THE MONKEES - October 2, 2021
The Tivoli Theater - Chattanooga, Tenn.
I had the pleasure of escorting my lovely daughter to The Monkees concert at The Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 2, 2021. Even though Davy Jones and Peter Tork are no longer with us, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, accompanied by a very well-rehearsed band, gave a fantastic show that had everyone in the audience laughing singing, and crying all night long.
I fell in love with The Monkees when I was ten years old-way back in 1971 and have remained a life-long fan. When I was lucky enough to have a daughter, she too became an obsessed fan like myself very early on. We spent much of her childhood watching The Monkees TV show and listening to their music together. When she was six years old in 2001, we both attended our first Monkees show together. So being able to share another Monkees show with her 20 years later means more to me than I am able to put into words.
Greeting my music-loving and music owning friends,
In my two new blogs, which you can find under 'Ramblings From Jeff,' I share my thoughts and a YouTube video about the social, psychological, economic, and emotional importance of purchasing and owning the physical medium of the music you listen to. I hope you will take the time to read them and leave your thoughts, opinions, and experiences about the art and passion of collecting and listening to music.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Todd Alexander and Katy Waugh for reaching out to me and requesting that I write an article about my friendship with Greg 'Fingers' Taylor for the July 2021 edition of 'Phlockers Magazine.' Ironically, I have wanted to write an article on the friendship I shared with Greg 'Fingers' Taylor for quite some time now, so their kind invitation could not have come at a better time. Greg's Birthday is in June and mine in July. We are both celebrating significant birthdays this year, and I have been doing a tremendous amount of reflecting lately. My article ran a little bit too long, and they had to edit it a wee bit for their publication, so I am posting the unedited version here at JeffPike.com. You can read it HERE. Enjoy and please let me know what you think.
Hello, my friends. Well, I have safely returned home from 1979...again. My satin wardrobe and my high heel boots are back in the closet, the disco ball has been returned to the warehouse, and ABBA MANIA is on hiatus again until October 2021.
I will be honest and tell you that I had serious concerns about this tour, even though it was only two weeks in Florida. Like so many of you, I have had more than my share of people in my life seriously affected by COVID-19. I have also lost several to the angels this year, so my reservations were high. But being ever the insomniac, I was kept awake at night by the spirits of musician friends and heroes who have gone on before me. Their never-ending whispering in the empty concert halls of my head echoed continuously - the show must go on. Eventually, they wore me down and I somewhat came to my senses. So a bit apprehensively, I grabbed my piano and hit the road.
I want to say that we weren't even 2 verses into the first song on the first night before all of the fears went away, and everything felt wonderful. Except for a couple of small lodging issues, the tour was a great success. The venues took social distancing and masks extremely seriously, and everyone in every city complied wonderfully. It felt thrilling to be back on stage and see my bandmates and friends in different towns along the way. Sadly, it was over too soon, but we all made a lot of great memories. Extra credit and a huge shout-out go to Kathy Mullen of "Mullen's Miracles" for being an enormous amount of help to me and all the ABBA MANIA band and crew throughout the entire tour.
I am sharing a lot of my pictures on my Instagram account these days (Facebook too) and would love for you to see them and comment.
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Mama Mia, it's good to be alive,
I am thrilled to be once again hitting the road with ABBA MANIA - The Worlds #1 touring Abba Tribute Show, where I will be playing the piano and reprising the role of "Benny." It has been a long year in lockdown, and we are all excited to be getting back onstage, if only for a couple of weeks. Thanks again for all of your continuous support, and I look forward to hopefully seeing you at a show!
You can find more venue and ticket information at:
Jeff Pike and ABBA MANIA Tour Dates
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Mullen's Miracles featured in The Atlanta Journal Constitution - Read full article HERE
On the evening of Sept. 26, 2018, Kathy Mullen knew her son Eric was struggling but had no idea it would be the last time they would talk. The following afternoon, she received a phone call from some of his friends telling her they were trying to get Eric to the hospital. Despite efforts between his friends and law enforcement, it was too late.
'RIGHT WHERE I AM' UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020
In 2017, Gino Vannelli and I began discussing production and material for my next album. I initially approached Gino about recording and producing only my vocals for my next record of original music, which I planned to record in Atlanta and then fly out to Oregon for Gino to produce my vocals in his studio. He explained that he could do this but that it was not optimal, and he preferred to have full control over the production of all the music from start to finish. He explained further why this was necessary to get the best vocal performance possible. After analyzing our schedules and the other essential aspects of a recording project, I quickly realized that this would be a very long and expensive project. Taking this into consideration, I came up with a second option. I was eager to work with Gino on a recording project going further than what he and I had done together in the several masterclasses I had taken from him. To keep it simple, I asked if we could do a short EP or ten-song album of just vocal, guitar, piano, and percussion, and we could do everything in his studio. He thought about it for a minute, and then he made me an offer.
He told me that he had been wanting to rearrange and re-record some of his old and classic songs for a very long time but could never find the time to do it. Gino said that he would get just as much creative satisfaction if we worked on this together, and he produced me singing the lead vocal and that he would record all the music. This proposition was beyond a dream within a dream come true for me, so I immediately said yes.
In moving forward, there was financial backing to find and a host of other stars to line up for both of us to begin recording, which eventually would not occur until April of 2020. Initially, Gino had slated April and May of 2020 to record, mix and master the album. Looking back now, I do not believe that it would have been possible to get everything completed in two months. But in an odd turn of events, the cards fell in our favor.
COVID-19 was just becoming a problem at that time, so we could not be in the studio together to record. On top of that, both of our performing schedules were canceled indefinitely due to COVID 19 and social distancing. We had already slated the time to record, so we bit the bullet and drove out to Oregon, where we would stay for a little over two months recording in separate locations. Gino would record the music in his studio while I would record the vocal parts in a small home studio we had set up at Brickhaven in Korbet, Oregon. After we returned home in June, I continued to work on my demo vocal parts in my home studio and send them to Gino via e-mail for his critique. All of this time away from performing and being heavily socially distanced allowed Gino to become more elaborate and involved in the project than he initially had time for. While this made the project go past our initial deadline, it was a Godsend for us and so far has made an album more beautiful than we both initially dreamed it could be.
So it is now November 2020, and we are getting ready to head back out to Oregon to perfect upon the vocal demos I have already recorded. It has been a long year, and I feel a bit worn, as does Gino, but we will see if there is still some magic left in us. Stay tuned and wish us well.
We cordially invite you to a Be A Miracle virtual event introducing and benefitting Mullen's Miracles. Mullen's Miracles is a 501(C) (3) Nonprofit Organization providing individualized options, respective support systems, and support provisions to those on the edge, those assisting others in crisis, and for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Join our host, Eryn Eddy as she introduces you to Kathy Mullen, founder of Mullen's Miracles. Mullen's Miracles will fill a gap that Kathy and Eric experienced when seeking help during a critical time - a lack of individualized available resources that they desperately needed quickly. Kathy works to ensure fewer families and friends have to face a life shattered by the impact of suicide and committed to changing the stigma associated with mental illness.
Please join us on October 2, 2020, for this very special virtual event and learn what you can do to help this very worthy and needed cause.
The event is free and will be streaming on the following websites
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - United States EST
Loving Arms invites you to relax and enjoy an evening of songs and survivor stories on Facebook Live performed by Jeff Pike
September 19 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Tune it at - www.facebook.com/therealjeffpike
(All proceeds go to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach)
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach provides assistance to cancer patients including grocery cards, gas cards, medication assistance, utility assistance, wigs, hats, scarves and support groups. This assistance is entirely free to cancer patients and often helps bridge the family financial gap created by cancer-related costs.
To donate go to: www.lovingarms.support/donate
For more information about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach call 770-590-5153.
Check out my new single, "Rainbow Connection".
"Rainbow Connection has been very close to my heart since I first heard it many years ago, back in May of 1979. Oddly enough, I have only performed it a handful of times throughout my career. In 2020 I decided to change that, for I felt the world was in dire need of a rainbow. I hope that you enjoy my heartfelt rendition of this timeless classic." - Jeff
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