Fred Walecki Benefit Concert – Aug. 8-9, 2000

The Fred Walecki Benefit Concert was a 2-day event at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for California music store owner Fred Walecki, who was diagnosed with throat cancer. It was called “A Gathering of the Clan” and was organized by Bernie Leadon and Glyn Johns. Fred Walecki was the owner of Westwood Music in Los Angeles, which was a family-owned business started by his father in 1947.

Randy, Bernie, Timothy, and Don Henley all performed (separately) at this benefit. This was a bunch of musicians and actors (Jeff Bridges and Michael McKean) who participated all for the cause of helping their long-time friend with his medical bills. The World Classic Rockers were on stage with Randy along with Bernie Leadon for Randy’s songs. The audios of those songs are below.

This benefit event took place just a few days after Randy’s Aug. 4 interview with John Beaudin of Rock History Music. Several days later on Aug. 19, 2000 Randy was at the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame Induction in Mitchell, Nebraska. Randy was inducted both separately and as a founding member of the Drivin’ Dynamics.

Randy Is the first to sing on stage at Fred’s benefit with help from the World Classic Rockers and Bernie Leadon.

Part 1 – The beginning of this Part 1 audio starts off with Randy singing “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Take It To the Limit”.

Part 2 – Many other musicians participated at the benefit, and Don Henley is the last to sing.
At about 2:01:12 The Byrds (David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Roger McGuinn) reunite to perform “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”.

Part 3 – Randy sings “Already Gone” and “Take It To the Limit”.

Fred Walecki Benefit

Randy Meisner

Fred Walecki Benefit backstage

Bernie Leadon, Fred Walecki, and Herb Pederson (Desert Rose Band)

Jeff Bridges (The Dude), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), and John McEnroe (pro tennis player).

David Ivor St. Hubbins is a fictional character in the mockumentary film “This Is Spinal Tap”. In the film, he is the lead singer and co-lead guitarist of the mock rock band Spinal Tap. David is played by actor Michael McKean, who improvised the role through the whole film.
To me, Michael McKean will always be Lenny from the Laverne and Shirley Show.

Randy and Timothy B. Schmit

Randy is standing between World Classic Rockers Kurt Griffey and Rosilee St. Nicholas

Roger McGuinn (Byrds), Jock Bartley (Firefall), and Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)

Kurt Griffey (World Classic Rockers) and wife

Fred Walecki Benefit musicians on stage

David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Nigel Tufnel

David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Timothy B. Schmit, and Nigel Tufnel

Ethan Johns, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Albert Lee, Jennifer Condos, Bernie Leadon, and Colin Hay

(Ethan Johns is Glyn Johns’ son.)

Ethan Johns, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Ry Cooder, Jennifer Condos, Bernie Leadon, and Jackson Browne

Jeff Pevar, Graham Nash, David Crosby, and James Raymond

Jennifer Condos, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens

Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens

Jeff “The Dude” Bridges

It’s interesting to note that it was just two years earlier in 1998 that The Dude made his infamous remark about hating the Eagles in “The Big Lebowski” movie, and he was on stage with four Eagles at this benefit. I wonder if there was any ribbing going on about that. He wasn’t Glenn Frey’s favorite person, so it’s good Glenn wasn’t at this event.

Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne

Ry Cooder, Jennifer Condos, Bernie Leadon, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne

Freebo, Stephen Bruton, and Bonnie Raitt

Emmylou Harris, Herb Pederson, and Bernie Leadon

Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens

Don Henley, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Frank Symes, and Albert Lee

Finale with everyone on stage – “Mercury Blues” and “Stand By Me”

Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf and World Classic Rockers) playing a solo. Randy is in front and to the left of the keyboard.

Bernie is to the right of Randy

Bernie is to the right of Randy

Fred Walecki and Jackson Browne at the microphone

Fred Walecki and Jackson Browne at the microphone

thank you

Show Poster

Fred Walecki Benefit

Fred Walecki Benefit Show Schedule

“A Gathering of the Clan” CD set

Colin Warling of Warling Guitars in Portland, Oregon got Randy’s autograph on July 23, 2000 at Newhall Park in Santa Clarita, CA when the World Classic Rockers were there. This was a couple of weeks prior to the Fred Walecki Benefit. A few years later Colin worked briefly at Westwood Music with Fred Walecki.

The concert was part of Santa Clarita’s “Concerts in the Parks” series. (Spencer Davis and Denny Laine also signed autographs for Colin.)

Fred Walecki Benefit
LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – June 20, 2000

“Enter Bernie Leadon, an old friend and one of the four original Eagles, and Glyn Johns, the legendary producer who has worked with the Beatles, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, and the Rolling Stones. The idea for a benefit concert was born.”
“Each artist who was approached committed without hesitation: Warren Zevon, Chris Hillman and Randy Meisner joined the list.”

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Aug. 7, 2000
This article was written by Patti Davis (Bernie’s one-time girlfriend and President Reagan’s daughter).

“The store was a place where they and countless other musicians could relax in a warm, supportive atmosphere, mingle with Walecki and other customers and exchange hints about instruments and playing techniques.”

LA Times (Los Angeles, CA) – Aug. 10, 2000

“On opening night, the Byrds treated the audience to ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’.”

Fred Walecki Benefit

Kenosha News (Kenosha, WI) – Sept. 18, 2000

“The three of us show up, totally spontaneous. We start playing ‘Turn, Turn, Turn,’ and you could hear a pin drop. It was magical.”

Fretboard Journal – October 2008

Rolling Stone magazine – Aug. 9, 2000

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