Mick played guitar on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Muscle Of Love' album and also accompanied the band on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Billion Dollar Babies Holiday Tour' tours. He was brought in to help out due to the problems the band were having with Glen Buxton's worsening health problems. He had actually known the band for some years and had played on singles by Michael Bruce`s early band, The Wildflowers ("A Man Like Myself "and "On a Day Like Today").
Mick joined the Sickthings mailing list and here are a few of the things he`s had to say:
"Pre ACG I had my own bands in Phoenix. In highschool, gave Mike Bruce guitar lessons, and did a couple of Wildflowers sides with him. Later, when the ACG world return to Phoenix. from Detroit they would hang with my band in our house in the desert. After working with them, Mike Bruce, Bob Dolin and I shared a house in Lake Tahoe and recorded MB's "IN MY OWN WAY". Then Bob moved to Santa Barbra Ca., where he is today . He is involved with the S.B. College Computer Science Dept. I don't think he plays anymore. I moved to L.A.. Bob and I toured with Flo & Eddie of Frank Zappa's Mothers. in 79'. Since then I have been on tour with the Turtles..produced a bunch of fruitless, demos for friends. I'm am currently in the process of finishing my own record."
(Mick Mashbir, November 1999)
"I played on a song called "A Man Like Myself" with MB in 1965. It was a group called the Wildflowers. I believe the flipside was "On a Day Like Today" The other titles I'm not familiar with. "
(Mick Mashbir, August 1998)
"...I can say that I was never made to feel unwelcome. I knew all the guys from Pnx. days .When they would come back to Pnx. from Detroit or L.A. the would all come out to the ranch in the desert where I was living with my band, and we would jam and party. I had stayed with them in Conn. before I was asked to work with them. I was on my way to London and stopped off to say Hey. About a month after I left, they came to London to do the 'Schools Out' tour. I hung out with them then. About 3 months later I got a telegram saying come back we need your help. It was Mike and Alices idea to call me in. Neal and Dennis were resistant at first and GB didn't seem to care. It went on from there. You have to realize that I wasn't just a session musician. I was living with the band every day so I was really an un-official member."
(Mick Mashbir, June 98)
"I played guitar on every track on 'Billion Dollar Babies' except 'Generation Landslide' and 'Elected'. That's me on lead on 'No More Mister Nice Guy'.
I played on every track on 'Muscle Of Love'. Check out the solo's on 'Never Been Sold Before', 'Woman Machine', and the dueling guitars with Mike Bruce on 'Hard Hearted Alice', for some examples of my style.
I also played on Mike`s 'In My Own Way'.
I am currently working on my own album. If you asked me to describe it, I would call it "New Classic Rock". It is a trio ( with the exception of a guest apperance by Ian McLagan of the Small Faces on B3) with influences of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Free."
(Mick Mashbir, May 1998)
"I wrote the verse for 'Never Been Sold Before' and
the chorus of 'Hard Hearted Alice'. Of course I'm speaking of music only. Alice always wrote the lyrics."
(Mick Mashbir, June 1998)
Given that you were so involved in the last albums of the original group, was it not frustrating to not fully receive credit on the album liner notes for your work?
"At the time it was a little frustrating, but I had no control over it. On 'Billion Dollar Babies' I was first on the special thanks list and on 'Muscle Of Love' I did receive credit on the book cover insert.
What I didn't get was any press. I think that would have helped more. Hey, but I gotta say when you're living your Rock"n'Roll dream at 24 you don't have much to complain about!!"
"After 'In My Own Way', I worked with Flo & Eddie of Frank Zappa and Turtles fame. I met Flo & Eddie when they were the opening band on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' tour. I also toured with them as the Turtles. I had a few groups of my own. Played with Toni Childs and produced demos for a number of friends. All of that led me to today, working on my own project. "
(Mick Mashbir, June 1998)
For the muso`s out there, here is Micks equipment list as posted by him to the mailing list:
On the B$B tour I played :
59'Strat w/maple neck
50w Marshall 4x12 cab w/25w Green Backs
100 Marshall plexi 4x12 cab w?100w JBL's
Vox wah FuzzFace
59 Sunburst Les Paul
150w SUNN amp x2
300 watt slave amp
VOX Crybaby Wah
3 SUNN cab w 8x10" configuration
59 Les Paul TV Model. w/ 1 P90 pick up (AC gave it to me)
Same amps as MOL
56' TV Les Paul
90' Black & Gold Les Paul Standard
50 w Marshall w 2x12 Mitchell Sandcabinet w/25w Greenbacks
1966 Fender Deluxe w/brown tolex w/25w Greenback
Gibson J45 and B1 acoustics
In 1998, Mick caught Alice`s show at the House Of Blues in LA, Here`s what he had to say:
This H.O.B show was the first time I've seen Alice in 12 years! The show was hard fast and loud..except for "Only Women Bleed". They opened with a bit of 'Hello Hooray' (brought a little tear of nostalgia to my eye) followed by 'Billion Dollar babies' and 'No More Mister Nice Guy'. Reb Beach nailed my parts and played them with enthusiasm, as did the rest of the band. Can't tell ya how it made me feel to hear fans cheering these songs 25 (gulp) years later. I have always liked 'Public Animal # 9' and 'Cold Ethyl' and they rocked. 'Halo of Flies' was a real treat, complete with drum solo..Eric Singer is a monster. The theatrics are still there and as fun as ever. I'll leave out the details cause I know some fans are still waitin for the show..it will be worth the wait. I also enjoyed the new material that I've never heard.
I spoke to Alice after the show at the 'Meet and Greet". To be honest...I can see how he is still able to rock after so many years ( its in his blood)..what impresses me is that he can cope with all the pushin and shovin and photo ops etc. and keep smiling. I felt like I was in the middle of a feeding frenzy. He's a Pro..All and all a Five star show.
(Mick Mashbir, August 1998)
2007 saw Mick return with a new solo album entitled 'Keepin' The Vibe Alive' available at his new website at www.mickmashbir.com. The album features 10 new songs:
Gods Gotta Gun
Keepin' The Vibe Alive
Hell Of A Man
Workin' For My Wings
All songs are co-written by Mick and the album also features Donald Lindley on drums, John Ciambotti on bass, Ian McLagan on Hammond B3 Organ (on "Workin' For My Wings" and "Keepin' The Vibe Alive") and Bob Dolin guesting on Strings And Piano (on "Hold On")