Posted: Aug 15, 2004 6:08 am
Get ready for a wild one.
Just a couple of things.
As some of you might know, we were originally going to do three days
and have everybody there but unfortunately we ended up limited to the
one day and so we're trying to get as many bands in as possible.
To do that we are patterning the first two-thirds of the show after
the early Alan Freed and Murray the K shows.
Time is ridiculously tight so we need everybody to keep their sets
under ten minutes. We would like everybody to limit their sets to
three songs. If that's only six or seven minutes, that's even better
for us as far as keeping on schedule. At around nine and a half
minutes the turntable stage will start to turn even if you're still
I actually think if that happens - one band still playing while they
disappear and at the same time the next band playing as they come
around - it will be a very cool thing. If we do have a minute or two
or three in between sets we will have hosts to bring the next band
on. Every band's name and website will be projected on the video
screen while they're playing.
The order of the performances will be done by random selection and
does not indicate one band being more important than another.
Some of the bands first on will be playing to possibly very few
people and will have to adjust to that and perform for the cameras as
well as the beautiful fanatics who get there early.
On the other hand, we may need to ask some of the later bands to
limit their set to two songs, and conceivably one song, if we are
running over because we have a very very strict curfew at 11pm.
In the eyes of the film which we are shooting, everyone is equal.
And by the way, Chris Columbus has come on as director. He has asked
that we provide him with set lists if possible from each band which
will help him a lot in the filming of the event. Please email us the
names of the songs you plan to perform as soon as you can.
If your band does not have a "look" this might be a good time to
consider it. The film is going to be seen worldwide and will be shown
on television in many countries and of course end up on DVD.
If you are a three-piece band, I respectfully suggest you consider
adding a fourth or even fifth member if at all conceivable. I know
it's short notice but, for three songs, it's something you may want
to think about. (And by the way, if you need more money to do this we
will find it for you.)
I only suggest this because it is extraordinarily unlikely for anyone
to make it as a three-piece band. I know history has given us a
handful but in virtually every case all successful three-piece bands
were all virtuoso musician based. Traditional Rock and Roll, or
Garage Rock as we now call it, is song-based and therefore
communicates best with a texture made up of four instruments. Howlin'
Wolf's early Sun sessions as well as Muddy Waters' first electric
band established the tradition, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones
carried it on, and its effectiveness has never been, and most likely
will never be, improved upon (with all due respect to Jack and Meg).
Please understand we will continue to support you whether you have a
"look" or not or if you are a three-piece band or not or if you are a
Republican or not.
Our revolution has come a long way in four years and one of our main
goals is to continue to establish a new infrastructure that allows
Rock and Roll bands to make a living playing music (our campaign has
reached its second stage with the establishment of a 24/7 channel at
Sirius Satellite Radio).
The better your songs are, the better you look, the more musical you
sound, and the more exciting your performance, the better our chances
of winning this war we are waging against the exclusive domination of
hard rock, hip hop, contemporary pop, and rootless, soulless,
mindless, lifeless, hopeless, joyless mediocrity in general.
For those of you who will be here on Friday night there will be a
casual get-together and credentials distribution at Renegade Nation
starting at around 7pm. Our address is 545 W. 34th St. Suite 6B
(between 10th and 11th Avenue). The phone number is 212 868 9000. Let
us know if you can make it.
So come have fun, say hello to some cool bands you may never have
met, and join us as we worship at the altar of the Mighty Bo.