Re: Joe's current band
I think much of it is matter of opinion / taste.
I really dig the theramin. If he played it on lots of songs maybe it would get old but it fits great with the songs he plays it on. And glad to have those particular songs played live.
I have my preferences but as long as Joe is happy and it works for him....
I had wondered a time or two how much the setlist was because he was touring with the horns and singers etc.
i was kind of excited when he was doing the power trio thing last year but then added Jade last minute. that really worked for me because it enhanced the set in spots but wasn't back up for every song. But if the horns and more singers and keys, well it would have been a very different set.
I have also wondered so many other things like well if Carmine had joined the band at a different time would he have played differently. Like after Kenny and Eric it was said more than what seemed like a zillion times how bass is to support the band not a showcase...to make the clear difference in how Joe's live show was with the previous bass player. Same with Bogie. I felt like them most especially but also Michael Rhodes at first...weren't used to their full potential IMHO. It was so awesome when Michael was allowed to kick the heavy up a couple notches. etc. etc.
and IDK I love Reese and his playing but I liked Joe's music just fine without keys.
I also had gotten attached to Anton's playing. It took me a while at first but then the first show without him wow different. That being said, as much as i liked him and Tal (the only Joe band member my husband really really preferred) i never felt like their groove was the best match for Joe's. I felt many times that Joe even adjusted to Anton's playing. Nothing wrong with that and maybe all in my head. I guess what i am saying is even the greatest musicians don't necessarily go with other musicians the best. IMHO
When i buy a Joe ticket I learned to expect whatever show Joe brings to town. I wouldn't prefer he make it an unannounced acoustic only but if that happened i'm sure it would still be awesome.
anyway i get that we all have different preferences etc. but surprised the theramin isn't enjoyed by all. go figure