1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

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1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby bill-thompson on Thu May 22, 2008 1:32 pm

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The year was 1968 & "Jefferson Airplane" was playing on the
east coast right after Martin Luther King was killed. The time
was tense. The band played Franklin Marshall College in
Lancaster, PA on april 19, Shady Grove, Maryland on April
20th & Westbury, L.I. on April 21st. It was at this show that
we had some excitement. Spencer Dryden, our drummer, &
Grace Slick had been drinking backstage. Spencer pulled
out a knife & had it against Grace's throat. Bill Laudner, our
road manager, said in a very stern voice "Spencer, pull that knife
away or I'm going to have to hurt you!" Everything ended peacefully.

On the night of April 30th "Jefferson Airplane" played the
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The Green room, where the
hung out, smelled like Tijuana! Carson was pissed off at the
band and he shot us some dirty looks. They had a kid's set
for the band with carousel horses and circus accessories, Even
though the band was in their 20's. Of course it was lip synch
because they didn't have the technology to perform live at the
time.

The song was "Somebody To Love." Grace set on the
back of a carousel horse and sang the song to Johnny
Carson. At the end of the song she took the microphone
and shoved it up the horse's ass.!. Carson almost fell off
of his chair! Leave it to Grace.

The next night, a day off, Jack, Jorma, Marty & me went to
a club called "The Scene" where Traffic was playing. Jimi
Hendrix showed up and took Jack & Stevie Winwood back
to "Electric Ladyland," where he recorded and he taught them
"Voodoo Child" which thay recorded till at least 6
a.m. when I went back to the hotel.

It was a couple of memorable weeks.

Bill Thompson
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby graceslick on Fri May 30, 2008 2:10 am

Hey Bill...how come you called Jimi's song "Voodoo Child" when the correct name is "Voodoo Chile"? :D
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby DonRico1967 on Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:31 pm

Don't even TRY to question Bill Thompson

This man KNOWS!!!

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***edited due to my own unacceptable language... Sorry-- E.***
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby Dormouse on Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:03 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:
Wow, what is with that DR?

She just didn't know. Neither did I, to be honest. It really is no big deal. Maybe she thought it was a typo. Since both are songs by Jimi, it is easy to how they can be confused if you are not familiar with Jimi.

I am sure Bill did not feel disrespected by that comment. Besides, he doesn't come here often anymore, unfortunately.
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby Susan Butcher on Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:12 am

Steady on, Don! It's just a letter "e", even if it DID belong to Jimi Hendrix. BTW, girls don't generally have dicks, and teeth only have mouths on the Muppet Show.
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby Susan Butcher on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:24 am

You've made your position clear, CD. We'll see if Don tries to piss me off. I am unpissable. Some call me a saint. :wink:
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby Susan Butcher on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:40 pm

Don's right, though, we do need to get back to the subject of music...
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Re: 1968, Johnny Carson, Knife fight, and a Horse's Ass...

Postby graceslick on Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:52 pm

DonRico1967 wrote:And IEverybody happy now?



No, not particularly.

1. I find you questioning and taking mild offence in my using Grace’s name as my online avatar amusing. As previously mentioned, I never tried to pass myself off as the real Grace. Why would I? And it’s not as if the real Grace is here anyway, on this forum. Basically it’s my way of saying I find her fantastic on a forum where everyone knows who she is, and that’s all.

2. I don’t find posting pics of myself on the net a strange thing to do. Facebook, MySpace, etc are full of real life pics. What’s wrong with that? I’m not the only one who did it either. I started the thread and others followed, seemingly without feeling odd about themselves. Funny that.
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