Ahhh..George I have said privately, if they ever cut you loose from the KT, the band would cease for me..and they did and now, it's dead to me..
On to other things, I love watching Roger Gambill in all those old clips as he brings so much excitement and joy to the stage almost like a kid in a candy store. You brought that too but you poured it out in your playing. There was definitely an "IT" factor with Roger and it makes me sad that I never met him.
As for the tape, I think the tape is slowed down...the interviewer's speech sounds a bit slurred too...so there's no way a professional would risk being drunk on the air..So, I think that over time the speed of the tape slowed down..
As busy as we all are now ( ) I have just gotten around to listening to this interview. The date in the banner is wrong. 1979, as it says in that banner, would've put it three years prior to the PBS show -- the "Reunion Show," as we called it.
I do not remember this interview. There were too many interviews and there's been too much time since this occurred. Although everybody sounds slurred, I would suggest that everybody was tired (and maybe hung over) rather than drunk and drugged. Not that the latter wasn't a possibility......far from it. But we were doing a LOT of traveling and performing around that time, possibly 40-some weeks annually. Tough pace to keep up and always sound upbeat. But I thought we sounded coherent.
In those days they always wanted to talk primarily to Bob, and Roger was able to insert himself decently. I was less inclined to do so. In fact, it wasn't until Nick rejoined the group in 1988 that some fans ceased saying "I don't want to talk to you -- where's the original?" As good musically as the Bob/Roger/George was, it didn't regain legitimacy until Nick rejoined. After that, nobody ever again asked that rude question....ever.
So many wonderful KT memories for me are from those days with Roger from 1976-85. We worked hard, traveled hard, played hard. Hardly a day went by without lots of laughter. And you could fit three suitcases and four instruments all in the trunk of a rental car!!!