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This evening I met with a local promoter and singer to start planning for a series of shows to be premiered in February.

The concept is a chrololigical look at the evolution of rock music from the mid 60s through 1980.

I'll use guest singers covering the front men (and women) of the artists who wrote or were most closely associated with the songs I select.

I have a fairly extensive network of great local performers to draw from. My guys will act as a house band for the show.

It will be staged in one of a list of local theatres to be determined soon. Production values will be very high for a show of this size.

We'll be using big screen projection again, but this time there will be a quasi-storyline giving the show a sense or direction and momentum.

I have a guy in mind to provide a narrative between performers.

The person I'm working with on this is VERY skilled at getting publicity, media coverage et cetera as well as being a very talented singer. She'll be doing Janis.


Should be a lot of fun. I'm developing a schedule now to get the significant milestones organized.


If it does as well as I suspect it will, we'll take it to other cities.


Wish me luck.
 

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Thanks guys.

It's an idea I've had for a couple of years and I've decided to follow through. It will be like a classic rock review, not impersonations, but more of a "Classic Albums Live" approach, with a more broad approach and with a bit of a storyline.

It's really a matter of drawing together various elements that I have and using resources that have long been available, putting a lot of things together in a cohesive show.


I'm really looking forward to it.:rockon:
 

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That sounds cool. Some friends of ours went to something similar recently in the Hull Casino. They had a great time and said the musicians, singers etc were fantastic. I found a link to that show but it doesnt really have much information:

Flower Power

Good luck with it.
 

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It's a good idea, especially because it falls into the baby boomer zone.

I always thought someone should put together a show like that where they had hosts that would do old Saturday night live skits between acts. You could get a Rosana-Rosana-Danna, a John Belushi etc. I think it would take allot of people to pull off but it would be very entertaining - especially to the baby boomer market.
 

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It's a good idea, especially because it falls into the baby boomer zone.

I always thought someone should put together a show like that where they had hosts that would do old Saturday night live skits between acts. You could get a Rosana-Rosana-Danna, a John Belushi etc. I think it would take allot of people to pull off but it would be very entertaining - especially to the baby boomer market.

Well interestingly enough, the person I'm partnering with for this project has been a big player in the Elvis Tribute Artist industry for the past twenty years or so and has organized some pretty big festivals in that context.

She has seen a general decline in the Elvis thing, which is not unexpected considering the demographics involved.

I think this is an idea whos time has come and I've been thinking about the concept for a couple of years now.

There will be big screen projection with period appropriate images and video behind the performers.

I have lots of ideas. We're in the planning stages but have already started the ball rolling.

Thanks for the encouragement.
 

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Cool! Sounds like a huge time commitment but it could be lots of fun.

Yes it will take a lot of time and effort, but to some extent I have been working toward this for a few years so much of the infractructure and repertoire is already in place.

I'm really just stepping up the level of showmanship and production.

I think the baby boomers are tired on going to bars to hear the music they grew up with. A comfortable seat in a theatre and a more cohesive program will add to the experience.
 

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I've done a fair bit of this band theater type stuff, and its a big difference when you have people paying $35.00 - $80.00 to see a show than it is to play the bars where everyone is partying and paid maybe $10.00 to get through the door.

Personally, I'll take the hopping bar gig just about any day of the week - but the theater shows pay way better, and you can put money into things like a great light show and nice accoms.
 

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I've done a fair bit of this band theater type stuff, and its a big difference when you have people paying $35.00 - $80.00 to see a show than it is to play the bars where everyone is partying and paid maybe $10.00 to get through the door.

Personally, I'll take the hopping bar gig just about any day of the week - but the theater shows pay way better, and you can put money into things like a great light show and nice accoms.
Our ticket prices will not be that high at least initially.

I'm getting weary of the bar thing, only because of the comprimises you have to make with regards to production. I'm to the stage where it's more important to put on a great show than to make lots of money.

I have no aversion to money but it's more important that I'm proud of the show.
 

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Update


The cast and crew of our little project are all established.


