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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:18 PM
I have been checking the board over the last week and havent read anything so I am gonna lay it out there myself. I am worried Gregg has lost it. I've seen the bros 9 times this year (beacon, wannee, and this past tour) and Gregg has never been 100%. Sure he has had great moments and even nights vocally but whats going on with his playing. It seems like the only time I ever hear keys is when there is a guest out there. I know he is/was "injured" but even before the "injury" he has not been playing up to the high standards this band holds. He has only been playing rythmically with very little movement on the keys and at a low vloume at that. The 2nd night of Charlotte his vocals were amazing, but in raleigh it wasn't quite the same amount of soul and devotion as charlotte 2nd night. Another thing that I have noticed ALOT lately is Gregg missing his cues as well. I know that they are an improvosational band and I could live with missing cues if he worked his way through it better or if he made up for it through improv keyboard playing but he doesn't do it well. I hate to sound critical because they are still my favorite band, but I am WORRIED that Gregg may be done sooner than expected. I know a lot of athletes and musicians say they would rather go out on top and if they couldn't perform at a cetrtain level would retire. I am worried that Gregg has come to that crossroad. When you think back to 1999 and 2000 w/ Dickey (without getting into it) Wasn't Gregg quoted saying "go back and listen to the f'n tapes"? In my opinion Greggs caliber of playing is much worse now than Dickey's was in 2000 (my opinion). I would hate to see the brothers legacy be tarnished by them hanging on too long. I almost feel like I have started the grieving process now from what I have seen this past year.

Am I the only one that is worried????????

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:21 PM
I wouldn't say I'm worried....just maybe coming to grips with reality.

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:22 PM
Since I missed the Friday Birmingham show (HS football), I was at home watching the Beacon DVD from a few years back. Donna, my sister Cathy, her husband Skip and Linda (Human Jukebox) came home and walked in the den. They all commented on how much better Gregg sounded on that night than on the DVD. I went to the Saturday show and was amazed! I haven't heard Gregg sound that strong in well over 10 years.

I guess it's all about individual perception.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:24 PM
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Since I missed the Friday Birmingham show (HS football), I was at home watching the Beacon DVD from a few years back. Donna, my sister Cathy, her husband Skip and Linda (Human Jukebox) came home and walked in the den. They all commented on how much better Gregg sounded on that night than on the DVD. I went to the Saturday show and was amazed! I haven't heard Gregg sound that strong in well over 10 years.

I guess it's all about individual perception.



He can absolutely still sound amazing and does, but what about his playing?

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:27 PM
I thought he sounded great at Mountain Jam back in early June. However, if he's off on occasion what's the big deal? Not to diminish the importance of the ABB in your life, or to sound like an insensitive **** , but it's only Rock and Roll. While I like enjoy them as much as the next fan, life will go on after the ABB hang it up. I just think we need a little perspective.
 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:27 PM
Maybe his injury was that bad maybe he has not fully recovered

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:29 PM
I don't mean anything derogatory towards Gregg, but his keyboard skills aren't the main thing that he brings to the table. I don't think they ever have been. I certainly think his skills are adequate to the style of music (blues, primarily), but I don't think he has ever been on the same "legendary" scale for keys as Duane was for guitar. His playing is more of a bed for the music (or as he has described, "the gravy on the steak").

No, I'm not worried about Gregg - voice or keyboard skills!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:34 PM
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I wouldn't say I'm worried....just maybe coming to grips with reality.

When it happens, accept it and move on.


 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:40 PM
I will say I was concerned at the Mansfield show because I couldn't hear him and thought they had him turned down for a reason. He did come in early on One Way Out and maybe there was a missed queue during Statesboro.

That being said, I have spent the last 24 hours or so listening to the IL/MunckMusic CD. My concerns were unwarranted because he sounds great and his playing strong: making a perfect "bed for the music" (to borrow Rusty's phrase).


 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:45 PM
Try being in a stadium of 30,000 people when the Grateful Dead are humming along on a sweet I Know You Rider and Jerry Garcia starts to sing the "wish I was a headlight" verse a verse early...talk about trainwrecks!

Just saw Gregg at Red Rocks. Thought he was great. But, hey, the man is 61 and he's put quite a bit of mileage on his body. I'm happy with whatever he can give us.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 12:56 PM
You know, on any given day we can all lay an egg at our jobs. Not a bad thing if you happen to be a hen. Everyday ain't perfect. I've seen and heard Gregg make a mistake (forgetting the words to a song), then turning around and blowing my mind with some tricky keys or that great voice.

