First/Last-Chuck Prophet

May 16, 2012

Photo courtesy Charlie Homo

“With “his triple-threat ability—excellent songwriter, killer lead guitarist, charismatic frontman”—(AOL Spinner), California native and longtime San Francisco resident singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet pays homage to the city he calls home for his twelfth studio album, Temple Beautiful. Set for February 7, 2012 release on Yep Roc Records, the album is named for the ill-fated club of the same name, “Temple Beautiful is a long closed punk rock club located in the old Reverend Jim Jones’ People’s Temple. Where I saw my first gigs,” says Prophet, who co-produced the album with Brad Jones. “This record was made in San Francisco, by San Franciscans about San Francisco.”

Prophet brings the “Temple Beautiful” tour to Pittsburgh this Friday for an ‘Evening with…’ show that begins at 9. Chuck was nice enough to take a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Not sure? Probably something by David Bowie.
  • Your last album bought?
  • New York Dolls, “Dancing Backwards in High Heels”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Alex Chilton & Big Star, “Sister Lovers”.
  • First concert attended?
  • In John Ladner’s garage. It was his band. I was in it for about 10 minutes butthey kicked me out. I was 11. Later it was the The Flamin’ Groovies at the Temple Beautiful in San Francisco.
  • Last concert?
  • The one I played last night.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Love the place. It’s one of the first places in the states we played with some regularity. Happy they will have us. We’ve had great radio support over the years. Played a great outdoor fest with Lucinda there. Played the Warhol museum one time. And film-makers. That was really cool. Right now is as a raw a time in the American Experience as I can remember. The good news is that the life and death, rebirth and total extinction of the American Dream is great material for songwriters. So, it all works for me.

Thanks Chuck. I never realized how many times you played here?