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BONNIE RAITT GOING LIKE ’60 II’

on February 16, 1999 No comments

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 16, 1999

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On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Dan Rather profiles Raitt for “60 Minutes II“, taking viewers backstage at a “Tonight Show” taping and at her triumphant homecoming gig at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.

“I’ve never worked for anybody before, that makes me pretty cocky,” says the 49-year-old singer and guitarist. So it is, Raitt tells Rather, that her eight-year marriage to actor Michael O’Keefe has been “a humbling experience. I don’t get to be the boss in the marriage,” she says. Raitt ruminates on a past of drinking and drug abuse, a lifestyle she shook off 10 years ago, and on her immense success within the last decade, which includes winning nine Grammy Awards. (The Grammys will be telecast on CBS the night of Feb. 24, live from Los Angeles.)

This wonderful interview covers so much ground in so little time. Bonnie’s warmth and honesty is out front.
Sprinkled in are some performance highlights, as well as early vintage photographs.

“I’d like to be remembered as someone that was always true to what I really felt my musical taste, my politics, my anger, my frustration, my hurt, my joy, my eroticism,” Raitt says. “I want to be remembered for the full spectrum as an honest, earthy, confused woman that lasted a long time.

Bonnie on her 1965 Fender Stratocaster –

“It sounds like bacon smells. That’s what it sounds like”


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We are rocked to the core to hear of the passing of our dear friend, bandmate and musical genius, Mike Finnigan. He fought his long illness with the same fearlessness and ferocity he brought to every part of his life. Our deepest condolences go out to Candy, Kelly, Bridget and all his family.

Mike was one of the most powerful, virtuosic soul/gospel/blues singers and Hammond B3 players you’ll ever be blessed to hear. Respected and emulated by musicians the world over, his legacy of staggering
performances across his 60+ years career will stand the test of time. He stopped our show nearly every night. There was simply no one like him.

He was whipsmart, incredibly articulate and funny as hell. He was as devoted to his beloved family and friends as he was to helping so many struggling to get and stay sober. He and his wife Candy were instrumental in my own sobriety and I will be forever grateful.

Rest in peace, dear Mike. I know you’ll be shaking that Heavenly Choir to new heights as only you can do.

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