Last week we expressed our extreme jealousy over the fact that Phil Nee had the chance to interview one of OUR dream interviewees, David Gates of Bread ...
But this week's piece may even outrank that ...
As Phil ALSO had the chance to talk to Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, when he did his American tour in 2003.
I had the chance to see Mike perform at The Holiday Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Indiana, that same year. There was NO way I was going to miss this concert!!!
I had been a Dave Clark Five fan from Day One ... and got to live thru the whole "rivalry" cooked up by the press between The Beatles and The DC5. (I found room in my heart for BOTH bands! lol)
One of the greatest thrills of my life was receiving "The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits" as a Christmas Present in 1965. Man, I begged and begged for this album.
And what a Greatest Hits album is was, too. All thriller, no filler ... ALL the big hits up to that point were on there, even their latest release (and only official #1 Hit Single) "Over And Over." (The album was rounded out by "Glad All Over," "Bits And Pieces," "Do You Love Me," "Can't You See That She's Mine," "Because," "Everybody Knows (I Still Love You),""Any Way You Want It," "I Like It Like That" and "Catch Us If You Can." Man, what a great LP!
And if that was one of the best Christmas presents I ever got as a kid, then seeing Mike Smith in concert was one of the greatest concerts I've ever seen as an adult ... and I've seen a LOT of concerts over the years.
After not touring for decades (especially here in The States), the news of him coming thru with a new tour came completely out of the blue ... like a dream from heaven. The show absolutely blew me away ... truly one of my Top Ten Concerts EVER.
I hung around after the show to see if I might have the chance to talk with him a little bit ... but after waiting some 45 minutes, his security people came out and told us that Mike wouldn't be coming out to visit and asked if we would all please go home. I was heartbroken, knowing full well that I would likely never have the chance again to speak with one of my all-time favorite lead singers.
And sure enough, it was right after his US tour, after Mike got home to Spain, that he fell and damaged his spinal cord, never walking again. Thank God (for his sake and ours) he was able to enjoy that last round of applause.
So yes, Phil, I am EXTREMELY jealous and envious of you once again!!!
I want to thank you again for sharing that experience with us and all our Forgotten Hits Readers all over the world!!! (kk)
THIS JUST IN ...
Phil WILL be featuring portions of his Mike Smith interview on tonight's show, including previously unaired segments and other pieces he hasn't run since his interview first ran nearly twenty years ago.
In addition, he'll also be featuring more from his David Gates interview, which we featured last week in Forgotten Hits. (Scroll back to last Saturday's post, November 26th)
Be sure to listen to Phil Nee's THOSE WERE THE DAYS radio program tonight … and EVERY Saturday Night on WRCO ... 6 pm – Midnight (Central):
Just click on the 100.9 headphones and start streaming!