Eikichi Yazawa American All Star Band Tours 1989-1992

In 1988 a friend of mine, Michael Podhurcak, rang one morning asking if I was ready to quit my front office position at the AV company., and go out with Southern Pacific. I responded with "when do I leave?". They already had a ticket for me for first thing the next morning.

 Southern Pacific was one of the first  bands to be comprised of rock musicians, playing "country style" music, based out of Nashville. Made up of John Mcfee and Keith Knudsen,  of Doobie Brothers fame, Stu Cook, bass player formerly of Credence Clearwater Revival, and Kurt Howell, keyboardist of Giant. 

John Mcfee had been the musical director for Yazawa and asked if I would like to be one of the guitar techs for the Japan tours. From 1989 until 1992 we continued on with the Japanese tours, working several different players. 

John Stahaley, George Hawkins, Willie Weeks, Bruce Gowdy, and Dweezil Zappa.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Japan Stand Up Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Tokyo Dome

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 "Stand Up" Tour Tokyo Dome Japan.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Japan Stand Up Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Tokyo Dome

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 "Stand Up" Tour Tokyo Dome Japan.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Japan Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Tokyo Dome

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 "Stand Up" Tour Tokyo Dome Japan.

This stage was 400' end to end.

Traveling video recording tracks shown.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Japan Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Tokyo Dome PA Rigging

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Stand Up Japan Tour Tokyo Dome PA Rigging.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Japan Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Tokyo Dome

Eikichi Yazawa 1989 Stand Up Japan Tour Tokyo Dome.

Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech.

 

John Stahaley Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989

John Stahaley Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989.

 

John Stahaley Stand Up Yazawa Tour 1989

John Stahaley Stand Up Yazawa Tour 1989.

 

John Stahaley Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989 Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech

John Stahaley Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989.

 

John Stahaley and Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Yazawa Syand Up Tour1989

John Stahaley and Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech .

Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989

 

Bill Simmons John Mcfee John Stahley Eikichi Yazawa Stand Up 1989 Japan Tour

Bill Simmons John Mcfee and, John Stahley.

Eikichi Yazawa Stand Up 1989 Japan Tour .

 

 

Ok, it is time to talk about the other Guitar Tech on all the Yazawa tours since the early 80's.

Nobou "Nobu" Kuribayashi.

Leo Music.

Nobu was truly one of the most dedicated roadies I have ever had the pleasure to work with.  We  became the best of friends touring Japan together. Nobu knew very little English, even so, we still hung together and played hard in the good ole days!

 

Nobuo "Nobu" Kuribayashi Guitar Tech for John Mcfee Yazawa Stand Up 1989 Tour Japan

Nobuo "Nobu" Kuribayashi Guitar Tech for John Mcfee.

Yazawa Stand Up 1989 Tour Japan.

 

Nobuo Kuribayashi 1990 Ropongi Tokyo Japan

Nobuo Kuribayashi 1990 Ropongi Tokyo Japan. 

 

Nobuo Kuribayashi 1990 Ropongi Tokyo Japan

Nobuo Kuribayashi 1990 Ropongi Tokyo Japan.

 

Nobuo Kuribayashi Guitar Tech And Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech 1989 Stand Up Yazawa Tour Japan

Nobuo Kuribayashi Guitar Tech And Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech.

1989 Stand Up Yazawa Tour Japan.

End of tour party!

 

Miki Oshi Loi, Harmony Loi, DavePopsClements, Linda Clements, Nobuo Kuribayashi, Christmas 2000 Sherman Oaks California at the Loi Residence

Miki Oshi Loi, Harmony Loi, Dave Pops Clements, Linda Clements, Nobuo Kuribayashi, Christmas 2000 Sherman Oaks California at the Loi Residence.

 

Miki Oshi Loi, Harmony Loi, DavePops Clements, Linda Clements, Nobuo Kuribayashi, Christmas 2000 Sherman Oaks California at the Loi Residence.

