Over the years, Bob Riney, Rick LeFleur, Joe Howard and John Vanover have played a lot of music together and as a part of other bands.
“Bob started playing professionally 13 years old in Joey & The Deltas,” said LeFleur. “Then they changed their name to The Legends here in Washington.”
Riney, LeFleur said, went on to bands like Easy and Most Wanted. Around that same time, in the mid 1970’s, Howard and LeFleur had a band called Man, Myth and Magic.
“We played everywhere. And back in those days you could rent a venue and throw a BYOB dance,” said LeFleur, adding the Armory, 4-H grounds, Conservation Club and Patrician Room were all popular spots to play. “We all played The Calumet, The Rustic…Pier 312. We even played high school convocations.If you grew up here, you went to see us play somewhere.”
Even after leaving Washington,they music never stopped. Riney, who worked for the Times Herald, was transferred to another paper in Texas in 1978. LeFleur went out on the road with a band called Rock and Roll Heaven and Howard went to Los Angeles where he opened for acts like Kiss, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and many others.
In 1993, Howard and LeFleur went out on the road with Paul McCartney in 1993.
On Sunday afternoon they will come together again to make some music. This time, the venue will be Washington’s Eastside Park and a few others will be joining in for the jam session that begins around 2 p.m. and according to LeFleur, will last about as long as they want to play and the people will listen.
“We’ll be pulling from an amazing list of songs and fan favorites…..60’ & 70’s classic rock,” said LeFluer, who said the idea for the jam session was Riney’s. “This will be a musical event that won’t soon be forgotton.”