Jahfin Posted February 4, 2012 Share Posted February 4, 2012 From Blackfoot's Facebook page: Philip Shouse, Lead Vocals & Guitar Tim Rossi, Lead Guitar & Vocals Brian Carpenter, Bass & Vocals Christopher Williams, Drums & Vocals 2012 brings a new era of Blackfoot to the masses, introducing a new line-up personally chosen and to be produced by founding member Rickey Medlocke. The new line-up is modeled after the live high energy version of Blackfoot in the early 80's. It's bad enough that they've been touring around the country for the past fifteen years without lead singer, principle songwriter and founding member Rickey Medlocke but now they're touring with absolutely NO original members which begs the question, when is a band no longer the band they present themselves as? To me, this is little more than a tribute to Blackfoot. From what I understand, when the group wanted to regroup a few years ago they had Rickey Medlocke's blessing to do so without him even being in the band (he has a bigger, better paying gig in the band that calls themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd). He apparently produced their upcoming new album and approved the new line up. Someone out there might be happy with that but I know I would have no interest whatsoever in seeing them in concert. To be honest, I haven't heard anything else by them I'd liked nearly as much as Strikes anyway. I have something like five of their albums altogether, some better than others but none that really stand up to Strikes. For the record, I've seen them in concert twice. Once, as the headliner at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC around 1980 or so. Also on the bill that night was opening act Def Leppard who were followed by the Johnny Van Zant Band. The second time was at Roadies in Goldsboro, NC when they were touring in support of Siogo. At that time they had just added former Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley to the line up. Little did I know at the time but that Roadies gig was Charlie Hargrett's last show with the band at the time (he joined the Medlocke-less version several years ago). Charlie relates a brief bit about that Roadies concert on his website. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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