Here's another excerpt from Red Robinson: The Last Broadcast, out now at friesenpress.com, chaptersindigo.ca, amazon.com, amazon.ca, barnesandnoble.com, play.google.com and books.apple.com
In this episode, the guys pay tribute to John Fogerty; Pat and Bruce recall a scary incident from their past.
"O’Day suspects Robinson may forget to ask him to recount how Allen almost killed him, an incident that stemmed from Allen in the 1970s allowing Concerts West to book Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the U.S.
So he raises the topic himself on air. “That relationship turned out to be dangerous for me, because we concluded a tour in Dallas, and at the end of a tour back then you always threw a party for the group, right? With Led Zeppelin you got drugs and hookers, but Bachman–Turner Overdrive, those kids were mostly Mormons, so I had to come up with some clean activity to conclude the tour.”
O’Day’s solution was to rent a new, high-speed go kart track in Arlington for the occasion and took over the facility at midnight for an event he called The BTO 500, complete with scoreboard, checkered flags, and time trials. He also persuaded the army veteran who had built and operated the track to remove the speed governors from the karts.
The event unfolded flawlessly until four in the morning and the last lap of the last heat. “I was on the outside and Bruce was on the inside, and we were fighting for the lead,” O’Day recalls. “In the final turn, side by side, engines racing at full power, we collided, and I went through a chain link fence at 60 miles an hour.”
"The Last Broadcast" with Red's special guests Pat O'Day and Bruce Allen, aired on CISL650/Vancouver on August 27, 2017.