I was there in the second row and did not see anyone throwing things at him. My husband noticed that Ben was having guitar issues during the song prior to this one. He was also completely drenched in sweat and had asked the crowd how we are able to deal with the weather in Charleston. So in my opinion he was upset about the tuning of his guitar and the humidity and threw more of a temper tantrum than I've ever witnessed from my one year old.
First off.. this was the last song BEFORE the encore. He came back out with the band and played a few more songs after this. Also, I was in the front row. I can confirm that no one was throwing things at him. My friend has a cell phone video from our POV. He had complained earlier in the night about how hot it was.
Also, the song right before this, his guitar went out for half a second. I think there was either a loose cable somewhere or he was getting some nasty feedback in his earpiece. He just looked frustrated with his crew/equipment.
Billy Joel did it better.
Also, Charleston is notorious for something? Huh. I thought unruly assholes were everywhere.
Where the hell was security?! This kind of behavior is unfortunately what Charleston has become notorious for, and among the reasons so many acts don't return...
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Just the best with two incredible local performers-John Algar and Jay White. So much fun and also educational about WHY IS ROCK AND ROLL? A must see if not sold out! Pam Owen-Early
Now in its second year, Charleston’s first music conference New Music Confab is back for more this summer with another weekend of showcases and panels that will run Fri. Thurs. Aug. 25 to Sat. Aug.27.
Little typo there...Fri -Thurs?
Just a heads up.
As a native South Carolinian now living in Charlotte, I'm happy to see that this is happening in the Holy City. You guys are great news!
While I suppose lead guitarist JR might understandably be somewhat miffed about not being included in this article about the MDB CD release, what everyone reading it should know is that no one in the band with the exception of possibly the singer Roddy Akers knew anything about the write up or ever spoke to the author Patrick McGinn. It sounds like EdistoBOY is casting blame on the Clayton brothers for stealing the spotlight when neither had any knowledge of or participation in the review. The brothers contribute in equal parts to complete a solid, hard working five piece band that somehow manages to find ways to play popular songs that normally require much more instrumentation and production. EdistoBOY cannot be that much of a musician since had he ever checked the effects pedals onstage at an MDB show he would discover only electronic tuners (necessary to keep the guitars in tune), an acoustic guitar simulator (essential for transitioning to a contrasting acoustic sound when changing guitars between particular songs is not possible), and a rotating speaker effect (for creating a fuller sound on certain songs normally requiring a keyboard player) which may explain the "organ" sound lildynamite notices. As a matter of fact, JR McLeod is actually the one making more use of effects pedals (overdrive, chorus, tremolo, compressor, etc.) in this band. Seeing many MDB shows, one could never say that the rhythm player Keith Clayton ever tried to get in the way of or battle it out with the lead player. He just plays his parts and pretty much stays in his own corner, occasionally swapping to an acoustic guitar when necessary - something else apparently EdistoBOY must have missed while having a smoke outside. Roddy is a great entertainer and keeps the crowd involved, but the most experienced and professional member of the group is definitely the drummer Kevin Clayton. It is his playing style that keeps Mason Dixon from becoming "another rag-tag country band" like HOMES refers to above. Phillip is such a genuine nice guy and one of those bass players who does what bass players are supposed to do by carrying the set list of songs along without drawing that much attention to himself. Unfortunately his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist does not get utilized onstage as much as it should because of his bass playing demands. On the CD, you can definitely detect his contributions though. Speaking of the CD, there are no rhythm guitar or drumming mistakes on it, proving that the Clayton brothers are not the issue keeping JR, Phillip, and Roddy from "perfecting their music". On the other hand, there are several noticeable vocal, lead guitar, and bass trip ups so edistoBOY may want to listen more closely and reconsider which players "understand what real music is all about" the most. Having seen the more recent incarnation of the Mason Dixon Band that includes only the original singer Roddy and none of the lineup that actually recorded the music on this CD, it is quite evident who is responsible for "changing things" and having to "start all over again" - likely the result of lead-singer-ego-syndrome. This time though the change went a bit too far and what was once a popular honky tonk crowd pleasing band making country music "plain and simple" with a splash of southern rock for fun seems to have become just another sterile sounding group playing pretty much the same old rock and roll songs all the other bands in town play with a country song thrown in here and there for good measure.
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Oh. The festival.
Come on, CanMan, these bold pioneers are the future of the peninsula...before it sinks under 30' of water in about 50 years.
More white priveldge moving into us old places and feeling nostalgic and "look at me!" SMH
Get the Commodores to come play there. The Commodores at the Commodore has a nice ring to it. That way we can all sing along to Brick House. Place looks great.
