Happy 50th anniversary of Woodstock to Palo Alto’s Gregg Rolie of Santana

Let’s put our hands together for Gregg Rolie


The New York Times did not mention him, but ran an interview with Carlos about taking mescaline with Jerry, but the Grammy homepage did have Gregg Rolie on the panel interview about their thoughts on rock’s big day out, 50 years ago this month.

It’s a Palo-centric view to say Carlos would never have made it that far if not for meeting Gregg Rolie at a Mountain View jam session a couple years before.

Who knows the real story of why Gregg and Neal Schon bailed to go form Journey. Ah, the road not taken!

Rolie is performing some Santana songs at Bethel Woods near Woodstock tomorrow night, with Ringo.

To the extent that Palo Alto seems to book often the Santana tribute led by local Leo Herrera, I always say “We should get Gregg Rolie!”

I’ll have to ask John Santos about Santana when he gets here next month. He played with that band, for a minute, he sometimes talks about.

Not sure the segue: Joe Russo Almost Dead, Saturday at Frost; Dayna Stephens at The Mitch Sunday afternoon; some old British blues band in Santa Clara Sunday night. Get yer ya-ya’s indeedy.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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