LINK WRAY

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's most glaring omission

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THE FINAL RUMBLE 2005
Glendale, CA

At the end of the street was the main stage.  Dave Mason was the headliner...he canceled; that was probably a good move,  I don't think he could of followed Link successfully.  Three Bad Jacks open at 5:30 PM with the Nelson Brothers (Ricky's kids) on at 7:30. 

People started crowding up tight to the stage waiting for Link to start. I think the crowd was waiting for some old guy to start playing swing standards.  Boy, were they surprised!  It was ear blasting loud.  The protocol was the same as Fishlips in Bakersfield, Alexander started off with Miserlou and others, the Elvis guy comes out to get the crowd and Link fired up. 

When Link came out I think he was beside himself...the crowd was going nuts ....there was a sea of people all the way down the boulevard cheering .  Link plugged into the Marshall 100 Watt and went ape shit on an extended  Rumble ....10 mins +. He gave his trademark hip thrusts to a thundering audience. He even took time to hip thrust and kiss Olive while guitar feedbacking.  He was on Fire! 

Link blew away everyone with Rumble , Raw  hide, Batman, Ace of Spades, Run Chicken Run, (complete with an extended maniacal chicken scratch solo!), Branded and Jack the Ripper.   In anarchy style,  Link screamed" there would be no F*CK'N Link Wray without Dick Clark!!!!!" and cleaned up with Rumble. 

I was about three people deep from the stage; next to me were three kids ages 8-12 years old.  I looked over  at the father of the kids, and the dad was cracking up because his kids were going bonkers over Link, his music and stage maneuvers.  A film crew was there....live DVD?
Link Wray's last gig