That is really a novel idea. What a shame that Thursday is rehearsal night on JI, then.
David, Danny WAS, IS AND ALWAYS will be TDN. It was DANNY who formed the band, had the concept for three lead singers who didn't play instruments on stage, and the idea to renovate songs that didn't become hits on the respective singer/songwriters' albums. Cory's contributions included his excellent, one-of-a-kind voice, his idea of having a live band play behind the three lead singers instead of a tape, and his vast common sense.
Concerning Danny's talents. He's an even better singer now than he was in the 70s because during that period of time he was a heavy smoker and used drugs. (By the way he has been clean and sober 13 YEARS LONGER THAN CHUCK), quitting cold turkey in 1979. In addition, I bet you didn't know that Danny's first choice for the third dog was Bruce Johnston who turned him down because he wanted to join the Beach Boys(he also wrote Barry Manilow's hit I Write the Songs).
A reunion will be impossible due to Chuck's negative actions (a lot of them occurred AFTER he became sober), interviews, and posts about the band members (Danny and Cory in particular). As a result, the current band doesn't want to perform with him. Finally, don't be surprised when TDN makes it to the R&RHOF if Chuck receives a letter from the HOF President informing him that he's not allowed to perform in the TDN induction ceremony due to the reasons mentioned above in this post.
David, you and other Chuck lovers are in total denial and have very inaccurate information (only Chuck's word). According to ClassicBands.com's bio of Cory (which is correct because the author thanks Cory for his assistance with the bio's accuracy), it was CORY who was against Chuck returning to the band.
However, by 1997 both Danny and Cory were ready to reinstate him with conditions (3 years on a trial basis and not being a partner). In my opinion, these conditions were necessary, since 1. Chuck was away from the band for 12 years, 2.there was no guarantee that Chuck could still fit in with them (harmonize with Danny and Cory as well as get along with the other band members) 3. no guarantee that Chuck could remain clean and sober. Cory and Danny owned the rights to the band and had to think of everyone who was employed by TDN; hence the conditions. (Cory talks briefly about this in a September 28, 2012 interview with NJ.com)
Chuck, for his part, made outrageous demands and the deal was terminated. To get revenge, he then wrote a book which denigrated Danny, Cory, and the band, gave interviews where he took sole credit for the band's success in the 70's as well as being nasty and mean spirited toward the band members over the years (most recently made insinuations against Cory's character while his family, friends, "brothers in the band" and fans are still in mourning) and wrote very negative posts about TDN on his facebook and blog pages. As for Cory's and Danny's "hating each other", that's another one of Chuck's lies. After all, how could he know how they felt about each other since he was away from the band for 30 years. Also, it's impossible to imagine people working together for over 40 years if they disliked each other so much.
IMHO, the reasons Chuck isn't back with the band are: 1 NONE of the current band members want to work with him 2. None of the current band members are ego-driven, narcissistic, or prima donnas; they work as a team and are an united front 3. The families of Cory and Jimmy approved of and are very satisfied with the newest members (Eddie and David were very close friends with Cory and have ties to the family) 4.All of the current band members are valuable because they have more than one talent; Pat is also an audio engineer and he was responsible for the band using in-ear monitors which he helped design; Eddie is a singer/songwriter who wrote many compositions for various cable shows and also owns his own company; David is also a singer/sonwriter who composed material with many artists and once wrote a song for Ray Charles. He also plays keyboard and guitar.Paul is also a singer/songwriter and has skills in management of artists; in addition, he also knows how to play both the bass and lead guitar and well as sing harmony. Michael is a great songwriter and once lead his own band. Finally, Danny: Singer, Producer, Arranger, Talent Manager of musicians, etc. 5. TDN is playing to consistently sold-out venues. They don't need Chuck.
As for your other comments on other facebook pages concerning Danny, Chuck, Michael, and Floyd touring together; if Danny can't stand Chuck and doesn't want him in the band, it would be impossible for that kind of tour.
I'll be there tonight. I'm going to be writing a blog about the event and picking up my kit. This is a great idea!
Thanks for all the details on this TDN saga, Ted. I believe every word of this, having read Chuck Negron's autobiography TWICE. However, I'm still shocked that Danny Hutton refuses to even pick up the phone & give both Chuck & Floyd Sneed a call - even after losing two more original "Dogs" with Jimmy Greenspoon & Cory Wells. These three men are well up into their years - they are all in their mid-seventies. Danny should seriously pick up that phone & reunite with the other three surviving "Dogs" (the other being Mike Allsup (who's in the current version of TDN with Danny) before it's really, really too late!
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