06-13-2007 Neal WitwerGALVESTON MUSIC SCENE: THE BLOG: Neal Witwer!
When you mention the name "Neal
", in Galveston, everyone knows who you are talking about.It's no different than when you say "Frank" in Las Vegas, or Hollywood.Neal Witwer
is one of the Founding Fathers of the Rock and Roll music community in Galveston.He
organized, and started one of the first local Rock & Roll bands, The 1900 Storm
, in 1959; and ever since then, he
has been a local institution!Many of the bands, playing our local clubs today, have one or more members, who have played with Neal
, in one band or another, over the years!For these reasons, Neal
has had a profound, and enduring influence on the local music scene, for almost 50 years!
The Proper CircleOne of Neal's many bands; The Proper Circle; circa 1966Last week, Neal
reached a major milestone; 60 revolutions around the Sun without a fatal overdose, or plane crash, so it was time to celebrate.There was only one problem.As an important figure in the American institution of Rock and Roll, Neal
has become a target of the terrorists, who hate our way of life.One cell, controlled by the infamous Baghdad Rosie, has been after him lately, so the party had to be held in a secret, undisclosed location, under heavy security.
Bagdad RosieBagdad Rosie; hot on Neal's trailNeal
arrived, at the party, Saturday afternoon, complete with his
entourage, and his
patented wireless bass rig, twirling in circles.Just being around Neal
is like living life on fast forward.Some say that he
has a "unique personalty", others say its just the speed!However, no matter how "unique" you think he
is, it gets really bizarre when you see the people he
attracts into his
didn't waste a second before he
announced that he
is assembling still another incarnation of The 1900 Storm!His
new lead singer is some weird Euro-trash dude, from Germany, named Guta.Neal
explained that he
would be teaching Guta just enough English so that he
could get through the vocals.Think about that for a minute; a German speaking English like Neal!How will he
be able to talk that fast, or that pitch?
On lead guitar, Neal
has scored a guy named Roach, who was recently a big hit with a band called "The Usual Suspects" in the Michigan State Prison.Now that he is out on parole, he will be ready to join The Storm, as soon as he gets out of rehab.
Now, all Neal needs is a drummer, and he
is ready to go!
has had his
share of Groupies over the years, but only one has stuck with him since The 1900 Storm
started in 1959.