Today, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Use Dominica’s experience as an example by: – June 20, 2018 64 Views one comment Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Dr. Reginald ThomasPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Reginald Thomas has urged neighboring islands to use Dominica as an example to implement climate change resilient measures.Addressing a three day Post Disaster Needs Assessment Training Workshop on Monday, 18 June 2018, Dr. Thomas said his Ministry is instructing its staff to help them be prepared in the case of an event.He described the workshop, hosted by the Ministry in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as timely since the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season commenced on 1 June and it is important that the country can respond “in the shortest possible time” to any climatic event.“We are just beginning the hurricane season so it is indeed a good time, and it is important that we go through this program to ensure that we get the maximum benefits from it,” Dr. Thomas stated.He noted that in the face of disasters, time is of the essence hence the ability to respond in an effective manner is critical to building resilience and rebounding quickly.“For those of us from the neighboring islands who were spared from Maria, we want for you to go back and put the necessary systems in your country, in the event that you are faced with something similar, so that you can respond and respond in the shortest time,” Dr. Thomas added.