Bob Siebenberg - Complete Discography
Making this record was some of the most fun I 've ever had. I was pretty good friends with Phil because of Scott. Although I had jammed with Phil when he jumped up with the Bees a couple of times, before Scott joined Lizzy.
The Irish connection, you see. Phil invited me and my family to the Bahamas to work on his solo record. It was really just an excuse for a holiday in a cool place. I can't really remember, but I think it was 10 days. We did actually go to the studio at Compass Point everyday and work on the record, but you know what happens when you start having too much fun.
We got about four things in the can and I think only 2 made it to the record. I remember talking to Phil about this one slow blues track we did that didn't go on the record and he regretted not using it. One of the great things to me on that trip was seeing Phil with his family down on the beach being a dad. Real soft, real relaxed, and seemingly real happy.
Made friends with Huey Lewis at these sessions. I had known of him and his band, Clover, in London. During a lull one day he asked us to help him demo out one of his new tunes, and did. This was January 1980. Several years later it surfaced as "workin' for a livin'" with his now new thing 'the News'. We had a great time. We would come back from the studio and hit the crap tables and I personally just lost money. In the end, I didn't get paid for the sessions, the management just paid my gambling debt.
My daughter Tori was about 3 weeks old and was carried around in a basket. Jesse was there and about 4 years old. I have some great photos of him sitting on Phil's lap driving the boat and having a drink at the bar with Huey in Hawaiian shirts and silly hats. Phil was a great and charming fellow, and I count him amongst my favorite pals. He and I always got along easy and made each other laugh. I had real affection for him as a guy and tremendous respect for him as a musician and band leader. He drove his band hard . Always in charge. I wish he was still around.