Fake guitarists

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Posted by Terry on 04/25/02 - 21:14:24
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OK, Robert, I was sorta teasing about Bruce.

Even Mick Jagger strummed a few real chords on the last Stones tour (on Moonlight Mile, for example).

And Marty Balin's guitar playing, though infrequent, is certainly for real--unlike the mid-1970s, when I swear he wasn't even plugged in, just prancing around with it around his neck.

The worst offender was Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band, who posed with a--I am not making this up--rubber guitar prop.  It was supposed to be a joke, but to anybody who strives to play the guitar, it was an insult.  Watching this fake guitar flopping around in his hands while the real musicians jammed. (it was a multi-act show--I wouldn't have paid ten cents to see that band...)

Did you ever see the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame broadcast on HBO a few years back?  Jerry Lee Lewis was leading a jam and was nodding towards Springsteen to take a lead break.  Bruce was caught off guard and couldn't pull it off (just coz he wasn't expecting it).  He laughed.  It was pretty funny and he handled the situation gracefully.


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