30 years later, rock and roll buddies Ken Van Wagenen, Kevin Wright, are teaming up in Los Angeles with drum “hired gun”, Jim McCarty of DrumandBassTracks.com to write music, share music tracks and mix original music over the magic of the internet. In the late 70s and early 80s the friends performed in several bands appearing together in high school and college venues all over the western states. One of their favorite performers at that time had been Mark Farner, the energetic frontman of Grand Funk Railroad. Later in life, the guys found a way to meet and perform live on stage with Mark Farner. This site is the story of how the music came back to life 3 decades later.
In March of 2017, the guys met up with Glenn Hughes, formerly of Deep Purple and Trapeze in the 70s. The below linked video was performed at the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. "The Whisky" has been a club venue that launched the careers of The Doors, Led Zep, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, and most all bands of significance during those years. The song performed was Glenn's original song "Gettin' Tighter" and was co-written with Tommy Bolin. Tommy unfortunately died in late 1976 cutting short an otherwise fascinating career of rock and jazz fusion music.
Ken Van Wagenen, Melissa and
Steve Lukather (of Toto and the Ringo All Starr Band)
Ken Van Wagenen and Glenn Hughes (formerly of Deep Purple) at the Whisky on Sunset Strip
Ken Van Wagenen and Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) at the Whisky on Sunset Strip
Performed live at the Whisky a Go Go on March 5, 2017