02/01/01 - I removed the adverts for both The Ricky Byrd Trio gig and to Slick Music from the front page of the site.
01/27/01 - I added some photos of Kasim Sulton to the Kasim on TV section of the site. They were taken from Todd Rundgren's Power Trio appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn in May 2000.
I also added the great photo of Kasim to the top of this Blog page. The picture was taken by Dave Killary before the Mohegan Sun Casino concert last June.
I removed Kasim's Christmas Message from the front page of the site. It can still be accessed through the News section.
01/26/01 - it was reported yesterday by the Meat Loaf UK Fan Club that Left Bank (Meat Loaf's management company) had announced that Meat will be starting to film a new movie next week. Presumably, this will delay the recording of his new album, which it is understood that Kasim will be working on. I changed the Future Appearances section of the site to reflect this information.
01/25/01 - Kasim received another mention on a Todd Rundgren mailing list today in a discussion on Utopia album credits:-
"I have this general feeling that Todd's contribution
to Utopia in group sharing of song credits left considerable
more dollars in their pockets than if they had divied
it up per writer.
But perhaps not.
Up to OOPS! writers of music and words were singly identified
(i.e. Windows: Roger; Love in Action: Todd). After that,
all the songs were just credited to Utopia. But it's usually
pretty easy to figure out Kaz wrote LOVE ALONE, and Todd wrote
THE VERY LAST TIME. (I was surprised to learn that Roger
wrote the music to ROCK LOVE.)
Now that I reflect on it, Utopia's biggest hit was written
by Kaz, so Todd and the others gleaned some cream there. No
wonder Kaz thought he could go it alone. They didn't have
a single radio hit after that except for a minor blip
with FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW. So Todd getting royalties
to LOVE IS THE ANSWER when it was covered by England Dan
& John Ford Colley... well I guess the change to shared
writing credits came an album too late. (I know this
was not a calculated move on Todd's part.)
I still contend that Todd played himself down a little bit
in Utopia and the result was good. Lots of room for these
amazing musicians to play and grow. It really was a cool
01/24/01 - Kasim will be appearing on the digitally remastered Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell. It will be released next Tuesday so I added the info to both the News and the Future Appearances sections of the site.
Kasim received a mention in a post to a Jim Steinman mailing list about the digitally remastered Steinman / Meat Loaf album. Kasim was listed in the post as one of the musicians.
01/23/01 - Kasim received another mention on a Todd Rundgren mailing list. The previous evening Todd himself had arranged an on-line chat and people posted about it. I have reproduced it as it was sent:
"There was so much mayhem in the chat it was hard to decipher sarcasm and non sarcasm..typing about Kasims..someone asked how Kas stays so young looking and TRz reply was young virgin....... blood?"
01/21/01 - I added the news of the Kasim auction to the News section.
01/20/01 - I've received a couple of e-mails from people this week complaining about the lack of new content on this site. I am in the process of adding some new items (and re-vamping some others) but, please be patient, as these things take time!
01/19/01 - Following the two previous posts on one of the Todd Rundgren mailing lists, there was another post today about Kasim:-
"Kasim played two shows at The Bottom Line on June 3rd 1982 at 8:30 pm & 12:00 midnight. His band were all long time friends from Staten Island & New Jersey. Tom Morrongiello -
guitar, he has been with Bob Dylan for many years now as his guitar tech,
Tommy Zvoncheck - keys, Marc Onofrio- drums, Joey Morie - guiter, and Kas playing bass & keys with an occasional switch of instruments among the band.
There was a small tour after this gig. I know of June 11th at My Fathers Place in Roslyn, Long Island (used to be a bowling alley), then June 12th in Passaic NJ at the Capitol Theater w/ Bobby & the Midnight's, and June 13th at the Living Room in Providence RI. Kas was sick
with a very bad cold for this gig. After that I am not sure where they went, but I do know the Utopia gig after that was at the Pier 84/Dr. Pepper on August 13, 1982."
