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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts and albums they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts and albums they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Bassist Mark Andes on Best Shows and (Brief) Stage Time with Neil Young

Interesting Best Gary...Mark has been in more bands than about anyone and he still shows up playing with other folks now that he's in Austin...Ian McLagan, Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham...I've seen him with Jo Jo Gunne, Dan Fogelberg, and Heart...I do regret that I never saw the original Spirit..."12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" is a long time favorite record of mine...and the first Spirit single, "I've Got a Line On You" is just a great rock song...

As for Firefall, I guess I'd have to take another listen, but I wasn't nuts about the songs that got played on the radio...but there were some talented people in the band and they sold a ton of records...

Jim, I often want to give you my thoughts but prefer doing so by email. Would you please email Stacy your email address? Thanks, Gary

Will do Gary...JH

Mark has had an interesting career. Have seen him with various bands at club shows including some of those Jim listed and I think with Webb Wilder too. Have always wondered if his earlier career paid him enough to last a long time and whether the club shows were more out of a love of playing than financial need. Guessing some of both. As for Firefall I heard this catchy tune on the radio and bought the Undertow LP. The 45 woulda been sufficient.