Our cover story this week focuses on local tejano star Eddie Rodriguez's amazing journey to Los Angeles to play a Feb. 6 Grammy gala honoring Neil Diamond, where Rodriguez and his band, Los Volcanes, shared the stage with such superstars as Coldplay, Faith Hill, and the Jonas Brothers. What made this story more than your standard Rocky fare was conflicting accounts of how Diamond came into contact with Rodriguez in the first place. Rodriguez said he believed Sir Neil had caught a taped performance of his band on TV while touring in South Texas, where tejano is huge. However, the way the story was originally conveyed to SW was that Diamond had intended to call Eddie Vedder and somehow got Rodriguez by accident. But instead of apologizing for his error and hanging up, Diamond decided to give Los Volcanes the shot of a lifetime.
Last night at the gala, Diamond finally told his version of the story from the stage.
According to Ben London, the former Alcohol Funnycar frontman who heads up Seattle's MusiCares chapter (Diamond was being honored as MusiCares' Person of the Year) and shared a pre-show meal with Diamond, the Jazz Singer "got up and talked about how he had talked to Eddie Vedder at some point about using some of his music in a film, and he called him back and got Eddie Rodriguez by mistake. [Los Volcanes] did 'Red, Red Wine' and got a standing ovation."
The moral of this story? Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get there -- it's what you do once you arrive. And judging from the standing O they received, Los Volcanes did more than fine.