-Hey people-we hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! CAROLINE BLUE performed at Schultzies Friday night and we have the pics to prove it! Check out LIVE PICS 2006-2010 & the new additions to CB’s FANS, FRIENDS & FREAKS. The band wants to give a big thanks to the Schultzies organization for having them there & treating them good-as well as a huge thanks to everyone who was here this night.
Please note-CAROLINE BLUE’s show @ Club W in Buffalo on 12/5/08 has been cancelled! CB’s next show will be at Jake’s Grub & Grog in Brewerton, NY. Keep rockin!
*READ WWJ’s SHOW RECAP IN THE FIRST COMMENT BELOW*
-Here’s a recap of our 1st CB only show @ Schultzies in Phoenix,NY last Friday! The set list we did this night was as follows……
-Get The Fuck Out (Skid Row)
-For Whom the Bells Toll (Metallica)
-Dead or Alive
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-Slave to the Hourglass
-You’ve Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-I’ve Seen the Light Tonight
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Scars (Papa Roach)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Love Gun (KISS)
-Wicked Game (HIM)
-Breaking the Chains (Dokken)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Far Away From Home
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Won’t Be Home Tonight
-Our Love is Wasted
-The Queen of Pleasure
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Locked & Loaded (Halford)
-Damn, that’s a lot of songs! As you can see, we added some more covers into our list. “Scars” was the MVP out of those. We’ve got some more to add as well-just to make sure we can rotate stuff around. The main reason though, is for situations where we have to play the whole night ourselves. We want to make sure that we’re ready.
-When looking at the pics, you might notice that I’m playing a different guitar. That strat actually belongs to Doc. My main red Ibanez had rusting problems w/ the floyd rose tremelo and I don’t want that happening again. The Iceman I was using is cool, but I’ve had to play that Chinese song “Tu-ning” too much the last couple of shows. Course, this night, I guess the rest of my gear wanted to have the same attention. I had problems with my amp & pedals (more from the later) thru out the night. The neck of the strat was different, but I made due. Course, I broke a string on it towards the end of the 1st set. Luckily the “doctor” was in the house to get it in playing shape in no time.
-Overall, I think we did OK. Some of the newer songs probably could’ve used some more time in the oven, but we did OK with them. I don’t believe we had anything really bad happen up there. We didn’t have a big crowd this night, but what was lacking in numbers was more than made up by enthusiasm. I think this is the 1st time a mosh has started during “Far Away From Away.” On the same song, unfortunately-at the end-my voice cracked like a whip. I already mentioned that “Scars” went over good-as did “Enter Sandman”. Our stage volume was very loud though. Or I should at least say the drums & bass were-IMHO. If I moved over this “line” onstage, I was totally drown out. I’m so glad I have earplugs in. Maybe I’m just getting old…..
-I have to mention something you might find interesting. Last year, we weren’t playing as many shows as we are now. There were a number of reasons for this such as availability of all the members (at that time) to do multiple shows. We were also performing mostly original material-if not all originals-while wearing the leather and stuff. The thing is, where we play-CNY-is a place where the cover bands reign. And I understand why that is. For our style of music, originals are very hard to reach people. So that’s when I came up with the idea of having almost 2 different bands going. The “A” shows are like before-where we do almost all, if not all, originals with the outfits and whatnot. The “B” shows are where we do 50/50 covers/originals and just wear normal clothing. And so far, things are working with it. Basically it’s the “bring them in with covers & hook them w/ originals” approach. The clubs seem more receptive to us doing this and we need places to play so we’re giving this a shot. Part of this too also involved some criticism that I was getting about the way I moved on stage and how that was “turning people off” to our music. Note-I’m not the only one this applied to-a number of others who do the same kind of moves get raged just as much, if not more, than me. So I thought I’d try toning it down alittle bit. I have to admit, it’s easier to concentrate on playing/singing if you don’t add jumping around in the mix. The tradeoff, IMHO, is when I watch a video playback. It’s kinda boring to watch musicians stand like trees onstage. There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. In addition, it’s been mentioned several times that I shouldn’t try to sing so high so, again, I gave it a shot-even with singing “Our Love is Wasted” an octave lower-just to hear what it would sound like.
-With some of our past shows, however, we’ve been told by the crowd to play more originals. This night, we had the “Sizzler” cry out for “Mine,Mine,Mine”-and I was encouraged by people in the crowd to move more-so I just did what I normally do. And it went over well. In fact, we had a few people jump up onstage-one to help me sing the chorus and a lady who was doing some dancing to it. For me, there are few things that can match seeing/hearing people being receptive to our original music. This was definitely a highlight of the night for me. Course, certain people still have to learn how to start this song properly (HA!). And it was nice for us to get an encore at the end of the night as well.
-Another note, even though we do a number of KISS songs and we did a Tribute to KISS on Halloween, we are NOT a KISS Tribute band! One guy said that we were and was requesting us to do “Heaven’s on Fire” We haven’t touched that song since 10/31 so we didn’t do it. However, when a lady asked us to do “Beth” I did a solo acappella version of it-but we’re still not a KISS Tribute band. We can take requests-if we know the song.
-A little history here. One of the guys in the crowd tonight was DJJ-also known as J. Hatch. I was in a band w/ him back in the early 90’s called FRONT ROW. We were a writing team back then-he’d come up with lyrics and I’d come up with the music. That’s what happened with “Hard Life”,”Too Late”, & “Mine,Mine,Mine”.
Good to see you & the wife out J!
-I almost forgot to mention one thing-cause the tape on the camcorder ran out, unfortunately-that happened when we closed the 1st set w/ “Rock & Roll All Nite”. The crowd here got up front and was singing the chorus with us. So I took my mic stand and swung it over to them so they could sing it. When it came back to me, the mic was off the stand and the 2nd verse was starting. So picture me onstage singing the 2nd verse, while trying to play the guitar part with one hand and putting the mic back in the holder with the other. Wish this was on tape! At one point, the mic stand was so low, I had to drop to one knee to sing-till the mic stand got adjusted (thanks Brian!).
-Btw, check out the pics below-one is from our show at The Checkpoint Tavern and the other is from tonight.
Could this be the new trend happening at CAROLINE BLUE shows? 🙂