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While the tours and albums with Heep and Roxy served their purpose in John's development as a front man in the 70's, the fact is there is no better place for him than out front of a musical unit, lead vocals and bass, both unmistakable and oft imitated, as the auteur or co-auteur of the music in question.

I know I chimed in before on John's comment about the KC and UK website banter being negative towards him...there would never have been the band those fans love so dearly with JW's contributions. Pretty obvious looking back twenty 35 years on. Love that JW and RF still collaborate, love that JW and EJ can play together and have fun doing so once again. Exciting about the future, more about the new stuff, new directions, moving on with a nod to the past and a big thumbs up for new material from JW and Asia (I hope).

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Would love to see a proper Wetton/ Emerson collaboration, not just a guest appearance at a Qango gig wrecking JYs keys!!!
John, anyone left that you'd like to play with? John Lees? I know he loves your voice and thinks you can sing anything.

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Here's a photo with the Cerwin-Vega cab (likely this had an 18" speaker which is typical, or was it a 17" speaker?)  and what looks like two 4x12 cabs with Hiwatt heads.  Classic!!!  Oddly, no vocal mic in this shot!




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Awesome picture! I've never seen that one before. Was that some Top of the Pops show? I would swear i've seen a picture of Syd-era Pink Floyd playing in the same room.

John, i read this cute little quote about Cerwin-Vega:
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Cerwin-Vega participated in Sensurround technology which was developed in conjunction with Universal Studios in the 1970s. Sensurround was a movie theater special effects speaker system which used multiple Cerwin-Vega folded horn subwoofers triggered by an optical soundtrack system to create low frequency effects which simulated vibrations felt during an earthquake or a battle scene. Sensurround was premiered in the 1974 movie Earthquake, and was a great success, but most Sensurround units were later dismantled due to structural damage caused by the vibrations.

Now i understand what you meant by the Vega being able to liquefy pre-stressed concrete! Where did you find that thing anyway? I know the dates wouldn't line up with the above quote; but i like to imagine you buying it from a desperate movie theatre owner whose building was about to collapse from the strain!

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Earthquake, and was a great success, but most Sensurround units were later dismantled due to structural damage caused by the vibrations.

Not to get too geeky, but you can't really block low frequencies. How many times have you heard a car drive by and all you can hear is the sub woofer pounding. The lower the frequency, the bigger the wave form, the more space it needs to complete its cycle. Put it in a space that's too small and things will rattle off the walls.

I wear ear plugs at loud shows these days, but even they can't prevent damage from powerful bass frequencies. Long exposure to that can cause the tympanic membrane in the ear to stretch.



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High frequencies are the ones that can easily damage your hearing. The lower the frequency, the more you are going to feel it instead of hear it. Filling a club with throbbing subwoofer pulses is pretty standard in most clubs these days, and the large majority of people go to those without any ear protection. It's those high, shrill rock and roll frequencies that will do your hearing in.

I picked up a 18" Vega for my bass rig for a steal through Craigslist this winter - along with an Alembic F2b, a killer SS Yamaha full-range stereo power amp and a JBL K120 2x12" cab for $500 total!. I'm looking forward to causing some major rumble this summer.

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Midnight Special, Los Angeles,rehearsal.

Does this mean we crossed paths before I got MTV in '83?   


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What a cool picture, brought back some great memories. Mellotron a tad low, looks like Schroeder's piano from Peanuts. Can't mistake the sitting, outstanding Mr. Fripp, that modfied Bruford jazz kit and of course, the voice of the definitive KC lineup. Not too shabby on that four string banjo either.

Man, has equipment changed over the years. Thanks for posting. Speaking of images, looking forward to some nice artwork on Raised In Captivity.

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Reportedly Midnight Special, 1973 - Easy Money



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It was MS, but it was rehearsal, not the filming.
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J, Thanks for sharing the info on the video - it's always good to 'keep the story straight'. Happy hump day, everyone.

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I wear earplugs to concerts depending on the artist and the venue. For example, I didn't need them when I saw Roger Waters because his music isn't exactly harsh soundwise. But when I saw Robin Trower last month, I had to wear them because he is much louder and I was in the pit, right in front of him. I think it's a good idea to bring along a pair anyways because you never know.
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Yup, to passing at the Midnight Special, the jacket.    Thanks, Kim.  But seeing the intials MS, John, did you ever have the pleasure of working with or knowing Ronnie Lane? 


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No, never met  'Plonk'. I know Kenney from that band, and somehow, feel like I know Ronnie Wood. I don't mean that to sound presumptious, or anything, it's just a feeling.
I see on RF's diary that S.Wilson is re-mixing The Night Watch from 1973 Amsterdam show. Good luck, I say. I also note that Robert stays in the hotel chain as favoured by Lenny Henry and Carl Palmer. Tres bon marche', and a plastic duck in the bathtub. 
I actually wasn't aware that HiWatt ever made bass amps---I always used 2x100 amps, whether HiWatt or Marshall.  
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I just read a rumor that the Hiwatt head you used was a guitar amp and not a bass amp.
Maybe to keep the Vega from shaking the audience to atoms?
All the Hiwatt amps look the same to me in photos.


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