Who remembers the Yardbirds with 'guitar gods' Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page? We sure do, and we're thrilled to chat with the original drummer, Jim McCarty.

The Yardbirds were prominent from 1963 to 1968, and got noticed with the album "Shapes of Things." Their hits included "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul," "I’m A Man," and "Over Under Sideways Down." The band was led by founding members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica). They're credited with introducing Psychedelic Rock while discovering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback, and distortion. Their 1968 their break-up led Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin.

Hear Cindy talk with McCarty about Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. You'll also hear about the Rolling Stones and how the Yardbirds replaced their residency at the Crawdaddy Club. McCarty says that gig started their music career just like it did with the Stones. McCarty tells some tales of his TV appearances and concerts he's played, he also gets a good laugh about Turkey Joints.

You can see the Yardbirds at Turning Stone Casino Showroom, Friday, May 4th at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $19.00. The $50.00 upgrade includes a show poster, a
special access pass, fast-track entry, a $10.00 dining card and can only be through the  TSRC Box Office (in person or over the phone).

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