Edited by RogerM on 8/10/2017, 1:59 pm
At the same time, the biggest stumbling block over the years to similar "aesthetic" moves, like pulling the band closer together onstage and back into a semi-circle, using readily available audio technology on the PA to help recreate the studio sound on the vocals, reviving songs from their vast back catalog and reintroducing the congas, was...Bob. The live show could certainly be kind of stale and predictable at times, so in that respect I can understand George being miffed at having his one opportunity to switch things up curtailed.
Nobody was happy when Shane's health went south and he had to retire from the road. But it did free up the guys to add new material, revisit some old favorites like Darlin' Corey, Road to Freedom, etc., and actually rehearse and freshen up the show, as well as making a much needed personnel change.
For good or ill, the days of Bob's "quality control" are likely over. If the videos are any indication the new guys are more or less a Stewart Trio clone, albeit without the energy or polish. Stay tuned...film at 11.