Page 32 - From Talks with Matt Minglewood
ISSUE : Issue 49
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1988/8/1
blessing. The first day I went there and pressed the same button--the same scanner looking at me, the same eye--it said, "Matt Minglewood, Studio A." Great! They couldn't do enough for you. So that was a milestone, so to speak. Some? thing you couldn't do before. So we had a lot of fun down there doing the album. It came out and we had some negative views on it because I had changed, so to speak. The album got lots of air play on stations where I didn't before--major rock stations like CHUM and Vancouver and elsewhere. For some reason the album didn't sell, I went on a couple of tours opening up for the Beach Boys, which was a real mismatch. Us and the Beach Boys were totally unmatched together. It was fun. After a couple of months the album obvious? ly wasn't doing anything. A year later it was time to record another album. Mean? while, I was losing momentum and conse? quently I was losing dollars, and I had still had the tractor-trailer and 6 men-- sometimes 7 or 8, depending on the road crew. I had quite an entourage, overhead. We started playing'back in the bars again. Still playing, but you were geared up for concert halls but you're playing in bars, so the overhead was killing me. I had finally decided that the band was getting tired of looking at each other. We had been the same band basically, with the BATTERED WOMEN . • AND YOUR CHILDREN. IF YOU NEED HELP, CALL: 539-2945 TRANSITION HOUSE . EASTERN HEAT PUMPS LIMITED 102 REEVES STREET, SYDNEY 564-4141 Air Source - Water Source Residential and Commercial Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Systems ?? DESIGN - ENGINEERING - INSTALLATION - SERVICE ?? FEATURING CARRIER HIGH-EFFICIENCY HEATING AI'D COOLING EQUIPMENT exception of guitar players, since the first RCA album, and 4 of the guys were from the original album. We decided that that was it. It got too hard. So we were out on the road more for less money. It was really hard on everybody, so we just called it quits. The Minglewood Band was no long? er. We did one farewell tour with great success as Minglewood Band. I decided I was going to take some (time) and spend it right here in this house and up at the beach, playing ball with the boys, just having a great time training the horse and playing with the kids and getting drunk on the beach. It turned out to be the best summer I've had. The weather cooperated to a degree that was unreal. So I had a great summer, but it was obvious that I had to get back to work. Meanwhile, I was working with a little trio around here in Cape Bre? ton, up at the Hub Club and taverns around here, a few private functions. And I just worked at getting this new band together. After my summer off, now it's time to get back to work. So we started with a trio which consisted of two old members of the old Minglewood Band playing around the sum? mer. Now we were up to the new band. So, well, I stuck with Bob Woods on drums be? cause he had been with me from the old Moon-Minglewood days. I liked his drumming and it seemed like he wanted to stick around. I got a piano player by the name of John Lee who I had always appreciated. He had a reputation for being a worse renegade than I am. Then I got ahold of a guy--a fellow called and asked if I wanted a bass player and he suggested this particular fellow by the name of Grant Leslie. And so Grant came, and I had Bob and John, so we started as a 4-piece band. We worked that way starting around here, and we did a tour out west all the way to Vancouver and back. I made a call to get--I heard about a har? monica player. I really didn't want to get a harmonica player because I had had one for so long--Enver Sampson, who is no long? er with us--and I was looking for something different. I had had the guitar/ piano/ harmonica lineup for so long, well, for about 10 years. So I was looking for some? thing different, but I couldn't find the cfiow Van f00 Fully Licensed Restaurant OPEN DAILY 11 A,M. to 1 A.M. FRL and SAT. till 2 A.M. SUN, tin MIDNIGHT Major Credit Cards Accepted Gift Certificates * Ample Parking Oriental and Canadian Cuisine in a relaxed and elegant dining atmosphere Daily Luncheon Specials Banquet Facilities Available Take Out Orders Delivered A Warm Welcome Excellent Service and Fine Food 460 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney 562-0088 or 539-2825
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