01/18/01 - Kasim received another mention on a Todd Rundgren mailing list today. Someone (all names withheld) posted a question in reponse to yesterday's post and this was the reply:-
"More specific I cannot be. I estimate it was from 1982, and maybe even
during that window when he supposedly left Utopia and was replaced by a Doug
Howard... I saw Kasim several times between 1979 and 1982; the first time
was on 10-31-79, when Kasim opened for Utopia at the Capital Theater in
Passaic, NJ. This was before the songs that ended up on his solo album, and
included titles like "Let It Flow" (a great catchy tune he opened with,
which still sticks in my head), "Don't Hold Me Back" (his solo number during
the 1980 Adventures tour), "Set Me Free" (before Utopia did it, and I
believe with different words) and "Rock'n'Roll Ricochet"."
01/17/01 - I added the news of the Kasim auction to the News section.
Kasim received a mention on a Todd Rundgren mailing list today! They were discussing Andy Warhol and someone posted:-
"In 1982 I went to see Kasim Sulton at the Bottom Line (he played stuff from
his solo album, Utopia songs, and the Everly Brothers song "Cathy's Clown."). Andy Warhol was in attendance."
01/15/01 - In the Bio section of the site, I changed some wording and added a great photo of Kasim from the Price / Sulton tour debut (many thanks to Kris Awgul for permission to use the photo).
01/14/01 - Kasim received a mention in the fans' section of Todd Rundgren's Patronet.com about a Todd sung version of Maybe I Could Change:-
"I agree that Todd's performance of "Maybe I could Change" is
outstanding... perhaps even better than Kasim's excellent (and fully
produced) version on Oblivion. After all... Todd wrote the song and graciously offered the lead
vocal part to KS for the Oblivion album. Naturally, Kasim accepted
TR's offer without hesitation. It is "yet" another "classic" ballad
that Todd Rundgren seems to be able to write at will. Maybe that's
why Todd handed the song to Kasim without much afterthought."
I added a links section to the Glen Burtnik's Xmas Shows part of the site. It contains links to two more sites with photos of those shows.
I moved the This Day feature of the site to the main index page. Frank Ciapanna's great photo of Kasim will be used on the days when there is no "This Day".
01/13/01 - I added details of a copy of Lights On and No TV, No Phone, both by Price / Sulton, that are available on E-Bay to the News section of the site.
01/10/01 - I added a section to the site with a set list, photos and reviews about Kasim's December 2000 gigs as part of Glen Burtnik's Christmas Shows.
I changed the front page to give greater emphasis on Kasim's forthcoming Ricky Byrd Trio gig.
01/07/01 - I changed the front page of the site and added a link to SlickMusic where copies of The Basement Tapes are still available.
01/06/01 - Another post today about guitar picks on the Kasim Sulton Yahoo Board.
01/05/01 - There were two posts today about guitar picks on the Kasim Sulton Yahoo Board. I made a couple of minor spelling adjustments to the site.
01/04/01 - I added a 1980 interview with Kasim Sulton to the Kasim in Print section of the site from The Aquarian Weekly.
I added the results of the E-Bay auction to the News section.
01/03/01 - I was unable to add the third new feature of the site as my server was down all day.
01/02/01 - The second day of the site, the second new feature! I added some great close-up shots of Kasim Sulton from the 12/1/2000 Arlene Grocery gig that were taken by Frank Ciapanna to the Ricky Byrd gigs page.
I also reinstated the "Site last updated on...." to the front page as I had a couple of requests by e-mail for that.
I received about six e-mails from people who say that they like the new site!
There were two posts today about guitar picks on the Kasim Sulton Yahoo Board. See the Contacts section of the site for the link.
Kasim received two brief mentions on a Todd Rundgren mailing list today! Firstly in a post about Patti Smith:-
"In 1980, PS and husband Fred Smith recorded some tunes/concepts that
later surfaced in 1988's "Dream of Life". The album was recorded over
a number of years and, during recording sessions in 1986, included
The second one was:-
only seen Todd live seven memorable times....Ran into Utopia in a
Syracuse bus station once when I was passing through on my way back
from Rochester...Todd and Roger were already in their limo, but Kasim and Willie hung around to chat with the crowd [that] gathered...."
01/01/01 - KasimInfo.com opens! The site opened at 9.00am EST (actually it wasn't until 9.01am that the site could be accessed as I forgot to change the main page extension!). A lot of the content of the site is from my old site "Kasim Sulton - A Fan's View" but more will be added. I've radically updated, extended and improved the Bio section of the site.
As I was advertising a Ricky Byrd Trio gig that day too, I sent a message to various Kasim-related mailing lists about the two momentous events. Later I added to the News page info that Lights On is available again on E-Bay.