pays a backstage visit to Alice
at the Pompano Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, Florida
Mark Remembers Michael Jackson
I was recording with Dave Mason in 1980 for the album Old Crest On A
New Wave which was his last Columbia album, we were doing the session
at Hollywood Sound in Los Angeles and the Jackson Five were also
doing some tracks in the studio down the hall. I went out for a break
and ran into Michael Jackson in the lounge. I introduced myself and
said, "Hey Michael, come in the studio and check out this track.
I think you'll dig it," and he said, "Sure". He
followed me into the studio, and I told the engineer Ed Thacker to
put up the track Save Me, written by the late great Jim Krueger (who
also wrote the huge hit "We Just Disagree") because it had
the same type of flavors and rhythm from the "Off The Wall" album.
I could see he was getting excited getting into it, and I said,
"Michael why don't you go inside and scat on the tune. That
would be amazing!" Low and behold he actually went into the
studio, stood in front of the microphone, put the earphones on, and
we hit the record button. Right away he started singing an d dancing
as if it was his own. I turned to the engineer and said, "Can
you believe what's going on here?" He basically did it in one
take, shook my hand, said thank you, and took off into the night.
This track has been sitting in stir all these years, and frankly I am
feeling honored that I was probably one of the very few cats from my
era to have had the pleasure to sing and play the Hammond organ on a
track with him. RIP Michael"
Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein and Vince Martell
Let's Pray For Peace Tour 2009
Tickets on sale now!!
Once again in 2009 Mark and Vince Martell are putting together a great show with their new rhythm section.
Watch for new shows to be added soon!
Mark was interviewed live on Q104FM at 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time in New York by nationally famous radio host Carol Miller on her syndicated radio show, "Get The Led Out". This year marks the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin, and since Zep opened for Vanilla Fudge in 1969, well, Mark's a natural to be a part of it. You can listen live online, click here for Q104FM.
More to come ...
Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein and Vince Martell
August 23, 2008 - The Cannery Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Click here for photos and full report by Casey Butler from Las Vegas!
Stein and Vince Martell perform Vanilla Fudge's
You Keep Me Hanging On!
... on the PBS Fundraiser show "The 60's My Generation" which is starting to air ob PBS, watch your local channel directory's for times The 60s psychedelic sounds are represented by Mark Stein & Vince Martell for Vanilla Fudges You Keep Me Hangin On.
With introductions by Mama Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas, MY GENERATION THE 60s remembers and rejoices in an unforgettable time of profound change and music that remains relevant today.
THE 60s is a treasure-trove of essential folk-rock, rhythm-and-blues and pop classics that continue to resonate with baby-boomers. The program airs as part of the March 2008 pledge drive (check local listings) on PBS.
MY MUSIC: MY GENERATION THE 60S
Concert Special Brings Back the Sounds of Peace, Love and Protest August 7, 2007 - Vanilla Fudge with Mark Stein, Vince Martell, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice were in concert with Deep Purple at Radio City Music Hall in New York and played to a standing ovation from a packed house! Photographer Daniele Purrone was there! Click here to view Daniele's gallery and some fabulous photos of both Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple!
July 14, 2007 - Mark was an invited guest to perform Smoke On The Water with Deep Purple... Click here...
October 28, 2006 - VintageRock.com Review of Vanilla Fudge Concert, Patchogue, NY - "I can say this with no fear of contradiction, Vanilla Fudge are the best American rock and roll band, ever. " "When he sings, 'There aint nothing I can do about it' during Hangin On, you really feel the mans passion for what hes singing." Want to read more? Click here!
October 15, 2006 - Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Vanilla Fudge among first inductees..
Mark and Vanilla Fudge were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15th along with other music greats including Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Leslie West, Richie Havens, George Gershwin and many more.
Check out www.limusichalloffame.org for more info!
