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Steve Haynie

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  1. I remember the earliest Chinese Hamers were nice guitars for their price range.
  2. I remember that Ingram got the paperwork in on renewing a trademark or something before a band manager could do that. In the beginning the original band got a bad deal. Their manager got 50% of what they made. That meant six guys split the other 50%. When Danny Joe Brown left there were a couple of crew members we got to recognize, so we asked what happened. It was DJB's cousin who said that the split was over band management.
  3. I remember Steve Holland with a Strat more than any other guitar. For Steve Holland to stand out in the mix that Strat was a good idea. If you think about it, Lynyrd Skynyrd was two Gibsons and a Strat. Ed King and Steve Gaines played Strats although there are photos of them with Les Pauls. I would love to know Steve Holland's opinion on the current version of Molly Hatchet.
  4. The Hot Club of Cowtown may have toured somewhere nearby, and I missed them. I want to see them one day. Dig that old time electric guitar tone!
  5. Lynyrd Skynyrd made too much money to shut down. In 1987 they got back together and called themselves a tribute band. When I got to see them in 1988 they were telling the audience, "This is not Lynyrd Skynyrd. We are just a tribute band." Five people at the time were in the pre-crash version of the band. It sure did feel like Lynyrd Skynyrd. Judy Van Zant was OK with them using the name as long as two original members were in the band. Rick Medlocke was in the band prior to the first album, so that is how the band keeps going on. I liked Super-Skynyrd when Medlocke and Hughie Thomasson were brought in. It was the Southern Rock supergroup. I have no idea how much money they made, but Hughie left to reform The Outlaws, and that made me happy. Skynyrd went through more line up changes as other members died. Gary would not have anything to do with Ed King or Artemus Pyle. A blunder, in my opinion, is having Johnny Colt with his crazy hat thing going on. Is he supposed to be doing a parody or a mockery of Leon Wilkeson? What was lovingly called a tribute act by the band 33 years ago is now something we deride as a tribute act. Rick Medlocke broke up Blackfoot, then restarted with an entirely new band within a year. Sometime in the 2000s he let the other original members use the name, and as much as it would have been nice to see them it just would not be the same without Rick as the front man. Now there are a bunch of young guys with no connection to the past doing shows as Blackfoot with occasional appearances by Rick Medlocke. The new guys are playing original music with old Blackfoot songs mixed in. For those of us who were blown away by the original band the idea of anyone else performing under the name Blackfoot seems wrong. They are half tribute act and half a new band. There was one opportunity to see Gator Country in the early 2000s, the band with Duane Roland, Jimmy Farrar, Riff West, Bruce Crump, Steve Holland, and a new guy named Linni Disse. That was the closest to a reunion of the 1981-82 era Molly Hatchet line-up aside from the one-off fundraiser show for Danny Joe Brown. Something kept me from going to the show, or it might have happened before I found out about it. I did order the live CD they put out. They were more Molly Hatchet than the official Molly Hatchet. Bobby Ingram and John Galvin were in the Danny Joe Brown band, and I saw them opening for Blackfoot one year. When Danny Joe Brown went back to Molly Hatchet, Ingram and Galvin went with him and continued until the band broke up. Today they play as a four piece band with a singer in front of them. One of the things that bothers me is that Bobby Ingram plays all the guitar parts. There are no trade-offs of solos. He plays the solos as they were recorded, not his own improvisation. The character of the different styles and voices of the original three guitar players is melded into one guy. Harmonies are played on a keyboard. The name of Molly Hatchet lives on, but the presentation is all wrong. I can understand that bands take on a life of their own. Members leave or die off. There is a tour with The Drifters, The Platters, and The Coasters, and no one should expect them to have many or any original members. The names of those groups are marketable entities. Our favorite bands are becoming the same.
