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!

 

More News:

 

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.

 

BY POPULAR DEMAND

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. . .

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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.

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Da Duh!

 

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.

 

2019 Concert Update

 

The upcoming "Reunion Shows" in 2019 will feature the 4 surviving members of Head East on stage together for the first time in well over 30 years. Because it is becoming impossible to reply to everyone who is interested, I am posting everything I know about these concerts here, and will continue to post information as it becomes available.

 

The original 4 will be there: Roger Boyd, John Schlitt, Mike Somerville, and me (Steve Huston) performing together at these shows. We believe at this point the concerts will begin in May, and continue into the summer and possibly beyond, but of course will not go on endlessly. 2019 is the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the band being together and we hope you will celebrate with us!

 

The Head East of Today will be performing at these shows as well; in fact, the plan right now is for them to do their own show first, and then provide much of the music for the original four A&M Records band members. Right now, for these shows we are performing every song found on Flat As A Pancake, as well as all of the tunes that continue to be fan favorites.

 

A question being asked is, “Where will these concerts occur?” Few are set in stone yet however rest assured, at least one (or two) shows will be in Kansas City and there will certainly be shows in and around St. Louis. There is some talk about a few State Fair appearances, and of course some of the larger clubs and casinos are interested. Several other Midwest cities are being discussed at this time as well but still no details. As I said, check back here because I will put it up as soon as I know anything.

 

We all look forward to this great time together next year and hope to see all of you at one or more of these concerts! Long Live the Head East Family!

 

 

True Head Easters will recognize this as the back cover photo of FLAT AS A PANCAKE on Pyramid Records.

Hello, I'm Steve Huston

Welcome to my webpage. Most everyone reading this right now knows that I am one of the original founders of the rock group Head East. Roger Boyd and I started the band when we were in high school and it flouished into the Classic Rock Band that lives on today.

 

Here I will provide some information about myself that I am asked about frequently. I have put in place a forum space for your comments and please respect the ground rules about being nice to eveyone. No rude or vulgar comments will be displayed. You may make your comments at the bottom of this entire website.

Thanks for visiting and check back frequently for new details about everything coming up!

This costume was created by one of the lovely ladies who custom made our stage clothes. "Yat" was a nickname I picked up in college, and it has stuck with me ever since. The lady costumer who made this thought it would be a cool look for the stage and I agreed to wear it. But I really do not know what the name means...

I am THE YATMAN! Many of you know this is the back cover of my book, " Head East: A Labor of Love."

THIS IS MY STORY (at least most of it)

BIO

 

I'm writing this biography myself rather than have you read some of the things I've seen written about me when somebody else wrote it. They weren't always bad or poorly written, they were just sometimes a bit incomplete or a little inaccurate, in my opinion.

 

Most of you know my true love has always been Head East. In my book I explain many things that don't need to be repeated here so I recommend that you read Head East: A Labor of Love by yours truly for yourself. The publisher tells me the book is slated for release in late October or early November and will be available on Amazon.com in paperback form and will be downloadable to computer and tablet.

 

UPDATE: The book is now more than likely going to be released and available later in November, I don't believe the publisher can get their act together by October and do not want them to hurry, they've done such a good job so far. BUT, I also believe it will prove itself to everyone to be well worth the wait. I had a lot of fun remembering and writing about all of these things and hope you will have fun reading about these adventures.

 

Paperbacks will also be sold at Barnes and Noble Booksellers if enough people bug them about stocking it at their local store. But I will reiterate a few things here about myself that the book reveals in case anybody has trouble locating a copy. But for the actual "stories about the band" you will need to read the book.

 

I grew up out in the country in Southern Illinois and am grateful that I did; living among good people taught me how to be a good person and I hope I am sucessful in my attempts at being considered worthy of your friendship.

 

Music has and always will be my passion, however mainly because of insistance from my parents, I attended college (on and off) for over the first 40 years of my life. First was Kaskaskia in Southern Illinois and then I went on to Eastern Illinois University but left school in favor of pursuing a professional music career.

 

Those years were wonderful years and the band saw a great deal of success: During my time as an original member of Head East we were signed to A&M Records of Los Angeles, were awarded gold records, toured almost constantly and ultimately played at festivals held in Major League Baseball and NFL Football stadiums. I retired from the stage in the early eighties.

 

After leaving the band I started working in a recording studio owned by a good friend because I felt actual envy for recording studio engineers and producers because they were so very good at the things I wanted to do. Over the years I learned this craft from my friend and a few other excellent engineers and after much hard work, attained the title of Chief Engineer.

 

Once static rather than mobile, it was possible to return to school and with a nickle in my pocket from being in a successful band, I finished my undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. Not believing that it was enough, I enrolled in and graduated from, a graduate program at the University of London in England.

 

While working as Chief Engineer in a recording studio in Houston, Texas where I relocated to make my home there, I was offered and accepted a position in a highly respected private college known as the Art Institute of Houston, where I taught Audio Production in their $1.6 million state of the art recording studio for 20+ years.

 

While enjoying that time, I returned to school once more to acquire a Masters Degree in Audio Production from Goddard College, located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, just to ensure there could never be any question about my academic credentials.

 

I am retired now, well mostly. I was seriously injured in 2015 and because of that surgery, my drumming is very limited these dayz but I still bang around on my kit at home where I "entertain myself and annoy my neighbors." But I still join the band that will last forever on stage from time to time and have an absolute ball with them and enjoy the company of the "Head East Family" who are a collection of great, caring, and wonderful fans.

 

I still produce a recording project now and again when it "seems and feels right" to do so, and am active in my church. Kas, the love of my life and I share our home together and she is very good to me and very good for me. She still refuses to retire completely from her own business and occasionally still acts and sings with Community Theater. I totally agree with friends who say, "I am a very lucky man!"

Just a bit more about HEAD EAST: A LABOR OF LOVE

 

This book is a collection of stories mostly about my time in the band. There are a few short references to other times in my life to explain who I am and why I'm like that, (ha) but it's pretty much a book about HEAD EAST and what that entire experience was like and what it was all about.

 

It took a very long time to compile these memories, I would guess I've been "working on this project" for many years. I used to keep a journal when we were constantly on the road and when that was full, started using hotel stationery and scraps of paper. I stashed everything in my acoustic guitar case that I carried much of the time, not always, but remember we were under contract and were required to come up with new tunes for new albums even if the task at hand was a tour.

 

The publishing company has been both a blessing and a curse in that they consistently tried to "convert" my expressions into proper English composition as dictated by the Chicago Manual of Style, the "bible" as it were, for written works. After literally months of disputes here and there, I usually won these disagreements. One example: I had to be firm in stating that the name of the album I am "talking about here" is NOT "Getting Lucky." It's Gettin' Lucky. There are numerous other examples where the entire meaning was getting lost. I realized that I had to let the editors "win a few battles" in order for me to "win the war." Overall, I am very pleased with this effort and I hope you will be too. Let me brag a little... those who have sent messages about reading the book. . .  say they like it!

 

Another thing I wish to point out is this book will cost a little more than the average run-of-the-mill paperback because I also won the fight about color. They wanted all of the pictures in black and white and I said NO. Many of the photos in the book are in fact black and white pictures but I wanted the color pictures printed in color. Duh.

 

They said that it would make the book cost more to buy. I said it didn't matter how many copies got sold. They said I was crazy. I thought Good, now they know that too.

 

BELOW IS THE BOOK'S FRONT COVER.

The actual book size is 9" X 6"

 

The Foreword by Brad Martin is a very well written piece. Send him a "hello and well done!" on FACEBOOK!