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  posted on 6/7/2002 at 09:58 PM
I HAVE BEEN WATCHING A VIDEO OF LAST YEARS BEACON RUN AND POPPER ADDS SO MUCH TO THE OVERALL SOUND.. AND THEY SEEM TO REALLY STREACH OUT SOME ON THE SHORTER SONGS....HE JUST BLOWS YOU DON'T LOVE ME AND STATESBORO BLUES AWAY...JUST A THOUGHT
 
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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 08:54 AM
Just my opinion, but I would rather slide down a 50 foot razor blade into a vat of alcohol than be subjected to John Popper playing every night, every song with the ABB. He gets on my nerves real bad. Tooooo many notes. Your milage may vary.

 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 09:32 AM
must agree w/goliath. love the bluesy harp, but please stay in the lower register and hit the high notes once and a while, ala little walter. popper's got mad skills, but do get tired of the nonstop, upper register riffing. take a cue from stevie wonder, use that stuff sparingly for maximum effect. less is definitely more. also, BT could really use some guitar solos and a keyboard player.

just another opinion...

 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 09:33 AM
WAY too many notes!
 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 02:20 PM
Man, adding Popper would be great. He has revolutionized the harp playing in this century. He plays that thing like a lead guitarist. I say bring him on.

 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 02:48 PM
The band seems to enjoy having him around...anything that changes things up is usually good. By the way, Blues Traveler has a keyboard player now, they added him in when they picked up their new bass player.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 09:35 AM
I don't mind him sitting in, but if they are gonna hire someone full time, I vote for Chuck Leavell.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 09:59 AM
Why not both?

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 10:25 AM
C'mon

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You

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Clay.

I wish you success with your male bonding.

Oh, and John Popper is not my cup of tea. I am not that up on him, but he is the large harp player with the high pitched voice, the hat, etc. I especially do not like his voice.

I say if Chuck Leavell is good enough to keep getting hired to play with the Stones, then he is good enough to play with the latest incarnation of the abb.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 10:27 AM
To get a taste of a full-time John Popper, try the Frogwings CD "Croakin' at Toad's" I think even his detractors will find that he CAN fit in well and not seem so "out front" as he does with Blues Traveler..

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 10:30 AM
Also, this last week I was listening to an 89 abb show and also a 1988 Dickey show, both with Johnny Neel.

Johnny Neel can really project with some of the clearest and strongest vocals that I have heard. He is, or was, also amazing on the keyboards. I realize Johnny can be somewhat of a ham for attention, but I don't question his skill.

I also have a show with Bruce Hornsby on keyboards. Good keyboard work really adds to the mix in an abb performance.

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 11:55 AM
Popper in ABB. NO WAY!
 
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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 12:16 PM
I have to agree, bocat. I think it's cool he sits in once in awhile, but that harmonica would get on my nerves if it was in every song.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 01:45 PM
I also wouldn't want a full-time harmonica in the band. However, Mr. Popper does know when to ease off the gas where he should.

 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 07:52 PM
I've got a half dozen Blues Traveler CD's and like the band quite a bit, but there are some songs where he does get overbearing on the harp. It can get on your nerves a bit, however, I think John has a beautiful voice. I wouldn't want to see him as a full time Allman Brother though. I'd rather see or hear him with Blues Traveler...
 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 10:27 PM
popper in the abb..get a f*#king grip!
 

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  posted on 6/9/2002 at 10:39 PM
AT this point why even think about anyone else in the band. Derek and Warren's leads are enough, no interest in anyone taking up more time with another lead that gives the boys less time to wail.
We dont need no body else..cool to have MArc FOrd etc sit in for a song but no mas.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 05:49 AM
Why not both?

Well, I prefer someone like William Howze (sp) on harp to Popper, although I think Popper has amazing technique, he is just a bit notey for me. Give me Howze, or Toots, or Norton Buffalo anyday on harp. As they will not hire a harmonica player anyway, the point is moot. Also, alas, the ABB could never offer Chuck the the kind of money the Stones pay him, but it sure would be nice to hear him every night in the band.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 06:54 AM
Goliath--You talking about the incredible Toots Thielman(SP?)? I actually own one of his recordings.
 
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I would leave it the way it is now. I hated Popper's vocals (voice to high)..but with Frogwings I think he did better. But I do not care for his Harmonica playing....not to say he's not great..just to much for me....but I like a Harmonica sound like 'Magic" Dick did with J-Geils Band in their early years..not that radio crap.

The frequent guest on stage is the best.

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 08:39 AM
I think their energy would be better spent finding a way to reconcile with Dickey first. The band is great, but will never be as enormous without him.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 09:01 AM
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I think their energy would be better spent finding a way to reconcile with Dickey first. The band is great, but will never be as enormous without him.



To me...The Band was sounding tired and old right before Dickey was gone...plus Dickey's playing was not up to par. I would much rather see the current group as opposed to that.

All of the above is my own opinion..which means nothing..and don't take it as I dislike Dickey...because I have always Loved the guys music with and without the band...it hurts me to say I feel he was not playing as good as he has before.

Even when I seen his band at the Roxy...he was brilliant at times and badly off key at some points. It's like I want to deny it..but it was there...and others felt the same way. But I'm not downing him...believe that. Gregg was sounding tired and old himself..but has rebounded..and I hope Dickey does too. I would love to see him with them on the stage again, playing hard and being happy....I miss it too....really.

And I do believe that somewhere one day..he will walk back out on that stage with them...but maybe it's just wishfull thinking.

But I feel the band is as tight as it's ever been at this time.

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 09:18 AM
Amen Kenny
 

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  posted on 6/10/2002 at 09:29 AM
Yeah . . . I agree with the general sentiment here . . . Popper is like a good hot sauce, a little bit on a few things every now and then is just perfect, you don't put it on everything all the time.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2002 at 07:58 AM
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Goliath--You talking about the incredible Toots Thielman(SP?)? I actually own one of his recordings.



Dale, thats the one. He really is incredible.

You don't have to play so many notes, if you just get what each note brings....

 

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