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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Rick Rosas Tribute: Jan 10, 2015, Los Angeles, CA

A tribute to the late Rick Rosas is scheduled for Jan 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.

Sadly, Rick Rosas passed away last month. Rosas, affectionately known as "Rick the Bass Player", has had a long musical career. Most recently, Rosas filled in on bass on the Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour of Europe (Billy Talbot had suffered a stroke).

Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014
Liverpool, England - July 13, 2014
Photo by Paolo Brillo

Legendary session musician Waddy Wachtel:
November 8 at 5:57pm ·

Here at home,

Our hearts have been ambushed and forever will bear the scar of knowing that our dear dear friend Rick has been taken away from us forever…

To say "they broke the mold when they made this guy" is such an understatement in this case.. doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.

He was the greatest friend, funniest wiseguy, and such a seriously devoted and dedicated musician always.

Another gigantic understatement is "Rick, we'll miss you."

I look forward to all of us having a night of rock and roll and great memories being shared in his honor and remembrance. A night he would have wanted.

You'll all know when that night is coming.

R I P Rick Rosas

A video tribute to Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014:

Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014
Strictly Bluegrass Festival, October 5, 2008
Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns

At a November concert by Pegi Young & The Survivors, Pegi and the band made a toast to Rick on stage. Shots of tequila were involved. Check it out...

Thanks sweet, sweet Malibu Joni!!!

Rick Rosas - Europe Summer 2014
Photo by Ruby Inthedust

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
(Rick Rosas far left)
2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
Photo by Paolo Brillo
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Neil Young, Rick "The Bass Player" Rosas, Richie Furay

Photo by Joe "The Drummer" Vitale

Rick Rosas has performed Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Etta James, and the Buffalo Springfield, among others.

Rick Rosas, Ivan Neville, Joe Vitale

Photo by John Nunu Zomot | Facebook - Bonnaroo 2011 (60)

From Wikipedia:
While playing in Walsh’s touring band, Rick met Neil Young at the Farm Aid III benefit held on Sept. 19, 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Young was impressed with the bass player’s musical skill as well as his soft-spoken, laid back manner, and invited him to join his new horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes. It was a bold departure for Young to front a horn section but with saxophonist Steve Lawrence leading the band, the Bluenotes turned out to be one of the most successful musical aggregations of Young's storied career. They recorded their first album in November, 1987 through January, 1988 at the Studio Instrument Rentals in Hollywood and the sessions produced, This Note's For You and controversial single of the same name. Walsh introduced them at the Hollywood Palace in April of 1988, as “the best band in the country.” Rosas and Bluenotes drummer Chad Cromwell were hailed as the tightest rhythm section Young had played with since the Buffalo Springfield and they would frequently end their shows with Springfield classic, "On the Way Home."

Richie Furay and Rick Rosas

Photo from Rick Rosas Facebook Wall Photos (62)

From Wikipedia:

Rosas played on Young’s next album, Chrome Dreams II which finally saw the release of the epic 1988 Bluenotes track “Ordinary People,” he also provided backing vocals for the track “Dirty Old Man.” With an eclectic group of musicians, Young’s Electric Band toured America and Europe and Asia for nearly three years, playing material from nearly every phase of Young’s massive catalogue. A concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show directed by Jonathan Demme, captured an incendiary 2007 performance in Philadelphia, where in one scene Young is seen praising Rosas’ musical abilities, “Rick can play anything!” Another album, with Young, Fork in the Road was recorded during the tour, which culminated in a Hyde Park performance in London with Paul McCartney joining Young onstage for a cover of the Beatles’ "A Day in the Life".

Buffalo Springfield
Bridge School Benefit Concert 2010

From Wikipedia:
A year later Young invited to participate in the reunion of the Buffalo Springfield at that year’s Bridge Concert, the annual benefit Young and his wife Pegi hold to raise money for the The Bridge School for physically challenged children. Along with long time friend, drummer Joe Vitale, Rosas joined the original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, in two nights of musical alchemy that surpassed wildest expectations. A six show mini-tour followed in June of 2011 with concerts in Oakland, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and the Bonnaroo music festival but a planned fall tour was cancelled when Young broke his toe and took the downtime to write a memoir. While touring with Pegi Young & the Survivors, he got the call from Neil Young to fill in for Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot, who had suffered a mild stroke a few weeks before their 2014 European Tour, making Rosas the only bassist to have played with the' Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse.
Rick Rosas & Ben Keith
Cutting Room, NYC, NY 07-19-2007
Photo by Johnny Marr

More on the life and career of Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014.


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At 12/06/2014 05:25:00 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

At Pegi Young's concert in Big Sur ('08?) I said hello to a few of those friendly folks including Ben and Rick. What I recall is wishing I had a flashlight to help Ben over the tree roots just off the stage and that on shaking Rick's hand it was soft skin like my Dad's. Seemed a gentle man.


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