It's been a long time but I do remember Bob Shane posting on X-Roads: "What's all the fuss about? There was only one Kingston Trio." Obvisouly referring to Nick Bob & Dave.
However, to ignore the second generation of the Kingston Trio with John Stewart seems wrong to me.
Well stated, Joe, as always! I agree with you one hundred percent.
In my opinion, John Stewart was the only KT member on game at the "Reunion" show. During NBJ's performance of "Greenback Dollar", John referred to Bob Shane as "Dr. Pepper"
(poking fun at Bob's greyish hair) hahaha
At the end, all 6 Kingston Trio members were singing "Sloop John B" and I couldn't help notice how uncomfortable it must've been for George Grove.
His ear was right next to Dave Guard's banjo.
As somebody pointed out in a previous thread, Dave Guard stuttered the word "c-c-c-c-corn" during the "Sloop John B" song in order to add some (much needed) humor onto the show.
What surprises me, if Dave Guard felt used or unwanted, and Bob Shane was making him feel uncomfortable, why didn't Dave Guard just get up and leave?
Too classy maybe, who knows?
Frankly, I found the WSJ article to be jarring. You want and expect your heroes to act like heroes and not like a couple of bickering kids. You'd like them to be gracious, the way Stewart was when he talked about what a rush it was to be back on stage with Bob and Nick.
Nevertheless, you can understand where Bob and Dave were coming from.
Shane undoubtedly saw the PBS special as the springboard to launch the Trio (his current Trio) back into prominence. Maybe the current group would get that elusive major-label recording contract, radio airplay and TV appearances.
Given that perspective, Dave's comments were guaranteed to set Shane off like a Roman candle.
Dave may have felt used, lured into the project to perform a couple of songs as a gimmick for a show that highlighted and promoted Shane's current group. Dave undoubtedly knew that there would have been no PBS special without the hook of a reunion of the original Trio.