Music has-beens/almost-beens

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  1. RenchFries

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    It always kinda makes me sad when I see an upcoming concert from one of those bands that once were successful, or almost successful, and now now one knows them anymore.

    Just the other day I saw a show announced for Skid Row. This isn't the original formation. They fired Sebastian Bach ten years ago and kept the name, so it really isn't Skid Row anymore. Bach is in the same boat as his old band. They both hang on to the success they once had together and try to do their own thing in the mean time. Bach out albums that are pretty good, but it's all small-time indie-label stuff. The new Skid Row albums were nothing special.

    Anyway, this show was in some tiny venue that hardly holds 300 people. It's like a bar-performance, but with good sound and lights. They were on the bill together with Ugly Kid Joe, Yellowcard and Like Torches. Yellowcard and Like Torches (I don't even know the last band) were billed as the main acts.

    Now think about this. These guys were only second to Guns 'n Roses in the late 80's and early 90's and opened for them during a tour. They played stadiums and world-famous venues and they were on TV all over the place. They lived the rock-star dream and nothing was ever too crazy.

    And now they're back at where they once started, but now they're old, burned out and probably bored with the whole thing. Most of the time they all hate each other by now, too.

    Yeah, that kinda makes me sad for 'em.

    Just like I saw some ads for a bunch of semi-famous bands that sucked in the 80 that are also still going. L.A. Guns and Poison come to mind. I saw some photos of shows and they look like a bunch of washed up cross-dressers. The only places that want them are shitty and small venues. They gotta hate their lives.
     
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    Holy fuck, words. Lay off the meth, stupid.
     
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    Lost me at skid Row
     
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    If you want to hear a funny story similar to that, I saw Billy Idol in Cleveland in the 90's at a smaller club, and some guy in the front row yelled out "Hey man, are you from Cleveland?" to which Billy replied "With this fucking accent!?". :jj: I think the grunge bands were better suited to life after their flash in the pan, most of those guys were really anti-social to begin with and hated doing stadiums and arenas. It also doesn't hurt to be big in Asia either, Mr. Big still play stadiums over there and had a no. 1 single in 2001 even if Americans think of them as "washed up".
     
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    He's a good dude, and this board needs him to balance out username and remind people that not all Scandinavians are white supremacists. :grad:

    EDIT: [video=youtube;ivFYVAntpw0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivFYVAntpw0[/video] :punk:
     
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    i hate that fucking band
     
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    Your opinion means nothing.
     
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    Interesting you should mention this: I was just listening to the radio this morning - announced that The Gin Blossoms were playing in Laughlin, Nevada - and tickets were TEN DOLLARS. This band was set to the biggest next-thing - and now they're playing LAUGHLIN. For $10.

    Shoot, I think my tickets for The Alarm (always my favourite band, but never made it big) were more than that, in 1989.
     
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    Little known fact, Marshall Crenshaw wrote most of The Gin Blossoms best songs, including Til I Hear It From You.
     
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    [video=youtube;d3HAQoiLHqQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3HAQoiLHqQ[/video]
     
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    I saw Peter Murphy play at a bar show a couple of years ago. A place called El Corazon. He was such a rock star toe growing up. It blew my mind seeing that show. He was great too. I still wonder if it was a warm up show or if the whole tour was like small like that.
     
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    Toni basil turns 70 years old this month! Happy birthday to her

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    I saw Flip Wilson at the Riverside Casino in Laughlin in 1987... $12.95 for the show WITH an all-you-can-eat fried chicken & potato buffet.
     
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    I heard "My Sharona" by The Knack the other day on the local Oldies station..... I bought the 45 when it first came out, and I remember they were hyped as the next Beatles, though they only had about 1 1/2 hits.......
     
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    She was one of the hookers that ate the acid in Easy Rider
     
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    They played a free concert outdoors in my town a couple years ago. I enjoyed it.

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    That's why I never got into grunge. It's depressing music that's not fun on purpose.

    Another band that just doesn't ever seem to run out of success is The Offspring. They still play a lot of huge festivals in South America and Asia. They only have to do a handful of shows each year to bank big.

    Skid Row have had some very lame songs, I'll give you that, but towards the 2nd half of their career, they got some seriously cool shit going.

    [video=youtube;iVZgRD-I0lo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVZgRD-I0lo[/video]

    [video=youtube;1SN1ixNBs-0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SN1ixNBs-0[/video]

    [video=youtube;Tky1ba4zsZA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tky1ba4zsZA[/video]

    I have actually never heard of that band. :chair:
     
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    I always look to the summer lineup at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH to see which bands that used to play arenas are now playing moderately sized clubs/theater halls.

    This summer, some of the bands that played the Casino Ballroom included: Styx, The Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, The Cult, Tesla, and Foreigner. Bands that have played there in recent years have included Huey Lewis & The News, Extreme, Hootie & The Blowfish, Cinderella, Candlebox, Stone Temple Pilots, Queensryche, and Megadeth.

    Most of these bands played arenas at the height of their fame. Not any more.
     
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    Yeah, I mean, most of those artists were HUGE back in the day.

    It's gotta suck to realize you peaked in your late twenties/early thirties, and that no matter what you do after this, it will never even come close to what it was.

    I really feel sorry for those dudes.

    The guys from Styx put out two pretty good cover albums as Shaw/Blades with some cool psychedelic hippie songs on them. I don't know if they ever sold many of 'em, but I enjoyed those albums.

    I saw the Doobie Brothers open for ZZ Top a couple of years ago. They had an insane amount of people with them. Two drummers, and at least five/six people running around on stage with (bass)guitars. During the last song they brought their kids on stage. After that I decided they were lame. I don't give a fuck about their fucking boring-ass kids.

    I like the re-boot of Stone Temple Pilots, by the way. I feel they should go on with a different name, though. This song I enjoy every time I hear it:
    [video=youtube;pjnR-73BfzA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjnR-73BfzA[/video]