There are so many of our favorite artists from the '60's and '70's out there still making it happen ... and we tip our collective hats to you for bringing it home night after night. I have met SO many nice, appreciative artists over the years, thanks to Forgotten Hits, and Lou Christie's right up there at the top of the list. Thank you, Lou ... not only for the glasses (which Frannie insisted we try out IMMEDIATELY!!!), but for all the great music and memories, too! We love ya! (kk)
I have seen Deacon Blues several times and always enjoyed their tribute to Steely Dan. It is always delivered with the utmost respect. (To quote Bob Stroud, "This isn't 'Louie Louie' they're playing here ... it's STEELY DAN!!!")
I can only suspect that you caught Steven on a bad night as he has always been spot-on whenever we've seen them.
(You were a bit harsh on him, don't you think?)
I would encourage you to check them out again. I do not think you'll be disappointed.
Believe me, I was expecting the very best, based on all the great things I've heard over the years ... but I cannot emphasize enough how distracting it was watching Steve carry on his own agenda while the rest of the band was playing their hearts out. It literally ruined the show for us. But this is a solvable problem, which is why I offer the advise as constructive criticism ... I'm not going to tear down ANY artist just for the sake of tearing them down.
I say analyze your show ... talk to your fellow band members and most faithful followers ... discuss the points I've taken issue with and see if just maybe there's some room for improvement that would make the experience far more enjoyable for all parties concerned. 'Cause honestly, it was PAINFUL!!! (kk)
The thing I love most about Forgotten Hits is the fact that you tell it like it is. You are not going to patronize an artist ... you are ALWAYS going to call 'em as you see 'em.
I love Deacon Blues ... have been following them for years ... but your points are well taken and I have noticed some of these issues, too.
That being said, I would NEVER have the balls to point them out! (lol) But that's what we've got you for. Forgotten Hits has ALWAYS put the music fans first ... and your knowledge and insight seems to be right on the money more often than not.
So I thank you for your candor and your honesty. It is exactly what we have come to expect from your publication. Don't ever change.
We will ALWAYS call 'em as we see 'em ... and that's a promise! But NEVER without at least SOME attempt to offer ways to improve these weaknesses. Deacon Blues is a very popular attraction here in Chicago and my hope is that when we see them again I can write a far more positive review after enjoying a far more pleasurable experience. (kk)
"It was rainin' hard on Lake Shore,
He needed one more fare, then call it a night.
He pulled up to Grant Park and
Kent got in at the light.
It took awhile but he glanced at the
license and my name.
"HEY, You're RONNIE RICE!!"
OK, so it needs work, right?
The other was ...
WHAT IF ... a certain WLS DJ had flipped the NC6's "I Will Always Think About You" over and said THIS side is the side to play: "Hold Me With Your Eyes"? Would Ronnie have been a star for the band if that had happened? I am glad it didn't, but what a GREAT A side it could have been!!!
I guess I missed a few spots on my lawn so I will have to go back out again!!!
Many thank you's so much for running the photo of Debbie Gibson and I in "Forgotten Hits."
It was great to catch up with Debbie, and that was without a doubt the best concert I have seen in a long time! It was two and a half hours of non-stop hits, seamlessly presented.
New Kids On The Block came out of the stage floor to a massive ovation, and the music from that point forward was endless. After presenting several of their hits, the stage lights went down and, at the other end of the arena, a different stage came to life, and there was Debbie singing and dancing to several of her own hits, on a circular platform that looked like a giant CD. Then the same occurred with Tiffany, Salt 'n' Pepa, and Naughty By Nature, each alternating with NKOTB. What a great evening, embellished with confetti guns, streamers, pyrotechnics, and special effects galore.
If you can catch one of the shows during this current "Mixtape" tour, it is a journey through some of the most memorable music of the '80s and '90s. To see and hear Debbie Gibson singing a duet version of her hit "Lost in Your Eyes" with NKOTB's Joey McIntyre was a real highlight. And, to think that I first met her when she was 16, and singing at The Roxy roller rink. You go Debbie!
What an evening of brilliant fun! Coming to a town near you.
Chuck also sent us this closing smile ... (which many of us computer-challenged participants can relate to!) kk