View Full Version : Al Kooper!

10-06-2009, 07:54 PM
I just got tickets to see Al solo on Saturday at a small 200 seat club in town. :)

For any that don't know about Al:

"Al Kooper is often referred to as the "Zelig" or "Forrest Gump" of Rock. Somehow, in a career that spans 50 years, he has managed to turn up at key points in the last five decades. In 1958, Koop began his professional career as guitarist in The Royal Teens ("Short Shorts"). He metamorphisized into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen MacRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, Donnie Hathaway and later was sampled by The Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and Alchemist to name but a few. In the mid-sixties, Al was a member of The Blues Project and then founded Blood Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their debut album Child Is Father To The Man. He then slipped his producer hat on and began with the top ten album SuperSession in 1968 featuring Mike Bloomfield & Stephen Stills. He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." He played off & on with Dylan for many years, live and in the studio. His playing skills have graced the works of The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Paul & Mary, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker, BB King, Taj Mahal, Alice Cooper, Roger McGuinn, Betty Wright, Trisha Yearwood, Tracy Nelson and scores more. Major moments include playing piano, organ and French organ for The Rolling Stones on "You Cant Always Get What You Want," keyboards on George Harrison's #1 hit "All Those Years Ago," keys on "The Who Sell Out," and on "Electric Ladyland" for Jimi Hendrix.
As a producer he is best known for discovering Lynyrd Skynyrd and producing their first three albums including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps," and "Saturday Night Special." His other producing clients included, The Tubes, Nils Lofgren, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Ray Charles, BB King, The Staple Singers, Lorraine Ellison, Bob Dylan, Joe Ely, Thelonious Monster and Green On Red. His autobiography "Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards" is considered by many to be a rock 'n' roll must-read. He scored Hal Ashby's first film The Landlord, John Waters film Cry Baby, Michael Mann's TV series Crime Story and Peter Riegert's recent directorial debut King Of The Corner.

In 2005, he released Black Coffee to much critical acclaim, featuring four stars in Mojo magazine and three stars in Rolling Stone. It was awarded the Memphis Blues Award for Comeback Album Of The Year. His humorous appearances in the Martin Scorcese Dylan biopic No Direction Home were considered a highlight by many. In 2006, he was awarded the Milestone Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, the AES voted him the Les Paul Award presented to Al by it's namesake, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame. At 65, he shows no signs of retirement with a new album White Chocolate, more live concerts, and the brisk sale of his book published for the third time in 2008."


Flying Orca
10-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Cool show to see in a small venue. This kind of thing is why I don't generally buy arena tickets.

10-06-2009, 08:10 PM
You lucky b......!

Good on yer! Tell us all about it after, OK?

10-06-2009, 09:46 PM
Maybe if you think of it,you could bring along 2-3 cell phones to record a bit !!!

Jim Bow
10-06-2009, 10:47 PM
I still have Supersession. Love it.

I saw him play in San Francisco with The Young Rascals. Great show.

Phil Heffernan
10-06-2009, 10:51 PM
I saw the Blues Project several times at the Cafe A GoG
o in 1965, and I was in awe of their music...I was but lad...


10-06-2009, 10:58 PM
I still have the original "blues project album !!

Wake me,shake me !!!!!

10-08-2009, 06:31 PM
You sooo lucky!!

10-09-2009, 10:57 AM
A couple of years ago he sat in one night with Paul Shafer on Letterman, prompting Shafer to go off for about 3 weeks with his James Brown meets Al Kooper schtick on 'More than you'll ever know". I loved it ! Promptly ran out and bought Child Is Father...again.

Er...which club?

10-09-2009, 04:46 PM
One Longfellow Square. I don't know if it's sold out yet.


It's our anniversary, 22 years!, we're planning to spend the afternoon sailing around the bay then a nice dinner out somewhere, then the show. If you want to go out for a nightcap after the show that wound be fun. :)


10-09-2009, 05:56 PM
Whoops! A little rich for us at the moment. Congratulations on the anniversary and many more to come!