  6. Molly Hatchet put out their first album with a lot of hype and got to ride the post Skynyrd plane crash wave that boosted the Southern Rock bands at the end of the 70s. The story that Ronnie Van Zant was going to produce their debut album was something to get attention. That was the tease. The Frazetta album cover was nothing new. I had seen the image before, but it was part of what made the album cool. Molly Hatchet was a hard rock band with a southern accent. They sounded nothing like Lynyrd Skynyrd, but they fit in nicely with Blackfoot. The music was heavy with lots of guitars. When that first album came out I immediately loved it and played it over and over. The keyboard player on that album, Jai Winding, was the same guy that was on Cheap Trick's Heaven Tonight album. Both albums had the same producer, Tom Werman. The timing of those releases was at a time when I was learning fast about a lot of bands, but Molly Hatchet was one of those bands I could say I followed from the beginning. Steve Holland was credited with arranging Dreams I'll Never See, but it sounds more like a cover of Buddy Miles' version with better and longer guitar solos. All three of the guys took a turn on that song. My friends saw Molly Hatchet when the first album was the only one out, and they met band members after the show. The only one that did not want anything to do with them was Banner Thomas. The next time they came around was within a couple weeks of the release of Flirtin' With Disaster, and I was there on front row. Dave Hlubek gave me a guitar pick. The second album was the perfect follow up to the first album. I saw Molly Hatchet through every iteration until they fell apart about eight years later. For those first few years the band was important to me, then it became a good memory. In the last couple of years there was an opportunity to see Molly Hatchet which is now down to one guitar player. Even though two members were there at the end of the original run, the band is not the same. Youtube videos make me cringe, not because of the playing, but because of the way the band has become a tribute to itself. A good local band could have three guitars blazing away and smoke the current version of Molly Hatchet.
  7. In one of the reissue CD booklets there is a photo of Steve Holland with a Hamer Sunburst.
  8. I do not have any cases with 45 year old foam. How does that hold up over the years? Are all of them going to get crumbly one day? A banjo case of mine from the 70s is made of sort of particle board type of material that disintegrated around the hinge screws. A 50s archtop guitar case that was mine for a while was lined with brown felt with a little padding that did not feel like foam.
  9. Molly Hatchet, Molly Hatchet, Molly Hatchet... That was high school.
  10. A couple of years ago there was a guy at a Cloven Hoof show in Asheville wearing a Helloween shirt he got at their NYC show a week or so earlier. He was the one everyone wanted to talk to because we all wanted to see Helloween, too.
  11. A friend made something to age plastic parts. He burned a lot of tobacco in something that kept the smoke inside. The plastic would get an amber stain that would not go away.
  12. Within the premise of this thread there is a business opportunity for KISS. What would someone pay to be Tommy Thayer for an evening? Seriously. They sell stage played guitars for $5000. Pay in advance. The guitar or bass gets used on one song, autographed, and handed to you after the show. Gene has been doing private events in fans' homes for $50,000 if you bought his Vault set. Paul Stanley has been one of those coaches at Rock and Roll Fantasy camps where he jammed with with his classroom attendees who paid $6000 or so plus their travel expenses. So, to live out the fantasy of being in KISS on stage in front of 10,000 to 15,000 people, what would someone pay? Just prove you can play your parts, and you get to play Let Me Go Rock 'n' Roll. Some millionaire payed millions to go into space via the Russian space program. Tom Cruise spent half a million on his now ex-wife's birthday party a few years ago. What is Gene Simmons' price to get to play one song at his show?
  13. The skin on those guys in Lordi is a living testament to why bands should stay away from groupies. You can catch anything from them.
  14. Is his life story or his playing more interesting?
  15. No, bubs has tried it all. His service is free, but you could always contribute to his "fill the rabbit hole" fund and still come out ahead. Your rabbit hole will not be as deep.
  16. That sounds like a record company level recording. Is the band on a label? Is that Justin Beiber on drums?
  17. Just wait for a korina Junior to pop up. It will be more expensive, but you will have korina!
  18. One of my old bands had everything we needed to go somewhere if we had pushed ourselves. Since we are talking about a fantasy band anyway, that one band from my past is the one I choose for this reason: We would have accomplished things on our own as a band and individual players. That would feel better than playing with my heroes. Instead of trying to meet them they would want to meet me.
  19. Let's turn the direction of this thread again. Homeschooling is not just books. Take the kids somewhere like a field trip. Have them read up on something really cool that can relate to what they are supposed to be learning. Have some really weird science experiments just short of the dangerous stuff on youtube. Music lessons are part of a well rounded education, too. Physical Education is important, too. Yard work can be fun if you call it phys ed.
  20. That is a distraction from the real argument of whether a bass player who uses a pick is a real bass player or not.
  21. This is interesting. Every part of Metallica's One is played on a bass.
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