Mark Lindsay and Terry Melcher at Cielo Drive
Lindsay recently gave an exclusive interview to the Reporter-Telegram in which he talked about his current tour, his music, and a few life-changing moments in his life that include falling off a 75-foot cliff, living in the infamous house where the followers of Charles Manson brutally murdered five people -- including actress Sharon Tate -- in 1969, and traveling around the country in an RV with his wife and three cats.
Linsday said 1967 was a magical year. "We were gonna change the world. Well, it didn't work out quite as well as we thought. We might have been in a war in 1967 but the music of that period is a slice of kinder, gentler times when things were a lot less stressful."
Regarding Cielo Drive:
"We lived there about two years," Lindsay said. "About two or three months before the lease was up, Terry and Candy Bergen started having this big, torrid affair. I'd come home off tour and they would be on the couch or wherever doing what lovers do. I told Terry I felt like a third wheel and wanted to move out. So I did."
While many officials and prosecutors claim Manson picked that address because he wanted revenge against Melcher for rejecting a music collaboration, Lindsay said that wasn't the case.
"Everybody speculated that Manson sent his minions up there to get rid of Terry because he was angry about not getting a record deal. But Terry and I talked about it later and Terry said Manson knew (Melcher had moved) because Manson or someone from his organization left a note on Terry's porch in Malibu," Lindsay said.
Lindsay still says he gets creeped out thinking about that period so he'd rather focus on what keeps him busy nowadays.
In February, Lindsay released "Like Nothing That You've Seen," ultimately described by Little Steven on Sirius/XM Radio's "Underground Garage" as the "coolest song in the world." A full album will be coming out this summer via online outlets such as Amazon and iTunes.
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