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Hollywood Royalty

June 18, 2007

For Father’s Day we gave Pops tickets to Guitar Center’s King of
the Blues 2007 Grand Finale last Saturday, and he came back smellin' like whisky with a grin wider than the
Delta. Cheech was on emcee duties, reinforcing a few stereotypes by
continually forgetting what decade we were in (as in repeatedly announcing they were going to crown the "King of the Blues" for 1997). Howlin Wolf’s guitarist
of many years, the legendary Hubert Sumlin performed alongside protegé Kenny Wayne Shepherd (who himself wah’d and whammied through a spot
on cover of “Voodoo Chile”) and four lucky shredders from across the US
ran twelve bars into the ground in an attempt to be crowned “King of
the Blues.” Though the night didn’t really begin until a stoic (drunk?)
Billy Bob Thornton ambled on stage to announce “the best Southern Rock
band in the world: The Black Crowes!” The good ole boys (from Hollywood) reached deep
into their catalogue to pull out their rowdiest crowd pleasers,
including a particularly sleazy "Hard to Handle." Needless to say,
faces commenced melting and Chris Robinson shook his moneymaker like it was 1990 all over again leaving us already excited for next year’s King of the Blues. May we suggest Skynyrd?

Posted: June 18, 2007
Hollywood Royalty