Opinion: A special “Tunes from the Tombs”

Musical giants seem to be dropping all around us, and the two of the most recent losses — Gregg Allman and Col. Bruce Hampton — had strong Georgia and Atlanta ties.

Col. Bruce, as many of you know, suffered a heart attack on the stage of the Fox Theater last month at a celebration of his 70th birthday. This weekend, the great blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis will host a celebration of Hampton’s life and career to close Saturday’s Tunes at the Tombs event at Oakland Cemetary.  Special guests are expected, and the Tunes at the Tombs event is uniquely Atlantan in its own right.

Here’s a cut from Hampton’s 70th party, featuring an all-star cast of musicians playing one of the great all-time Allman songs:

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2geniuses
2geniuses

Although written in late 1980's, seems even more apropos today.


The Siddeleys - Are You Still Evil When You're Sleeping?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtETi7d5ZZE


1st stanza to get the idea...


"It's looking grim; every time I look at him
I watch the world spiral ever downwards, spiral ever downwards
You don't even bother to hide behind
The wall of filth embraced by your kind
Just - stomach out with your vile mind like a medal on your chest"

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_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

So the theme is dead artists?

Found this oddly entertaining mash of tunes from artists not too long departed from their earthly bonds. (At least it wasn't filmed on a cell phone.)

https://youtu.be/FbWNNmCYGN8

Paul42
Paul42

You always come up with the good stuff.  The appropriate-to-the-times stuff.

Thanks.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Warning. Don't reference the first name of the former Allman guitar player with the last name of Betts. You'll lose a good post about Warren Haynes.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

The sound guy mixed the topline guitar part in that signature riff too far forward, but otherwise, nice stuff.

(then again, what should I expect in a smartphone video?)

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Visual_Cortex Some artists are expressing annoyance at looking out at a sea of smart phones at their concerts.

Jason Isbell has requested that his audiences put the damn phone down and watch the show.
I confess to using mine to snap a few pics and even capture a little video clip but it is getting out of hand.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Visual_Cortex

Yes, that has to be super-annoying for a performer. It's certainly annoying for me as a fan, particularly when it's some well-known tune for which about a billion fan videos already exist. Just WTF do you think you're getting here for yourself? is your memory THAT bad that you've got to record what should be indelibly etched anyway?

A side issue:

When I saw Bob Mould previewing the lion's share of a not-yet-released album's material, he began that part of the set with a polite request for people to put their phones away, so that this material could be new for everyone else on subsequent tour dates. Of course everyone complied, from what I could see.

That's a very real problem--it's hard for anyone to workshop material on the road now, because everyone gets to hear it practically in real time (not even "practically," but in REAL real time, if you're going live on Facebook or elsewhere).


JKToole
JKToole

@Visual_Cortex Moot point. No one buys records anymore, or "pays" to listen to music away from a concert.

Artists make far more money now performing live.

gotalife
gotalife

RIP. Enjoyed watching them play live. Great memories.