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300hpdavid

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So, AC/DC was set to do a bunch of huge venue events, when Brian Johnson pulls out because he is having severe ear/hearing issues.  Can't blame him.  BUT, the band says "hold onto your tickets as we are going to go out with a replacement singer".......Really?!?!?!  A replacement singer??!!  WHO can sing like Brian Johnson?  And that would leave just Angus as the ONLY original member.
Now don't get me wrong, AC/DC is in my top 5 of all times favs, but I think that is ridiculous.
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Would you still go, or want a refund?
Should the band call it a day and not go on?  Or should they continue?

Me?  Would want a refund and think that they should call it a day.  At least for live performances as Brian can probably still record....

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As an AC/DC fan back to my high school days when Bon Scott was the lead singer, I thought he was irreplaceable.  Brian Johnson carried the mantle, and carried it well and for a long time (over 35 years).  Back in Black came out in the summer of 1980 between my 11th and 12th grades.  Liked the different singing style of Johnson, although not quite as much as Scott.  Understand that's a preference thing.  

Could they truly get an adequate replacement?  Sure, Johnson is 68 years old.  SO, I haven't heard how well he sounds live in a few years.  Will it be the same?  Absolutely not.  

Your call, but since you asked, it seems they should offer a refund to anyone who wants one and honor the tickets to some future engagement for those with enough faith to hold their tickets.  The problem is if you hold the tix and they replace Brian Johnson with someone you just can't stand, then what?  I mean, love hearing Angus play guitar, but don't know if that's enough to lay out the cash and time for.  

That said, my favorite group of all time is Rush.  Am still pissed I passed on their last concert tour (R40), but they still have all three guys (I hadn't been following their tours recently and didn't realize it was their supposed final tour).  If they replaced any one of those guys and toured again, I don't think I'd be interested.

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One thing to note here Mike, Bon Scott was replaced when the band was just starting to take off.  What we have here is what might in all likelihood be considered a farewell tour.....

Look at what Motley Crew did.  We are getting along, but can't do the music how we used to, or want to.  So we are going out on top as a fully functioning whole.

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I'm totally bummed about this! I have tickets to the Greensboro show a week from today, and it was going to be my first time seeing them (somehow I've always missed them for various reasons over the decades). Can't imagine who they will get to replace Johnson (and I also thought Bon Scott was irreplaceable, but grew to love BJ). I will probably go if the date works for me...I mean Angus is still Angus, and I admit that I usually like AC/DC songs even when played by crappy cover bands. I agree, 300hp--could well be the end, with Malcom out, and who knows what will happen with Rudd. Bummer
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i can see what you mean, to have a stand in keyboard player or bassist in a group you can probably live with,but to switch the singer is not on once the tickets have been sold,the stranglers had to find a new singer when hugh cornwall left and he was totally different in every way but over the yrs he has settled in and they still play a great set but you go to see them knowing that the singer is different and not having it sprung on you,i cant think of any other groups id bother to see if their singers were replaced,you may as well see a tribute act
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This is a topic I hold near and dear to my heart

First off, AC/DC died when Bon Scot died - PERIOD

And no, I don't want to here about how big, and how many hits they had with with Johnson

All that proves is what I've said all along........

You can shit on a plate, put some parsley and a paper umbrella on it and call it "steak tartare" and the foolish patron will consume it - with a smile!

It's all about image/marketing

Fuck, look how awesome "Van Hagar" was (Balance is a masterpiece), and don't get me wrong Sammy fuckin rules (I've seen him everytime he's rolled though solo) and blows Dave away live (fact) - BUT IT WASN'T VAN HALEN

Is Journey still "Journey" without Perry?

Is Styx still "Styx" without DeYoung?

Is Thin Lizzy still "Thin Lizzy" without Lynott?

And for the record, I fully understand that the musicians involved in these projects want to continue to work, to be creative, to entertain, to pay their mortgage, etc. 

