Tidbit of background info on Feel the Love album:
During the mixing and mastering of the album, Bill Schnee and his wife Chris invited all hands to their place in the Hollywood Hills for a spaghetti bust and slide show. Chuck Girard, Karen Girard, Chris Schnee and others (even me!) had tons of 35mm happy snaps from the tour, and we all went home with sore stomach muscles from laughing for 2 solid hours after reliving the tour through the pictures. And maybe just a little too much spaghetti.
Anyway, later while we were spitballing over the cover design, somebody had the idea that we should make up a collection of those tour photos for the inside of the double cover. One thing got left out, though... Jay Truax wanted the Art Department to airbrush "Goodyear" on my side in the diving board picture, but I outflanked him and put the squash on the idea... Feb. 1997
Our first concert on that tour was March 4, 1976 in Houston Texas. I remember that date because Chuck Girard always said we "Marched forth on March 4th."
About an hour before the concert, I began to smell smoke. Nobody would
listen.. .The union stagehands were eating KFC and couldn't be bothered. The
smell was worst in my dressing room but nobody else noticed until the crowd
was in the auditorium and it was about 10 minutes til game time. They
finally had to admit there was a problem when you could actually SEE the
smoke, emanating from between the floorboards of the stage.... from the main
electrical service room directly beneath the stage, where there was indeed a
catastrophe in the making.
Well, the catastrophe was averted by my astute olfactory warning system, the (ultimately) "quick" action of the stagehands in killing all the power, and the orderly evacuation of the audience to an alternate concert site, next door in the Roy Hofheinz (sic?) Arena, where we set up in a boxing ring and bounced our way through a rousing and successful performance.....
The audience even helped carry amps, PA systems, guitars, drums and miles of cables to the Arena, and the entire stage was torn down and reconstructed in less than an hour, with no missing gear.....(try that at your local Aerosmith concert!!)
One funny sidebar...I was wearing a white suit for that concert, and when they killed the lights, I had to grab my stuff and walk down several flights of smoke filled stairs in the dark. There was little left on the stage except a couple of large equipment crates, so I paused to get out of my suit and into Levis. Hey, it was pitch dark, right? That is, until the guy in charge of the 3 gazillion candlepower arc spot in the back of the hall discovered HIS juice was still ON, and hit my bare backside with all 3 gazillion to help light up the stage. Well, he lit it up alright. Gave me such a sunburn I couldn't sit down for a week... Jan. 1997
Bob is now Administrative Manager , with CATS USA, INC. an environmental firm. He still occasionally plays with the other guys for Love Song gigs.