The past few days in NYC were like a time capsule. Going back to the old ‘hood, seeing friends & family, and all that sort of stuff — there you expect that kind of feeling. But the benefit show I played @ Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night was a timewarp of a completely different nature.

Tim Cloherty & I during The Rake’s Progress’ reunion on Saturday night (you can just see drummer Pete Klinger’s face to the right of Tim”s belt).

Walking into soundcheck was like stepping into a twisted kind of high-school reunion. Nearly all the bands on the bill had members of The Rake’s Progress or The Bogmen in them. We all toured together back in the early-mid ’90’s and the stories of on-the-road-hijinks could fill volumes (in fact, Bill Campion [nee Vic Thrill] of the Bogmen just optioned a movie screenplay to a major studio for some big bucks — kudos Bill).

The backstage scene was just like it was back in the old days — a beer-swigging family singalong (the “show within the show”), and all the onstage performances were stellar. We sold the joint out (that’s 625 people) and raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000 for the education fund of Tim’s nieces & nephews who lost their dad Tom Cloherty to a heart attack earlier this year.

The “Rake’s Progress Reunion” was a blast — we haven’t been onstage together since 1999. But it all fell back into place instantly — I guess 10 years, 2 albums, and over 1,000 shows can do that to you. I turned to Tim at one point during the show and said “what the hell is going on?”. It was 1995 all of a sudden.

Today, back in SF, it’s very much 2006. I’m editing the video of the Sydney Production Studio Seminar, preparing some stuff for NAB, and yet again trying to shake off some serious jetlag.

5 Responses to Rewind

  1. Roger Hitts says:

    You may have moved 3,000 miles west of your ancestral homeland, but Bob, your performance with a quickly revamped The Rake’s Progress showed you still got a rock `n’ roll heart – even if the callouses may have receded over the years! Fine job all around Bob, and best of luck in future endeavors.

  2. Corina says:

    Hi,I was at the benefit show and it was AMAZING! I was/am a huge supporter of the Rakes Progress and was overwhelmedby the night. Honestly, I love all the bands, but to hear The Rakes once again, as well as The Bogmen (even though it was one song) made my night. I was the lunatic dancing in the front of the balcony when the Rakes came on. The show inspired me to brake out my treasured Rakes Progress ‘Don Fury Sessions’ tape. I listened to it non-stop for a full week. Thanks for an awesome night.Corina*

  3. Gary says:

    Hey! I’ve been searching everywhere for The Rake’s Progress! All I get is art. This is the closest I’ve come to an actuall fan site, but hey your the bass player so it’s even better! Anyway I was wondering if there was an actual fan site and if you guys would do any shows in the future? Best of luck in any case Bob!

  4. Jeremy Gerstle says:

    I was combing the web for any information about the Rake’s Progress – and read the comments here. I used to come to your shows all the time at the Continental. I’m looking to get a copy of ‘Don Fury Sessions’ as mine has been degraded to the point of no return. Please if you or another fan reading this can help me out and upload some MP3s to my email or tell me where I can get them.Thanks.

  5. Michael Johnson says:

    Hey,I am really sorry I missed this reunion – I never heard about it. Will the Rake’s be playing at the Bogmen’s shows this December?Mike