All everybody focused on in our late 1960s-early 70s world was how great that John Bonham of Zepplin was, Keith Moon of The Who was, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, Ian Paice of Deep Purple was. Shit people have even put Ringo Starr up there as a how great he was along with countless others.
And all I know is Don Brewer Could and Would of blew the balls off of all of them put together.
Yes there were fabulous players during this time period and specific great solo’s by many. Ginger Baker was among the elite because of the different kinds of styles he did play. Mike Shrieve tore up with Santana as did Ron Bushy on In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida with Iron Butterfly. But for hard core Rock-n-Roll shake, rattle and roll and tear the house down with each and every song, it was a trio out of Flint, Mi. that were at the top of every-body’s game back when.
Mark Farner, Mel Schacher & Don Brewer were in my opinion among the greatest Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer and Vocalists. And I don’t even know if Don Brewer is on anybodies top 100 list let alone top 10 for drummers and they are all crazy.
Even more evident on “Inside Looking Out”.
After all this is the band that sold out faster than The Beatles did at Shea Stadium in 1971. And who police feared their fans would collapse the entire stands rocking up and down during the concert.
Yet this band still never gets regarded as anything outside of Detroit and that my Rock-n-Roll fans is stinking sad. Better open your ears because neither Moon nor Bonham came close to Brewer. And saw him a few years back Downtown and he still doesn’t miss a beat. My only wish is that the three original members could mend their differences in whatever the problem is and reunite and stay that way forever.
Don & Mel still tour as GFR and Mark has his own band. But for their devout fans they will always in our minds be meant to be together, Period!
Written by Mark Farner
Released off the debut 1969 album ” On Time”
Mark Farner – vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Don Brewer – vocals, drums
Mel Schacher – bass
And it’s been beyond damn time for GFR to be Inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame. Like in Decades Ago.