Pete Sears on Inside Out WTNS

Episode 22 — Pete Sears

Inside Out WTNSRob and Seth get a les­son on many kinds of music from Britain to San Fran­cis­co in the 60s, 70s and 80s from the leg­endary Pete Sears. Sears tells sto­ries from through­out the first half of his career — from his ear­ly days with the rock­a­bil­ly group The Spit­fires up until he became one of the four final­ists to replace Brent Myd­land in The Grate­ful Dead. Hear about his days split­ting time between work­ing on sem­i­nal Rod Stew­art records in Eng­land and dis­cov­er­ing the world of San Fran­cis­co Bay Area music. His work with the bril­liant-yet-volatile Paul Kant­ner and Grace Slick is explored. We hear his account of an infa­mous can­cel­la­tion, and the ensu­ing chaos at the 1978 Lorelei Fes­ti­val dur­ing which Pete’s trea­sured bass (“Drag­on,” a sib­ling of sorts, of Gar­ci­a’s icon­ic “Tiger” gui­tar), was among the equip­ment destroyed or stolen by the crowd — although Sears’ bass DID sur­vive, and would be returned to his some three and a half decades lat­er. Time did not per­mit for his more recent years to be dis­cussed much, so he will have to return to the show sometime.

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