By Steve SmithABOUT COOKIES IT’S AN EPIC ADVENTURE TO RECAP YOUR FIRST NIGHT OUT IN SAN FRANCISCO: THE RIDERS have been around since the 1970s, and in 2017 they took home a Grammy Award.
The band, known for their live shows and songwriting, had already earned their reputation as one of the UK’s biggest bands with their debut album, The Best Is Yet To Come.
But it was the group’s third album, The Mockingbird, that marked their arrival in America.
It debuted in September 2018, with The Mocksings featuring The Replacements singer-songwriter Jeff Lynne and his bandmate Jefferson Airplane’s Tom Waits.
“It was a weird moment, just getting the chance to play with Jeff and Tom and just seeing them perform live,” Jeff Lynx told ABC News.
After being released from jail, the group moved into a recording studio in Los Angeles.
The studio was set up in a warehouse in Culver City and had its own sound system.
While the band toured extensively, the sound system was set to shut down in late 2018.
But Lynne says he got the idea to keep it running during a rehearsal for a new album.
The sound system would shut down on the same day, and Lynne, his wife and daughter were in the middle of a live performance when it went silent.
It was just a quiet moment, but the world stopped.
Jeff Lynx and Tom Waits, pictured here with Jeff Lynns son, were playing at the same studio in Culve City, California.
In the middle, they were both on the phone with a producer.
As the sound systems started to sound normal again, Jeff Lynxes mother, Debbie Lynne Wylie, noticed something was wrong.
She heard a woman’s voice coming from the room and realised it was her son.
”It was like the music stopped, and I just remember just seeing my daughter’s face and thinking, ‘I’ve been missing her’,” she said.
That’s when she knew something was seriously wrong.
”I got a phone call from the person who had the sound on and was telling me that the system was dead,” she said, and quickly realised that the sound had stopped.
She and her family rushed out to check.
Then she heard the call of the system’s operator, telling the Wylies to get in the room, as it was too dangerous.
‘You were so brave’ “I was like, ‘What are you doing, I’m going to the hospital!'”
”Then I got in the car and I went outside and there was just my son. “
‘You’re so brave, get in here, I need to talk to you, tell you what’s going on’,” Debbie said.
”Then I got in the car and I went outside and there was just my son.
It was just like, it was so surreal.”
‘A life and a career’Jeff Lynne’s son, Jeffrey, was 13 when he left home to join the Replacements in 1969.
He says he remembers the feeling of coming home, but also the feeling that his parents had left him.
His mother Debbie Lynx says Jeff was always a “nice kid”.
“My mom loved Jeff, she loved him, she had her heart set on him,” she said in an interview with ABC Radio WA.
When Jeff was 18, he decided to become a solo artist, and he was immediately signed to a major label, with a contract for the band’s debut album signed in 1974.
But his career as a solo musician did not take off.
At the time, the Replicas were already on the road, recording with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Jimi Hendrix, and were signed to Warner Bros. Records.
However, by the early 1970s the Replics had fallen out of favour with their parent company, and Jeff was forced to move to New York, where he recorded with the Beatles.
By this time, Jeff had also been signed to Columbia Records, and had written a number of hit singles with the group.
A few months later, he signed to Mercury Records, with the record label taking his music as well as his life into its hands.
One of the band members, guitarist Jeff Lynnes son, was a young kid from Michigan, named Jeff.
And he knew exactly what the label meant.
This is a moment that I never forget, Jeff told ABC in 2017.
We were at the record shop, and they said, ‘you know, you’re going to be our first signing,’ and I said, ”Yes, I am.” And