It was a wild summer in 1976 in London. Rick Cassman and his band Straight Eight formed and would soon sign to Pete Townshend’s Label ‘Eel Pie Records.’ Meanwhile, a younger rebellious punk crowd including Mick Jones and Sid Vicious was starting to transform Rock-n-Roll for the ages. Rick and the Straight Eight were in the thick of it all.
They geared up for an upcoming tour in support of The Who, and then Keith Moon died. Rick was actually with Pete Townshend the day the news broke, and he shares the story on this show. Straight Eight would later go on tour in support of Queen in 1981, eventually disbanding and parting ways a few years later.
Today, Straight Eight is defying all odds. They have reunited for a new album and tour, and most importantly- to finish what they started. Highly entertaining and inspirational, Rick Cassman takes us back to the 70s and spills it all, including his experiences at the Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
‘You are going to get knocked down. Everyone gets knocked down- That is life. Always bid yourself up and be confident and believe in what you do.’
- Salvador Dali
- Jack Kerouac – On The Road
- John Lennon
- Paul McCartney
- The Rolling Stones
- Pink Floyd
- The Eagles
- Jackson Browne
- Roy Harper
- Joni Mitchell
- Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
To defeat Godzilla with his talents…
- Rick would have his lead guitarist stack up all the amps possible and play 1 power chord..
“You are going to get knocked down. Everyone gets knocked down- That is life. Always bid yourself up and be confident and believe in what you do.” – Rick Cassman[Tweet “”Eat, sleep, and breath your music. Never give up.” – Rick Cassman @Straight8UK”] [Tweet “”Keep listening to music and keep rocking!.” – Rick Cassman @Straight8UK”]