percussionist Warren Bryant, and lead guitarist Gary Rowles. "Gary was recommended to me by Jay Spell (John's consummate pianist), and it turned out Larry Taylor (longtime May-all bassist) had worked with him a few times in the past, so I had him 'round the house and he sounded fine," John told me. "Incidentally, his father is Jimmy Rowles, the jazz pianist."
Mayall's band has a thorough knowledge of blues, so their debut was smokin', but the lack of rehearsal time before the gig left more than a few rough spots. "We'd been together just a little more than a week," John said. A week, he says. At the other end of this tour, they'll be fit to kill! "We're trying to work out some kind of deal with ABC to do a live album toward the end of the tour. We don't know where yet, but if we do it on the West Coast, it'll probably be at the Roxy."
John did a European tour last fall, but a '76 tour on the other side of the Atlantic "is not in the cards for us right now. There's no way I could go unless I had a hit record, in fact it's almost impossible to go anywhere nowadays without a hit record. The economy is so crazy over there that a tour would cost you a fortune. I lost a ton over there last year." he chuckled.
Dylan's new house in Malibu will be finished about a year from now, maybe: nearby residents report a seemingly neverending cycle of revisions upon revisions. Construction crews are living on the site in wigwams, no less. The bills at this point amount to more than S6 million, and there's no end in sight. Money is no object. And Dylan. aside from paying for it, occasionally works with the crews on the site. Other sources report that he's designing it as work progresses to build himself a hand-made house, 1976 pioneer style. S6 million-plus is a long way from hand-hewn logs, that's for damn sure!