At this point in his career, he's still out there doin' it. That's enough for me!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:05 PM
As he himself stated...Gregg doesn't play "attack keys", he puts the gravy on the meat. I never go expecting Chuck-like key-playing. What I always look/listen for is those unmistakable Gregg organ-layers. I prefer them to be high in the mix b/c I think those swells totally define the ABB sound and tend to shoot straight through the heart of the two Gibsons. As far as missed cues...I think that with the improv and the fine line that Derek and Warren walk as far as playing around the melody, it's bound to happen. No big deal, really. I also think Gregg is in fantastic voice lately...how much energy is displayed varies from one night to the next.
 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:06 PM
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Just saw Gregg at Red Rocks. Thought he was great. But, hey, the man is 61 and he's put quite a bit of mileage on his body. I'm happy with whatever he can give us.



Gregg's voice was much stronger this year than last year at Red Rocks. I was very pleased. If you have the Instant Lives of both shows, you can really hear the difference. Last year he was just coming off his treatments for Hep C. It's no wonder he was a bit weak sounding.

I can only hope for the continued health and well-being of the whole band. We do have to realize that at some point, they may retire. I know I'd like to.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:06 PM
i think his voice sounds great right now

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:10 PM
I saw ABB in May and GA & Friends in July and I certainly did not hear anything wrong, either with Gregg's playing or his voice.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:12 PM
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I don't mean anything derogatory towards Gregg, but his keyboard skills aren't the main thing that he brings to the table. I don't think they ever have been. I certainly think his skills are adequate to the style of music (blues, primarily), but I don't think he has ever been on the same "legendary" scale for keys as Duane was for guitar. His playing is more of a bed for the music (or as he has described, "the gravy on the steak").

No, I'm not worried about Gregg - voice or keyboard skills!


Agree. I only go to one or two shows a year -- and for the past few years, have been impressed by Gregg's singing (honestly, i don't ever really notice his key work). Especially this year.

That Beacon DVD? Truthfully, I can barely watch it. To me, Gregg sounds terrible, and it ruins many of the songs, imho. I was SO STOKED to hear them do Change Gonna Come. My goodness it was terrible.

Same for their version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, from the Band Tribute album.

Not to rag on Gregg. For my money he's the greatest, non-soul (old R&B guys) singer of all time, other than maybe Van Morrison. But, he's had his off days for sure. But, I haven't heard any off days at recent shows that I've been to.

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:25 PM
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You know, on any given day we can all lay an egg at our jobs. Not a bad thing if you happen to be a hen. Everyday ain't perfect. I've seen and heard Gregg make a mistake (forgetting the words to a song), then turning around and blowing my mind with some tricky keys or that great voice.

At this point in his career, he's still out there doin' it. That's enough for me!

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:27 PM
This is an old video, but Gregg can bring it when he wants/needs to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlbG9IoYlI

[Edited on 10/15/2009 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:29 PM
Gregg has never been a virtuoso on keys but I feel that within the last year his level of playing has declined. What concerns me the most are the guests on keys playing for Gregg or beside him. As mentioned above, I have also notcied him being turned down or off in the mix alot. It appears to me that his playing has fallen off conisderably and the missed cues are more frequent. I went to the last weekend at the Beacon this year, one of the nights I remember cringing more than twice (and I want to say MANY MANY times) that Gregg missed his cues (sorry to not be more specific but it was the Beacon and I was having a better time than my memory would allow). I want to say it was on One Way Out that he came in wrong 2-3 times on the same song. I know he has put a lot of miles on himself and I couldn't do what he does night to night, but I am staring to wonder if he or the band feels the same.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:32 PM
Good one BDOB, ya beat me to it. Gregg's solos on Stormy Monday and Get On With Your Life aren't too shabby either...

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:38 PM
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This is an old video, but Gregg can bring it when he wants/needs to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlbG9IoYlI

[Edited on 10/15/2009 by BigDaveOnBass]



He sounded great in that video and I can remember him playing at that level (which is still the gravy and not the steak) in the last 15 years but I am affraid that even that level of playing will never be seen again.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 01:47 PM
the only thing that really worried me was the ether.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 02:00 PM
i thought he sounded fine earlier this year at the beacon and jones beach summer show. His keyboards have never been a major part of band IMO, his voice is. His keyboards are fine for what he does in the band. I am happy to see Greg, back and playing after the scare last year.
 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 02:16 PM
I saw the ABB four times this year, the most recent being in early August and besides a couple of small lyric and que issues I thought his vocals and organ playing were just fine. Once in a while Gregg might come in a little early or late with the vocals but his voice has sounded stronger than it has the last couple of years IMO. I am not worried at all from what I have seen.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2009 at 02:16 PM
Hey there sweet family,

I'm happy that Gregory is feeling fine and playing well ... and that he has a whole lot more "gravy" to dish up for y'all soon.

Take care and know that you are loved,

Lana

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