Reg: ... John Frusciante and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers ...
Graeme: Och, put a sock in it ...
Reg: ... The Allmans throwing Dicky Betts out, because of attitude problems ... Blur asking Graham Coxon to leave because of his bad attitude ...
Don: Will it ever end?
Reg: ... Joe Perry and Aerosmith ...
Alan: Aye, ye notice he's got nae Scottish examples ...
Reg: ... Stuart Adamson and Big Country ...
Alan: Oh aye ... forgot that one ...
Toni is desperate to change the subject.
Toni: Er Reg, how would you define 'an artist'?
Reg: A bloke who paints stuff.
Sometimes the simple explanations are the best. Meanwhile, Les has been frantically trying to get Reg's attention.
Les: Reg! Reg! Mate! You're wrong on something. I've got the proof.
The passengers go quiet. Les carries on.
Les: You said that Alvin had never talked about any influence from James Dean.
Reg: That's right.
Les: Well ... no, it's not.
Les: I've got this article from 'Blues Matters' magazine. 2004.
Reg: Ah yes - I've seen that.
Les: I thought you might ... but you missed something, then.
Reg: Go on.
Les: In an interview Alvin says that he was a bit of a 'rebel' at school ... and 'I was a fan of James Dean'.
Les waves the article above his head, in triumph.
Reg: Fair enough ... so I was right then
Tony: Eh? How do you work that one out?
Reg: Well, I was obviously right that James Dean was a big influence on the young Alvin. So the use of the 'Dean' surname in the early '60s??
All: Yes ... must have been from James Dean ... can't deny it ... got to be right ... etc.
Reg: Thanks - and we'll be returning to the issue of the surname later. What about the hair, the image? Indeed, the very persona of the young, guitar totin' rebel?
All: Seems very likely ... I see it now ... can't really dispute it ...etc.
Reg: What about the 'crucifixion' poses with the guitar?
All: Certainly interesting ... not entirely convinced ... could be something in it ... possible, rather than probable ... etc.
Pieter: But there is no James Dean influence in the choice of 'Alvin' as a first name, is there?
Reg: Probably not.
Lynn: Just ... 'probably'? Not ...'definitely'?
Reg: Oh, I don't want to bother you guys with it ... it's probably nothing.
All: Well, why don't you run it past us? ... we want to hear it ... let us be the judges ... etc.
Reg: OK, OK ... it could be like this ...
Jul 23, 2012 - 7:51AM
Re: The Magical Hystery Tour - chapter 23.
Mark Farner and GFR. (Thought Toni woulda got that in!)
Still on the tour, Reg. Keep on truckin'
As an aside, CLASSIC ROCK magazine has a great half-page ad for all Alvin's solo albums and highlighting the upcoming release also! Was a welcome shock. Good luck, REPERTOIRE!