I remember starting my sound/light/roadie career with Silver Laughter back in 1979 very well! [After they broke up] I went on to work with at least 6 other bands as well as having the great honor of running spot light for a Minneapolis based sound/light company for the very first Country Fest in Cadott, WI., now the shared site of Rock Fest!
I also had the privilege of running spot light for Lee Greenwood, Mel McDaniel, and eating back stage with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I owe all those experiences to Silver Laughter and their openness to trying an unseasoned “Punk”, with taking control of the bridge. It really was a wonderful, eye opening experience.
Words alone cannot convey my feelings for the members of Silver Laughter, even if it’s been 35 years since I’ve seen any one of them. They all treated me as one of the guy’s. True, I was the butt of jokes but could dish it out as well.
I really did try very hard to put on a good show first, and make the band shine, as it should have, while also feeling comfortable enough to share ideas on how to stay fresh and relevant to the times. The times they were a changing in 1979. Silver Laughter was by far the tightest band I ever worked with, though I’ve seen some awesome musicians in my travels. These guy’s were Pro’s from the word go. I knew that the first time I saw them.
They were friendly with the fans everywhere they played, and were never too busy to talk to anyone. I’m proof of that!! Stage presences, fan oriented, musically polished, and just very fine people to know and come to Love! Jon, Mick, Ken, Kim & Paul I thank you for the Silver Laughter Experience.
And I must not forget Carl without whom I would still be trying to figure out how to plug in the mains. I loved trippin’ with Silver Laughter on the road, Thanks Guys! It meant more to me than I can ever express!
Glenn (the Punk) Stone.
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