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33 minutes ago, CTM said:

The art won't be as good if they are playing things they aren't interested in. I think it's a good thing that it's not all about money for some people

Understood..but at the end, Greg Lake was selling meet and greet passes for his shows that drew between 500 and 2,000 people.  There is a balance. Look at the Eagles. They ALL did and do plenty of freelance but can burn money to heat their homes. 

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15 minutes ago, southparkcpa said:

Understood..but at the end, Greg Lake was selling meet and greet passes for his shows that drew between 500 and 2,000 people.  There is a balance. Look at the Eagles. They ALL did and do plenty of freelance but can burn money to heat their homes. 

I get it for sure, just not going to knock someone for not chasing $$'s. I'm sure if I was in that position I'd be more like the Eagles.

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On 8/27/2018 at 4:13 PM, HighPitch said:

Ya just read an article on slash. Says his band may never do any gnr. Thats just stupid! Fans wanna hear some classics. A guy like him should play 1 gnr tune ar least every third or fourth song. All bands shoul

Dunno about that. When I saw him him at the Starland with Miles Kennedy before GNR reunited, was almost 2/3s GNR. Understand he's doing a tour with Kennedy again this fall, so we'll see how that holds up if ticket sales get a bit slow. 

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Nine Inch Nails last night.  Excellent show here in Phoenix.  It's been a while since I've seen Trent Reznor play and I was glad to see he still has it.  The guy is an industrial rock genius, plain and simple.  The Jesus and Mary Chain opened and was pretty good, hadn't listened to any of their stuff in years.

 

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Paul Gilbert at the Iridium last night in third of three sold out shows

Played two specially made Ibanez' though single stack Marshall and just a few pedals. Great drummer, bassist (6 string!) and keyboards (Nord EP and an honest to goodness B3) all schooled in jazz and prog.

Cool thing was that he only sang once (Red House closes the show B4 encore). He said that he "plays" the vocals on guitar. A tear came to my eye as I love it that way. Alternated between "vocals" and solos. Very inspiring, the Ibanez had magnets attached where he kept his slide. Never saw that before and it allowed him to seamlessly alternate between fingers and the slide (metal slide on middle finger). Darned if the guy can't play ! 

One of the quickest two hours I have ever experienced.  

You may know him from Mr. Big, Racer X or one of the G3 tours but he has been doing solo for quite some time and he is a GREAT player. 

Found this on You Tube:

 

The venue is OK but standing outside for an hour an half to get a decent seat is getting tiring, Food not bad and not priced too bad either.

Now thinking about this is making me sign off and go practice :)

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Eric Johnson at the Ridgefield Playhouse tonight.

Three piece with Tommy Taylor on drums and Kyle Brock on bass (his old band from Ah Via Musicom days)

Show was pretty good but as you might know Johnson is a one or two trick pony and the same lick gets played over and over again although it is a hellova lick and some great playing

Eric played three Strats (two maple, one rosewood) and a Paul. He had a much smaller pedal board than when we saw him last year.  Amps were a Marshall for lead (2 4X12 cabs) and Fender Twins for rhythm on an A-B switch

Worth seeing if you play before all this music goes away. No one under 50  there tonight as far as we could see

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David Sancious and Will Calhoun at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock tonight

Just the two of them, with Sancious on a Yamaha Motif and the amazing Calhoun on a double bass drum set and a myriad of very interesting electronic percussion thingees none of which I ever saw before and all of which I want to have now :)

A lot of improv and some great playing in front of a crowd of about 35 people. I've seen more at amateur open mics. Weird.

Woodstock is the phoniest and most BS town I have ever been to. Remember that they were too uptight to have the festival so they forced them out and at the last minute it was moved to Yasgur's farm way on the other side of the Catskills. Now the whole town claims to be the center and start of the counter culture. What crap

Anyway, if you don't know who Sancious is, he is the guy who musicality wise stood heads and shoulders above the rest of the E Street Band in the first two albums (witness the piano intro on NYC Serenade or the organ solo on Kitty's Back) and also starred on electric guitar in the band Tone and in sessions with the likes of Stanley Clarke … and he still has "it"

Calhoun, another one of those Berklee guys, was the drummer from Living Color (w/Vernon Reid). the dude is amazing

Although I thought that they could have used a bassist and electric guitar, the two played their butts off and made a show worthy of attending. I believe that they have an Iridium show coming up. If you like musicianship, you will like the show. 

…  and of course, no one not collecting Medicare in the entire place

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saw Jim James solo acoustic at Town Hall last night. 

 

the guy is a ******* genius, just him and a guitar and a drummer on some songs.

he is playing at the Capital theater tonight and the is a free webcast at 9 pm. check it out

 

 

side note, great weekend for music here in nyc.....jack white at kings theater in Bklyn and bob weir at the beacon

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6 hours ago, JOJOTOWNSELL said:

 

side note, great weekend for music here in nyc.....jack white at kings theater in Bklyn and bob weir at the beacon

Saw Jack White earlier this year...fantastic!

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Hulaween 2018 was great as expected. 

First time seeing Vulfpeck. They killed.  Great musicians and entertaining 

Roosevelt Collier kicked ass again

This band from Orlando, the groove orient, second time i saw them and they are superb. Great originals. The young bassist has this odd old school southern  crooner voice going on. 

This band Future Rock was really good too. 2 piece band with a great female vox joing on a few tunes. 

Joe russos almost dead played 2 superb dead sets, but their zeppelin instrumental project, bustle in your hedgerow, disappointed me a bit. 

Then you got great sets from papadosio,  lettuce and sts9. Good times.... Worth the 500 buckd

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9 minutes ago, HighPitch said:

Hulaween 2018 was great as expected. 

