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cornbread
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:41:29 PM
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Did anyone find that some sets at the 2009 blues were a little short?
curlyloc
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:59:21 AM
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Naaah...but that support act for Ash Grunwald at the Cambridge recently was ;)

Buddy Guy is without doubt the best guitar player alive.......the way he plays is beyond anyone. Amen
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Friday, November 06, 2009 10:11:40 PM
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I thought that Special Beat deserved a longer set time,apart from that no issues.

At 2008 it was disappointing to have Jools Holland start 15 minutes late,and I was taken aback by the very short set by Patty Griffin,particularly as she seemed to want to play on,and the tent she played in closed early.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
richo
Posted: Saturday, November 07, 2009 1:19:23 PM
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When most artists this year played twice I think there was less need for longer sets. That said, I'd probably rather see major acts play one full set rather than two hour sets, as your average festival "greatest hits" tends to simply get repeated when the latter is the case.

I was excited for two Lucinda Williams' sets this year knowing her penchant for eclectic and varied shows night to night... I didn't expect two verbatim sets which was what we got... which had neither of my two favourite and reasonably well-known songs.
kungfool
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:57:15 PM
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Lucinda Williams was boring and should be heard and not seen.
I mean what professional musician of her calibre reads off a music
stand?
Stick to song writing and leave performing to those that enjoy it.
greybeard
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 4:24:35 PM

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[kungfool asks]Lucinda Williams was boring and should be heard and not seen.
I mean what professional musician of her calibre reads off a music
stand?

Stick to song writing and leave performing to those that enjoy it.[/quote]

Here one that does

Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
skot20_58
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:14:20 AM
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kungfool wrote:
Lucinda Williams was boring and should be heard and not seen.
I mean what professional musician of her calibre reads off a music
stand?
Stick to song writing and leave performing to those that enjoy it.


Michael stipe from r.e.m. has done it his whole career




Dear Skot,
Are you going to be a goose all your life?
richo
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 11:02:57 AM
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Tom Waits, Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson and many other high profile musicians have apparently used teleprompters on stage on a regular basis. Aparently Sinatra did towards the end. Though Jagger makes it look effortless, and Tom forgets or flubs enough lines every time he's on stage to make me doubt he's ever really used it even if it is there. Elvis Costello had a music stand present on his recent Australian tour. Even Bob Dylan keeps an otherwise functionless lap steel guitar in front of his keyboard that he keeps lyric sheets on, but again he changes or forgets enough lines each night for me to doubt it's anything more than a safety backup. Speaking of Bob, apparently at the 30th anniversary concert Neil Young purposely mixed up the verses to "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" as a protest of sorts to the presence of a teleprompter.

I wouldn't disagree for a second that Lucinda Williams seemed vague and her reliance on the written sheets was far more than noticeable, but I'd put that down to perhaps a hard life of rock 'n' roll taking its toll, combined with what seemed to be an overall bizarre personality. My main criticism would be that with the sheet music right there, surely the setlist could have been more varied over the two nights.
alickweber
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:04:34 PM
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Dave Matthews is another who uses a teleprompter. Not that that saved him from forgetting a whole verse of Dreaming Tree at The Gorge in 2006!!!

Having said that, a golden moment from the recent David Gray show in melbourne was when he forgot the lyrics to one of his old songs. ... That is one of the things that makes live music so wonderful and dynamic IMO...
curlyloc
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:10:31 PM
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TheLoneRanger wrote:
I thought that Special Beat deserved a longer set time,apart from that no issues..


I put it to Pete that combined bands should have pro-rata set times....

Buddy Guy is without doubt the best guitar player alive.......the way he plays is beyond anyone. Amen
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