The night Lew set off the smoke alarms at Sams on Lookout mountain
Updated: Nov 11, 2022
‘I was dreamin when I wrote this so forgive me if it goes astray..’
The year 1976ish… Early Summer…
Band: Good n’ Evil
The venue: Sam's on Lookout Mountain.
Sam's was a live rock music attraction from the '50's through the mid-'80's
We had played Sams a couple of times before but this time was different.
The stage had moved from the south east corner to the north wall.
Stage right - was the oversized double door entrance from the front bar area.
Stage left - there were a few tables and the west wall/window overlooking Denver.
The dance floor, table and chairs and bar in front.
I was still living at home and had a neighbor ‘Mr. Watson’. He loaded his own
shotgun shells. You see where this is going… he turned me on to some slow
burning gunpowder and I would roll a joint of gunpowder with a model
rocket igniter in the middle. Mark the sound/light man controlled the switch.
I don’t remember the song but it had a drum solo... then as we held the ending forever
(what we called a Grand Funk ending) I stood up on my throne and bass drum while
slamming my raised crash cymbals,,,, and... wait for it …… BOOM!!
There was a HUGE cloud of smoke in front of my drum kit that I jumped through.
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, went the smoke alarms!
We played the next night (Saturday) without the pyrotechnics and not again?
Rock On Dude!