a third-grader interviewing Monty Python
Where's my goddamn dubstep fan?
Also, great lead guitar riff by JR McLeod on the sample track "Do You Wanna" - hard to believe there is no mention of him in the review - obviously the author did not do any homework at all or failed to even listen to the CD.
I was there, it was a great show, his voice was fine! There were some tech issues, it had rained and stormed, which delayed the show and everything was wet. When in Charleston in summer, wear a tank top or wifebeater - if you have on sleeves then you deserve to be hot! Also they make those sports towels that you wet and put around your neck to keep you cool...and I noticed a gigantic fan that was onstage but was not 'on' I didn't appreciate the temper-tantrum but I still loved the show
Too bad more people do not eventually realize it is too hot for them in Charleston then leave and never return here again...
I was at the concert last night and was very disappointed. What did they for an hour? Also the sound was horrible. You could barely hear him singing because the music especially the keyboards was so loud and distorted.
An awful lot of folks creating accounts just to admit they went to this awful show.
1) This happened pre-encore
2) He did acknowledge this incident, saying "sorry for the hasty exit."
As uncool as his little tantrum was, he DID acknowledge his "hasty exit" in his defense.
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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