A Tribute To Michael Been
eighth album, Heaven & Back but then Michael became the sound engineer for his son Robert’s band, Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club until he sadly died of a heart attack backstage. Here Robert Levon Been has reformed The Call (with Jim Goodwyn on keys) in memory of his father for this performance Troubadour in Los Angeles, taking on the role as singer and bassist. It’s a fine performance and a very fitting tribute to a man and a band that should have received greater acclaim in the first place.
Despite opening for major acts like Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds, The Call never really managed to emerge from their cult status. But along the way they’ve gathered a huge following of fans and the respect of fellow musicians and producers. The band was originally formed by bassist-vocalist Michael Been and drummer Scott Musick in Santa Cruz in 1979, when they joined forces with guitarist Tom Ferrier and Greg Freeman. The Call did have a couple of hit singles - I Still Believe and Let The Day Begin - and produced seven studio albums before disbanding in 1990. A brief reforming in 1997 produced their