Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 439: Tom Stephen from The Jeff Healey Band

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 439In this 439th episode, Mike chats with The Jeff Healey Band's drummer Tom Stephen about the band, Jeff Healey and his new book, Best Seat in the House. This episode is exactly 1:39:35.

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More than two thirds of the way into this episode and thoroughly enjoying it, but it has also
sparked a couple of personal Jeff Healey Band memories:

#1. Had the pleasure of catching the group at the CNE Bandshell alongside the almighty Helix
as part of a Toronto Rocks broadcast hosted by Brad Giffen back in August of '87 (so pre-
major label success). Gently turned down sharing some of Greg from Helix's soda (who knows
where that mouth or drumsticks had been!), but otherwise one of the few good memories from
the first couple of months after my paternal unit selfishly landed himself in the hoosegow (Multi-millions embezzlement, for those of you still keeping track at home!!).

#2. A couple of years later, so, say, the summer of 1990, I found myself working for my uncle's
downtown boutique law firm as a not-so-glorified errand boy at the tender age of Seventeen (and,
no, I was not the subject matter/inspiration of Kip Winger's immortal song by that same name!!).
Anyway, there was a seasoned secretary named D. (also the letter designation generously assigned to one of her vital personal measurements!) who informed me on more than one occasion that she
had partied with the band a few times 'cause one of her girlfriends was casually dating bassist
Joe Rockman (great musician name, btw!) during that period. Despite being at least twice my age, I
spent at least 6 weeks trying to make something happen. Big surprise-nothing did!!! Still, she
never seemed to mind my countless less-than-stealthy, excessive cleavage leering. Yeah, I kinda
had a thing for voluptuous older women at that point (STILL DO!) Not that anything ever came to fruition in that regard. Great band, great memories, and those tunes still sound spectacular to this very day!

March 7, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This is a tremendous ep, but I did butcher one fact about the New Grass Revival version of Angel Eyes. It actually came out in '89. My bad!

March 7, 2019 @ 3:52 PM

m m

Great episode! I read the book based on Mr. 1236's recommendation, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The band had a great career ride, and it was interesting to hear what happens when things don't go your way, and when chances happen only once. Every detail felt important to share, nothing should have been changed.

March 7, 2019 @ 5:50 PM


My buddy knew Jeff from when they were kids spending summers in Temagami. Living in the Hammer they would come to town and play Banisters shrooms lots of beers and Jeff playing pool with his cane good times.

March 7, 2019 @ 8:17 PM


OMG - he/they managed Amanda Marshall?! I loved her when she came out, and I saw her in concert a couple years ago. She sounded AMAZING. She is half Trini if I am correct.

A great interview!!

March 8, 2019 @ 11:54 PM

Teena in Toronto

I read the book a couple months ago and found it interesting. I'd seen the Jeff Healey Band many times back in the day.

March 11, 2019 @ 8:21 PM

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