September 1, 2006

Memory lane

Richard Marx

So last night we went to see Richard Marx at the Capitol. Yeah…I know what you’re thinking but that’s ok, I’m not afraid to say that I’m a fan and have been for a long time!

Yes it’s true I like his voice and his songs, but what I really like is his production and studio band. He always uses the cream of the session muso pool including;

  • Michael Thompson
  • Michael Landau
  • Bruce Gaitsch
  • John Moffet
  • Lee Sklar
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Steve Lukather

Phew…that’s quite a list! All of those players above (and many more) I LOVE and would travel miles to see at a gig, if they were to come out to Sydney which is unlikely. The great thing about using guys like this is that you get A-grade quality in touch, tone and taste. Truly memorable parts from the guitar/bass to the kit.

Opening the night was local boy Rick Price which was fantastic (yeah I’m a fan of his as well!). Rick hasn’t been around (commercially) in this country for a while and I’ve never seen him live. His performance was pretty special, just him and his acoustic guitar. It must be daunting to be in a situation where you’re an opening act and it’s just you…no loud band to hide behind. I think he really pulled it off, nice one Rick :)

Monsieur Marx’ tour was heralded as the ‘Greatest Hits’ tour, so as to be expected he played pretty much all the songs you’d know from him. Somebody I was with (and I bet a few others) kept saying “I didn’t know he did that!” and the end which was satisfying for me to hear.

The band was quite good although (typically) I would have liked a different guitarist. It didn’t help that the sound guy buried him in the mix for the first few songs :(

I’d give it a 7 out of 10, I really liked it but it just didn’t have that ‘special’ something to give it an 8 or 9.

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