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!
Now that arrests are made, it's even more depressing. Mindless street violence taking the life an innocent victim. Naturally, the two guys had previous violent crime / gun crime arrests and weren't in jail.
Criminals killing each other is one thing, but this sort of shit, as relatively uncommon as it is, is what people really worry about and why we need our criminal justice system to work better.
RIP little Bro. You always made me laugh especially when you were on a rant. Still can't believe this shit and want to know why.
Just fuck. What a waste of life, such a tragedy.
Thank you, I enjoyed this...
When I first met Eric I can't say I was a fan. Like the tribute above said, he was brash, sarcastic, surly, direct, and had this way of raising an eyebrow at you that just made you feel stupid. Over the course of the past dozen years or so I realized that he was consistently sarcastic, surly, direct. It was't an act, it was who he was. And it would have sucked if he were not all those things that made him Eric. Because Eric was cool as fuck. He will be missed.
Thank you Saliba.
Really nice write up Dustin. One of my kids texted me the news around lunchtime using the exact words you used to your parents "Prince Died".
Eric was a cool guy and a part of our Cumberland's experience. Much love and sorrow from the blues community.
Put another dime in the jukebox, baby!
I WANT TO BEAT THIS NEW GENERATION TO DEATH
I could not be more excited for Tedeschi Trucks Band!!!
Should be great. I love the Music Hall.
Warren and Gov't Mule dominated it for two nights last year. Crazy shows.
The Midnight Rider himself - one the few remaining all time great musicians left in this world!
There is a local band from Columbia, "VENITALY". They have played live on USC radio and currently have a demo CD with 2 songs. You can listen to them on facebook. "United We Die" and "Redneck Saturday Night". Is it possible to get these guys on the bill? Or who do i need to get intouch with to see if this is possible. Thank you. Rockincat74@gmail.com
This is a great way to reduce the number of people who come to your shows & lose exposure by alienating fans or potential fans who can't afford a higher cover charge, and also potentially harm the business that the show is in. Not only are less people going to come in and buy something, but people will buy less drinks/food if they have to pay more to get in.
As one who spent about thirty years owning music clubs in Charleston and Columbia, it is really simple...bands should get paid what they are worth to the customers who attend. That is to say, the number of people who pay at the door because the band attracts them! How about this...club pays for house sound gear, band brings its stage gear, and if a house sound engineer is employed that cost is split between band and house. Now ALL door $$ minus the door tax goes to the band. Please don't talk to me about your road expenses...promise you they are offset by in-house club expenses...door guys, coolers, etc. Now it is up to you to figure out where you can play and make $$.
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