Even though he won’t actually hit 90 until July 7, Severinsen’s 16-song, 90-minute gig with his scorching hot Big Band last Thursday at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge marked the milestone, celebrated complete with cake and one and all singing “Happy Birthday.”
Applying emphatic conducting, Doc put his 16-piece big band through its paces, always emphasized by his blasting solos.
Doc has no conception of the word “Mellow.” He blasts away on stratospheric solos and his band arrangements are upbeat and wonderfully powerful.
ORIGINAL ALICE COOPER BAND TO REUNITE. The original Alice Cooper Band, with Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith, will reunite with the glam rock group’s namesake for one night, according to a post on his Facebook page.
The classic Cooper band broke up in 1974 after a South American tour that saw them play before an estimated then-indoor concert record 158,000 fans on Mar. 30 at the Ahnembi Exposition Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“In the ’60s, the band recorded the all-time garage band classics”Dirty Water,” “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White,” “Try It, “Why Pick On Me,” “Riot on the Sunset Strip” as well as the title song to the 1965 family film, “Zebra in the Kitchen” that starred Jay “Dennis the Menace” North, Martin “Adam-12” Milner and Andy Devine.
The English heavy metal band’s 20th studio album, “InFinite,” debuted at No. 6.
His work with Cash included playing on his historic live albums recorded at Folsom Prison and San Quentin Prison in 1958 and 1969, respectively; on Bob Dylan’s major foray into country music, “Nashville Skyline” in 1969; and he was in Cash’s band during the run of ABC-TV’s “Johnny Cash Show” from 1969-1971.
During the mid-’70s, Holdsworth also played in Soft Machine and The Jean-Luc Ponty Band.