Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JRD, Dec 28, 2016.
Will they continue as the faux funk or reunite with Mark?
Unless Don and Mark sit down and hash it out, it will never happen. A lot of bad blood there. Absolutely one of my favorite bands growing up. I was fortunate to see them on essentially what was the Caught in the Act tour. I would pay to see the original again with Craig Frost on organ/keyboards.
Seriously doubt it as I don't think Mark and Don will ever be able to come to agreement.
I think that they would be able to tour and play arenas with no problem for a reunion tour.
What does the future hold? Continuous tours of the state fair and casino circuits with increasingly illegitimate lineups until their fan base is gone and no one will hire them anymore.
Still very much an above-average wedding band, there's always money to be made there.
Aside from the business and personal issues, Brewer's Grand Funk and Farner's solo shows present two different visions of the band. Farner plays cuts like "Paranoid" and "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" from the earlier albums while Brewer is content to put on a striped hat and sing the praises of coming to your town and helping you party down. Neither one is unentertaining; in fact, Farner has barely lost a step over the years and is very impressive live.
But the sad result is that the classic band has been dismissed if not completely forgotten, and I don't think that a reunited Mark/Don/Mel could fill even the places they played in the '90's. I've said before that I don't understand why their early records haven't found a sort of cult following with a younger (which in this case probably translates to 45), stoner metal crowd but I'm also not sure that they're interested in such a thing at the expense of the oldies circuit.
What do I know, though? I'd love to see the original gang make one last go-round.
They will never reunite with Mark Farner. Brewer screwed him royally, and from what I understand Farner is happy doing what he does with his own band. Too bad, because from what I have seen from clips, he can still bring it 100%. They were stupid to push him out. All three of them are good musicians, but Mark was The Talent IMO.
Forget the reunion.
Give me a 45 rpm or sacd set of the Red Album!!
Have any of their albums been given the reissue/remaster treatment.
I think there is some stipulation that Farner can't advertise his shows indicating "Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad" which has restricted his potential bookings.
Don Brewer seems like a real class act.
Brewer's band at least does my favorite GF song, "Shinin' On."
Yeah. I mean, really? Brewer puts bread on the table by going around playing Mark Farner's songs at county fairs or whatever, and yet he begrudges Farner even the freedom to advertise the fact that he was once a member of GFR. What a dirtbag. At least he graciously allows Mark to continue to perform his own songs. I suppose he's take that away from him if he could. Peace and love generation, my ass.
I don't understand how this sort of thing is legal. I mean, it's not like Farner would be trading under the GFR name, it's a simple factual statement.
Farner does that and "American Band" with, I think, his keyboard player handling the vocals.
They have about as good a chance of reforming as CCR.
The Flint Water Department !
The tour might be doomed to failure.
I saw them in 2011 and in 2016. Max Carl doesn't come close to Mark Farner.
Even though they needed 2 guys to replace Mark.
"Nobody knows the band Grand Funk? The wild, shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner? The bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher? The competent drum work of Don Brewer? Oh, MAN!"
As for my immediate Grand Funk plans, I hope to one day find a CD copy of `Bosnia'.
Man, that is a hard one to find.
Brewer drew up a contract that basically gave him ownership of the band name and insisted that Farner sign it. Farner had no idea what he was agreeing to. Under the stipulations in that contact, Farner cannot use the GFR name at all to promote his own work.
Based on what I've casually read here and elsewhere, it sounds to me that Mark would rejoin Don and Mel, but Don would not want to reunite with Mark. Mark seems to be easy going, Christian, at peace with life, not holding any grudges. I don't know the source of Don's anger.
I don't know how they split songwriting royalties for Mark's songs in the pre-American Band years. Could it be that Mark kept all the songwriting money for his songs, as he would be entitled to do, and Don and Mel always resented that? I don't know, just fishing for an answer...
Did Mel and Mark have an argument? Mel sticks to Brewer like glue.
I think that they could fill a few arenas and do some theater shows as well.
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