in Karlskoga, Sweden. February 27, 1999.
a house trailer covered with snow constituting
a dressing room sits one of the most famous guitarists
in the world , Peter Green.
knock on the door and ask if I am disturning.
It is important to point out that Peter has spoken
to no-one outside the band on this tour, journalist
or private person.
Together with Peter Green sits two of his fellow
musicians Nicke Strom and Bengan Blomgren.
Nicke explains to Peter that I have brought tapes
to him from Clancy Dunigan, USA.
takes a long and reflecting look at me and then
asks me to sit down with a tender smile on his
face. He says "I have met so many persons in my
life and forgot many of them, but I can remember
your face". I reminded Peter of that we met a
couple of times in 1968-69, and that we jammed
in a blues club called Power House in Orebro.
"I think I remember something of that" says Peter,
Nicke says that he was there and heard when I
played with Fleetwood Mac. All of a sudden
there is a sparkle in Peter's eyes and we have
an atmosphere of nearness, as some times an earlier
occasions when we have met.
open the folder that I brought and shows Peter
the tapes from blues-D.J. Clancy Dunigan,
from his excellent radio show "Clancy's
Bar & Grill" KSER FM-90.7, Everett, WA,
USA. Clancy and Tim Rizzo did a four
hour Peter Green Special with guests
like Alex Mortland. Don Brown
who has the worlds largest collection of Peter
Green recordings, was also invited. Peter
was glad when I handed over the tapes to him.
I showed him Don Brown's "Peter Green Catalogue"
and there was a surprised look on Peter's face
when he look though this 19-pages long list of
recordings. Don is incredible, he has every record
that Peter has played on, and most probably every
bootleg recording with Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac.
had comments on certain concerts, e.g."I remember
this jam with Greatful Dead, I loved that.
I didn't know that this jam with Eric Clapton
(Boston February 1970) was recorded, I was more
or less tricked into it, all of a sudden there
was Eric and drummer Jim Gordon on stage
playing with us". I informed Peter that Don
Brown gladly make copies of anything from
the list, Peter looks at me and smiles.
Peter was finished with Don's list I took out
The Blue Pearls CD, "Watch Out for The Blue
Pearls" and gave it to him. "What a beautiful
Gibson Les Paul" Peter said when he saw
the CD booklet, "I had a Les Paul which looked
exactly like that when I played with Fleetwood
Mac".I showed Peter that we play two of his songs
on this CD, Watch Out and Rattle Snake
Shake. "It was never meant that Watch Out
should be released" Peter says, "Mike Vernon
released it when we already had left Blue Horizon".
I told Peter that I am glad that it was released
since it is one of my favourite songs from the
Fleetwood Mac era. "I am looking forward to hear
The Blue Pearls' versions of these two songs"
and Bengan had to leave and get themselves ready
for their opening act, they ask Peter if it is
O.K. that they leave. Peter then asks me if I
want to keep him company so that he don't have
to be alone. It is a situation that is hard to
describe, here sits one the most wanted guitarist
and one of the most hard-to-get-in-touch-with
persons in the world, and he asks me to
keep him company.
we were alone Peter Green asked me to sit closer
to him and offered me something to eat or drink.
I said I'd be glad to drink something, he told
me "there's mineral water in the fridge, and whiskey
also, but I'd prefer that you drink water, cause
I don't like to talk to people who are drunk".
I went to the fridge and took out a bottle of
water, Peter rose to find a bottle-opener.
there I was sitting alone with this man that other
people would gladly give an arm and a leg to meet.
I told him how much it meant to me to play with
him and Fleetwood Mac as a teenager, and that
it helped me to decide that I wanted to be a musician.
Peter looks at the Blue Pearls CD-cover
and spots the photo of him and me in Stockholm
1983. "There is an artist in England called Blue
Pearl without the letter s" Peter says while he
looks at the CD-inlay. I told him him that I am
aware of that, but since we play totally different
music I don't think there is any risk of confusion.
it fun to be on the road, do you enjoy to play
again? I asked him.
"Yes, I like to play guitar and I only play music
that I like. What could be annoying on the road
though, is all the people that want to come and
speak to speak to without having anything to say.
They should respect that I want some privacy before
and after a gig".
perform some songs that you played with Fleetwood
Mac, do you try to play them like you used to,
or do you have a different approach?
"I know I can't play them like I used to, but
I'd rather copy myself than somebody else. I am
not satisfied with my playing yet, but I am getting
you rather play acoustic or electric guitar nowadays?
"I enjoy playing both, I like to alternate, I
don't think I'd like to play just one or the other".
have heard that that you and Nigel have recorded
some news songs?
"Yes, we have recorded some demos" says Peter.
is funny to hear Peter refer to these recordings
as "demos" since any record- company gladly release
recordings with this legendary guitarist. Just
as many people would give just about anything
to be in my shoes right now, sitting here having
a relaxed conversation with the Green God.
roadmanager Arthur Anderson enters the
trailer, he looks at the folder with the tapes
and the CD. The concert is about to begin an Peter
thanks me for keeping him company. I thanked him
for an enjoyable conversation. Outside the snow
is still falling.
P.S. During this 30 minutes talk we spoke about
things concearning the private person Peter
Greenbaum. It goes without saying that I have
excluded those bits, anything else would be unfair
I have only represented parts concearning the
artist Peter Green.
Green & Nigel Watson backed by Potatoes Setlist
Honeymoon Blues A (Acoustic
2. Steady Rollin' Man A
3. Travellin' Riverside Blues A
4. Sweet Home Chicago E
5. If I Had Possession G
6. Terraplane Blues A
7. It Takes Time F# (Electric
8. The Stumble E
9. Dark End Of The Street G
10. The Supernatural Dm
11. Black Magic Woman Dm
12. Help Me Fm
13. Albatross E
14. Yonder Wall E (Encore)
Bengan Blomgren: guitar
Mats Ronnander: guitar/harmonica
Niklas Medin: keyboards
Nicke Ström: bass
Tomas Olsson: drums
1999 Copyright Bela Stephens March 2, 1999
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