Charlie O. wrote:Jeemo wrote:Greg Lake - Songs of A Lifetime. Worst gig ever.
Not that I was a fan, but you've piqued my curiosity. What made it so outstandingly awful?
Bearing in mind that growing up I was a huge ELP fan and I never saw them live as a group. I'd seen both Emerson and Palmer live solo, and enjoyed the gigs. Emerson was a bit past his prime and couldn't play the way he used to but was still trying to play as fast, it was a bit sloppy. Palmer was fantastic, small venue no frills, no ego either which surprised me a bit and came across as just a guy loving to play the drums.
So I was going with years of goodwill and my teenage self well to the fore, looking forward to the gig. It was billed as Songs of A Lifetime and part of that would be a conversation between Lake and the audience. Rather than one man and a guitar, it was one man, a guitar and a shit load of backing tracks.
He would start a song playing acoustic guitar and then magically play the electric guitar solo and then back to acoustic when the solo finished. I know you can get set ups that do this didn't look right. His playing in general was clumsy and given that he was primarily a guitar player rather than a bass player, it was surprising.
The main issue I had was that he came across as if he was still a major rock star, the venue held around 200-300. He decried "punk rock" for having no talent etc etc. His stories were all well known to any fan of ELP or King Crimson. The sleeve of the first Crimson album, the moog solo on Lucky Man, they headlined California Jam. No insight, no perspective. He spoke about seeing Elvis live and then played Heartbreak Hotel, awful version. No nothing about why Elvis was so important to him. Same with The Beatles, he spoke about how HE toured with Ringo and then murdered You've Got to Hide Your Love Away.
And then there was the audience questions. One guy asked what tips he would give his daughter, sitting next to him, of making a career in the music business. If me and my mate hadn't been in the middle of the row we would have left.
There are clips on YouTube, I dare you to have a look.