[Dixielandjazz] The "joys" of being a bandleader and star singer
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Tue Mar 16 16:48:04 PST 2004
In a message dated 3/16/04 1:22:16 PM Pacific Standard Time, stridepiano
> I visited this site, clicked on the Anka icon and waited ten - yes ten -
> minutes for something to download with no result. I'll just have to live
> without Mr. Anka's pearls of wisdom.
> John Farrell
So did I John:
The site came up but not the audio,
Then I did a google search on my Macintosh and it came right up with the
audio, it indeed shows the gross unprofessionalism of many formerly working
musicians, who spend 90% of their time trying to get a good gig and the other 10%
trying their damndest to get fired from it.
Sidemen are indeed a strange and fickle lot seems all over the world.
Anka has a uniformed show because he puts on a class entertainment show for
folks who pay a lot of money to see and hear him and likes his band to look
sharp for the visual appeal not to mention the television coverage.
Apparently some of his guys showed up for a show in T-shirts and burmuda
shorts, and he gave them a royal ass chewing, as well as the conductor who allowed
them on the bandstand.
It went on and on about other problems in the show like the guys not
watching him for the cues or paying attention to the conductor either, tells them he
will be quick to fire them all if it happens again and they don't shape up
and follow directions.
He laments about how well he pays them and asks them if they like the fact
that their pay checks all cash for the amount on them every time, and then rants
on about how he pays them well for thier services and he feels he is damned
( no F&^%%% sure) he is entitled top get high caliber professional courtesy
and service from them and if not he will fire the lot of them on the spot. (
Do you F$^&(^$g understand Me?) I bought you guys those F*(*&^##g Shirts
and you will wear the F%%%g Shirts, that's just the F&$#*g Way it is etc. etc.
We must remember that Paul Anka came fromt he same cut of Stars that were
popular in thier era of the Frank Sinatra ilk who hung out with some pretty
heavy people of Italian descent and who were very powerful in the Entertainment
business, particularly in Las Vegas where they worked the most..
Most sidemen are never happy and never think they make enough money or get
recognition for their greatness by any bandleader they work for much less the
Star Singer who the folks are paying to see and hear.
I have had guys who dreamed and begged to go on the road and play with my
groups,and finally get a spot on the tour and can't handle the pressure of
travelling and getting along with 8 to 12 other people day in and day out. Some
of these guys just snap and get up and leave without even getting their
transportation ticket home or ask for their pay. It does not matter how much money
they are being paid either, the expensive ones will do it even faster than the
lower paid newcomers. Many of them will try it no matter about the money
or the consequences it might have on the rest of the band members depending
upon them to complete a tour so they all get paid and invited back to play again
in the future.
It never ceases to amaze me how it seems to run throughtout the live music
business, these type guys just have no idea that they are hired to work just
like any other profession and the boss gets to ask you to do it his way because
he is paying you to do it that way.
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