Leslie West will never be known as the "Eric Bedard of heavy rock." The former Mountain guitarist/vocalist, who's now well into his 60s, is apparently un-fucking-stoppable. Mere weeks ago the brother, who is diabetic, had to have emergency surgery to amputate one of his legs just below the knee. For most 60-something guitarists that would spell the end of the line. Guitar-hero career over, right? Hell, dudes have given up the life for a lot less. Not West. No, sir.
Not only are plans still, ahem, afoot for West to release his latest album, Unusual Suspects, on September 20, but it's just been announced that he'll be pairing up with Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker for the "3 Guitar Heroes Tour" in October and November (dates below). Aspiring guitarists take note, this is how you become a legend. Do not let an amputated limb stop you from kicking ass.
3 Guitar Heroes Tour dates
10/06: Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro 10/08: idgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 10.09: Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey 10/12: Foxborough, MA, Showcase Live 10/13: Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony 10/14: New York, NY, Irving Plaza 10/15: Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 10/16: Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre At Westbury 10/19: Baltimore, MD, Sound Stage 10/20: Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 10/21: Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 10/22: Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room 10/26: Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 10/27: Chicago, IL, House of Blues 11/04: Dallas, TX, House of Blues 11/05: Houston, TX, House of Blues 11/11: Las Vegas, NV, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino