April 11, 2016

The Best ?

Okay – I have seen it – The Best – a band with Joe Walsh and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter on guitars, John Entwhistle on Bass, Simon Phillips on drums and a few assorted others . . . but this totally passed me by.  Clip here was recorded in Japan in 1990 . . . Joe W looks like he was having a lot of ‘fun’ – I don’t think this was a dry band, by any means.  Who knew?  k

Here is what our friends at WIKI have to say about The Best:

The Best was a short-lived supergroup featuring Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) on keyboards, John Entwistle (of The Who) on bass and vocals, Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, and solo fame) on guitar and vocals, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers) on guitar, and Simon Phillips (the Jack Bruce Band, 801, the Jeff Beck Group; later of Toto) on drums. Relative unknown Rick Livingstone[1] sang lead vocals (along with Walsh and Entwistle). Backing vocals were provided by Hamish, Angus and Fergus Richardson of the band Brother.

In a 1994 interview posted on The Who mailing list Entwistle said that The Best had toured Japan, and that an American tour had been planned but never came to fruition.[2] In the same interview he also noted that drummer Zak Starkey had also been “in the band a while”, presumably before Phillips joined.

In 2010, a DVD of the band’s 26 September 1990 performance in Yokohama, Japan was released.[3]