Big Event/Benefit Show for
Eddie Bertrand

Eddie has had a couple of really bad falls, and broken his hips. He is in financial hard times right now, so Tim (H.B. Kahuna) and Jeff (Big Tiki Dude) Hanson are putting on a Huge benifit show for the man who basically invented Surf Music for us to all love. Now it’s our turn to show the love…

Ok here is the Line up for the Big Show (not in order of appearance)

  • The Riptides (south bay band) not Jason Lee and the RIP tides.
  • Outerwave
  • The Eliminators
  • Slacktone
  • The Insect Surfers
  • Secret Samurai
  • The Men Of Mystery

and an All Star Jam doing songs of the Bel-Air and Eddie and the Showmen,
Feat. John Blair, Paul Johnson, Tim Fitzpatrick, John Benton, Jim Frias and Matt Quilter and possibly some other legends.

I wouldn’t miss this!

Saturday February 5th 2011
Don The Beachcombers
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA

By the way, just found this bit on musician healthcare:
that’s more like it: Ohio co-op helps musicians handle medical insurance…

Los Apollos at Kingkongklub

I’m going to play on September 11th with Los Apollos, supported by Berlin Beat band The Groovy Cellar. Afterwards I’m going to spin some records, until the sun comes ups again (hopefully).


Surfguitar 101 Convention 2010

I only heard good things about this years Surfguitar 101 convention out in California.

Here is the Surfguitar 101 YouTube playlist of the event.

This time german band The Space Rangers made an appearance there as a stop on their California tour. The band hails from Ulm and on guitar is Muck who played rhythm guitar on one tour with my old band The Looney Tunes. On that tour I borrowed him my Musima Eterna DeLuxe as he only owned a Steinberger headless and a jazz-box. It’s great to see him finally sporting a Jaguar. I knew the Surf-bug bit him when he started doubling my lead on Miserlou during one of our shows, and checking out the playlist from the convention I reckon his new band plays old showstoppers from the Looney Tunes setlist The Swingin’ Creeper (as it is tradtionally called in Germany, elsewhere known as Nightstick*, A Go-Go Dancer**, Kickstand*** by The Ventures) and Stampede. Talk about keeping the torch on fire.

* UK, ** US, *** Japan


Fundraiser for Marie – victim of a car accident, bar manager of Don The Beachcomber in Sunset Beach, California.

Surf and Exotica bands live:

    The Board Walkers
    The Eliminators
    The Smokin Menehunes
    Glasgow Tiki Shakers
    Tikiyaki Orchestra

more info at Surfguitar 101

Murry’s Long Letter to Brian Wilson

The father of the Beach Boys’ Wilson brothers was the personified dark cloud over the family. Now a lengthy letter surfaced on the internet that documents this. Apparently in his own words.

Quote from Letters of Note:

In 1964, less than three years after the release of their first single Surfin' and following many years of psychological and physical abuse, Murry Wilson was fired as manager of The Beach Boys by his son Brian. A year later, Murry wrote him the following eight page letter. In it, he blames Brian's mother for their ongoing rift due to her less severe punishment techniques, questions Brian's honesty and the actions of his friends in the music business, and even recommends that Brian dissolve the band as soon as possible in order to avoid any future problems. It's an incredibly interesting – albeit dark – snapshot of a showbiz family in free-fall, made all the more remarkable when you consider that just a few months after this was written, The Beach Boys began to record Pet Sounds, an album regarded by many as one of the best ever produced.

Quote from the actual letter:

No matter how many hit songs you write or how many hundreds of thousands of dollars you may earn, you will find when you finish this short cycle of Beach Boy success that you didn’t do it honestly and for this reason you are going to suffer remorse. I have been trying to fight you on every act of what I thought was not honest to protect you from yourself some five or seven years later; because I knew that when competition hit you between the eyes that you would not be able to cope with this vicious competition, regardless of how talented you are, because you got so much much too fast and the fact that you used your own father and then threw him away when you thought you didn’t need him will come back into your mind over and over again.

via Letters of Note: All I tried to do was make you all honest men.