Can you tell us any more about Tony Sanchez?
Date: December 21, 2004 15:38
In 2003 while procrastinating at work I found a website that rated and offered recordings of live RS performances. I submitted an inquiry and received a response asking for my address; shortly thereafter I received a mailer with 2 CD-R's covering one of the Stones' 1978 Fort Worth shows, supposedly the one at the Tarrant County Convention Center (but not, apparently, the show at Will Rogers Auditorium the previous night that I attended), which I'd asked for, fleshed out with recordings of their Ed Sullivan Show appearances in the 1960's, which I hadn't asked for. The return address on the mailer was for a "Tony Sanchez" with a Chicago address; it was handwritten and I still have it (though not with me at the moment).
When I e-mailed him back and asked what he wanted as compensation, he said he wanted "just [my] lovey-dovey". Since I loved the CD I thought the whole deal was an extraordinary coup on my part. I thanked him in a subsequent e-mail and pointed out a flaw in the Ed Sullivan recordings in case he was planning on sending out more, but I never heard from him again. Perhaps he felt the lovey was lacking, though it may have been the dovey, or both - what do you think? Considering myself very lucky anyway I didn't want to pester him further by asking for random freebies, and I didn't seek out the website again until recently, after getting a better idea of what I was after. In fact I was trying to find that same web-site again when I found you guys just the other day. I remember the site appeared to have been produced professionally: the graphics were sharp, attractive and everything worked very well.
The quality of the CD was terrific; the playing less so - it was inconsistent, but there are some absolute gems on the CD, "Love in Vain", "Tumbling Dice" and "Beast of Burden" in particular. It was clearly from the soundboard.
I was struck by how I had obtained such a treasure, and whether I was dealing with the real Tony Sanchez, the former Stone hanger-on. Since the Stones are notorious for screwing over their hired hands, someone close to them getting their soundboard tapes and distributing them for free would seem to be a good way to exact revenge on them, which, I thought until I received your point, suggested I probably was dealing with the real Tony Sanchez. However, if Sanchez was on the outs with them by '78, how did he get soundboard recordings from that tour? Your point makes me suspicious of the identity of the person who sent me my CD's.
I'm also unclear as which of the two shows in Fort Worth that year I really have a recording of - few of the tour date listings I've seen even acknowledge there was a Will Rogers show, but I know there was: I was there, and it was the originally-scheduled one; the TCCC show was added after the one I attended sold out in about two hours even after some amusingly cryptic advance publicity. The listing from which I requested my CD didn't acknowledge a Will Rogers show, so I question if the person who sent it to me really knows what they had. If he really was in a position to get a soundboard recording of the TCCC show, why wasn't he also able to get and offer a recording of the Will Rogers show too?
Has anybody else received a live Stones recording in a mailer with a return address for a "Tony Sanchez" in Chicago?
Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 2004-12-21 22:51 by epischedda.