Joe Cocker, opening for (sigh) The Steve Miller Band

When: Aug. 2

Where: The Gorge

Worth It? Hell yes! Get free camping at Vantage, and

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Joe Cocker, opening for (sigh) The Steve Miller Band

When: Aug. 2

Where: The Gorge

Worth It? Hell yes! Get free camping at Vantage, and leave after Cocker! You'll beat the traffic, avoid Steve Miller, and get a head start on the post-funk.

Twice in my life, I believe my voice has made a difference. The first was when I was very young, and I left a note in the suggestion box at Bainbridge Island's McDonald's that said something to the effect of: "I think you should change from serving frozen yogurt to ice cream. I think a lot more people would buy it." Sure enough, they've switched.

The second time, I was a few years older. When I visited German in 1998, I saw Joe Cocker perform at The Lorelei. It's basically a rock that hangs over the Rhine river. This wasn't some Chateau Ste. Michelle, wine-and-cheese, washed-up hippie event. The man was greeted by a frenetic crowd, and I've still never seen so many photographers at a show in my entire life.

Upon my return to the States, I visited Cocker's Web site, where I left a note in their virtual suggestion box that said something to the effect of: "Joe Cocker: PLEASE PLAY AMERICA AGAIN!!!" Maybe a year later, he opened for (sigh) Tina Turner.

There has yet to be a third time.

Pop Quiz: Which Yardbird played lead guitar on Cocker's studio version of "With a Little Help From My Friends?" Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, or Jimmy Page? Answer after the jump.

Answer: Jimmy Page.

 
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