Elliot said:

elliotparis“Hooks are not always limited to the music world as such, something every Madison Avenue advertising mogul knows all too well. Anything that can repeatedly grab your attention and hold it can be termed a hook. It’s a showmanship device, if nothing else, be it Liberace’s candelabra, Jimi Hendrix’ cunnilingual soloing or Dolly Parton’s hi-beams.” — Guitar World, December 1987

In the studio with Billy Sherwood!

Billy Sherwood is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, songwriter, and former bassist for the band Yes (among many other projects). In 2005, he organized a tribute to Pink Floyd’s album, The Wall. Billy gathered up a bunch of successful musical artists and had them cover each song from that iconic 1979 release, and put the results out on an album called Back Against the Wall. The roster of talent involved is highly impressive: Keith Emerson, Tommy Shaw, Aynsley Dunbar, Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose… the whole group is listed here on wikipedia. What a kick those recording sessions must have been, huh?

Elliot blistered the CD with his lead guitar playing on track #9 — a cover of “Young Lust,” with Glenn Hughes on vocals and a stellar band (bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, guitarist Bob Kulick, and Billy on keyboards). I’m not a huge Pink Floyd fan myself (don’t throw things at me!) but this is a great version of a cool song. Sending out a kiss of thanks to my dear friend Vanessa H for putting it on my radar!

Here is the cover version (a link to the original is below in case you want to compare).

Lyrics: Tools of Your Labor

Tools of Your Labor (written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear; © Elektra/Asylum Records 1985)

Did your mother ever tell you to stay out of the street?

You’re going to end up just like your mother then: smooth, regretful and weak

The material you’ve been given may not be cut to such a fashionable length

You must look closely and develop its value; and its value lies all in it’s strength

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

 

His life, if you believed him, was like a sack of novels all combined

He lived with four girls in a garage up in Shady Side so he can tune up and get his front end aligned

He’s left so many other homes bleeding, he often exchanges all the facts

And he claims to be a victim of perfection, now all he wants to do is relax

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

 

You no more deserve your life than a child’s who sleeps in the streets

Who just stares at you, freezing; you just gotta compare your defeat

 

So goodnight and goodbye my sedentary friends, though your sleep will restless for you

‘Cause your dreams must all be earned and then that’s how dreams come true

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

Elliot said:

elliotparis“I won’t travel or even go on a day trip without a guitar. Even if I don’t pick it up, if it’s not there, I go nuts. I have to at least know that it’s within arm’s reach.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

Sharing the Stage: Bobbie Eakes

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Bobbie Eakes and Elliot Easton, November 8, 2013

If you were a fan of the television soaps anytime between 1990 and 2011 you are probably familiar with the beautiful face and dramatic talents of Bobbie Eakes. She played memorable roles on both The Bold and The Beautiful and All My Children, earning several nominations for Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest awards.

As talented as is she is on-screen, she is also an accomplished singer and stage performer. In fact, she moved to California in order to pursue a future in music. Throughout her acting career she made a sprinkling of albums, performed with other artists, and hosted shows on a country music television channel.

Not long after she left All My Children, Bobbie was encouraged to headline her own show by her longtime co-star and fellow vocalist Jeff Trachta, and she jumped back into her first true love: singing.  She played a one-night-only performance at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs on November 8, 2013.

She described the show, called “Turn the Page,” in a 2013 interview with Soaps In-Depth: “It’ll be a big visual and audio retrospective of my musical tastes interwoven with a sort of history and background of me, who I am, where I came from. I’ll talk about the pageants in Georgia, coming to LA… and I can’t ignore the 21 years I spent in soap operas! It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The show also included a special guest: her good friend, Elliot Easton!

Elliot joined Bobbie onstage while she belted out the bluesy classic, “I’m a Woman.” The two clearly had a great time on stage together, and both gave strong, elegant performances. I love this footage! Enjoy it for yourself by clicking the link below.

These days you can find Bobbie acting in the soap opera web series called Tainted Dreams. She lives in Palm Springs, California, where I believe she co-owns a gym and also runs a boutique called Studio BE.

Timeline perspective: This performance took place about 6 months after the CD release of Elliot’s ‘Tiki Gods’ project, and almost a year before the release of The Empty Hearts’ first album.

 

Elliot said:

elliotparis“Sometimes an engineer will say, ‘Well, can you just brighten it up a bit?’ I’ll wink at my roadie, touch the control panel, and go, ‘How’s that? Any better?’ And he’ll say, ‘Yeah, much better.’ And I haven’t done a damn thing [laughs]. I like to have fun.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986