The ESSENCE of The REUNION

Left to Right: Roger Boyd - Steve Huston - John Schlitt - Mike Somerville

True HEAD EAST fans know that Steve (L) and John (R) did 99.9% of the Lead Singing. But EVERYBODY sang backup, and sang it well!

Next HEAD EAST REUNION is MAY 4

Little River Casino, Manastee, Michigan

As I understand it, this Casino is north of Grand Rapids, or at least that is the closest airport with commercial airline service. The tickets are very reasonable, $45 for the section closest to the stage, $40 in the middle, and only $30 for the back of the room which is not really all that far away. But since it is a gambling casino, they are being very considerate of their customers about the prices. For me, this one will be all the fun of a great show and a chance to lose my shirt too!  :)

 

WHO LIKES HOT AIR BALLOONS?

MAJOR CHANGES for the CENTRALIA HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

The performance will still be Saturday, August 17th!  The show is in gool ole Southern Illinois with the Raise A Little Hell HEAD EAST on stage! Since it will not be a Reunion gig, the $3 cover to get into the Festival makes this concert a FREE SHOW!

This annual event is a wonderful collection of cool stuff from classic cars and artwork to lots to eat with a carnival atmosphere, and WHO DOESN'T LIKE HOT AIR BALLOONS?

This event is always very well attended so.... make your plans soon!

Retrospection: Now after a little time has passed the totality of the Reunion experience is beginning to sink in; the fact that after 39 years, the original guys in Head East are back on stage together again, we’re all friends again, and the music is wonderful again.

And a greater and somewhat unbelievable part of it all is, our long-time fans, not all of them of course, but still a huge contingent of loyal and dedicated followers were there at the very first weekend grooving, dancing, and singing every song right along with us! I realize now that the fans will be there, whenever we get close enough for them to be there: We have not been forgotten.

Thank you is an inadequate expression of how we all feel towards you and about you. For a long time we have used the expression, The Head East Family and that connotation has never meant more than this year when Head East celebrates 50 years of rock.

You folks know who you are and so do we. We've all been together in this experience: Through thick and thin, good times and bad, in sickness and in health. Sounds like we're married doesn't it? The difference I think is, there's just way more good times than being married. Wow, I'm a sarcastic bastard, ain't I?

On a personal note, the highest praise I received at this first weekend of Reunion Concerts was people getting up in my face and saying, “Steve, you’ve still got the pipes brother!” . . . Brought tears to my eyes.

I hope to see so many more of you before this year is over!

 

SURPRISED? NO, JUST LOOKING AT PANCAKES! L TO R: REINSTATED MEMBER OF HEAD EAST, CURRENT MEMBER OF HEAD EAST, ANOTHER REINSTATED MEMBER OF HEAD EAST. (Me, Eddy, John)

We sure had fun at the WILDWOOD LODGE! Two nights of great sold-out fun, just like a HEAD EAST CONCERT oughta be! BTW, if you've never been out to the Lake of the Ozarks, get out there this year, and check out the Wildwood Lodge, it's a scream!

I'm back in Texas for a few weeks before the next Reunion Concerts begin. The roses are blooming (again), my tomato buds are turning into tomatoes, the car is runnin' good (maybe a little too good), and the sun is warm. Once again, it's all good! And oh, by the way - several have asked and yes, this is where Kas and I live.

Where To Get HEAD EAST: A LABOR OF LOVE

People tell me they don't know how to get the book - well, I admit that info is farther down this long page so here it is, and you can take your choice:

Amazon.com and if you have Prime, no shipping charge.

BarnesandNoble.com

Just about any live Head East concert.

Recently, the price has been adjusted downward but only slightly. Once again may I add that the publisher set the price, not me. I'm just the originator, much like the songwriter that gets a fraction of what his song brings in. Such is life. But it's all good!

Just hangin' out at the Olivette Diner in good ole St. Lou - used to be the RITE WAY Diner where the back cover photo of Flat As A Pancake was shot.

I LOVE THE SOUTH TEXAS GULF COAST!

The Gulf of Mexico at dawn! Ahhhhh.

I never thought my book would become popular in any foreign countries: But the United Kingdom and Australia are kinda sorta like the United States, at least in the way they like good ole, Classic Rock - and stories about it.

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Just wanted to remember our departed buddy DAN BIRNEY. Wild Horses could not keep him away from doing the 2019 Reunion Concerts! Here he is in a candid moment between songs at the Texxas Jam in the Cotton Bowl. He would be at the shows if he could . . .

From the Wildey Theater balcony. Photo by Dana Chapman.

Thank You Wildey Theater Attendees!

If you couldn't tell, we were having an absolute blast on the stage and you looked like you were having fun too!

FOR CONCERT INFORMATION: Don't forget to check head-east.com for all official information about the band.      

2019

The Year HEAD EAST Reunites!

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.

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.

..............................................................................THE PAPERBACK WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SELECTED HEAD EAST SHOWS

 BUT THERE MAY BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE AT ANY GIVEN CONCERT.

The DOWNLOAD BOOK is online and cheaper than the paperback. But, I am one of those people who likes to hold a book in my hand as I read it.  To each, his own.

In Response To So Many Requests: I simply can't send you a book even if you ask nicely.... (and so many have, thank you!)
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

 

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.

We believe the concerts will 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 A&M Records band members. At 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. There is some talk about a few State Fair appearances, and of course some of the larger clubs and casinos are interested. Several Midwest cities are being discussed at this time but no details right now. 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 book was released in late October 2018 and is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in paperback form and is also downloadable to computer and tablet.

 

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!