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Wizard circa "late seventies" - Jon Huntsman - Top Right

Politico has a very entertaining piece today about Jon Huntsman’s rock and roll past. As keyboardist for the Utah based rock outfit “Wizard” in the late 70’s Jon Huntsman can claim a rock and roll past that Mike Huckabee and his lame, lounge act bass playing can only dream of. I mean, check out the Han Solo vest in the picture.

Politico claims Huntsman’s influences were “Progressive Rock.” But I have a hard time placing Styx and REO Speedwagon in that category. Prog rock (to me, anyway) is Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, ELP and maybe Deep Purple and the Moody Blues. Styx waspretty much Journey with a moog synthesizer.   In fact, the less I think about them the better.

But it appears that Jon redeemed himself in the 90’s as a fan of the Foo Fighters.

Sharp also recalled once receiving a page on his emergency hospital beeper, long after he’d left music for his career in medicine. He rushed to call the number back. It was Huntsman.

“He said, ‘It’s not a medical emergency but it’s a rock and roll emergency,’” Sharp recalled. “The Foo Fighters are coming to town and we have got to get tickets.”

Read the whole thing.

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