Shane O’Brien Live Show 12 312015 Harold’s Place, San Pedro, CA
This is Shane’s annual New Years Eve Show always held at Harold’s Place in San Pedro. The ongoing shows have been going on for the past decade and are popular events year after year. There is always someone special that’s sure to be invited to play along with the band.
Last year Paula O’Rourke (Bassist for Eric Burdon) joined Michael Leasure (Drummer for Walter Trout) along with Field Monroe (San Pedro’s very own special talent on guitar) along side Shane O’Brien,
performing several songs from this Artist’s unique catalog of music.
Members who joined with Shane O’Brien at these annual New Years Eve Shows came from a wide variety of bands. Here’s just to name a few, Danny Timms (Highwaymen, Bonnie Raitt), Don Haney (Bonny Rait), Tony Sena (Temptations), Victor Carberry (Tommy Tutone 2),
And a host of other fine musician friends over the past ten years.
A recent road trip to the Detroit/Windsor area created a photo opp that brung back a time in the past of which Shane was a member of a Canadian group called “The Polaris Project“. This was his last Canadian group with their last gig being a performance at Windsor’s then rocking venue, Danny’s Canadian Tavern. There are photos of that show still floating around but it takes a good search to find them.
The last time we found some was at a reservation desk at a hertz rent a car establishment in Windsor. The reservation agent had a photo album containing a good amount of photos from the ‘ event. Shane found out about these photo treasures when he was renting a car during a scheduled gig in the area some fifteen years after that Danny’s Tavern gig. After the rental agreement for the car was signed, the agent noticed a certain familiarity upon reviewing the signatures and promptly ask O’Brien if he would be interested in purchasing some extra insurance for the weekend car rental. Which he turned down since insurance came with the rental anyway. Sill the agent persisted with a second offer for Shane to consider adding extra insurance strongly suggested by agent fora measly ten or fifteen bucks.
At this time he chose to support his strongly advised suggestion by pulling out from underneath the counter his prized old photo album which contained photos in chronological order of that 15 years ago gig. As it happens, the guitar Shane was playing was a Gibson Les Paul that just so happened to get engulfed in a raging amount of flames. Shane looked at all of these shots in a bit of a shock and with a shade of misplaced glow about him. No extra insurance was purchased either…
Here’s two separate photos
taken at the very same location
only 35 years apart.
Look closely at the following CD Cover Titled
“Solid Gold Treasure Chest” Disc 1
You may notice that there are two members of this group that currently hold Union Books for Local 433 Union Ironworkers.
Can you name them?
Here’s a link to a fun song. It was a blast recording this little Diddy. Tony Sena and Shane O’Brien just let all preconceived notion of what is normally accepted for a recording session with no expectations of of any kind other than a time of shared musical excitements for about 5 min and a little more…