Fans have to take a breath and realize the bottom line to MANY thoughts they think...this is YOUR entertainment, but for guys like Joe Bonamassa & Carmine, Rick, & Bogie, it's THEIR livlihood...Joe's the man in charge, and he's a MAJOR independent, not like the old days when the suits, despite being major pains in the rear and rip-off "artists", could take care of so many little things, and the big things, like expenses on the road. No matter how much expenses and general operations are tried to be kept in order, things go amuck, and they are just plain wacko sometimes! Let alone the biggest problem of all-DAMN EXPENSIVE to tour, no matter how frugal you are!!!!!!!! SO, a little rehearsal has to cover much of the so-called (if any) "free time" an artist has on the road. One less thing to think and wonder and worry about is to stick to the plan. Ask our Street Team Leader how much frustration almost came from a simple "breakdown" (I am over simplifying simple perhaps). Cancel a show because-"How the heck are we gonna get us & our things there"? Shows are in jeopardy every time one is scheduled!!! What if you are wondering if you'll have a hard time believing you'll make it through the night without getting sick, right before you go on? Or something bugging the back of your mind? Family situations? Let's face it, that bottom line I mentioned, regarding our desires, whether it's setlists, song requests, cover fantasies, city stopovers, venue appearances, etc., all are just that-fantasies, and are not reality for a working man whose sole fantasy is being a Troubador in Paradise, not having Trouble in Paradise!
Rock On & Keep the Faith & the Setlist,
P.S.-Please put "Rock Steady" into the setlist Joe :-D
"He still doesn't charge for mistakes!
"Everybody wants ta get inta the act!"
“Now, this isn’t your ordinary party crowd, here. I mean, there are professionals in here.”