As the head of America’s Finest City, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is often caught between a rock and a hard place as his ambitious visions for the future meet daunting political and budgetary realities. But come next Sunday, Sanders will be in a uniquely hard-rock place — by choice — when he presents the legendary band Iron Butterfly with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual San Diego Music Awards.
“I still listen to Iron Butterfly. I have a pair of drumsticks the band autographed for me and an autographed copy of ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,’ ” said Sanders, 60, who recalls exactly when he first heard the 1968 album many credit with launching hard rock. LINK