: Scott, I'd loved to have seen Tom, Jason and
: Josh take on the mantle of the Trio. That's
: truly "The Lions Sons". I would be
: a lot more accepting. But still not at the
: expense of George, Bill and Rick. If they
: had decided collectively to retire say at
: the end of this year, and Tom, Jason and
: Josh then stepped in, I could remain a fan.
: But it will never happen with Josh and the
: "other two".
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: Joe, I think you are on to something here.
: helps me understand (speculation alert) why
: this happened and also why we are so angry
: about it. This anger must have blindsided
: Josh as it also did me. By that I mean I
: was blindsided by my own anger as well as
: that of others quite a bit more intense than
: my own. I wonder if part of the problem was
: what Josh experienced at Fantasy Camp. The
: spirit there is extraordinary, similar to a
: high school reunion (I just went to my 50th
: as Iím guessing many here did recently).
: Itís not a coincidence that itís called the
: ďBloodliner ReunionĒ. The level of
: encouragement and support for the performers
: on stage is fabulous, and by any objective
: standard way over the top. But the spirit is
: so powerful that is completely irrelevant.
: I havenít been able to go the last few
: years, but I remember when Josh started
: coming. I didnít talk with him, but he
: seemed to be very well received and
: deservedly treated like the royalty that he
: is. I remember one historic show when Josh
: did a trio with Tom Guard and Jason Shane.
: It tore down the house. That kind of
: supportive experience must have had an
: impact, must have given Josh the idea he was
: on to something. He might have even
: originally wanted to do it with Tom and
: Jason, but they werenít into it. But that
: magic only partially translates to the
: concert circuit. As you say, the Trio made
: it look easy, so we could imagine doing it
: ourselves. At Fantasy Camp, we suspend
: disbelief. At a concert, we want the real
: deal, and the real deal is what Bob Shane
: made sure we got even after he had to
: retire. George, Bill and Rick (and Bob
: Haworth) were so good, our main complaint
: was that they didnít play enough obscure
: songs. And when they started recording new
: material we really got excited about the
: future. With the Josh trio, that all came
: crashing down.
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