Some Very Good News about the first HEAD EAST REUNION SHOW at the Wildwood Lodge!
Since all of the tickets for just the concert Saturday, March 30th (no dinner or room included) are SOLD OUT, the Lodge has started a "Waiting List" that you can get on if you wanted to attend that Reunion Concert but didn't want dinner or to spend the night. IF the Waiting List provides enough interest, the Lodge will have HEAD EAST perform a second show on Friday evening, March 29! It will be exactly the same original members, doing the exact same show, for all those fans who weren't able to get the Saturday tickets on time.
This venue is indeed a very small, intimate setting to get up close and personal with the band members as they smile, sweat, and have a good time right along with you - it is entirely possible at this show to have a conversation with band members during the show, you will be that close!
Go the band's official website to access the Waiting List on their "NEWS" page. Go to: head-east.com for the link and all the details about how to do this. AND WE'LL SEE YOU THERE!
Recently I had the pleasure of appearing on two of the finest Rock Music Radio Stations in Southern Illinois. Mama G (Ms. McNamara) did me the honor of interviewing me on WDLJ (Breeze/Carlyle & the World via streaming) and WDML (Mt. Vernon/Centralia) by Dave Listers on his show, McGuire in the Morning. My thanks to both of these prominent radio personalities for inviting me to join them for what I found to be a very enjoyable chat. I hope many of you had the chance to hear our conversation and I urge you to tune in these great morning Rock Shows if you don't already.
Well, it looks as if the Wildey Theater Shows where I am REALLY looking forward to making a Guest Appearance for all three shows is a dang, sold-out, done deal. (I learned to talk like that after I moved to Texxas.)
I just checked the ticket availability and there is one left here and one left there and that's about it. SO, to everyody who will be there I say, "We're gonna have a blast!" And just let me add, this is NOT a Reunion Show per se, but since I will be there, Watch out for the Yatman!
I also checked the Wildwood Lodge Show in Steeleville, MO (The FIRST of the 10 REUNION SHOWS of 2019 and the only tickets available are for what's left of the "Concert with Dinner and a Room" packages. Sign up for the Waiting List now for "Concert Only" and they will schedule one for Friday evening, the 29th.
All of the Reunion Concerts will feature Roger Boyd, John Schlitt, Mike Somerville, and yours truly.
As many of you know, Casino gigs can be very cool and there are a few of those being discussed as part of the 10 Reunion Shows for 2019 - NONE are on the books just yet but please stay tuned.
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Many have asked to see this so here it is for your perusal
This is the Global Press Release put together by my Publisher and is being used in the United Kingdom and several European countries, as well as Japan and Australia. The one for the USA is currently only being displayed on Barnes and Noble for the Kindle, (as far as I can tell) and it doesn’t always show up for some reason.
Anyway, lets say you live in London and you’re reading the “New Books Section” in the newspaper. . .
Author Steve Huston’s new book “Head East: A Labor of Love” is a collection of stories that highlight life as a member of a successful American rock band in the 1970s. Published by Newman Springs Publishing this is a unique story about the life that millions of people dream of; fame and fortune, rock and roll, and a lifestyle few people have the chance to experience. This thrilling collection of stories addresses over a dozen interesting aspects of the lives of rock stars, life on the road, the drugs, the women, the companionship, and the love of music that drove musicians to success.
Readers who wish to experience this fascinating work can purchase “Head East: A Labor of Love” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iBooks Store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
The "Artist's Point of View" about how much I get paid, which is becoming a recurring question: I know $24.95 makes for an expensive paperback but the publisher sets the price. And just like a record deal, the artist provides the product, but the company does the marketing, advertising, and legwork, and keeps the Lion's Share. That's fine with me, a small percent (just like a record deal) is good enough. I'm taking home a whopping 8% or so. I wanted to make these stories available, and now they are. Rock on and Long Live the Head East Family!
THE PAPERBACK WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SELECTED HEAD EAST SHOWS IN 2019
BUT THERE MAY BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE AT ANY GIVEN CONCERT.
In Response To So Many Requests:
The book must be sold though licensed dealers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. There are just a few others. This brings back memories of when Head East would have a new album out and friends would ask me for one as if I had cases of them under my bed at home. I didn't, but if I did, I would have handed them out. Same deal with books. I have been granted permission for limited numbers of copies to be sold at the 50th Anniversary Reunion Shows during 2019 and will be happy to sign any books that appear in front of me whether you bought your copy there or have had it since it came out in October.
The book has 236 pages, 33 stories altogether, and 23 photographs, several in full color including the front and back covers.
And now, back to reading about the book itself:
Or, stealing from Bill Shakespear, call this
“To Buy or Not to Buy” (Wow, what a question!)
So far all that I have said about the book is that it is about Head East and also about my life, which is mostly told from the standpoint of being a founder of Head East and all of the wonderful adventures and incredible events from that experience.
The best way to understand what the book is about, is to explain what it is not about:
Head East A Labor of Love is not a tell-all rag designed to expose trash on anybody, defame anybody, present anyone in a shady light, or give cause for people to utter that time worn phrase, “Ah Ha, I thought so!”
It is also not the place where many folks kinda sorta secretly hope to see their names because they were involved in some way in a weird event with one or more of us. I have only named principal players such as the guys in the band, a very few road crew guys, some principal record company guys, et cetera. There just wasn’t room to name everybody we know.
The fact of this matter is, strange and weird things were commonplace around us all the time, everyday, no matter where we were, or what we were doing. It was just part of being out on the big time road and weird was just part of that. And you get used to it. As Glenn Frey said in some extremely apropos lyrics, “You just get numb.”
THAT SAID, this is what IT IS:
I like to tell stories. So much more important than just the telling of stories, is that I enjoy telling stories that are worth telling. When strange and weird things happen to you on a regular basis that perhaps never happen at all to most of the other people you will ever meet, those people seem to enjoy hearing about those things. So in this book, that’s what I have done. Trust me, you can’t make this stuff up.
The fabulous thing about these strange and weird things is they often are so funny that they not only border on, they often crossover into the absurd. Ridiculously absurd!
These are stories that maybe some of you have heard before, but probably just a few. Most of you have heard none of them.
And it’s not a perfect book. There are a few mistakes sprinkled throughout so it is not “perfect” but then, neither am I. . . Or anyone else I know. This was written from the heart, not in the English comp class.
We weren’t a perfect band, but we sure had some fun! This book is about a lot of different things, but it is mostly about having fun.