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45 B-Side and Excited to Work With Drummers Schroeder and Mastelotto

Sept. 16, 2005

Life can take some interesting turns while you are making other plans. Let's just say that sometimes the bad guys win but often something else comes along to make up for it. In this case a great lineup for 45-B Side, the 45 hour non-stop jam show in Padua on Oct. 9, 10 , 11. Two of my favorite drummers are on hand, Pat Mastelotto and Schroeder, I have not played with Pat for a long time but I can tell you that Schroeder is one bad mother so the two of them together should prove to be interesting to say the least. Other guests include touch guitarist Markus Reuter, Indian via Germany keyboard man T.L., friends Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Alex Arcuri, Pietro Valente, and many more, too many to list here. Hopefully Johnny and Penny will make it down as well. Please visit www.factory04.com for more information.

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Good News from New Orleans

Sept. 12, 2005

Just found out that one of our friends from New Orleans is OK and made it to Texas with family and will be going to stay in MO for a bit. He saw his house on video and it appears that only the bottom floor was flooded. We are talking about helping to welcome back the music of New Orleans with a marathon jam like 45 when it is possible. Latest reports show that the French Quarter and surrounding areas might be open in 3 or 4 months. Let's hope so. This is a wonderful town.

45 B-Side is in full swing for Oct. 9,10,11 in Italy with special guests Pat Mastelotto, Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Schroeder, TL and many more. See www.factory04.com for more information.

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A Wonderful Week in Germany

May 18, 2005

Just back from a wonderful week in Germany where we had two wonderful shows and a great visit and stay at the home of German drummer Schroeder and Penny. I must add that the more I play with Schroeder the more he is becoming one of my favorite drummers of all time.

We had a great warm up shown on the 10th in Freiburg at the Waldsee, a very nice club and grub spot near a lake followed by a fantastic show on the 15th in Wurzburg at the Cafe Cairo in a very old building below a castle. Great crowd and a great performance by all making it one of the best shows for me in many years and in the top 5 as far as I can remember. Both shows were recorded and the Cafe Cairo show was also video taped so hopefully some things to present will come from that.

A very special thanks to Charley from Freakshow and to all the musicians who performed at the shows, of course Schroeder on drums, Sylvia Oelkrug on violin, Johnny Gomer on second guitar, TL Mazumdar on keyboards and Jan Fitschen on bass and Chapman stick. Also to Hendrick for adding to the bass lineup for the first night. I plan on doing more shows in Germany this fall and winter so keep checking back for dates.

Thanks also to our friends at Der Geier, a wonderful little bar and food place near Schroeder's home or should I say within stumbling distance of his home. The name means the Vulture in English as it was once a hang of the the Third Reich in the old days but is now a very cool hang of alternative types. Yes Bernd, the cigs changed my life! Quack!

Looks like another 45 hour jam will be coming up in early October so I will post more information about that as it comes in. I may take part in a small jam this Saturday at the Factory04 in Padova and I have a confirmed date for the River Film Festival here on June 5.

More soon and take care,

Willie

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45 B-Side

October 9, 10 11, 2005

45 B-Side another 45 hour non-stop improvisation jam in Padua Italy at Factory 04 Guests include Pat Mastelotto, Schroeder, Markus Reuter, Indian via Germany keyboard man T.L., friends Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Alex Arcuri, Pietro Valente, Johnny Gomer and many more. See 45 below for more information and visit www.factory04.com

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