Repertoire is nearly developed.


Name is finalized


Logo 70% developed.


I'll release the name and logo once they're protected.
 

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Randy Bachman talks about that in his biography. He did all the bankrolling in the early days of BTO, and when others went on the road without him, they were surprised to find out that Randy owned all of the logo's and wordmarks. Eventually they toured as "BTO" without Randy, and he kept ownership of "Bachman Turner Overdrive".

I'm looking forward to hearing/seeing your venture. I know or know of most of the key players, and if you guys all keep your eyes on the prize, you'll have a kick-arse presentation. It likely won't be enough to rehearse the material, you'll have to run some serious tech and dress rehearsals of the entire show. I used to love being involved in theatrical presentations in high school. <sigh> (the previous statement is not to be construed as a job application)
Thanks Paul,

Yes I know most of the performers are known to you. There will be one or two musical rehearsals for each singer and one full dress rehearsal, but I've used the technology before and know how to make it work.

The multimedia stuff can be tweaked very effectively on a computer without the projector and screen being set up.

The Audio.....I've been running a tech rehearsal on this for 30 years.

I find that plan, plan, plan, do reduces the amount of rehearsals needed for a successful show.

I'm not taking it lightly though. We'll be ready.
 

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Not that I know anything any better than anybody....from the bits I know from you and from others, the part that I'd be most concerned with is the flow of the show. I have no doubts on the ease of use of visual projection technology over the slide projectors I tried to use in 1982. The audio is pretty much a slam dunk, as long as all the different singers can maintain decent and consistent mic technique. You're a pro, your sound guy is a pro, but your new show will be the biggest and best produced thing in which several of your performers have been involved. Hope for one dress rehearsal, but plan for two.....:smile:

If I am sitting in the audience, (and as I understand it this is more concert/theatre than a club show), from my perspective keeping the pace between songs will matter. Making sure that everybody knows exactly when and how they get on and off stage, and where they move while on stage. Cues and Blocking, if I remember what the stage managers used to yell at me. The late entries and flubbed cues can kill the overall effect of the show. Dead air is deadly.

FWIW, when I think of this project, I waffle between "Wow, I wish I was involved in that!!!" and "Whoa, I'm glad I don't have to do all that!!!"

This can and should be a great production piece, and I really do wish y'all the greatest success.

BTW, didn't Alfalfa and Spanky do the same kinda thing in "The Little Rascals"? The Our Gang Follies of 1936 is the short of which I am thinking.:smile:
Again, this show is an evolutionary step for me. I've had good success with multi band shows and keeping things running smoothly.

A part of the show and one that will help facilitate a smooth flow, is the narration between performers, and also the fact that the band will not be changing. This will be easier to keep flowing than a show with four bands IMO.


As a band we tend to have two guys who can rap to the audience when needs be. I agree, dead air is a no no and it's not something I'll overlook in this case.


I have a copy of the Little Rascals "Our Gang Follies" and watch it often.

I was the kid with the Clothesline curtain productions in my neighborhood.

As for mic technique, I never depend on that. It's a rarity. That's one of the jobs of the soundman (PFL the vocal channel for every singer)


Yes, it will in fact be the biggest production MOST of the singers have been involved in. It's my responsibility to educate them, and to make it an enjoyable experience for them. The best way to do that is to appear confident.

I do have some very capable support both of a technical and musical nature. People are genuinely excited about it and I don't intend to let them down.
 

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Hey Milkman
I'm really lovin' your passion and enthusiasm for this project. I know (from experience) that this kind of a show is no small feat. Good luck with it. Love to see it when it's up and running.

cheers
Pete
 

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Hey Milkman
I'm really lovin' your passion and enthusiasm for this project. I know (from experience) that this kind of a show is no small feat. Good luck with it. Love to see it when it's up and running.

cheers
Pete

Thanks Pete, and for what it's worth, my partner in this is equally driven and passionate about the project.

I don't want to put the cart before the horse but one of the potential outcomes is a limited tour.


I needed something like this to fire me up. It's working.

:rockon:
 
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