Remembering Rick Stevens

One of Tower of Power's original lead vocalists passed away on September 5th after a brief strugle with liver cancer. Rick shared lead vocals with Rufus Miller on Tower's first album "East Bay Grease" and handled lead vocals on the band's second album release, "Bump City". Rick left the band during the recording sessions for the bands third and hugely successful self titled album simply called "Tower of Power". Rick's departure opened the door for Lenny Williams who recorded with the band for the next three recordings. In recent years Rick Stevens appeared in the Bay Area with "Love Power" and other bands. The video above was recorded at a Tower of Power show. We are grateful that we got to reunite with Rick several times and have this great memory to share with you.

Here are some words from Emilio Castillo:

"Rick Stevens went to heaven today to be with the Lord whom he loved with all his heart. Rick was an extremely soulful singer and entertainer who had an engaging personality and a strong faith which he shared with all he came in contact with. He sang on our first two recordings and his rendition of "Sparkling In The Sand" and "You're Still A Young Man" were timeless classics that set our career in motion. After leaving the band he did some things that caused him to be imprisoned for around 37 years but the Lord had other plans for Rick. I remember talking with him when he was released and I was skeptical about his "prison salvation" experience. I told him that I really hoped he would take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that God had given him to help people to avoid the pitfalls he had fallen into. He went above and beyond the call of duty and carried his message of faith and redemption to many. The first time he sat in with us, after his release from prison, was a "once in a lifetime" emotional experience for all of us. We loved him and we'll miss him. I have faith that I'll see him in heaven someday and together we'll worship and glorify God together for eternity. Rick is there right now enjoying it!!!"


Emilio Castillo - Bandleader for Tower of Power


The Latest On David Garibaldi

-San Mateo, CA: David Garibaldi made an appearance at the band's shows at the San Mateo Fair this week on June 14 and 15. Dave played on several songs both nights. As you know, David sustained very serious injuries in an accident in Oakland, CA back in January. Being back on the drums and on stage with Tower is nothing short of miraculous. No doubt, the love, prayers, and positive thoughts and vibes from Dave's fans, friends and family helped greatly in getting TOP's Drum King back on the throne. Dave plans to be back on the road with Tower in time to tour Europe with them this fall. David is shown above along with Herman Matthews who has been filling in during Dave's absense. Check out the Tower of Power Official Facebook Page for Videos!


WOW... It's Lenny Williams!

-San Mateo, CA: Another treat this week was an appearance by Lenny Williams. Thrilling the crowd, Lenny performed some of his signature songs including "You're Still A Young Man", So Very Hard To Go", and "What Is Hip". The One and Only Lenny Williams has not performed with Tower for close to 20 years. We hope to see him again soon. Shown above, Marcus Scott with Lenny Williams. Check out the Tower of Power Official Facebook Page for Videos!


New and Revealing Interview with Doc Kupka

There is a newly written interview with Doc Kupka that was written by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez. The interview can be found here: Interview with Doc

Al Carlos has known the members of Tower of Power since High School and has been following the band for their entire career. He has written scores of interviews with many top rock and R & B performers over the years and this interview with our Funky Doctor is one of his best. Be sure to check this one out.


Welcome Bumpsters

For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."

Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.

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Tour Dates

Location Date
Guerneville, CA Sept 10
Chico, CA Sept 16
Tulare, CA Sept 17
Bakersfield, CA Sept 21
Pamona, CA Sept 22
Santa Barbara, CA Sept 23
San Diego, CA Sept 29
Coachella, CA Sept 30
Las Vegas, NV Oct 6,7,8
Manchester, UK Oct 12
Bristol, UK Oct 13
London, UK Oct 15
Additional Euro Dates Oct 17-30

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