First time seeing Vulfpeck. They killed.  Great musicians and entertaining 

Roosevelt Collier kicked ass again

This band from Orlando, the groove orient, second time i saw them and they are superb. Great originals. The young bassist has this odd old school southern  crooner voice going on. 

This band Future Rock was really good too. 2 piece band with a great female vox joing on a few tunes. 

Joe russos almost dead played 2 superb dead sets, but their zeppelin instrumental project, bustle in your hedgerow, disappointed me a bit. 

Then you got great sets from papadosio,  lettuce and sts9. Good times.... Worth the 500 buckd

Wow, how long were you there ?

Wanted to see Vulfpeck when they played in Brooklyn but that would have involved having to actually go to Brooklyn so we skipped it. Love the musicians, especially Joe Dart on bass. Did they do an extended version of Dean Town?

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Vanilla Fudge at Daryl's Place Wed. night. All original except Tim Bogert who retired a decade or so ago

Carmine and Mark still have it big time and both were charming and funny in between songs. Martell is way better than he was in the old days and is still a step or two being contemporary guitarists. The "new" bass player was OK but just not Bogert who was an important part of their sound

Still doing covers in their own inimitable style with the familiar power and unique harmony.  They did the classic covers plus some new ones, "I'm a Believer" (didn't work),  "Break on Through" (not so much), "Gimmie Some Lovin' (uh, not that one either) but a new original by Stein, "Let's Pray For Peace" was pretty good and he nailed the vocals. The old covers, "Take Me For a Little While", "You Keep Me Hanging On", "Season of the Witch (Mama I'm coooollld)", "People Get Ready" were taking us all back to the Action House in Island Park.

Naturally, no one there had not heard of what a Medicare Advantage Plan is

I'm not big on nostalgia, the music needs to hold up now and these guys still do that. For many Long Islanders, the Fudge was immensely influential. Still have not done a cover like the record (or at least that I would admit) since Roscoe was playing them on WABC-FM. 

Now let's all set the time machine to My Father's Place in Roslyn for more of this. Who do you want to see?

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On 11/30/2018 at 12:30 PM, The Crimson King said:

Vanilla Fudge at Daryl's Place Wed. night. All original except Tim Bogert who retired a decade or so ago

Carmine and Mark still have it big time and both were charming and funny in between songs. Martell is way better than he was in the old days and is still a step or two being contemporary guitarists. The "new" bass player was OK but just not Bogert who was an important part of their sound

Still doing covers in their own inimitable style with the familiar power and unique harmony.  They did the classic covers plus some new ones, "I'm a Believer" (didn't work),  "Break on Through" (not so much), "Gimmie Some Lovin' (uh, not that one either) but a new original by Stein, "Let's Pray For Peace" was pretty good and he nailed the vocals. The old covers, "Take Me For a Little While", "You Keep Me Hanging On", "Season of the Witch (Mama I'm coooollld)", "People Get Ready" were taking us all back to the Action House in Island Park.

Naturally, no one there had not heard of what a Medicare Advantage Plan is

I'm not big on nostalgia, the music needs to hold up now and these guys still do that. For many Long Islanders, the Fudge was immensely influential. Still have not done a cover like the record (or at least that I would admit) since Roscoe was playing them on WABC-FM. 

Now let's all set the time machine to My Father's Place in Roslyn for more of this. Who do you want to see?

I remember seeing Zebra at My Fathers Place right around the time of the 1st album.  They used to be terrific.

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On 12/13/2018 at 7:38 AM, southparkcpa said:

I remember seeing Zebra at My Fathers Place right around the time of the 1st album.  They used to be terrific.

Those guys could flat out play.  Not only could they cover Zeppelin well.  They did the best version of "Question" I ever heard, including the Moody Blues.

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2 hours ago, munchmemory said:

Those guys could flat out play.  Not only could they cover Zeppelin well.  They did the best version of "Question" I ever heard, including the Moody Blues.

I LOVED their cover of Ride my See-Saw and Story in her eyes. Ive met and "partied' with the guitar player Randy once many years ago.  I watch him now and im not as impressed But they were, to me, the best LI Bar band in the 70's including Twisted Sister. Sister was fantastic but not as deep a bench as Zebra. He's a huge Beatles fan as well.

 

 

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2 hours ago, southparkcpa said:

I LOVED their cover of Ride my See-Saw and Story in her eyes. Ive met and "partied' with the guitar player Randy once many years ago.  I watch him now and im not as impressed But they were, to me, the best LI Bar band in the 70's including Twisted Sister. Sister was fantastic but not as deep a bench as Zebra. He's a huge Beatles fan as well.

 

 

Other names and places from those days:

The Good Rats, NRBQ, Long Island Rale Rode, Elephant's Memory

Hammerheads, Oak Beach Inn, Peaches, The Green Door

Ash in Huntington and Hempstead, Gracin's on Sunrise Hwy

Buy Lines

so many more, it was a great place for music in so many ways

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Remember Rudy's on 48th St? That is where John Suhr came from. Pensa-Suhr back then now two sperate names and both ridiculously expensive. Never played one. 

Now that 48th ST had been de-music'd, Rudy opened stores in Soho and, of all places, Scarsdale. Gotta go see the Westchester store but that could be dangerous 

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On 12/14/2018 at 2:30 PM, munchmemory said:

Those guys could flat out play.  Not only could they cover Zeppelin well.  They did the best version of "Question" I ever heard, including the Moody Blues.

1st time I saw Zebra was the day John Bonham died. Sad day but a great night.

God knows how many times I saw Twisted Sister.

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