Re: Billy Cobham
A Billy story:
This has nothing to do with how great Billy is or is'nt, but back in '81, I had gone to hear Billy at a little music club in Greenwich Village, New York, called THE BOTTOM LINE.
Billy was to go on at 9pm, but I'd gotten to the club a little early.
Strains of loud music were emerging through the doors of the club, as I walked up to the counter clerk.
" Who's opening for him ?" I asked him.
" Oh, some band called Police or something.. from the UK" he replied in a sleepy voice.
" what kind of music? " I continued, trying to decide if they were worth a listen
..... "Some punk BS" he said.
I decided to kill a half hour walking around the neighborhood, and returned to the club after a chilidog & diet coke, to the closing strains of Roxanne.
A few months later, you could hear nothing else on the radio.
Oh, and by the way, Billy blew my mind wide open that night, and I still have'nt fully recovered.