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Old 03-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #21
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IMO the Allmans have an incredible rhythm section. I've seen them often over the years, and they are as good as they ever were. I personally would prefer Wolf or Muddy or John Lee or whoever, but they are all dead. BB's still here, but he's phoning it in, and I can't blame him. I do see Buddy Guy whenever possible.

So I watch what I can, and I'm glad there are still youngsters coming along who appreciate the music and want to play it. And just like us when we were young, some of the kids today will eventually realize that their pop stars are covering older songs, and they'll track it back through the white rockers to the black originals. And they'll gather appreciation for the new guys carrying on the traditions. So the audience will be there, even though the paparazzi won't know who they are.

By the way, when I do see Buddy Guy or Keb Mo or the Allmans, there's always a significant percentage of younger folks in the crowd.
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:24 PM   #22
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My son took this pic of Van Halen at Line6 in Californa, 2005.

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IMO the Allmans have an incredible rhythm section. I've seen them often over the years, and they are as good as they ever were.
I agree about the Allmans, but what I meant is not that the drummers or bass players were not good, just that most of the black music tends to "jump" and be danceable, while the white versions tend to be stand-able. Not that it isn't good; it is just different. A club band in a black neighborhood had to create dance music, and that tends to be a necessary part of black commercial music like Hip-Hop also.

Even the old black acoustic music was often played in juke joints where people went to dance. Have a look at the wonderful scene in the beginning of "Great Balls of Fire" where Jerry and his cousin Jimmy Swaggert peak in the windows of a juke joint on Saturday night.

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Not sure of the accuracy, but there's a hilarious scene in the Great Balls Of Fire movie, wherein many of the stars of the era were touring together, and Jerry Lee was po'd that Chuck Berry got top billing. So, at the end of his performance, Jerry set his piano on fire, and as he walked off stage, he told Chuck to "top that"...
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I agree about the Allmans, but what I meant is not that the drummers or bass players were not good, just that most of the black music tends to "jump" and be danceable, while the white versions tend to be stand-able. Not that it isn't good; it is just different.
Ah, I misunderstood. And I agree. The music today is standable. Perfect description. Of course, the reason I prefer to be in the band is that I can't dance. This smiley is a pretty goood example of me on the dance floor.
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My son took this pic of Van Halen at Line6 in Californa, 2005.

Does he have a tablecloth wrapped around his waist?
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Does he have a tablecloth wrapped around his waist?
LOl.....not sure, but they said he was lit pretty good.
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I dont know either. But he scares the hell out of me.
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I dont know either. But he scares the hell out of me.
I wonder why society expects rock & roll "artists" to be witty & articulate paragons, let alone sober...

If someone like Eddie could communicate effectively through traditional media, would he really have spent all those hours perfecting his guitar technique?
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...BB's still here, but he's phoning it in, and I can't blame him...
I was lucky enough to see BB King on his 80th birthday tour, coincidentally at the same old style theatre I saw Aretha perform in Sep 08 for my 50th.
He preferred to sit all during his performance, but there was nothing wrong with his fingers. He was a real character, openly flirting with some ladies in the front rows.
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