Miki Oshi Loi, Linda Clements, Gordon Loi, Dave Pops Clements, and Nobuo Kuribayashi, Christmas 2000 Sherman Oaks California at the Loi Residence.

 

Dave Pops Clements and Nobuo Kuribayashi Tokyo Japan 2003

Dave Pops Clements and Nobuo Kuribayashi Tokyo Japan 2003

 

John McFee Long Time Doobie Brothers Guitar Player Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989

John McFee Long Time Doobie Brothers Guitar Player

Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989.

Nobu in the background.

 

John McFee Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989 Dressing Room

John McFee in the dressing room.

Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989.

 

John McFee Long Time Doobie Brothers Guitar Player And Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech Yazawa Tour 1989

John McFee And Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech.

Yazawa Stand Up Japan Tour 1989.

 

Kieth Knudsen Long Time Doobie Brothers Drummer Yazawa Tour 1989

Keith Knudsen Long Time Doobie Brothers Drummer.

Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989.

Keith took me in to stay at his home in North Hollywood shortly after rehearsals began.

I should mention that I was the drum roadie as well back then!

 

Kieth Knudsen Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989

Keith Knudsen .

Yazawa Rock "N" Roll Army 1990 Tour .

 

Eikichi Yazawa And Kieth Knudsen Yazawa Stand Up 1990 Japan Tour

Eikichi Yazawa And Keith Knudsen .

Yazawa Stand Up 1990 Japan Tour.

 

Kieth Knudsen Family And Tiran Porter Family Harley Christmas Card To Dave Pops Clements

Keith Knudsen Family And Tiran Porter Family

Harley Christmas Card To Dave Pops Clements 1991.

 

Kieth Knudsen Family And Tiran Porter Family Harley Davidson Christmas Card To Dave Pops Clements 1991

Keith Knudsen Family And Tiran Porter Family

Harley Davidson Christmas Card To Dave Pops Clements 1991.

 

Kurt Howel Kieth Knudsen Dave Pops Clements George Hawkins Jr. John Stahaley Yazawa Tour 1989

Kurt Howell, Keith Knudsen, Dave Pops Clements, George Hawkins Jr. and, John Stahaley. Yazawa Stand Up Tour 1989

 

George Silk And Mike Tyson Akasaka Tokyo Japan 1988

George Silk And Mike Tyson.

In 1989 I paid a visit to the George Silk Kimono shop in Akasaka. George gave me this phot oof him and Mike Tyson.

Akasaka Tokyo Japan 1988.

 

Eikichi Yazawa Albert Wing John Mcfee Willie Weeks Kieth Knudsen Bruce Gowdy Guy Allison Japan Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech

Eikichi Yazawa, Albert Wing, John Mcfee, Willie Weeks, Keith Knudsen, Bruce Gowdy, and Guy Allison.

Yazawa Rock "N" Roll Army 1990 Japan Tour .

Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech.

 

Eikichi Yazawa 1990 Japan Tour Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech

Eikichi Yazawa at Sound check.

1990 Rock "N" Roll Army Japan Tour

 

Eikichi Yazawa.

1990 Rock "N" Roll Army Japan Tour

 

Eikichi Yazawa And Kieth Knudsen Yazawa Stand Up 1990 Japan Tour

Eikichi Yazawa And Keith Knudsen.

Yazawa Stand Up 1989 Japan Tour

 

Guy Allison Keyboards And Kieth Knudsen Yazawa Tour 1990

Guy Allison Keyboards And Keith Knudsen Drums.

Yazawa Rock "N" Roll Army Japan Tour 1990

 

Bruce Gowdy Yazawa Tour 1990 Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech

Bruce Gowdy .

Yazawa  Rock "N" Roll Army Japan Tour 1990 .

Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech.

 

Bruce Gowdy Yazawa Tour 1990 Dave Pops Clements Guitar Tech

Bruce Gowdy .

Yazawa  Rock "N" Roll Army Japan Tour 1990 .

 

 

 

 

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