On Thursday, September 13th, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s played a show at The Apollo near Rockford, Illinois when they had an unexpected visitor stop by in the form of Cheap Trick Rick, a.k.a. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Nielsen. “Apparently he is a fan,” Whitey Morgan tells Saving Country Music. “He’s a great dude.”
Before the show, Rick Nielsen went backstage to meet the band, and brought along a vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul gold top to show off. Nielsen is known for his vast collection of electric guitars, including the infamous five-necked guitar he sometimes performs with. But that wasn’t all. Nielsen stuck around for the show, and sauntered up on stage to participate in an epic, 7 1/2-minute rendition of the bluesy Johnny Paycheck classic “11 Months and 29 Days” (see video below). Faces were melted in the capacity crowd.
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