In the fall of 2001, on
October 6'th, I held a second
benefit concert for his sister Linda. With special guests Anne Hills and
The Boyzz, Eric's line up
included Al Ehrich, on bass, Angela Martin, on violin, Kurt Christensen, on
drums, Rich Koc, on pedal steel and Ken Pfeil, on lead guitar. Just three
weeks after 9-11, there had been a somber tone to the evening, Eric opened up
the evening with a unique arrangement of our National Anthem
"The Star Spangled Banner" as our nations
flag hang as a back drop to the stage set. It was an enjoyable evening, as
Eric ran through his own set of original songs, as well as arrangements of
some of Eric's favorite tunes. Anne Hills took the stage, recalling her
feelings about post 9-11 and shared her thoughts of empathy, she
admitted waiting in the wings doing a little dancing to
Eric's tunes back stage. Her beautiful voice rang clear through the Prairie
Center for the Arts and into our hearts. Next up, the Boyzz sat down to
a set of acoustic versions of some of the rock originals from their albums, as
well as some arrangements of a few cover tunes. Dirty Dan Buck and Gil Pini, touched
us, as Dirt recalled his child hood growing up in Fox valley,
Illinois in a song they performed that cut through to the feeling we all felt
that evening, as our thoughts were with those whom 9-11 touched so
Thank you Dirt, Thank you Anne.
Thank you Al, Rich, Ken, Kurt, and Angela for your kindness and
generosity , and for lending your talents to this show.
Here are some pix from that show.......
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