My family & I saw them Oct 18th in Kirkland, WA to a sold-out throng. Some of the jokes fell flat, but other than that, the music was fantastic. It was the first KT concert for my 13yo son, and he went away afterwards with a huge smile (as did his Mom & Dad). He even got an after-concert photo op with Tim.
These guys are great )other than the humor needs some work), so UncleCool & I are in agreement.....GIVE 'EM A CHANCE! Nuff said.
Hello Babes & Babettes,
First off I apologize for all the misspelled words & poor grammar on my "after the show" post this past Sunday. It was late, I was tired, I was in pain and I took my meds. I should have known better than to try and post something "nice" and "coherent" for all, it was more of a "scrambled egg mess.
Not to mention, reading your response to what I thought was just going to be a "news update" on the general state of things as they exist now, it was just more "bashing". Fine...if that's what you think it's good by me.
I'll try again - and I'm being honest & clear here. You can spend your money on who & wherever you want.
But this is what went down Gods honest truth!
1. I found the guys to be cordial, and very nice to me. All doors were open, no subjects were off limit.
2. They spoke their minds about Josh R. - when I finally got home, and had time to process it all, I felt sorry for the man because there's some "dark" underbelly to all of this. The night before the show, Josh text me assuring me "the tee shirts he promised me were "safe", to go to the show, and have a wonderful time". Also, that "a few days following the show, I should email him at his personal address to remind him".
3. There was an incident in an airport where security was called because Josh "beaned Mike on the noggin with something "heavy",
causing Mike to go to the ER for X-rays, and yes, he suffered a mild concussion. The authorities don't know if it was a rock, class ring, or a kidney stone (humor), but it did happen.
4. Mr. JR owes Tim and Mike a considerable amount of cash. They told me the amount, but that's not appropriate to disclose here.
5. You all think there are issues with "harmony" on stage well, when the guys walk off, Josh is now NOT one of their "pals" in good graces. So, "harmony" issues just in getting along.
6. I found Mike & Tim to be extremely "committed" to saving the "BRAND NAME" no matter how hard they have to work at it. There's a lot of work behind the scenes on "off" days folks. There's a big load on Mikes shoulders right now, and it shows when you're face to face with the guy.
7. The two (2)Mike & Tim (Bobby as well) handled the "Meet & Greet" beyond my expectations. Smooth as silk! No one asked about GBR...the BIG & ONLY question that kept coming up was about Bob Shanes health. "Is he ok"? "We love him so, please tell him!"
My son made the observation, "Dad, people just want the old songs and stripe shirts...Wow!" There's your proof. It must be true.
8. The age range in the "SOLD OUT" show 850 asses in 850 seats! The youngest, perhaps 12 sining along to the oldest of close to Bob Shanes age, 83, 84 he came in with a walker, singing along.
9. That's another thing, everyone was singing along with "every" song. The "true" fans who love the "band/ BRAND", were right there, clapping and singing along. Beautiful!
10. While it maybe true Mr. Gorlington may not GG or Earl Scruggs,
he picked note for note John Stewarts' part on every song I recall and then some. Yes, there were some "tempo" issues along the way in the 2 hour show, but nobody called these men out on that.
What's the old line..."Practice, Practice & more Practice"!
11. In my opinion these men did "entertain" the approx. 850 butts in the seats. It was a beautiful site to see a "full house". They received a "standing "o" to which the came back out and sang "acapella" Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" followed by, "This Land Is Your Land" after which the jumped off the stage to shake as many hands as possible.
12. That's just good PR!
13. It wasn't what I expected. Paul was in a good mood. Bobby H. was in good spirits. The one thing that struck me as "funny" was Mike M. misunderstood what my PODCAST was all about. He asked me to go write or say something "positive".
It was a good show! The folks who DID PAY $, got their moneys worth. Bobbys voice is in fine form, Tim really hit two home runs with "Desert Pete" (Bobby H. on Banjo) and The Rev. Mr. Black, (again, Bobby H. on banjo).
14. There was an enormous amount of energy and fun put into those 2 songs...WOW!
15. Just a thought. Don't criticize until you see these guys. Nobody will replace my TRIO of NB&J - I loved the Guard TRIO as well, but Stewart just knocked me out. Even though I worked for Bob, I was honest, I loved the music, but after '67 it became a "TRIBUTE" group. So, do what, and listen to whatever you want. I met 2 nice guys, and an "old friend" Sunday night.
God bless them in what they are trying to do. I hold no malice towards them, just the best, and, hope it all gets worked out with no blood shed.
Anything is possible...right? Including my spelling..................OUT!