JOE COCKER’S MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN: Began recording March 27, 1970
To call Mad Dogs & Englishmen a "mistake" is a massive understatement. Cocker had been touring with his back-up band, The Grease Band, almost non-stop for over a year. The tour was brutal enough, but the hard-drinking, hard-partying musicians wore themselves down physically. Creatively, however, the band had gelled enough that musicians felt empowered and excited to try new things. As the tour ended, Cocker and The Grease Band parted ways, and the band itself broke up. It was an amicable split, but the members were simply too physically and mentally exhausted to try to figure out how to incorporate the different creative directions each member was drawn towards. The center simply could not hold. And so on March 11, 1970, Cocker hopped a fight to Los Angeles, where he planned to dry out, sleep plenty, and just enjoy spending time with musician friends. His recuperation lasted one day. On March 12, his manager informed him that he had booked a 52-city tour that the record label was requiring to fulfill contractual obligations. If Cocker refused, not only would he be in violation of his contract, he would be deported, his visa would likely be revoked, and he would be sued by the musician's union. Exhausted and without options, Cocker made a bunch of calls to L.A. musician friends and assembled the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour.
- 14 videos from the Mad Dogs & Englishmen concerts