Little did I know early on Monday that I was about to enter the Ferry Garden for the second time in five days. The Ferry Garden is the musical hemisphere of Patty Ferry, who has had so many musical adventures that it’s almost surreal. Her life in music could be the source of not just a blog, but a book (which she tells me it just may be).
Anyway, there we were, back at the Rams Head/Annapolis, this time to hear the keyboard stylings of Ian McLagen, formerly of the Small Faces and the Faces, as well as the Rolling Stones’ touring band, the short-lived New Barbarians and sessions too plentiful to mention. On this night, it was just “Mac” and the bass player from his Bump Band, Jon Notarthomas, playing to a small, attentive crowd that reveled in his great stories — notably the tale about how the Small Faces’ early road manager, the late (and notorious, but another day on that) Donn Arden (father of Shaaaaronnnnn Osbourne, as in Mrs. Ozzy) ripped the group off — his extremely chatty demeanor and easy connection with the audience, which is among the best I’ve seen.
Perhaps the most telling aspect of the evening is that I didn’t know most of the songs, but really enjoyed the way he played them, with more than a hint of that old English music hall influence underneath his raspy, yet warm, vocals. It was a great time and we even got a bit of a scoop: after introducing a Faces number, “Cindy Incidentally,” Mac mentioned that the four surviving Faces (bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997) have been talking about scheduling a reunion tour next year. If that happens, I’m there.
McLagen concluded the show after performing his FM radio hit, “Little Troublemaker,” by telling the aud that it was time for a drink and that he’d meet us in the lobby, where he not only signed for everyone and let us get pics (for free, do note), but he spoke to all of us and actually listened, too >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVUDNlz2Wyk
I especially enjoyed how Mac handled that situation, given that former Stone Mick Taylor had people get in line for this autograph once at the same venue — and wouldn’t so much as look up at the concertgoers, let alone speak to anyone (as was the case during the concert). As you may have guessed, I was among those who wasted his time in line.
Anyway, I had Mac sign his CD from 2008, “Never Say Never,” which came out after he lost his wife, Kim (the former wife of Keith Moon) in a traffic accident; I’m also looking into buying his book, All The Rage >>> http://www.amazon.com/All-Rage-Small-Rolling-Stones/dp/033037673X/ref=sr_1_11ie=UTF8&qid=1413268525&sr=8-11&keywords=All+The+Rage
Ian McLagen is a gas, folks. Go see him. And if you ever enter the Ferry Garden, expect similar adventure.