"Well, the TROPICS broke up around 1969
BILL PETERSON, ERIC TURNER & CHARLIE SOUZA, www.charliesouza.tv
, together, formed a new band " BACCHUS", Named after
the Greek Mythological God of Wine, Women, & Song! "
A quote by BILL PETERSON, Tampa's Premier
Freelance, Funkiest Feeling, Straight ahead, Rock & Soul,
Put a Rocket in your Pocket, Drummer of The Biggest sounding
three piece ROCK n ROLL Band that ever came out of the bay area!
BACCHUS ! ! !
WE stayed together until about 1973, we were
on the road all the time. Margie Sexton, The Tropics old Manager
booked us on several really great shows, including MAHAVISHNU
ORCHESTRA, whom we opened for and to our surprise, we were very
well recieved ! We did a record called "CARRY MY LOAD".
It played on a few local radio stations. But we played a lot
of the same deep south venues that the TROPICS had been playing
the last years of thier stint. I, (Bill Peterson) played in THE
SENDERS, another Tampa rock band, before joining Eric and Charlie
in Bacchus, who played hard rock with a blues edge & now & then
we threw a little Latin in there because we came from Tampa!
A few people in the Psychedelic underground
scene, still talk about BACCHUS records, and thier live shows
in Lowery Park, and other concerts & shows they opened, with
many big names.