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WHEN THE MUSIC’S OVER…

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As shocking as it seems and as much as I love music, there comes a time when musicians should just pack it in and call it a career. I am a strong believer that artists must continue to create if they are indeed creating. The Stones continue to release new product, as does McCartney. But what about the other aging rockers who continue to tour, playing the “B” circuit when they haven’t created any new material in 20 or 3o years?

The Eagles

The Eagles

The Eagles are currently on tour. I have seen these guys during the Hotel California tour, and they were great. Always liked their sound and admired the songwriting. I was particularly happy when Joe Walsh sobered up enough to join. I was a huge James Gang fan-Funk #49, Walk Away, Meadows-great music.  I saw the Hell Freezes Over tour. And now, for $700 I can get a floor seat to see these guys play the same songs I have seen them play before.  They have nothing new to offer other than grayer and shorter hair. Not sure, but I don’t think I’ll be going.  The selling feature, if the stories are indeed true, is that Bernie Leadon (one of The Flying Burrito Brothers) will be joining the band for this tour. Wow! Hasn’t been there since 1975. Didn’t really miss him. And it only took Glen Frey 38 years to forgive him for pouring beer over his head. HA! The Eagles have landed guys. It’s time to disembark.

Grand Funk

Grand Funk

There is a Music Festival  in London, Ontario at the end of July. Rock The Park, is sort of a Canadian, hillbilly Woodstock. All of the big names in Rock ‘n’ Roll will be there; Whitesnake, Journey, Grand Funk Railroad and Styx. No way! Yes! A veritable heaping,helping of has beens. And in Whitesnake’s case, never weres. I saw Grand Funk in the early 70s, and they were amazing. I’m Your Captain” is on the My Favorite Song list, “We’re An American Band” loses a lot of its lustre 40 years later!  The line  “we come into your town, we’ll help you party down…”  just doesn’t have the same effect when sung by the  over the hill gang. Its hard to believe there is anything grand left in their funk.

Bad Company

Bad Company

And, wait a minute! The rock supergroup, Bad Company is on the road again, or still, as well. Founded in 1973, this band, made up of former members of Free ( Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell), were insanely great! I have every album, and believe that Paul Rodgers has one of the best rock voices around.  I have recently learned  that the band that I saw play Maple Leaf Gardens in 1976, will now be taking the stage at Central Ontario’s musical mecca, Casino Rama. It’s been 40 years guys! I love you dearly, but I can’t bear to see or hear it. Contrary to the song,  it seems that I can get enough.

The Spoons

The Spoons

The record companies have certainly done their part to help create this messy turn of events. Canadian new wave darlings, The Spoons have been playing club dates, fueled by a host of re-release parties for product that is 30 years old.  I really do not need another copy of Stick Figure Neighborhood  or Arias & Symphonies. I’m not certain anyone does.

And so, after much trepidation and consideration, I decided that if I were to put my old band back together, I would have to change the name. Rebel  just doesn’t seem to fit anymore. In honor of one of my favorite musicians, the band will be called The Jeriatric Garcias.  But there will not be a reuinion!  There will be no re-release parties, no club dates and no tours.I have nothing new to play! And, as Jim Morrison so eloquently put it, “when the music’s over, turn out the lights”.

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HIRED GUNS-The Shape Of Things To Come?

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The state of the music industry has changed dramatically. In order to survive in this business that thrills and kills, artists must be able to find new and creative methods of marketing their music.  With the advent of new and improved technology, almost anything is possible.
G4HAnd so, F.S. Fine, a song writer born in Fort Knox, Indiana, raised in Chicago and now living in Phoenix, Arizona has been working his plan. F.S. has no band to speak of.  There is no touring, no playing the bar circuit and no travelling. There are almost no expenses, and he spends his time doing what he loves, writing and recording his songs.Guns For Hire, Fine’s “band”, are a group of seasoned, professional musicians living in Nashville and Phoenix. Fine writes songs and forwards them to his musician pals who record their tracks. Everything is sent to Nashville for production and mixing. Once the song is completed, Fine is set to market his creation. He credits computer technology with making it possible for him to be in Phoenix and complete demos in Nashville. “Technology has made it possible for me to go worldwide. I don’t have to be where I record and send my songs.”

The idea, while unique, is not new. Fine admits that the concept was influenced by Steely Dan, noting that Becker and Fagan were primarily songwriters who used hired guns to play and record their music. There was very little touring, with most of their time being spent in studios. While Steely Dan had a major record deal, Fine has had to become a creative marketer as well. He has a web site where songs can be purchased via download directly from him  using major credit cards and paypal. He has joined social networking sites to promote his music and regularly submits his songs to industry executives in the hopes of landing a deal.

Driven to succeed, this stogie smoking, beer drinking writer has composed over 50 amazing country, blues, rock and bluegrass tunes.  He has songs on file in three countries and is working towards having his music picked up for film or television. The man is entrepreneurial, tenacious and self assured. Perhaps, along with the technological changes impacting the industry, this may very well be the future if one is to survive as an independent artist.

To check out Guns For Hire, follow this link: https://www.musicxray.com/xrays/904165

To view the Guns For Hire webpage: http://www.guns4hire.us/

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