to dress up when they came in for interviews. The concept of being photographed for social and the internet was still a new concept.

Shot on 35mm film.