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Old 09-07-2018, 11:56 AM
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As far back as The Dance, she has been 'playing' less and less and, yes, the keyboard is positioned to hide this.
She’s been using a second full time keyboardist since 1984.
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She’s been using a second full time keyboardist since 1984.
Truth.

But her playing was still upfront and audible. She played a lot of parts all the way up to and through THE DANCE.
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But her playing was still upfront and audible. She played a lot of parts all the way up to and through THE DANCE.
They had Brett with them right? My guess is Ricky is replacing Brett? But now apparently they need Mike too..doesn’t Neil play keys too?
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:22 PM
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They had Brett with them right? My guess is Ricky is replacing Brett? But now apparently they need Mike too..doesn’t Neil play keys too?
Yes, Brett was with them then. But Christine still played a lot of her own parts. Her contribution was substantial.
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Did Christine ever stop smoking? It always mystifies me when people who make their living with their voices still smoke.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:53 PM
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Hopefully doing that RIDICULOUS single finger plinking like he did yesterday!
I was thankful for small favors—he hit the right notes.
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The single thing that makes me the saddest about this whole situation is the sixteen years when Christine was leading the quiet life in the England countryside instead of making music with the band. True, she put out an excellent solo record during that time, but didn't tour with it and hardly even did any promotion, and contributed almost nothing to the band. Think of what this band could have done if she had been active with them during those years. What a missed opportunity.

Now, we are debating about how much she is even playing or singing with the band on stage. We hear a few small notes on the piano and declare that she is indeed playing, but nothing like what she used to do. I watched her play and sing "Songbird" in 2015; that's only three years ago, but can she even do that much anymore? I heard her play and sing "Game of Pretend" last year, and I believed it was all live, but maybe not. Frankly, I want to hear her play and sing, and if her skills have escaped her so much that the band won't even put a microphone on her, then she needs to retire altogether from live performing. Maybe it's time for her to call her nephew and make another solo record, since she seems (based on BuckVie) to still excel in the studio.
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I watched her play and sing "Songbird" in 2015; that's only three years ago, but can she even do that much anymore? I heard her play and sing "Game of Pretend" last year, and I believed it was all live, but maybe not.
i don't know how much she played live on BuckVie, but she definitely sang. fast songs like You Make Loving Fun or Red Sun were rough / off pitch on verses. but ballads like Wish You Were Here and Game of Pretend were heavenly. she still has a voice, and on some songs it's definitely worth hearing.

but on other songs she is so off pitch that they don't let her sing on live tv - i'm guessing because it can be hit or miss. BuckVie mostly did only Lindsey songs on live tv. there was one of the Chris songs (was it Feel About You? can't remember) that was available on the youtube channel of the show they did, and hearing how off pitch she was made it very clear why they chose to air Lindsey-lead song instead.
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I was thankful for small favors—he hit the right notes.
So WHY couldn't Christine play that?
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Did Christine ever stop smoking? It always mystifies me when people who make their living with their voices still smoke.
Christine and Stevie made a pact to stop smoking together right before the Dance tour. Stevie hired a voice coach and their pact worked.
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You know what would have made much more sense (while being equally ridiculous)?

If Stevie had plonked out those five notes on the keyboard, instead of Mike Campbell.

It's her song, and she's a bona fide plonker.
They could even put sticky dots on the keys she had to press.

Actually, how about a xylophone?
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Christine and Stevie made a pact to stop smoking together right before the Dance tour. Stevie hired a voice coach and their pact worked.
Whoa didn’t know that! Cool, thanks.
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Maybe Christine did not play during the Ellen Show because she was too nervous. She has a long history with stage fright and she always seemed especially nervous in TV settings, because she can't stay in the shadows. And - unlike some members of the band, she is down-to-earth and probably knows that FM has a lot to prove in the current situation - she certainly does not want to be the one who makes a crucial mistake. I highly doubt that the band is democratic and forgiving right now, espcecially towards the parea who toured solo with LB just last summer.

Of course I do not know how Christine feels in the band nowadays, I'm just speculating.
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Actually, how about a xylophone?
How about triggering the part on a workstation module? It's kind of weird to see the grizzly old guitarist saunter over to the board and play a short part every so often. It's like watching Thomas Dolby, surrounded by instrumentation, playing with both hands and feet.

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Or replace Mike Campbell with Mike Oldfield.

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