2001. “Pete Sears & the Dawn Patrol”


2001. “Pete Sears & the Dawn Patrol”

I formed a band to pro­mote my “Long Haul” album. The great Dav­ey Pat­ti­son (Robin Trow­er Band) on rhythm gui­tar & lead vocals, Rich Kirch (John Lee Hook­er) on lead gui­tar, Ernest Carter (Bruce Spring­steen) on drums. Bass, David Hayes (Van Mor­ri­son) or Bob­by Vega (Sly & the Fam­i­ly Stone).

I was just com­ing off ten hap­py years with “Hot Tuna”.
Our first bass play­er was my Zero band-mate and old friend Bob­by Vega who was still play­ing with Steve Kimock when he agreed to come out with us for one tour.
We then start­ed play­ing with anoth­er dear friend of mine on bass, David Hayes who I had worked with on a Ter­ry & The Pirates album and my own “Watch­fire” album. I had also played bass and accor­dion for a band he put togeth­er play­ing David’s solo mate­r­i­al. Our last show was a live PBS broadcast…I love play­ing David’s music; it’s full of heart and soul.
Dawn Patrol was a good band, I told every­one before they joined that I’d split every­thing equal­ly after expenses…which admit­ted­ly would­n’t be much at first, but if it took off we’d all get the same. They all agreed. I made very lit­tle myself as I usu­al­ly gave my share (my band…so it was only right) to try and keep every­one’s pay­ment up to a rea­son­able amount.
Every­one always got their own rooms with meals pro­vid­ed except Rich, who shared a room with me (we used to do duo shows dur­ing the 1990’s between Hot Tuna and John Lee Hook­er tours so we were used to it).

That first tour was hard with long dri­ves, but fun. I will always be thank­ful to pro­mot­ers like Mark Keys, and Jay Bian­ci at Stel­la Blues in Den­ver for help­ing me out.

We had a great show in Seat­tle, and Wavy’s Pig­nic in 2001. John Lee Hook­ers Boom Boom Room also.
We’d rehearse at Jim John­son’s place at the old “Ultra Sound” build­ings in San Rafael. Jim shot some video tape of the band also.
Our equip­ment man­ager’s and dri­vers at var­i­ous times were John Mur­ray, and Dan Wathen.
The pho­to is by Geoff Wittmer.

Spe­cial thanks to Morty Wig­gins at 33rd St Records (owned by Tow­er Records) for sign­ing my album “The Long Haul”.

Here is an excerpt from Jambands.com in 2001.

Bob­by Vega to Tour with Pete Sears and the Dawn Patrol. Bassist Bob­by Vega, who recent­ly part­ed ways with the Steve Kimock Band, will hit the road with Pete Sears and the Dawn Patrol. The line-up fea­tures Sears (key­boards), Vega (bass), Dav­ey Pat­ti­son (gui­tar), Rich Kirch (gui­tar) and Ernest Carter (drums). The tour kicks off Thurs­day at Six Rivers in Arca­ta, CA. Oth­er dates include July 14 at Wild Buf­fa­lo in Belling­ham, WA, July 17 in Quixote’s True Blue Cafe Den­ver, CO, July 18 at the Half Moon Cafe Vail, CO, July 19 at the Red­fish Grill in Boul­der, CO and July 21 at the Lazy Daze Fest inn Stras­burg, CO.” — with David Hayes, Ernest Carter and Dav­ey Pattison.
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