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Fired a couple of times, then hired back

A few months ago, we’ve posted an interview with Tony Carey. Here is a much, much longer version of that conversation that has surfaced on YT since then. Tony digs deeper into his Rainbow story, and talks at length on other aspects of his career and the state of music business in general.

Yep, it’s an hour long, but well worth finding time and listening to the whole thing through. Enjoy!

Thanks to BACKSTAGE PASS ROCK-NEWS for the video and to Uwe Hornung for bringing it to your attention, and for sending us down the fascinating rabbit hole of Mandoki Soulmates.

We’ll leave you with a couple of clips of the aforementioned Cory Henry and Mandoki Soulmates. Spot the tune!

8 Comments to “Fired a couple of times, then hired back”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ah yes, good ole Leslie Mandoki, from not-quite-so-rock, but nevertheless entertaining humble beginnings more than 40 years ago (Leslie is the, uhum, ‘Mongolian Horseman’, i.e. ‘Russian Cossack’ third from right) …



    His connection to the DP Extended Family is not restricted to Herr Carey either, there was another ivories-tickling dude too, name escapes me for the moment, but he nevertheless gets a warm welcome here at 01:40 from people who seem to know him:


    Ever wondered how SOTW would have sounded with Jethro Tull, Peter Frampton, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Toto helping along? Voilà:


    Jethro Tull with someone from Leicester? Here you are:


    Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with someone guesting from The Artwoods? Your wish is my command …


    That stuff is all live by the way – from a TV show in April 2004. The host, Thomas Gottschalk, is incidentally a card-carrying DP fan and has always made room for them in his shows. DP Mk VIII were playing in Hong Kong that night, but sent their regards in a short video broadcast that evening.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I was aware of Snarky Puppy’s instrumental prowess (I picked up on them because their horn arrangements reminded me of Blood, Sweat & Tears which I love),


    but was’t aware of the individual musicians who had been with the band – this Cory Henry is great.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Thanks for the extended interview with Toney Carey, much appreciated. A hot band of musicians the Mandoki Soulmates. A similar setup to Ringo’s All Starr Band, wonderful. Cheers.

  4. 4
    Gregster says:

    @2 said….

    qt.”I was aware of Snarky Puppy’s instrumental prowess”…

    Indeed Herr Uwe, “Snarky Puppy” with a great many tunes follow in the same manner that ‘Little Feat” started decades ago, with superb instrumentals, arguably influenced via “Weather Report”, & undoubtedly “Frank Zappa”…And of course, FZ links us back to DP…


    Peace !

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    Thank you Uwe @1…..enjoyed these links very much!

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I remember seeing that Little Feat gig live on TV at the time, lieber Gregster! It was three main acts (being the first Rockpalast night ever, broadcast throughout Europe): Rory Gallagher, Little Feat and Roger McGuinn. Rory played first (still as a four piece with the great Lou Martin on keyboards) and as his music was the most immediate, hit-you-in-the-face-energetic and accessible, the other two acts suffered perhaps a little bit. Little Feat only became well-known in Germany through that gig and Roger McGuinn was mostly still known for having been a member of The Byrds, few people had followed his solo career. He ended his set with a cover song from someone he had himself decisively inspired/been a role model for, guess who?


    Gallagher otoh was at that point already a mainstay of the German touring circuit, but his popularity was bolstered too by this (very good, even by his own self-critical standards as he said after the gig) performance. All Gallagher fans would gush in the following week: “I TOLD YOU he was that good live!”


  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    It would be impossible to follow on after Rory Gallagher & his band I imagine. He should have been the main act. It is great to see so many different live performances of Gallagher online these days. That 1977 tour would have been the last of that mighty four piece band, as he changed direction & went to a power based three piece only keeping the bass player Gerry McAvoy. Those next two albums Photo Finish & Top Priority are great to my ears. A wonderful talent who left us far too early was Rory. I will never forget that t-shirt a friend had way back then, ‘In The Land of Hope & Rory’. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Gregster says:


    Indeed meister Uwe !!! But still, sometimes you have to turn-the-page, & read the book of Taliesyn, or you may end up chasing shadows, or worse…

    Peace !

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