Sunday, November 29, 2020

Firefall new album


One can say that Firefall has a rather strong connection to The Byrds.

Not only was Michael Clarke their original drummer (recording their first three LPs with them), but other original members Jock Bartley and Mark Andes were members of The Chris Hillman Band in the 70s, and Jock Bartley was a member of Gram Parsons’ Fallen Angels.

More, the original founder and leader of Firefall was Rick Roberts, who replaced Gram Parsons in The Flying Burrito Brothers and became the leader of that band when Chris Hillman left.

Rick Roberts was also a member of the Gene Clark Byrds Tribute bands in the mid-80s.

Firefall underwent many lineup changes over the years, always with Jock Bartley at the helm.

Since late 2014, three original members, Jock Bartley, David Muse and Mark Andes, reunited and toured along with long time member Sandy Ficca (since 1984) and, since 2015, Gary Jones.

Firefall will release a new album of studio recordings on December 11, titled COMET.

 It is announced as "Firefall's first album of new music in 25 years".

01 Way Back When
02 A Real Fine Day
03 Hardest Chain
04 Nature’s Way
05 Younger
06 There She Is
07 Ghost Town
08 Never Be The Same
09 Before I Met You
10 A New Mexico

Saturday, November 28, 2020

John Guerin

Byrds fans often argue about John Guerin having or not having to be considered an official member of The Byrds. He appears as a band member on the 2 live tracks on the Banjoman soundtrack LP, so this leaves the question open.

For those interested in his carreer outside The Byrds, here's a link to a fantastic blog (the title says it all).

It lists 374 albums he plays on!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Michael Clarke Interview

In 1990, Michael Clarke had secured the rights to the 'Byrds' trademark and toured Europe with his bunch of Byrds (with Skip Battin, Terry Jones Rogers and Jerry Sorn).

When in U.K., he did an interview at the Preston Guild Hall, Lancashire, England.

The complete interview, as broadcast by some local radio station, is available on YouTube, with Byrds songs thrown in between spoken parts.

You can download the spoken parts only (10 min) here:

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

Why did they need 5 men in the first place?

Watch this YouTube video of a Tambourine Man playing all five original Byrds parts!

More of The Flying Burrito Brothers concert in France 1985


One week ago (November 15), we posted an article about a promotional video clip done by French TV for a concert by The Flying Burrito Brothers in Blois, France, on October 19, 1985.

A couple of weeks ago, the ever-present Jean-Pierre Morisset sent the complete video of the concert to Thomas Aubrunner in Austria, telling him it was a very amateurish audience VHS taping ... but Thomas decided to make something of it and put the 'highlights' on YouTube. Great work!

Watch it here:

Thomas’ Burrito Brother website: 

Many thanks to Jean-Pierre and Thomas


Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Byrds on the cover of SHINDIG!


The Byrds are on the cover of the latest issue of Shiding! (#109) (November 2020)

 There's a long article about them, with many pictures.

The article also includes a version of Toulouse Engelhard's review of his early 1973 concert as an opening act for The Byrds.