Remembering Bill Graham...he passed from the earthly bonds on October 25, 1991, doing what he wanted to do...promote performers organize benefits and throw festivals.
According to Wikipedia, "Graham was killed in a helicopter crash west of Vallejo, California on October 25, 1991, while returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Concord Pavilion. Graham had attended the event to discuss promoting a benefit concert for the victims of the 1991 Oakland firestorm"
I was working for BGP (Bill Graham Presents), catering at the show in the SF Bay Area the day he died, and what had started as a joyous gathering quickly transformed into a very sad afternoon and evening. We were shocked, floored, and all left shaking our heads at the loss...true to form, the shows "must go on" and that evening they did.
The GD had a series of four shows at the Oakland Coliseum two days later, and as I recall there was a large photo of Bill on a huge easel and black sash, complete with funeral wreath, stage right, silhouetted with a spotlight all evening all four days.
Over the five years I was affiliated with their organization, Bill would pop in just about every show. He always attended the GD shows, and made his rounds like he was at home. He would sometimes grab a taste of what was being served, look over the back stage setup, and sometimes even checked out the stockroom shelves we set up with all the show's foods, spices and accessories. He seemed to care about the little details and always said hi to the workers....especially his own friendly "security" staff, known universally as "The Bluecoats" for their distinctive powder blue vests.
You did good, Bill. Thanks for your life-long dedication to promoting live music. Rest in Peace, and long live the music you loved.
Always breaks my heart when someone posts here. as you know sisterearth your in my prayers for you and your 11:11
Almost Six months since we spoke. Since a lot of things, everything. You are loved madly, missed so badly,11:11 always... Forever... Each Universe, shine on you crazy diamond. Soon come. This life and longer. I do so miss your face.
ALOHA NUI LOA--until we meet again----Riley "Blues Boy" King---morphed into B.B. KING----a true legend!!!! Now the Thrill is really gone.......Mahalo B.B. for the blues who inspired & influenced many.....
Thanks and safe passage to B.B. King.
A bluesman has died. A bluesman named BB King has passed on. RIP
for the great vibes and condolences, our love will truly not fade away.