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My Letter Blasting Goldmine's Bobfest Review

Goldmine Magazine, 1994

In the fall of 1993, performers from various music genres paid tribute to Bob Dylan. Like him or not, his influence cannot be denied. How often does Johnny Cash share a microphone with George Harrison?

Carlo Wolff's review of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration for Bob Dylan needs a review. What difference does it make whether Bob Dylan can sing or not? The point of the concert was the impressive array of performers saluting Dylan with their versions of his songs. Sure, some of these performances will be "predictable". Did Mr. Wolff expect folk legend Ritchie Havens to do a rap version of "Just Like a Woman"? Instead of applauding Eric Clapton's blues version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", he criticizes his vocals. If anything about Clapton's segment deserves criticism, it's the omission from the CD of his performance of "Love Minus Zero - No Limit" with some of the sweetest guitar work you'll ever hear.

Mr. Wolff even complains about the cost of tickets to the event. I would easily pay $80 just to see George Harrison. Our geographical area has been totally ignored in terms of historic concerts until Paul McCartney graced us with his live broadcast last year.

From Bobfest

My Cyberchat with B.B. King about EC

On February 14, 1996, People Magazine and Compuserve hosted a forum with B.B. King. I was lucky enough to get a question answered. It is amazing to be sitting in the den chatting with the King of the Blues! Eric and B. B. have since been featured on the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute album.

(Me) You and Eric Clapton seem to be friends and have recorded with numerous other blues musicians, yet never with each other. Why not?

Also, have you heard EC's version of "Everyday I Have The Blues?" What do you think of it?

Thanks for all the years of great music!

An admirer,


(B.B. King) Well, thank you. No, Eric and I have never recorded together on CD but we did record together for a thing called BB King and Friends, and at Live at the Apollo. But we've never recorded together, just the two of us. I'd like to record with him in the future, but I don't know how he feels about it.

Rehearsals for the 1993 Apollo Show