One for the Money, Two for the show…

Posted: July 24, 2012 in entertainment
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Here is a tip that is right on the Money: get your tickets to paradise, very quickly because they won’t be available long. Eddie Money, who has a ton of hits and plays casinos, festivals and fairs all over the country, is going to do a small venue show here in the Valley on August 9th. I’ve been watching things pretty close for the last ten years around here, and I feel very comfortable saying that Cheap Shots on Trent is going to have the best and funnest night that any Valley bar has had for a very long time. Eddie Money is not a small venue guy but he is doing the Valley a big favor because we have connections.
How did we get so lucky? The nearest that I can tell (and I’m pretty near to the situation), is that there are two principal reasons. One of the reasons I have known for years and the other I have never met even though we have dozens of mutual friends.
I met the main reason several years ago when we were running the Rock Inn. Back then Joey Shalloe was probably the number one sound guy in Spokane. He had a steady gig at The Goodtymes niteclub running their sound on weekends. When touring events like a Broadway play at the Opera House or performer at the fair needed help with their sound, they called Joey. He also flew around the country and the world doing sound for Paul Rodgers, the lead singer for Bad Company.
But being a sound guy in Spokane, no matter how good you are, is not always steady money. He worked at the Rock Inn very part-time as my sound advisor and briefly as a karaoke host. After the Rock Inn he worked with me occasionally as a carpenter during the week while flying to places like Japan to do Paul’s sound over the weekend. Talk about a good story to the Monday morning question “So how did your weekend go?”
It has been four or five years since Joey has needed to find side work with the likes of me because he hit a steady money gig with Eddie Money who first hired him to run his sound and then the whole show, doubling as sound technician and road manager. It is a big job because Eddie Money likes to work, and he works from corner to corner of the country and everywhere in between. Though he lives in the Valley, Joey commutes thousands of miles a year, flying out of the old GEG and hopping on the tour bus to run the show for Eddie at something like 115 shows a year. None of the shows are for small crowds, unless maybe private parties where big money is involved.
Sandwiched between shows in Montana and Oregon, Joey is doing us a favor promoting the show only because Eddie is doing him a favor. It is a little job benefit for Joey that is going to benefit a lot of people. Eddie is actually killing two birds with one stone because he is also giving his drummer, Glenn Symmonds, a bonus. Glenn graduated from West Valley in 1970 and so he will be performing with and in front of a lot of friends that night.
That he will be performing with a group of very old friends for about 15 or 20 minutes before the show is something that is easily worth the price of admission. Some of those old friends are my old friends though I never knew them like Glen knew them. As a kid he was a drummer in the awesome drumline of the Percussion Naut Patriots, a drum and bugle corps led by Howie Robbins. Howie, an extrordinary drummer, touched and influenced hundreds of kids lives but most of all his drummers, many of whom he gave private lessons.
Though Glenn was already long gone when I joined the drum corps’ brass line in 1972, most of the drummers he played with and will reunite with August 9th were still playing on Howie’s drumline when I first met them. The snare line was the heart of the show and I loved them. They were beyond good, they were phenomenal. The amazing thing is that many of them remained in Spokane, stayed in touch and recently a few of them started playing together and performing as Robbins Rebels. One of them, Jerry Brown, designs all my trusses for me at Valley Bestway. He and a handful of originals from the 1960’s will be performing with their old friend Glenn Symmonds. It is going to be a very entertaining and nostalgic short performance for a lot of people.
Eddie Money, on top of doing Joey and Glenn a favor, is doing a big favor for the people who will be lucky enough to be in the audience that night. Take a little advice, don’t be late showing up or buying your tickets. (As predicted, the concert sold out well in advance. Don’t say we didn’t try to give everyone a heads up.)

Cheap Shots is located at 6419 East Trent. Their number is 535-9309
Glenn Symmonds is a great Valley-boy-does-good story. I found this bio googling him on the net.
Here is a feature story I did on Joey a few years ago.
Here is a story I did on Howie Robbins a few months before he passed away.

Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting. Your mother.

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