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Robbie Alter plays G&L Guitars
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Like every kid playing guitar in a high school band in the New York City area, fueled by going to concerts and seeing the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Who, Alter had dreams of going “pro” some day. After simmering in the funky gumbo of an R & B band, playing the college concert circuit opening for Issac Hayes, Eddie Kendricks and Kool and the Gang to name a few, it was time to make a solo stab. With support and seed money from Columbia and Arista recording companies demo recordings and live showcases were presented, but no recording deal was consummated. A stint with recording artist Elliott Murphy in the early 1980s produced some recorded output and tours of Europe and the East Coast. Teaming up with ex-Murphy drummer Tony Machine and piano player Bobby Blaine from the New York Dolls (version II), bassist Larry Russell (ex-Billy Joel) and singer/keyboards Judi Dozier (later with Billy Idol) “The Differents” were born, recording and playing the NYC circuit, but even this talented combination bore no fruit.  

Auditions for established acts like Hall & Oates, Peter Frampton, Billy Squire and Robert Gordon similarly provided no relief from impending unemployment. It was while playing a showcase with Mitch Weissman from the Broadway show Beatlemania, that Alter was “discovered” by  Ian Hunter, former lead singer of British band Mott the Hoople which led to several tours of Europe and the U.S., television and radio shows and a record album for Columbia records. The increased visibility was a welcome forerunner to more recording session work. It was on a break from Hunter that Alter was asked to help out his friends in  Foghat on bass when their bassist departed with a tour beginning in some 10 short days. Five days of rehearsal on a new instrument was all it took before the first outdoor concert in front of 20,000 followed by two subsequent rollicking, jam-packed, criss-crossing U.S. tours which were brought to a halt by a ruptured Achilles tendon while playing tennis; inspiring Alter to seek other forms of avenues of employment, including scoring movie and television theme songs and playing on commercials.  

With the realization that “If I was gonna be the next big thing, I would have been it already”, the proverbial white flag was waved in 1986. Although Alter continues to occasionally appear on record with his friend Ian Hunter (including a career best live appearance with Roger Daltrey, Roger Taylor and Def Leppard at the legendary London Hammersmith Odeon in 1995 for the Mick Ronson tribute concert) and most recently the 2001 Hunter release on the Fuel2000 label entitled “Rant”, Blue House stands as the first band Alter has committed to since that time.  

“I’ve gone full circle and music is a hobby again; playing with a bunch of guys who make it fun. Hope you enjoy it like we do.”