Mark On Tour With Vanilla Fudge:
Vanilla Fudge Tim Bogert, Mark Stein, Carmine Appice, and
Some of the dates that were played on the Canadian Tour:
July 21, 2005: BC Pacific Colloseum, Vancouver BC, Canada
July 23, 2005: AB Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Canada
July 25, 2005: AB Rexall Centre, Edmonton, Canada
July 26, 2005: SK Saskatoon Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, Canada
July 27, 2005: MB MTS Centre - Winnipeg, Canada
July 30, 2005: The Heritage Festival North Bay, Canada
July 31, 2005: The Bell Center - Montreal, Quebec Canada
August 1, 2005: Toronto, Canada - The Docks
August 4, 2005: TV Show rehearsal, Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic City,NJ, rehearsal for VH-1 Decades with The Doors and Vanilla Fudge
August 5, 2005: TV Show Shoot, Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic City,NJ, Shoot for VH-1 TV show called Decades with The Doors and Vanilla Fudge
August 7, 2005: The Harbor Center in Portsmouth, VA
You can now download America The Beautiful as a preview track from Mark's new album, now in the works!
For three weeks in May, 2002, Mark was recording at Electric Randyland Studios in New York! Mark recorded 3 new original tunes and rearranged a song - which shall remain nameless for now!
Backing Mark were the same musicians heard on America The Beautiful: Jimmy Haslip on bass, John McCurry on guitar, Bobby Rondinelli on drums, and Jim Campagnola on sax.
Patty Stein supplied the site with the following super photos of the session... please enjoy!
Keep watching this site for the session results!
Mark recorded a special version of America The Beautiful at Electric Randyland Studios in New York. Fans can download the song in MP3 format after donating to The American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Click here to read more!
...And what an evening it was! Shortly after we arrived at the Sunrise Music Theater, west of Hollywood... Mark, his wife Patty, and I went to a backstage door and Mark spoke with Steve Morse, the new guitar player for Deep Purple, about seeing Mark's old touring buddies...
At first, no one believed that Mark Stein, the keyboard virtuoso and lead vocalist for Vanilla Fudge, was really present backstage. Ian Paice was the first to come out from a group meeting & freaked when he saw Mark. "Is that really you? My God I can't believe it," he said as they embraced. "Jon's gonna shit when he finds out you're here - hold fast I'm gonna go backstage and get him out."
When Jon Lord came out & saw Mark, instantly their relationship was re-born. They seemed in awe of each other, lots of hugs & handshakes - a beautiful moment for all. And when Roger Glover & Ian Gillan joined in it was like a bloody High School reunion.
After all, Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple toured together in the late 60's and in fact, Deep Purple opened for the Vanilla Fudge back then. Later that evening while standing around, a guy was talking to Mark about how he used to listen to Vanilla Fudge when he was younger. The guy said to Mark that Vanilla Fudge was from Boston and Mark quickly said that they were from New York. The guy insisted that he was right and Mark said once again to the contrary and to trust him on this. Of course Mark never let on that he in fact was in Vanilla Fudge, which was absolutely hilarious to me.
Jon Lord, keyboard player for Deep Purple, has been quoted as saying that Mark Stein was one of his biggest influences. In fact he told Mark the same thing again when they met this night.
I have to tell you here that Mark Stein and Jon Lord were both huge influences on my own keyboard style. Vanilla Fudge has always been my favorite Rock & Roll band, but Deep Purple is only a half game out of first place... so-to-speak.
It was really incredible for Mark to see Jon Lord, Ian Gillian, Roger Glover and Ian Paice again after so many years. To be able to see them all together back stage with Mark Stein was just too much! The guys all talked and hugged for quite a long time even though there were reporters and photographers standing all around waiting for them. It was really great to know that friendship is more important to these guys than another publicity shot.
Sitting center stage in the front of the music theater was a perfect place to be to feel the legendary, loudest band in the world, according to the record books. Their music was as awesome as it was back in the 60's and 70's. These guys can still smoke! Really, there is no music today that can compare to the sound and power of the masters of Rock & Roll such as Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple! I can only dream of such times, to see them both in concert together again! Of course, Mark Stein will always be my hero and musical idol.