Hericane Alice Quotes
I'm currently playing in the National Heart Tribute band called The Bad Animals with my wife Sandy. We do around 30 shows a year. We have been incredibly fortunate to play with the current line up of musicians in the band. Along with the two of us are Wendy Irwin on vocals, Lewis Sego on Keys, Aaron Carlson on Bass and Johnny Strutt on drums. It has been a lot of fun touring with this group. We are currently writing material and in pre production for our first release. Our new material will include Eric Althaus on drums from Equinox and Joe Schweigert on bass from Atomic. Our current drummer and bass player will be pursuing new ventures at the end of the month.
Minnesota has a very active original music scene. Some of the bigger clubs are going with an all original format. It's cool in a way, bands create their following, flyer parking lots, hand out tickets. Its usually 3 or 4 bands on a bill. It's the vein of Active Rock sounding bands, with a more current sound and it draws on all levels. I like a few of today's Active Rock bands but I can't write in that style. I'm still a verse + bridge + chorus into solo back to chorus guy. Our original stuff has an Eighties feel with 2k technology full of solos.
The scene has changed since the heyday of 80's and it has had an effect on those musicians in the market. A lot of my friends retired from it or moved on. Some have adapted. Cover bands in the B & C rooms are doing multi format sets. That's odd to me and I don't get that. I think that the reason a lot of 80's musicians move into tribute acts is to re-connect with an audience in their genre. I've been told by my rocker friends that I've pansied up to play girl rock. I just laugh and say "Let's see you play the opening classical guitar part on "Crazy on You". Howard Leese, Nancy Wilson and Roger Fisher are amazing guitarist and it has been incredibly challenging to learn these styles. I still love the guitar solo in a song, and there aren't a lot of guitar solos in today's Active Rock songs. I tip my hat to musicians who go to tribute acts. It's a lot of work to get it right but the payoff is nice. Plus, you get to play to your age group, and perform to an audience that appreciates those songs.
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