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.

June 29, 2001: Journey, Peter Frampton and Jon Waite

Johnathan Cain and Arnel Pineda of Journey.  Photo by RD Mathers

Johnathan Cain and Arnel Pineda of Journey.  Photo by RD Mathers

A triple bill at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ with Jon Waite opening up, Peter Frampton playing when it got dark and Journey headlining.

During the day, Gerry Martire broadcast from back stage and got an interview with Jonathan Cain, keyboardist for Journey.  John brought along his son Weston.

Weston and Jonathan Cain.  Photo by RD Mathers

Weston and Jonathan Cain.  Photo by RD Mathers

My notes tell me it was a decent show, Frampton had the best set.

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Jon Waite. Photo by RD Mathers

Jon Waite. Photo by RD Mathers

All shot on a Nikon E950

June 18, 2001: Doyle Bramhall II & Peter Max

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

For a few years, Q104.3 had a "special relationship" with the Pop Artist, Peter Max.  Max wanted to enhance his New York City studio space with performances.  

Our General Manager at the time, Matt Ross, was somewhat friends with a rock manager named Scooter Weintraub, who had blues guitarist Doyle Bramhall II as a client.

Bramhall had just released his first album with his band Smokestack, Welcome, and agreed to play a special client/listener party/special edition of the radio show "Ground Zero" at Peter Max's studio.

This was supposed to be the first of many, but the logistics were, shall we say, increasingly cumbersome.

This night, however was fun, because it afforded the folks in the room a glimpse at an artist who was a founding member of Arc Angels and would go on to play in Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton's touring bands.

Doyle Bramhall II with Smokestack.  Photo by: RD Mathers

Doyle Bramhall II with Smokestack.  Photo by: RD Mathers

Q104.3's Jonathan Clarke and Peter Max.  Photo by: RD Mathers

Q104.3's Jonathan Clarke and Peter Max.  Photo by: RD Mathers

June 12, 2001: Carmen Electra

Photo By RD Mathers

Photo By RD Mathers

A few years before entertainer, Carmen Electra married Dave Navarro, she stopped by the Q104.3 Morning Show with Bob Buchmann to plug anyone of the three films she had out that year.  

My notes just say she came by and folks at the station were all a flutter.  I do remember it being early and a little cold in the studio, so Ms. Electra borrowed producer Shawn Kelly's jacket.

She was very nice to the small horde of sales people that wanted their pictures with her.  

Shot on a Nikon 3950.

June 8, 2001: Charlie Daniels

I find it strange that Charlie Daniels was the headliner at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, that night, but I cannot find any pictures of who topped the bill.

As in the previous post, the show was that underwhelming, but I had photo pit passes anyway, so why not get some practice in.

Shot with Nikon E950

Photo by: RD Mathers

Photo by: RD Mathers

May 21, 2001 - Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue came in to do Rockline and I had a devil of a time trying to get good studio shots.  They basically ate the mics all night.  

This shot is of Sixx and Neil leaving the studios, and laughing about how I couldn't capture the right shot.  

Sometimes, one has to let the rock stars win.

Shot with a 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

May 2, 2001 - Dave Mason

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Traffic Co-Founder Dave Mason came up to talk to Ken Dashow and play a little. He was pushing some dates in Jersey.

We also had some audio from this session and posted the interview and song to Q1043.com then.  The phrase "podcast" wasn't invented yet (because the iPod was still an idea in a notebook in Northern California), and not too many stations were posting this kind of stuff.  We'd like to think we were pioneer-ish.

If you are wondering, this image was shot during Dave's performance of his 70s hit "We Just Disagree."  

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

February 7, 2001 - Southside Johnny

By 2001 Q104.3 began taking up the mantle as the only rock station in New York City, following the demise of the legendary WNEW-FM.  In fact many former K-Rock and WNEW personalities made up the station's prime time air talent.  

As a result of this melding, some of the old WNEW-FM artist standbys started coming around.  Little Steven was basically a fixture when he wasn't filming "The Sopranos" and in February of 2001 that other band from Asbury Park, NJ, Southside Johnny stopped by for a chat with Ken Dashow.

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

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.