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<<my feeling is that fewer & fewer people want to hear
ANYTHING they don't already know. Is that impression correct?>>
It has never been more true!
For years I've played blues, progressive rock, jazz, Gospel & funk...20 or
30 years ago we got big audiences. These days my "big" gigs tend to be playing
"Covers" with the Matthew Jones Orchestra... Filling big theatres across the
Midlands here in England "Tribute to the Carpenters" (playing the Tommy
Morgan parts + sneaking in a bit of my own stuff) "Tribute to Dusty
Springfield"... And so on... OK a couple of weeks ago I played at the ICC in Birmingham
with vocalist Madeline Bell to 3,500 people, but Madeline Bell IS a legend here
in the UK. (Madeline Bell is wonderful to work with and is a FANTASTIC
Here in London, the clubs with live music that are full of customers are the
"Tribute to...." brigade.
I LOVE blues... Last time I played a blues gig in a pub there were more
people behind the bar than customers, and WE WERE GOOD! It has always been
important to play music that the audience enjoys. But it is a shame that so often
these days the punters just want to hear it exactly the same as on the CD's.
John "Whiteboy" Walden
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