Peter Asher started a new round of tour dates Sept. 18 for his “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the ‘60s and Beyond” show in the San Francisco Bay Area playing Yoshi's at Jack London Square in Oakland.
(You can see photos of some of Asher's day in the Bay Area in the slide show.)
Asher's day started early in the morning at 10 a.m. at the studios of local radio station KGO-AM (810) where Asher was the on-air guest of talk show host Ronn Owens for an hour. (You can hear or download the show here.) The two men talked casually, discussing topics that included Peter & Gordon, Paul McCartney, his recent work for Elton John on new versions of song from “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” for a upcoming reissue and Linda Ronstadt and the recent public revelations about her voice. He said he highly recommended her recent book, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”
After the radio show ended, the group headed to Oakland for the show to take place that evening at Yoshi's.
Before the soundcheck, Ken Michaels and yours truly conducted an for our “Things We Said Today” radio show, which will premiere Saturday on Fab4Radio.com and be online Sunday. Among the subjects in the show, Asher, who was at one time head of A&R for Apple Records, talked about the recent death of Apple recording artist Jackie Lomax and said he thought now would be a good time for people to rediscover the Jackie Lomax album.
“It's a damn good record,” he said.
The show that evening featured a couple of interesting changes from previous shows. When pictures featured Linda Ronstadt and Jackie Lomax, he mentioned the recent developments with them. But one picture was especially interesting – a backstage shot of Paul and Linda McCartney and Peter Asher and Linda Ronstadt all together. The four of them looked tremendous in the vintage photo.
Another new picture was more recent. In talking about his sister Jane Asher, he showed a picture of himself and Jane taken in London three months ago.
This was the third time we'd seen the show and the music and the stories were still as charming as ever. Of course, the show features many Peter & Gordon songs, such as “I Go To Pieces,” “I Don't Want To See You Again” and “Lady Godiva” (which gets chuckles when Asher tells the audience that Gordon Waller was the reason they recorded the song, since he was against doing it).
The high points of the show are the electronic duets with Gordon Waller on “True Love Ways” and “Woman,” which, as always, show the '60s spirit of Peter & Gordon is still there.
The show ends with the audience sing-along of “World Without Love” with Asher's great band, led by Jeff Alan Ross.
The show will play in San Diego at AMSD Concerts Oct. 5, the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live Oct. 12, the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio Nov. 2, the Cutting Room in New York City on Nov. 5, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. Feb. 20 and the River Club Music Hall in Scituate, Mass. Feb. 21.
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