Arch Angels

So, there's a gargantuan, glistening arch planted right here in the front yard of the Hyatt (Riot) House in St. Louis, MO, where we are presently holed up.  They tell us this is the "Gateway to the West."  It's either that, or the biggest McDonald's we've ever seen.

Either way, we plan to pass through it on our way to Blueberry Hill tonight where we'll revisit the Duck Room, which is Chuck Berry's monthly residency and local hangout.  Had the pleasure of meeting and sharing the stage with Chuck once, when I was on the road with Ronnie Spector and we played a musical gala at the G8 Conference in Denver.  He was a real gentleman and when I asked if he'd pose for a pic, he got this mischievous look on his face and just before the photographer clicked, he grabbed me and swept me up into his arms -- just like carryin' the bride across the threshold!  It was a real smooth move.

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Blueberry Hill, meanwhile, is covered with pics of Chuck and his Rock Royalty buds.  Most numerous are the shots of Chuck and Keef.  The two of them together?  Simply: It doesn't get cooler than this.

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Tomorrow, back through the Arch, which also happens to be the "Gateway to the East" (depending upon which side you are standing), back into Eastern Standard Time and onward to Pittsburgh.  Hail!  Hail! Rock and Roll!  -sjp

What an awesome show! I had

What an awesome show! I had always felt sorry that I was born too late to see the bands I love so much - Led Zeppelin at the top of the list. NOW, I feel lucky to be around at the right time to see/hear you in action. Don't stop!

And a PS to SP: I would have gladly taken you home with me, fed you a fine fruit salad, let my kitty comfort you and painted your toenails a lovely deep golden-purple. ;)


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