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1969–1970. Sil­ver Metre. Formed in Venice Beach and Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia after my first trip to the United States at age 21. Leigh Stephens played lead guitar (original Blue Cheer guitarist), Micky Waller (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart etc) played drums, Harry Reynolds vocals, and I played bass and some keyboards. We recorded our first of a two album deal with National Gen­eral Records at Tri­dent Stu­dios, War­dour St, Lon­don. Our man­agers were Char­lie Osborne, and later Tom Don­ahue who got us the deal. Somebody sent me a recording of our early 1970 Fillmore West set a while back…probably recorded on cassette. There are some very cool trio rock sounding jams. Pity we broke up so soon. The money for our sec­ond album mys­te­ri­ously disappeared…but I won’t go into that, other than to say it wasn’t the record com­pa­nies fault. Leigh later found out what hap­pened to it but it would be too upset­ting to too many peo­ple to spill the beans now. Not worth it.

Leigh was voted in the top one hundred guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazines readers poll. I played on a couple of  his recent projects…good to work with him again after all these years.