In August 2013, this Web site's Cheryl's Specials ran an interview with Waddy Wachtel.
The session guitarist has played on Elton's I Swear I Heard The Night Talking; covered Grey Seal with the Band Perry; and appeared at an EJAF benefit.
Waddy's earlier experiences are explored in a new book about '70s and '80s rock. So are the highs and lows of a variety of acts including the Cowsills, Chicago, and the Eagles. Particularly vivid are the writer's descriptions of what Rod Stewart photo sessions were like and what happened when Stevie Nicks encountered an angry Janis Joplin. In the case of the latter, Fritz, Stevie and Lindsey Buckingham's ensemble, pre-Fleetwood Mac, was opening for Pearl but overstayed their welcome. After getting yelled at, most of the band ran off . . . except for Stevie, who stayed behind and wound up inspired by Joplin's performance. There's also an interesting bit about what Your Song has in common with the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station.
Goodnight L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock--The Untold Story From Inside The Legendary Recording Studios will be published on the 19th of September. It's by Kent Hartman, and picks up where his bestseller, The Wrecking Crew, left off.