Well, no I did not, but I did go see Mathew and Gunner; Ricky Nelson’s boys this past weekend. They have a tribute show, and it is amazing. It is just more than them singing their pop’s tunes. They give some really good insight to who Rick Nelson was as a man. They did not speak of his drug use, but they did talk at length about some of the folks who came by their house as they were growing up. George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Cass Elliot, and a few others that I am forgetting. So I can see where the drug issues may have crept in. But there is no doubt that he was a very good father.
The Nelson boys are amazing. 10 million records sold on their own. They played this past Saturday in Modesto CA. Just the two of them and their guitars. Talent runs in this family. Little known fact: Ricky and Elvis were really good friends. One day Elvis challenged Ricky and his friends to a football game. Ricky shows up with his old high school buddies, and The King shows up with his Memphis Mafia. The Elvis team beat the crap out of them. Later, Ricky returns the favor and challenges Elvis to another game. The Memphis Mafia arrived first. Soon after, a bus pulls up to the field; The starting line up from the L.A. Rams pile off of the bus. Bad day for Elvis and his boys!