Monday, July 17, 2017

Jukebox Monday Night

Going to City Winery tonight to see the great Max Weinberg doing...well, read the official description.

Fresh off the hugely successful The River Tour 2016-2017 of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band—where the group played 89 concerts nearly four hours long each night in 15 countries...Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer Max Weinberg announces a new touring concept for the small venue—“Max Weinberg’s Jukebox”.

A truly interactive experience, Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll your guests get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs-- everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play ‘em the way they want to hear them played!

That’s right—the crowd gets to yell out their choices and Max plays them!

In the words of the immortal Edith Prickley...

...could be a hot one!!!

P.S.: In case you're wondering where Max learned how to do this stuff...

And I strongly urge you to watch the above in full-screen with the volume cranked.


Sal Nunziato said...

My day should NOT peak at 9:50AM. Nowhere to go from here. Such joy!!!

Anonymous said...

So it's basically Max Weinberg with The Weeklings? Sounds like a fun show. And who knows who might show up? Maybe other ex-Beatlemania and Styx stars.

Not a fan of The Butt. So it pains me a bit to say this Chuck Berry cover is pretty darned good. Especially since they hadn't played it "live" in four years. But you can't tell me this wasn't rehearsed.

If you like this sort of shit, there is a DVD out called 31 Shots on Apocalypse Sound. It features that many pro-shot video performances from the 2012-2013 tour. Also, the full Leipzig show, from whence this exemplary track originated, is featured from a more atmospheric and stellar audience source on the bootleg, "You Never Can Tell" on Godfather Records.

Have fun at the show tonight. Pick something off the menu. Make those fuckers fly by the seat of their pants.


Jim G said...

Usually these Bruce requests turn out to be a mess, but this one was really good, love the Nawlins section. Well done.

Ken J Xenozar said...

Not to pick a fight Vickie, but I don't think it was rehearsed. But I guarantee you everyone had played it before. And this Chuck Berry song is particularly simple - basically 2 chords (plus an occasional 7th). And they are all crack musicians. As Bruce prepped them, they only tough part is the melody.

As I was watching, I thought - "is the guy on trumpet with the plunger mute the same as my dixieland video?". I shot this down in New Orleans years ago. It ain't powerpop, but it is good music. Oddly - I later learned most of these players were European.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ken. Yeah it's a simple song. But the tip-off is that his guitar tech hands him just the guitar and capo he needs a second after he mentions it. There is no way he could have had it ready that fast. The bit about finding the right key is just that, "a bit." And, not accidentally, Reuters wrote a fricking article hyping it. And then they cleaned it all up and gave it a spiffy mix in post-production and put it on The Butt's youtube channel.

Nevertheless, it's still a great performance. Even if they don't drive the shuffle like a locomotive. I always liked the New Orleans cajun feel of this one. Berry's lyrics are superb.


Anonymous said...

Hello, please remain seated,

Ya gotta admit, he went into the right line of work.


Ken J Xenozar said...

OK VR, I concede. A good guitar tech "might" have the capo in the right fret listening to the conversation. But you are probably right - it is more likely a stagecraft bit - a slight of hand and sound... Hey, the guy knows how to put on a show...

And for the record, I am not a diehard fan. But every time I see a clip like this, I believe a little more.