posted 5 March 2014
St. Louis Mardi Gras Float Adorned With Head East Sign
Special thanks goes out to Roger Boyd's cousin Ted who submitted this photo taken at the 2014 St. Louis Mardi Gras parade. The float is adorned with a black and white replica of Head East's self-titled 4th studio album that is often referred to as the "Road Sign" album.
updated 1 March 2014
Head East Drummer Receives Drum Throne and Cymbal Endorsements
Head East drummer Eddy Jones was recently endorsed by Carmichael Drum Thrones and Soultone Cymbals.
View the video below which shows Eddy at Studio City KC in Kansas City trying out his new Soultone cymbals.
( * Note - audio portion begins about 16 seconds into video presentation )
posted 20 February 2014
In Memory of J. Jaye Steele - July 28, 1959 to February 11, 2014
A public memorial service will be held on March 9, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Crazy Olive in Cape Coral, Florida for former Head East alumnus Jeffrey Myers. Myers who performed using the stage name J. Jaye Steele, passed away on February 11th after a year long battle with stage four lung cancer. He was the lead vocalist for Head East during the mid-80s and was the current lead vocalist for the band Push based in southwestern Florida.
For additional information view the Push Facebook page and the obituary linked below:
Push Facebook Obituary
posted 17 February 2014
Diamond Jo Casino Concert Photos
Photos from the Head East concert held on February 15, 2014 at the Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa have been posted to our 2014 Concert Gallery.
On the left, Head East is shown performing live at Diamond Jo Casino (Photo courtesy of Jody Schmidt). View additional photos from this event by clicking the links below.
Dubuque Photos - Part 1 Dubuque Photos - Part 2
posted 12 February 2014
Styx and Head East Announce Concerts
Midwest rockers Styx and Head East have announced that they will be doing two shows together this spring. On April 2nd they will be performing at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, Illinois and on April 3rd they will bring their show to the historic Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana.
Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10:00 am Friday, February 14th and can be purchased online through each theatre's website or by phone or in person at their box office. For more information visit the Virginia Theatre and Lerner Theatre Websites linked below:
posted 28 January 2014
Eddy Jones: Carrying on the Legacy
When original Head East drummer Steve Huston left the band in the mid-80s, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. He not only laid down the rhythm, he wrote many of the band's best known songs, and was the band's co-lead vocalist sharing lines back on forth with John Schlitt on songs like "Never Been Any Reason" and "Gettin' Lucky".
Huston recently praised current Head East drummer and vocalist Eddy Jones (see story dated 23 January). Eddy responds and talks about carrying on Huston's legacy in his statement below .
From the very beginning I was welcomed into the Head East family by Roger and Rita Boyd. I was also made to feel very much a part of the family by Steve Huston the co-creator, original drummer, and singer-songwriter for the band, who created my place in what has been the most blessed and exciting ride in my musical journey. That's why his comments on the website and Facebook page mean more to me then I can put into words. I share this very humbly and just want to thank Steve from the bottom of my heart for his support from day one, and to say how important it is to me to continue to honor him by doing my very best to sit on his throne and carry on his legacy the best way I know how. Thank You and I Love Ya Big Brother.
posted 23 January 2014
Head East Alumnus Praises Drummer Eddy Jones
On 19 December we posted a video produced by the Saint Joseph Missouri School District featuring Head East drummer Eddy Jones (see news item below titled "Eddy Jones: The Rock Star of Benton High School"). Both the school district and Head East are very proud of Eddy who is considered by many to be one of the best in the business. Founding member and original Head East drummer Steve Huston shares those sentiments and gave Eddy the following accolades.
For a very long time, people have told me how much they have loved our band. And yes, Roger and I and Mike and Dan and John worked so hard to get it right. And we did. We sometimes worked 14 hours a day practicing back in the days of Champaign. We spent our own money to record "Flat As A Pancake." It was even my idea to name it that.
I probably worked harder than anybody in the band because I was the drummer. I had to be the best. I was up against Alan Gratzer (REO), and a band in Champaign called the "Light Brigade" who were actually pretty good. And of course, the "One Eyed Jacks" (isn't that a GREAT name for a band?) They were really good. Once again let me say, I worked hard. I had to be the best.
The whole point of this message is the fact that I consider Eddy as the best drummer currently in the business. I listen to how he plays the Head East parts and his execution is flawless. I want to do more shows with Head East but I only want to sing the songs that I wrote . . . I don't want to play drums, Eddy is the best!
posted 17 January 2014
In Memory of Roby Walker - January 29, 1940 to January 15, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Roby Walker, father of Head East lead vocalist Darren Walker. Head East band leader Roger Boyd shared the following comments upon learning of Mr. Walker's passing.
For over 40 years all of us in the Head East family have shared many wonderful successes and times together, but unfortunately have also shared in heart-wrenching losses. It is with very heavy heart that I pass on the eloquent words of dear friend, colleague and lead singer Darren Walker on the passing of his father Roby Walker from cancer.
“The greatest man I ever knew, my Father Roby D. Walker, passed early this morning peacefully. My family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes …”
Our deepest sympathies to Darren and the entire Walker family on their deep loss as all our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you at this time of great mourning, yet celebration of the life of an extraordinary man and wonderful father, husband and family patriarch.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 AM at the Lathrop United Methodist Church, 405 Center St., Lathrop, MO. If you would like to leave a message for the Walker Family you can do so by posting to our Guestbook or you can leave a message on the Head East Official Facebook page.
Roby Walker Obituary
posted 16 January 2014
Vintage Head East Photos - Candy Kingsbury Benefit Concert
On July 31, 1974, Head East performed at a benefit concert in Genoa, IL. The concert was held to raise funds for 16 year old Candy Kingsbury to help pay medical bills incurred in her fight against cancer. The photos below show the recently formed classic line-up of Roger Boyd, John Schlitt, Dan Birney, Mike Somerville, and Steve Huston that recorded "Flat as a Pancake" shortly thereafter at Golden Voice Studios in Pekin, Illinois. The classic line-up would go on to record and release four more studio albums and one double live album during the next five years.
A special thanks goes out to Shirley (Kingsbury) Campbell for providing the photos below from this event.
Dan Birney and Mike Somerville
Roger Boyd, John Schlitt, Dan Birney & Mike Somerville
( drummer Steve Huston partially obsured behind Birney & Somerville )