AARP Readers - For the past week I've been posting excerpts from my book about my adventures with classic rock in the 70s and early 80s, BABYSITTING A BAND ON THE ROCKS, and while I'm ecstatic to see that plenty of folks are reading them I'm also interested in hearing what you think - love it, hate it, have favorite bands that you'd like to hear more about, anything at all. It was a labor of love and a blast to research and write it, and though I've gotten great media reviews that you can read on Google (see below) the more feedback I can get from you all the better. I print just 200 at a time so that I can continue to tweak it and make it as good as it can be. Hope to hear what you have to say!
"Praetorius has a very unpretentious way with words, and a sincere, humble and refreshing approach to reel you in. Before I knew it, I started turning the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. The man's innate skill as a wordsmith makes the content sizzle… He was there when Aerosmith hit rock bottom and singer Steven Tyler was literally down and out. He promoted shows with an up-and-coming Van Halen, running wild…Directly or indirectly, Praetorius rubbed shoulders with AC/DC, the Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and many others…With all the rock and roll books on the market, Babysitting A Band On The Rocks is most defnitely a worthwhile spin through one man's trials and tribulations of breaking into one of the most notorious and craziest businesses of the 20th century.” VINTAGE ROCK
I worked with easily over 100 diferent acts but unfortunately I never worked with ELO.
I did multiple shows with Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Allman Brothers Band, J. Geils Band, Ramones, Pretenders, Blackmore's Rainbow, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna, Santana, Cheap Trick and others. I compiled a complete list at the end of the book!
I enjoyed reading the excerpts. The one regarding Van Halen struck a familiar note. Many years ago, my husband was the catering manager for a local venue. He used to get all kinds of weird requests, especially from rock bands. I wish we had kept a list. But I do remember us laughing about the band that wanted a certain color of M&Ms removed from the packages. I don't remember which band or what color it was, but it must have been Van Halen and the brown M&Ms! There was one band that wanted a lot of junk food, including Twinkies.
I'm a big fan of classic rock / British rock from the 60's and 70's. Another Beatles and Mac fan here, along with Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc.
It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards