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Got some Verdine White mojo on me last night

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by corinpills, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I had a really good corporate gig in Hartford last night with my show band. It was at the Bushnell Theatre, which is a really nice old theatre complex and we've done this party for 8 years running. They always do concert act in the big theatre for about 1,000 people and then we play the afterparty in the smaller theatre which holds about 600 people, but they open up the whole area to dancing. Last year, Chris Botti was the concert and it was a Billy Joel tribute the year before, so you can imagine how intimidating it was to play AFTER Earth, Wind and Fire this year! Especially since we wouldn't be able to play any of their songs for a change.

    I ran into Verdine by the dressing rooms and he could not have been sweeter. I was on guitar last night and mentioned that it was our bass player Tommy's birthday and that we are both big fans of his playing. he gave me a big hug (which must certainly be good for my bass playing, I would think) and he went out of his way to approach Tommy and say Happy Birthday, totally made his day (as you can imagine). We got to watch their soundcheck and some of their show from the side of the stage and got a nice photo with Verdine, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson. This is them flanking some of the fellas from my band.

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  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Wow that is so cool incredible guys and a band that speaks for itself.
  3. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Kind of interesting that nobody cares about this on a bass forum. I've had dozens and dozens of non- musicians comment on how much they love EWF on my facebook page. Maybe they are a band that musicians don't care about, but "regular" people love or something? I always thought Verdine was universally respected by bass players. I may be showing my age, but his lines were "must knows' when I was growing up.
  4. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    That's awesome!! Ewf rules
  5. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    I went to school BIG TIME on Verdine in the 70s! Awesome player - record or live.
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    haven't you heard,...

    the guys on TB are too cool to hand out props, but they are quick to post their YT videos, ad nauseum, expecting rave reviews!:bag:
  7. OK, I'm on my phone so maybe I'm missing something- who says no one cares? I care enough to cancel out everyone else's NOT caring. Was gonna say a hug from Verdine has GOT to make you better. There, I said it. :cool:
  8. 123321

    123321 Am Comfortably Dumb...

    Feb 1, 2004
    Verdine is part of "The Schizzle Club" in my book!!

    Anyone who has inspired me on his level is also in the "Club".
  9. metermech

    metermech SMOOVE ONE

    Mar 17, 2008
    Man that is so cool..I have seen so many EWF shows..I cut my teeth on that stuff and I will rock it right now whenever i get the chance..Glad you had such a wonderful experience.
  10. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS
    What is there to say? He's awesome! Just because people aren't writing about it doesn't mean that they don't have total respect. After all, it's Verdine!

    I hope you have seen this: http://www.thirteen.org/soul/january-10-1973/#.UOucKLZkLq4

    The looks on the women's faces in the front row during Verdine's solo are priceless.
  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Have to see it to care ;)

    Looks like you had a hot gig. But I'll never get why many corporate gigs always have the non-headlining band follow the headliner, especially when it's EWF. OTOH, I'm sure you had no problem rising to the occasion. Way to go!
  12. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    thats awesome you met verdine, who played bass for ewf that night?
    (couldnt resist)
  13. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I didn't watch their whole set, but I only saw Verdine playing bass. Somebody else sound checked for him, and I was actually on the other side of a fairly wide stage from the bass, but I saw Verdine playing. They sure have the hits, but there were a lot of spacey jammy bits with sax solos, etc and the older fellas would be off stage, resting . And then, boom, on 10 with one if their giant hits and Verdine dancing like a maniac.
  14. Smart guy

    Smart guy

    Oct 22, 2012
    The man has style and chops for days. He gets crazy respect. Holding down the worlds best stage band (back in the day) effortlessly. EWF for those of us old enough to remember was a band of serious and I do mean serious musicians. Pick out any one of them, any and they can surely blow anyone away with their chops and playing styles. Mr. White of course has more style than most.
  15. steubig


    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    verdine is, strangely, under-appreciated, imho. there's a lot of guys who get more love, but damn the man could play.

    i just went on a big ewf and emotions (the albs with the ewf band backing them) tear over the last few weeks.

    that core of him, al mckay, freddie white and larry dunn is beyond stunning.

    that almost enough love?
  16. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Very cool!
  17. moosebass


    Apr 26, 2008
    St Paul
    Very cool to get the love from Verdine!

    Thanks for this link!!! :hyper:
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