But please remember one very important thing when you bust out $150+ for a ticket - YOU JUST ORDERED THE STEAK TARTARE!







O.K., back to the topic at hand A new/replacement (or what ever the fuck) singer for AC/DC

Simple, go with their original choice, the man who turned the gig down back in '79

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Now that's funny!
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Like most, I want to see/hear the OGs whenever possible.  But, a strong and accurate singing voice is a perishable item.  When it's gone, it's gone (unless you're using Auto-Tune [wink]).  So, do you pop for an expensive ticket for an OG act when you know the vocals are going to suck?  I saw The Who on TV the other night.  I think this is their 50th year as a band.  These guys are up there in years and the vocals did sound pretty rough to me.  They're stopping here on their tour, but I don't think I could justify the relatively high price of a ticket when I'm pretty sure I'd be disappointed with the show.

I saw "Foreigner" essentially for free last year.  There were no OG members, although I believe Mick Jones put this band together.  They have a lead vocalist who is good.  Good enough to make you feel like you might be at an OG Foreigner concert.  Lou Graham certainly can't cut it anymore (even with Auto-Tune).  So, is seeing a decent replica of an OG band better than not seeing them at all?  My answer is yes, as long as you're not paying a lot for the ticket.  In my case, the ticket was free.  So, yes, it was worth it.

Boston is another good example of what an old band can do with a good, younger replacement singer.  Tom Sholz lucked onto their new lead Delp-soundalike vocalist and I think it has worked out well for them.  I have seen them a couple times recently and was not disappointed (except that at the last show they turned over more of the vocal duties to a woman in the band and she is not very good IMHO).  BTW, Delp's voice was starting to go toward the end and he was getting help from other vocalists for their live shows.  For the times I saw Boston with Delp, would I have rather heard Delp's stratospheric vocals without any help?  Sure.  But, unless I could have magically turn back the clock on Delp's vocal chords, it was not going to happen.  I was happy to settle for the assisted vocals as the next best thing.

My brother is part of a 20 member ensemble of very talented musicians who have come together as a Steely Dan tribute band.  They use the same format as the Steely Dan live shows and essentially the same arrangements.  But, something more that they bring to the table is many times more energy on stage than Steely Dan.  And, in this case, that extra energy goes a long way toward putting on very satisfying Steely Dan show/experience.  The weak link in this band, if anything, is the lead vocals.  They are challenging and, frankly, Donald Fagan's vocals cannot be duplicated...by anybody.  Still, the vocals are adequate and I may have to admit that I enjoy the tribute band shows even more than an real Steely Dan show.  Even better, the price for admission to the tribute band show is REALLY right, especially considering that I'm enjoying it as much as a real Steely Dan show.

I guess it just boils down to, are you getting value, subjectively speaking, for the cost of admission?  You have to decide.   
 

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Fagen and Becker are definitely worth the price of admission 

They roll through town in June with Steve Winwood



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Yes, I never miss SD when they're in he area.  One summer, I caught them here in Milwaukee and down your way at Ravinia.  I think the Milwaukee show was much better.  I think by the time they got to Ravinia, they were all tired and Fagan's vocals were really worn out.  The energy level seemed way down, but that could just have been my faulty perception.

Since you are in the area and you like Steely Dan, you should check out my brother's tribute band, Steely Dane, on Facebook.  They will probably play at Summerfest again this year, although it would be better to see them at a different venue.  Set times are too short at Summerfest and you get a lot of audience members who are not really fans and talk loudly though the whole show.

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Nevermind, I thought you were in Chicago.  Did you move?
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I see.

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So many awesome acts passing through Chi town this summer

Satriani

Dream Theater

The Who

Black Sabbath

Iron Maiden

David Gilmour

The Cure

Iggy Pop

Steely Dan

Hall and Oates

Pearl Jam

Phish 

Billy Joel

Heart / Joan Jett / Cheap Trick

****Lollapalooza**** 




For what it's worth, my best concert memories are from Alpine Valley....................



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