I have been to the mountain! I ran a production crew for James Brown last night...I watched the man hisself from about 10ft away on stage left...and all of the 20-25 people he had onstage with him. His band consisted of: 2 bass players 4 guitar players 2 drummers 1 percussionist 1 keys player 5 horns 5 backup singer 3 dancers occasionally 2 or 3 Emcee "Yowsa" type guys 1 Pregnant wife/girlfriend/singer 1 James First time I've seen 2 bass players in a band and one of them wasn't soloing all the time. One guy played an old Musicman Sabre 4-string and the other a Carvin 5. Bassically, the 4-string guy played the grooves, doubled by the guy 5-stringer down low. It was groove hell, let me tell you! An average guy couldn't just walk up there...he'd have been overwhelmed by the funk. It was pretty interesting to watch what it took to do that gig, though. These guys could not take their eyes off James for even a millisecond..he runs the show like a conducter. Really he's almost playing the band like an instrument. He'd turn his back to the crowd at times to face the band and his trademark big old smile would disappear and he'd be shooting death threat looks all over the stage for offenses that I couldn't hear. Then, it was like he'd put back on the "smile mask" and turn to the crowd again. Sound check was the coolest part. We got the PA and monitors up, and the band just wandered up onstage 2 or 3 at a time and started jamming on a groove...then a few more would come up, then a few more, until all the musicians were up, just weaving this smoking groove, big smiles all around, having a great time. Then the limo pulls up and everybody freezes up and actually almost come to attention. James is obviously and absolute dictator. Pays off, I guess. That was a whirlwind show...so much movement onstage at times that you'd get dizzy. Looks like one of those gigs that isn't really that hard to play, but a killer in terms of politics and kowtowing to "The Man".