Rock Bottom Remainders for the AARP Bulletin

“Tuesdays with Morrie” author Mitch Albom channels The King (Elvis, not fellow bandmate Stephen King).

Much like Brigadoon, the musical supergroup that is the Rock Bottom Remainders appears out of the mists only once in a blue moon.  If you’re lucky to catch them in concert, you will be treated to the likes of literary behemoths Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow and Dave Barry among others performing their hearts out for charity.  I got to spend a night behind the scenes with these guys at the 9:30 Club for the AARP Bulletin and it was unreal.

While group regular Stephen King was missing from this year’s lineup, Greg Iles and James McBride brought an air of rockstar cool to the mix.  Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn of the Byrds even popped in for a few songs to show everyone how it’s done.

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I’ve never seen so many music stands outside a middle school band concert.  They made it difficult to get clean shots from below.

“Miracle at St. Anna” author James McBride rocked the sax and chart-topping suspense novelist Scott Turow rocked some impressive wigs.

Not the most exciting picture, but here for scale.  There were at least 12 people on that stage at any given time.

Funnyman Dave Barry.

Greg Iles played a mean lead guitar and kept me personally entertained with some good stories from tours past.

The crowd was clearly having a good time.  Not too shabby for a charity concert.

Roger McGuinn jams backstage in some moody light.  I do love the 9:30 club.

Believe it or not, this is “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan.  She was channeling Debbie Harry all evening.

You may know him from the radio show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” or one of his 21 books.  Roy Blount Jr. is just awesome.  I would hire him to emcee everything ever if I had the money.