It's fun to change the songs up from night to night. One of our favorite bands, the Grateful Dead, were masters of this. When it's a festival set and we only have a short amount of time, say 45 minutes, we try to play our barnburners and best overall stuff- Click "Read More" for set list
When I was in elementary and middle school, I invented several fictional animal characters and wrote short children's books about them. Some of my teachers became fascinated by this and a few friends began joining in as well. I figured, being several years later I’d better bring the characters all back for a blog and explain them to our MMOC followers.
What gear does MMOC typically use for a gig? Venues/events interested in booking as well as some of our longtime friends and followers are sometimes curious. Of course it depends on the situation (indoor vs outdoor, large vs small crowd etc), but I wanted to put together a list of what the band uses for sound reinforcement, along with each individual member’s equipment.
When it’s a small acoustic show or we’re using someone else’s much bigger system at a festival we don’t need to bring all of this. We condense it down to what is necessary for the given night - Thank God! The Blue Beast (my truck/magic band bus) can only handle so much. And it must be mentioned that our Alan is a connoisseur of good equipment, while I tend to look for things that cost and weigh slightly less, yet still get the job done.
This is what we bring when we need to go all out and do the sound ourselves for a medium to large-sized gig:
MMOC Gear List
I was really fired up the other night (like usual), and decided I needed to make a list showing the dominance of my all-time favorite singer and songwriter, John Lennon. As a huge fan of each of the Beatles, and not to mention most Classic Rock, I still feel the need to rant about the greatness of Lennon quite often.
This time I'll let a list of around fifty perfect songs he wrote in a period of about ten years do the talking. Yes, I had been drinking when I compiled this, but it didn't take long and it's surprisingly on point (Don't tell me "I Want You" should be on it - You know I'm not the biggest Abbey Road fan).
It's possible we would have never had Tom Petty, David Bowie and other greats if John Lennon hadn't come along first. If you are unfamiliar with any of these, it couldn't hurt to give them a listen. Maybe you'll understand my weirdness slightly more!
What if Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant could show up at whichever bar I’m at near the end of the evening and offer to give me a piggyback ride home? His flowing mane in my face - His majestic wailing going out into the night - His hippie boots bouncing against the pavement.
MMOC frontman Tyler Calkins does his usual ranting