Klaatu to reunite for `World Contact Day` 2005
It was recently brought to my attention that Klaatu has reunited for "World Contact Day" 2005 a Klaatu Kon May 6 to 8 in Toronto. See the official <a href="http://www.klaatu.org/">Klaatu website</a> for all the details.
I was and still am a big Klaatu fan right from day one when the album came out, I got my copy and every album they released as well as some CD's. I even had the pleasure to see Klaatu perform live at the Waterloo Motor Inn, in Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA back in the early 80's. I still have the concert poster (stored away) from that show and still have an official Klaatu T-Shirt also bought at that gig. It was an unbelievable show as the performance was note for note from the record, I couldn't see any evidence of anything pre-recorded.
Back in college (late 70's) I did an english paper on Klaatu and the rumors, connections to the Beatles. That unfortunately got destroyed in a flood some years back but I still have some material I collected. For example when Paul McCartney and Wings played at Maple Leaf Gardens on May 9th, 1976 there was a Klaatu connection. I didn't notice at the time because I wasn't very close to the stage but a friend of mine was up fairly close and in those days you could bring cameras into concerts. He gave me his pictures and months later when I got the Klaatu debut album and the rumors were afloat of some Beatle connection, I realized that there appears to be a yellow sun with a purple background, about 5 " in diameter on the Marshall cabinet just left of the drum kit. There are several shots of Paul with his blonde Rickenbacker and Denny Laine with his double necked guitar with the logo in plain view.
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Now I suppose it could be a yellow daisy as the pictures aren't perfectly clear but I seem to see a sun with a smiley face. Add that to the fact that I haven't seen any evidence of this logo on this cabinet at any other concert during that tour. I figured since Klaatu was Toronto based at the time, I was convinced some roadie must have did it. Or was there a Paul - Klaatu connection deeper than we all think
No, I won't go there. Ok, I will just for a minute. The rumors spread fast after a mysterious master tape appeared on the desk of a Capitol Records executive. Was this Paul McCartney and John Lennon secretly reuniting by contributing songs composed by them both ? The voices had no hints of McCartney or Lennon but the music was definately Bealte sounding. The bass driving some of Klaatu's classic sounded very McCartneyish and the overall feel of the music had so much likeness to both the Beatles but for me more a Badfinger style, it was easy to fall in love with.
Yes I too have a blonde Rickenbacker (1977 model) and love playing the runs on Sub Rosa Subway. I still remember most of that bass line to this day. On long trips I'm sure to have Klaatu along with my McCartney, Beatles, Badfinger and Eagles selections. My Klaatu favourites being, Calling Occupants, Sub Rosa Subway, Hope, Knee Deep in Love, Routine Day, Everybody Took a Holiday and Dear Christine, just to name a few. Stay tuned for a Klaatu special I'm producing for MACCAradio.
In the meantime for those lucky one who got tickets for Klaatu Kon 2005 please report in, I"m going to try to make it. Here is some info from the official Klaatu website.
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On May 7th, 2005 there will be a Klaatu Konvention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with all three members of Klaatu in attendance. The Sun Set boxed set will be available as part of the admission price for the more expensive All Good Things pass, and will be available for sale at the convention as well.
Fans First Inc. has announced that Klaatu will perform live at the Klaatu Kon!
Klaatu, (John Woloschuk, Dee Long and Terry Draper) will perform live music together for the first time in 23 years at Klaatu*Kon 2005. The three original members of the band will take the stage for a 20 minute acoustic set during the evening playing songs from their five studio albums.
Don't miss this historic occasion!
There are no plans to repeat the live Klaatu performance at Klaatu Kon 2005 on any additional dates. This is a once in a lifetime opportunite. Don't miss it!