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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 10:47 AM
Last month I attended the Aerosmith homecoming show in Boston. It was a kick a$$, good old American rock and roll concert. The venue's roof is probably lost in the bay because they certainly blew the fu(king thing off when the opened the show with "Back in the Saddle". Mr. Tyler's pipes are definitely in working order.

Anyway... I got VIP tickets as a gift. During a meet and greet with the band, I asked Brad Whitford for his opinion on Duane Allman's legacy. His response was a sad drawn out sigh as he sat down on the stage. The previous questions from other folks were pretty lame, so I think my question caught him off guard. He made some comments on Duane's amazing talent and contribution to music. He spoke from the heart and sounded very sad talking about Duane. Honestly, I felt a little guilty about asking the question, maybe I should have worded it differently.

After commenting on Duane he changed topics and went on to sing praises for Derek Trucks. Said he is the best guitarist around these days. When he started talking about Derek, his face lit up. After talking about Derek, we went on bantering for several minutes, just like we were old friends. It was pretty cool to make a connection with him, but doing so in front of a couple hundred people was a little unnerving. At the end of our conversation he said he hope to see me in Atlanta.

Just wanted to share a nice experience.


 
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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 12:11 PM
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Last month I attended the Aerosmith homecoming show in Boston. It was a kick a$$, good old American rock and roll concert. The venue's roof is probably lost in the bay because they certainly blew the fu(king thing off when the opened the show with "Back in the Saddle". Mr. Tyler's pipes are definitely in working order.

Anyway... I got VIP tickets as a gift. During a meet and greet with the band, I asked Brad Whitford for his opinion on Duane Allman's legacy. His response was a sad drawn out sigh as he sat down on the stage. The previous questions from other folks were pretty lame, so I think my question caught him off guard. He made some comments on Duane's amazing talent and contribution to music. He spoke from the heart and sounded very sad talking about Duane. Honestly, I felt a little guilty about asking the question, maybe I should have worded it differently.

After commenting on Duane he changed topics and went on to sing praises for Derek Trucks. Said he is the best guitarist around these days. When he started talking about Derek, his face lit up. After talking about Derek, we went on bantering for several minutes, just like we were old friends. It was pretty cool to make a connection with him, but doing so in front of a couple hundred people was a little unnerving. At the end of our conversation he said he hope to see me in Atlanta.

Just wanted to share a nice experience.




Thanks for sharing. I've met a lot of rockers over the years and after a show it seems that very few are genuinely interested in talking with fans in length or depth after a show. One of the exceptions to that rule for me was Alison Krauss who might have chatted for hours had someone not literally dragged her toward the bus.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 12:30 PM
Interesting comment by Brad considering the band he's in....I know he's guested in the Mule Years Eve runs a few times

 

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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 05:38 PM
yeh..I understand..nice of Brad to recognize him..acknowledging the differences in genres.also thought it was pretty cool to acknowledge Derek in the same Breadth as Duane & aware of him to do so.And yeh,his acknowledgement was appropriate on Duane...A Legend lost Wayyy before his Time.... Those who never experienced him lost out in a Great way.
 

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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 08:48 PM
That's cool. Nice to interact with the willing ones when you can. Never had any real VIP access for any band, but damn if SRV was not the most accessible and friendly musician I have ever met. What a good dude. He was and is my favorite musician.
 

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  posted on 8/8/2014 at 09:07 PM
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Interesting comment by Brad considering the band he's in....I know he's guested in the Mule Years Eve runs a few times




he also played at an xmas jam one year if i remember correctly.........

 

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  posted on 8/9/2014 at 09:46 AM
Thanks for the comments. It was really nice to be able to interact as we did. Tom Hamilton was also very personable (maybe even shy in some ways) and very happy to talk with fans. If I remember correctly (beer and things were kicking by this time...) he was having such a good time they had to yank him off the stage. LMAO. Slash with Myles Kennedy opened the show and Slash also made a guest appearance. This line up did an amazing job with some Guns n' Roses tunes. I saw GNR in their prime. Those are some big shoes to fill, but I was very impressed with Slash and Myles Kennedy. The big surprise was when Johnny Depp walked on stage for a guest appearance. They really tore it up.

Though... nothing will ever top The Allman Brothers show I was at in Atlanta on 10/11/2008. That was a religious experience for me. Blew my mind.

 
 


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