Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday, November 30 and at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Saturday December 3, 2011. The picture above was taken at Stagecoach 2008 off the Mane Stage big screen, since I had decided to spend that entire performance with my wife, Karen Dinning Gibbs, rather that take pictures of the first 3 songs and then rush back to our carry-in folding chairs among the 40,000 gathered around the stage. Below is a picture of my wife for that Friday evening performance several hours before the Eagles came on with Timothy B. Schmit playing bass who can be seen on the far left of the picture above. In looking through Karen's Facebook pictures on a similar picture at Stagecoach, she commented on the picture that one day she hoped to be rich enough to afford the up close and personal seats and not have to be looking at the enormous video screens provided by Goldenvoice.
This blog post helping to bring attention to Timothy B. Schmit's solo swing through the Los Angeles area is also a tribute to my recently departed wife Karen Dinning Gibbs in which our 43 years of friendship, 32 years of living together, and 29 years of marriage revolved around music and food. My wife karen unexpectedly lost a battle against a very rare auto-immune disease that attacked her lungs, and she passed away on November 19, 2011. During her one month stay in Intensive Care Unit at Long Beach Memorial, I played the Hotel California album on my iPad for her during her 16 days of being in a semi-consious state while on life support.
Timothy B. Schmit joined the Eagles right after the late 1976 release of Hotel California album to tour with the group, and has been a member ever since. The Hotel California album also had special significance for me, as when I travelled overland around the world between 1977- 1979, this album was being played in chai (tea) shops, tavernas, losmen, cheap hotels, clubs, buses on the overland trail from London to Kathmandu and into Southeast Asia. See Rory MacLean's The Magic Bus to better understand this time period in the 1960s and 1970s and how music was a backdrop, especially the Beatles, sojourn in India and the impact on music in general.
My wife Karen Gibbs typed my extensive journals from travelling overland around the world, as she wooed me in 1979 when I returned, and she knew how music was interwoven into the fabric of western travellers bringing their music to Asia and the musicians themselves being influenced by India. I especially remember sleeping on the beach in Corfu and hanging out at the Greek taverna with Hotel California being played on their music system while we sat around getting drunk on Ouzou. Karen Gibbs and I had very similar music tastes, so you would find Buffalo Springfield in our original vinyl record collection which was the beginning of the country rock scene in Los Angeles giving birth to so many groups, including Poco, which featured Timothy B. Schmit on bass.
A significant portion of our vinyl record collection was sold to Amoeba in Hollywood and Fingerprints in Long Beach, and the remainder recently given to our friend and neighbor Ben who is going retro with vinyl. Either with Ben or some lucky sole who purchased it at Amoeba would be a Poco album. Karen and I never saw Buffalo Springfield or Poco in concert which included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Jim Missina; but if you tracked these individuals it would bring you to Crosby, Stills Nash, and Young and the Eagles. Richie Furay best known song written while with Buffalo Springfield was "Kind Women" which was performed and made famous by Poco which obviously included Timothy B. Schmit and Richie Furay. And linked to all of this is J.D. Souther who wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, and you can catch, J.D. Souther at Stagecoach 2012 on April 27, 28, or 29th. A schedule has not been released yet. I wouldn't be surprised if Timothy B, Schmit joins the band for one or more songs. There are always surpises at Stagecoach by Paul Tollett, co-principal of Goldenvoice, the producer of Stagecoach and Coachella. Richie Furay himself teamed up with Chris Hillman at Stagecoach, and I do have great pictures from Stagecoach of that performance.
And since this blog post promoting Timothy B. Schmit is also a tribute to my late wife Karen Dinning Gibbs, and a plug for Stagecoach 2012, here is one of my favorite pictures with Karen, myself, and Sara Watkins at Stagecoach 2007 in a farewell performance of Nickel Creek. Sara Watkins is finally returning to Stagecoach in 2012 as a solo performer. This picture was taken after Karen, Sara (and her friend who took this picture), and I all watched Neko Case perform. Sara was very gracious when I asked for this picture, which now has even more meaning.
Anyway, I along with my son, Joshua, will catch the solo performance of Timothy B. Schmit at the Coach House on Wednesday night at 8 pm. Tickets are still available, and you can also still buy tickets at the Saturday, December 3, 2011 Canyon Club performance at 9 pm. Tickets are $25 each at both locations. Timothy B Schmit has promised to play songs from Poco and the Eagles along with material from his very enjoyable new CD Expando which I am playing samples from his website right now. Do not let this opportunity go by to see the great Timothy B. Schmit known for his bass work on Poco and the Eagles, now promoting his solo career.