Rafa\’s Corner of Nonsense, Part Deux

… where Rafa\’s thoughts see the light of day…

If I had wanted to listen to an instrumental solo, I would’ve gone to a Yanni concert

Well, the summer concert season has finally started (for me, at least), as I went to see Huey Lewis and the News and Chicago (yes, I am an old man: now shut up and get off my lawn, young whipper-snapper!).

Anyway, attending this concert reminded me of two of my concert pet peeves: the first one is that the band inevitably never plays the one song I want them to play (regardless of how famous said song is). For instance, Huey Lewis didn’t play “If This Is It” and Chicago didn’t play “Glory of Love.” I swear to God, I could go to a Right Said Fred concert and they still wouldn’t play “I’m Too Sexy” (not that I’d go to a Right Said Fred concert, even if they weren’t currently employed, sadly, as Right Said Fred impersonators in the Hollywood Walk of Fame).

But on to my second concert pet peeve (and what prompted me to break my months-long absence from the blogosphere): long-winded instrumental solos in rock concerts. I mean, really: we get that you’re all awesome musicians, and that only the vocalist gets all the glory and all the chicks (although my favorite bands are getting so long in the tooth that nowadays the vocalist probably just gets the juicier incontinence medicine endorsements). However, do we really need to hear a 10-minute drum solo? If you’ve heard one drum solo, you’ve pretty much heard them all (actually, after hearing one minute of a drum solo, you’ve heard them all!).

How about if the audience, when purchasing the concert tickets, signs an affidavit stating that every band member is as important as the next, and that each one rocks in his own right? If we do that, could we do without the boring, lengthy and unnecessary solos? For instance, in the Chicago concert we were “treated” to a flute solo. A f-l-u-t-e solo. In a r-o-c-k concert. I’d understand that if I had gone see a concert for Yzman, Master of the Ocarina… but a rock concert?

So, where do you, ficticious reader, stand on this whole concert solo business? Is it a part of the concert experience, or is it an evil that must be eradicated with bloodshed, if necessary?


July 3, 2006 - Posted by | Rant


  1. Hi, its eli (I forgot my logging, sorry). I’m glad you wrote a new blog. 😀

    Chicago is a Rock Band?!? Thank you for the clarification. 😉
    I don’t mind the occasional instrumental music between costume change or while presenting the other band members, but what you described in your blog really sucks. A 10-minute flute solo sounds very painful. Were they taking a break or did they stay on the stage? If it was their break its understandable why it was so long, I mean they are pretty old, lol (joke). But still, why make it an excruciating wait for the audience? You should have stood up, left and demanded your money back. You should boycott them next time they tour (but I know you won’t, lol). Sorry to hear they didn’t play your fave songs again.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  2. I normally do not condone wanton violence, but for a flute solo bloodshed is justified.

    Comment by Omar | July 6, 2006 | Reply

  3. Well, Eli, “soft rock” still has the word “rock” in it, so there. 😀

    I think next time I’ll just bring a book… maybe something about nature: that must be fun to read over a nice flute solo.

    Comment by Rafa | July 6, 2006 | Reply

  4. Omar, I am glad you are on my side: next time we go to a concert together, we’ll unleash “Operation Kill Uppity Musicians” on the unsuspecting band members! 😉

    Comment by Rafa | July 6, 2006 | Reply

  5. It would help if the song was actually from the band.:-P “Glory Of Love” is from Peter Cetera’s *glorious* solo career. It was composed by David Foster, who did a shitload of songs for Chicago, so it is understandable that it does sound like them. Plus it wasn’t a duet song with some randomly chosen and marginally influential female singer. I’m sure that just added to the confusion. 😛

    Anyway, I don’t mind drum solos, although I agree that a rock concert should not have a flute solo at all. And for the record, I also came out dissapointed from the concert. Huey Lewis was fine, but Chicago didn’t play most of the stuff I wanted to hear, which interestingly enough, were songs from the golden era with Cetera (I think the band went downhill from there). Hmm.. sounds like a new theme for another blog: Cetera->Chicago, Perry->Journey, what other individuals/bands really needed each other?

    Comment by Cesar | July 6, 2006 | Reply

  6. Flutes Rock! Did you not listen to Jethro Tull?

    Comment by Anonymous | July 7, 2006 | Reply

  7. Well, César, sadly, for me Peter Cetera is Chicago. I’m sorry if this kind of thinking gives heart attacks to people like your father, but it’s true. 😀

    Drum solos shouldn’t last more than one or two minutes: anything longer than that reveals just how boring an “instrument” drums are. Let’s face it: drums aren’t an instrument, they’re noise makers people play to annoy their parents in a passive-aggressive manner.

    And flute solos are just the handiwork of the devil.

    Comment by Rafa | July 7, 2006 | Reply

  8. Regarding Jethro Tull: there isn’t enough weed in the world, man. :-D–>

    Comment by Rafa | July 7, 2006 | Reply

  9. Part one – the artists will always play their favorite songs, not yours.

    Part two – I happen to enjoy the flute. I played the flute for many years. However, having experienced the “10 minute flute solo” at the Chicago concert, I was beginning to think of creative places where he could shove his flute. Although I like most solos, the flute was beyond tolerable. Yet, the best part of it was hearing you rant and rave for twenty minutes after the concert.

    Comment by Angelica | August 28, 2006 | Reply

  10. Answer to Part One: If artists are not going to play my favorite songs, then I maybe shouldn’t be parting with my favorite $50 to go listen to them play! 😉

    Answer to Part Two: I am glad my post-concert rant was able to assuage the horror of that over-long, sadistic flute solo. See? This is why you must hang out with me some more: my rants are like a curative salve that can make anything more tolerable! 😀

    Comment by Rafa | August 30, 2006 | Reply

  11. Response to Part One- That’s why I hardly ever part with those nice crisp green bills. If we go to a concert, it’s because my Sugar Daddy paid!

    Comment by Angelica | September 1, 2006 | Reply

  12. Damn… I gotta get me one of them Sugar Daddies before they run out!!! 😉

    Comment by Rafa | September 3, 2006 | Reply

  13. 1. Glory of Love is from Peter Cetera, not Chicago. Get over it, 😛

    2. Extensive instrumental solos really need a bloodshed example to get rid of them. The more we keep paying for concerts, the more they will NOT get the message.

    3. Why you moved from blogger? 😀

    4. Enjoy you vacations in PR!!!

    Comment by Alberto | December 23, 2006 | Reply

  14. 1. Yes, Alberto, I was already told by another music pundit that I was being an idiot. It’s not my fault that I associate Chicago with Peter Cetera and that their songs sound the same. :-p

    2. I propose that the next time we go to a concert we take out whichever musician “delights” us with a solo. Maybe then they’ll get the message (or, at the very least, make it VERY unlikely that there’ll be *another* solo at the same concert).

    3. Trying something new: also, WordPress lets you save your posts and comments in an XML file, whereas Blogspot does not.

    4. I am so far! 😀

    Comment by rafaeln | December 23, 2006 | Reply

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