OLDER THAN DIRT BAND

Our First Gig which was at Madison Square Garden...

18,000 expectant fans sit restlessly at the famous Madison Square Garden in NYC....to see the new Sensation called “THE OLDER THAN DIRT BAND....Apparently they are a bunch of old guys trying to make it in today’s youth driven world of Rock n Roll and Pop Music...Nobody has ever seen them live before, only seen their Video and Song called “Peace & Love Have Broken Out ( All Over The World )..... The hype has been going on for 6 months and their song has been # 1 on Billboard top 100 for 3 months straight.

Some old guy that looks like a 1960’s hippie slowly walks on stage with a Fender Stratocaster slung over his shoulder like a gunslinger.....He is kind of hunched over and slowly walks over to 8 Marshal Stack Amps piled up 20 feet in the air. He has long unruly gray hair and looks like he should be a spokesman for Visine.

The drummer walks up 30 feet in the air to his drum kit. He actually has one of those oxygen things in his nostrils and is helped up to the platform by two rather large guys. He looks like he should be playing shuffle board at Nate’s Retirement Home.

Then a guy clearly in his early 70’s comes out in a wheel chair. He has an old Hofner Bass like the one Paul played a hundred years ago...you know, the one that looks like a violin. He is sitting there now tuning his bass and looking a little disheveled.

Next 3 gray haired hippies come out with some horns....They are wearing Hawaiian Shirts and are hilarious looking...Hey where’s the Baby Boomer Cruise...hahahha...what a hoot...These guys will be lucky to make it to intermission.

The keyboard player comes out next and is actually using one of those walkers....He has hair down to his waste with a huge Peace sign around his neck....A sign behind his Rack of Keyboards says...MAKE LOVE NOT WAR....hahha...I feel I’m in a time warp......Off stage to the right is an Ambulance and two para medics at the ready....Never know when one of these guys will go into complete coronary collapse...

Still no Barry...Who is the Chief Songwriter and Singer...

The crowd is now all a twitter and laughing hysterically. Is this some kind of joke. People are screaming that they want their Money back...

All of a sudden ALL the lights go down and the audience quiets down. Couldn’t see right in front of your face.

The drum starts pounding and a red light shines down on him. He is Pounding these beautiful Pearl Drums that are rockin the place.

Next the guy on bass starts the bass line. The volume is massive and pulsating and just these two are making the Garden Vibrate. All you can see is these two guys now with lights on them. All over a sudden they don’t look or sound that old.....

Then as if a space ship just landed.....that little gray haired hippy with the 50 year old Fender Guitar hits ONE power chord that rattled the ceilings and the entire place was vibrating...He just fell into the groove and it was incredible....

The sax, trumpet and trombone start to wail...

Now the light comes on the guy who came in with a walker as he walked to his keyboards...His keyboards looked like the inside of a space ship and the sounds were ethereal.......

Still no Barry.

Then the lights go down again and the Music keeps playing. All of a sudden these Old men of the 1960’s don’t sound old anymore...We were just caught up in all the power and excitement. People are on their feet swaying and stomping their feet. The audience is made up of ALL ages, but the older ones seem to be mesmerized by this incredible spectacle. It seems all the hype was legitimate.

After a few minutes all the lights come back on and Barry is out front and he is singing their Huge Hit .....The Oxygen is gone from the drummers nose, no wheel chairs in sight, the ambulance and incredible. They talked about LIFE DEATH AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN in their songs...Told their and Our stories...Incredible.........

The paramedics are no place to be found.
All I see and hear is One Incredible Rock Band that was turned down by EVERY single record company. They were told to go home and play golf. Too old they said...nobody would be interested....HUH???

Well.... History is being made tonight. These guys have changed the paradigm.

I must confess...as a Music Critic and Journalist, who is up there in years....I was very excited and proud.
When they sang their last incredible song the lights went out and when they came on The Band was nowhere in sight. Just Gone.....They didn't come out for an encore or anything....Puff GONE.....Nobody saw them backstage or outside. The seemed to have Vanished. But in a few minutes they were posting on their Facebook Page and Website. They just said WE HAD A GREAT TIME TONIGHT and don't know where or when they would play again....Stay tuned.....lol...