The plot is thickening.
Looks like we are practically a co-host band for this biker rally here in Corpus Christi.
We are on an outside Festival stage on Friday at 3PM for 90 Min.
That sounds like we are kicking it off.
At 6:30 on Sat we open for Pat Travers who is followed by Molly Hatchet.
It sounds like it is early enough for us that I can stage the entire two stacks of Genz Benz NeoX cabinets.
I am beginning to wish that I had 2 more 212 cabinets instead of the 4 112's.
The decision has been made that we are going to perform all of the originals of the Band. If the leader can adjust to the new players updating the sound of his aging originals, and stop using the F-Bomb and M-Fing everyone all the time, we might be able to make an impression.
He knows this already. But it might be the major impasse to moving us forward.
There is so much more that we do than his originals, the way we revisit the Classic Rock tunes we play, that I believe make the band most impressive.
Hoping for Management, Bookings, Regional Tour Legs, and a Front-Man to come from this level of exposure.
Taking lyrics from the Guitarist will considerably aid the lyrical accuracy and vocal presentation to reach the A-List that I am aiming for.
We really need more significant gigs, shorter (unless we get a lead singer), and definitely better paying gigs.
Personnel issues are difficult enough with 3 people. An Ego of another Star in the form of a Front-Man will be challenging.
If I get noticed by Management or a Band and later approached...if something opens up for only me, well that takes care of a whole lot of challenges and the gnawing issues.
We then have a Sunday Gig at the Rally outside for another 90 min. as well.
VENUE SIDE NOTE:
We are at the same location on Sunday in the Convention Exhibition Center at an event called "Best of the Best".
A free gig that might make us some good contacts.
Seeing that the day job might keep me connected into Corpus until the first of the year, I can accept the idea of private parties and places where people do want to hear us, as the people in Corpus do not even applaud for Judas Priest and Steel Panther.
Meanwhile my effort to make some money on the merchandising of the Band is stalled.
Apparently, my first product idea has scared the owner of the band name.
If he wants a cohesive band, I cannot see a better thing for him to do than to open up the Merchandising to the other members so that they can increase their cash flow as well.
A. If I buy more of a product that he already has, then when am I going to get paid for my investment? He cannot take money out of his pocket on his up front sales.
B I cannot expect him to pay for a product that he did not intend to stock or sell. Then I am just another vendor leeching his resources.
C. If I give him money for the product that he has...then I become an instant investor. That might well work. It seems to be the only way in.
If he is not going to let me in, even despite a large commitment like driving back and forth 6 hours a week to perform...well I will then understand the business plan is not viable.
When do you finally open up the Business of the Band to make it an economically viable way of life for everyone in the group, and thus create a stronger economic bond for the group?
Is he going to shoulder all of the investment cost of merchandising and then give the band members money for creating the value in the name of the Band that then drives the sales?
Does he really think that performances have nothing to do with people buying a product with the Band's Name on it?
Wednesday - was feeling things not right in this world. I was right. In a meeting, which went well, I learned that someone who knew the band from over a year ago did not like the new sound. It rattled the leader.
I said that if they have not been around for a year, then they really are not a supporter of your work are they?
He had some comments on my backing vocals. I thought I had them down on the song complained of, and did not stop playing as claimed. I offered to not do any at all. That was not accepted, there were some songs he likes, so this is clearly not an ego thing at all. BUT somebody is working on his confidence in his business choices in working with me.
People have said, and I noticed before I joined this group, that it was not even a B Act. The guitarist could not carry the Stage and music on his own, drummer being excellent aside. They did not suck, they were just not a good band. Guitar will not carry it.
I knew I could bring a lot to the music, and as I told him in the Business Meeting, I am committed to make each of my performances "A-List".
He thought I was fighting the drummer in someway in performances.
I said vocal, arrangement, and timing issues can only be solved with one thing - rehearsal, which we are not doing.
I am committed for rehearsals, but the drummer is not.
Tension, well the drummer:
I. drinks and wants to start fights. I speak my mind plainly as a gentleman and then move on;
II. is dropping beats and not coming in on time, nor in proper meter;
III. barely makes the gigs, he always calls me for a ride when I am trying to be early.
IV. is never available to rehearse.
Ironic thing is that he is the one that thinks he should be playing big shows.
I guess he is meeting with the guitar player and throwing me under the bus somehow.
I know that he knows that I see his weakness in his performances.
I have politely let the guitarist know that I recognize the weakness in his Lyrics, meter, which are overshadowed by his showmanship and solos.
After 10 months, we are to B-List.
The prior 2 weeks at an Open Mic we host, I was called "Amazing" by people who do not know me. That is what I hang my hat on.
G-D, please send me another opportunity that does not have so much work involved that I cannot even discuss with the Group. Work is not the problem, but that there is no means of discussing it, and no plan to expand my participation in the entire opportunity.
I have to lose this day job.
Time to prep for tonight, and give another A-List performance.