Kris’s Blog: Don’t Look Back in Anger

 

So I was trawling the internet late on a Saturday night looking for blog inspiration (blogspiration, if you will…) after returning from a long distance gig down to Plymouth and back, and after a 450 mile round trip – my brain was less than engaging with any content I tried to get stuck into.

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I’ve currently got a lot of Oasis earworms clogging my subconscious after being subjected to 9 hours of their album “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” on aforementioned journey… don’t judge me – that album was left in my cars’ CD player by the previous owner after Ibought the car (honestly…). So I went on a “what happened to Oasis” search.

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Lo and behold, you can’t make this stuff up – but on this day back in ’95, drummer Tony McCarrol was told that he was to be sacked from Oasis By phone – what a way to go! It got me thinking about my life as a musician, and the recent events of losing our long time drummer Jack due to his outside commitments to music. It always sucks losing a band member / colleague / whatever you want to call it, but most of all losing Jack to the band was losing a great friend and musical comrade!

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I wanted to say, remember kids – don’t bad mouth anyone, no matter who, or where you might go. The people you meet on the way up are the same as those you meet on the way down. I was recently in a position of having to recommend a musician for a gig, and when a certain name came up I voiced my opinions (largely negative) of this person regarding their professionalism, which led to said person not getting that gig. I read Tony McCarrols’ leaving Oasis was somewhat ungraceful, it’s just never a good way to be.

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I’ve gotten by making a living largely down to word of mouth and recommendations… good people stick with you. What’s the line in business – if you have a good experience you tell 2 people, if you have a bad experience you tell 10 people? Remember, be nice to people. You never know who you’ll bump into again later in life!