'FITO' DE LA PARRA
Legendary drummer &
Member of the classic lineup of
blues rock band
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Founded in 1966, Canned Heat rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. Canned Heat attained three worldwide hits with their rock anthems “On The Road Again,” “Going Up The Country,” and “Let’s Work Together.” They secured their niche in rock ‘n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and a headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Now, more than fifty years later and with forty albums to their credit, Canned Heat is still going strong. They have been anchored throughout the past fifty-three years by the steady hand of drummer/band leader and historian, Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra.
During his 40+ years with Canned Heat, Fito has also played with some of the greatest blues singers of our time including, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, and George "Harmonica" Smith. His solid, basic drumming and fantastic solos have led to recording sessions with John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Fito has also written a book "LIVING THE BLUES" with his personal story and Canned Heat's, available on the band's website cannedheatmusic.com, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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As "Keeper of the Flame" he has remained the band leader, rhythmic and spiritual force behind Canned Heat's music for over four decades. He has also produced three DVDs, "Boogie with Canned Heat", "Rock Made in Mexico", and "Fito de la Parra Drum Solos" and countless CDs for Canned Heat and other artists. He became a US citizen in 1984. Fito is an avid motorcyclist and an animal lover.
Canned Heat remains committed to delighting their fans with creativity and musical energy as they continue to play “live” throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Fito De La Parra
Join Fito de la Parra, producer and drummer of Canned Heat, for a wild ride in a world of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival in his autobiography” Living The Blues”.
Find out what happened to the world-famous band when Woodstock was over and the ’60s ran out. Discover how Fito survived the wildly eccentric, deliberately chaotic, and fabulously excessive lifestyle of a rock star to become one of today’s most important artists interpreting the blues.
Filled with over 100 rare and collectible photographs, and artwork images from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, it is available for purchase below, or through our Merchandise Page.
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THE BIG "E" / COURT OF HONOR STAGE
Thursday, September 22
THE BIG "E" / COURT OF HONOR STAGE
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THE MUSIC ROOM / GALLERY & WINE BAR
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TOWN HOUSE CONCERT HALL (TOWN HALL)
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CANNED HEAT HAS PERFORMED
AT MORE MOTORCYCLE &
THAN ANY OTHER BAND IN THE WORLD.
Over 100 European Tours, 20 Tours to Mexico, 15 to Australia, New Zealand & Canada.
Tours to Singapore, the Philippines and Colombia / South America.
Many U.S. Air Force and Army / Navy Bases around the world.
ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL
HARLEY DAVIDSON 90TH ANNIVERSARY
TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL
STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RUN, U.S.A.
FILLMORE AUDITORIUMS (San Francisco & NYC, NY)
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (New York)
ROYAL ALBERT HALL (London, England)
BROADFORD, PONDE & HUNTER VALLEY – MOTORCYCLE FESTIVALS (Australia)
20th ANNUAL RIVER RUN (Laughlin, NV)
MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
BATH POP FESTIVAL (England)
HOLLAND FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
KENT CYCLE SHOW (England)
THE OLYMPIA (Paris, France)
THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE (Mexico City)
CARNEGIE HALL (with John Lee Hooker)
BIKE WEEK, DAYTONA, FLORIDA
24 HOUR BIKE RACE, LE MANS (France)
Canned Heat (1967)
Boogie with Canned Heat (1968)
Living the Blues (1968)
Future Blues (1970)
Historical Figures and Ancient Heads (1971)
The New Age (1973)
One More River to Cross (1973)
Human Condition (1978)
Kings of the Boogie (Dog House Blues) (1981)
Internal Combustion (1994)
Canned Heat Blues Band (1996)
Boogie 2000 (1999)
Friends in the Can (2003)
Christmas Album (2007)
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THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
CHRONICLES, TRUTHS, CONFESSIONS
AND WISDOM FROM THE MUSIC
LEGENDS THAT SET US FREE!
BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST... AUTHOR RAY SHASHO
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Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.
CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA… JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER... RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER... ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST
THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
-By Literary Titan (5) STARS
The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show.
The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan.
Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.
The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music. The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.
Gold Award Winner