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5 weeks ago
Joe Vana
My 2 cents.... A producer is VERY important as well as: The band is unable to come to consensus on anything! The band does not have a guy who is capable... The band is looking for a specific sound they can't reach... The bands songs are not fully developed... And many many other reasons... In my case Mecca 1 and 2 were radically different because Jimmy P produced Mecca 1 and I did
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8 weeks ago
Joe Vana
I guess I will ask again for some clarification... -------many people question TD's self promoted "resume".....let's just vet his own websites information....by doing so it can't be construed it's someone else's words....or a mistype??? Lots and lots of mistypes???? And btw....had he not sent all the vile and vitriolic emails to Luke, myself and Andrew I would not have bothered li
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2 months ago
Joe Vana
2112 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > great to finally see Hungate & Shannon Forrest > doing their thing in a live environment , if only > we could have also have seen Joe Vanna and Tommy D > rather than that Luke character and the Williams > singer. > > Maybe next time:-) Well.....it's Vana (not Vanna)...AND....I am NOWHERE the
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4 months ago
Joe Vana
Hey Rum.... My 2cents.... First off Bobby was pushing 60 and the material is very challenging....so yes, he was a weak link....the harmonies need that root of the lead vocal, and if he is not singing the choruses then they got problems...JW now is dead on....smokin...problem solved and NO disrespect to Bobby, the guy is 68 and still out playing....but JW is vastly superior....Greg Philingai
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6 months ago
Joe Vana
Andrew Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > So that's what will finally get you here. > > I'll warn the spiders, snakes, jellyfish, sharks, > devils and dropbears to be ready :) I would wear a metal suit to protect me from all the killing machines you have down under!!! Jesus!!! Deadly Spiders...Snakes big enough to eat even me....animals all lo
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6 months ago
Joe Vana
No!!! Luke would not dig it....you guys need to know he only wants what the FANS want!!! They are signed to Frontiers for THIS record...so they have to do what Frontiers wants, and play ball the way they want!!! Luke does records because that's what the FANS want...he travels 9 months a year away from his family and little one's because that's his job...and he believes his boss is YOU guys!!! S
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6 months ago
Joe Vana
Hey Guys.... I was "bitch slapped" by an admin on one of the Toto newsgroups...she deleted my posts and was accusing me of STEALING the new Toto since I posted a review...LUKE sent it to me months ago, My drummer and Bass player are in Toto and Luke and I are very very close....yet this chick went postal...I also did NOT bother to tell her any of this...I just walked away.... BUT.
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10 months ago
Joe Vana
For my money WOA had the best material of the weekend.....musically......show wise though, HEAT is insane to watch...AWESOME...Erik is a MONSTER... I would travel to see them play together....and if they do in Europe, I would fly out to see it.... DAMN nice guys too..... JV
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11 months ago
Joe Vana
Hey... I worked with Joey on about half of them, and half are all him....BUT, this is NOT Mecca...it is crushingly powerful and honest ROCK...I guarantee they play with more energy and intensity than any other band this weekend....they are young kids who don't know better yet....the music world can be scary....but they are too busy trying to kick ass..... That isn't a Dad talking....Thats a
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11 months ago
Joe Vana
Guys...what is this about???? JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
I had the pleasure a few weeks back to be in studio with Mike as he works on an album.....Africa is quite impressive and so is Long Time...however....the MOST impressive thing is he looks IDENTICAL to Louis CK!!! And he is a GREAT GUY!!!! JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Hey Guys... 7th is a phenomenon here in Chicago...I.E. they played a Concert in the park last week, I stopped by....the average band pulls a few hundred local folks out to see Free music in the park.....7th drew over 3,000 and some people could not even see them but just hear them, and they stayed....they play over 200 shows a year to over a million people....yes, a million... I used to get
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Well it wasn't that hard as we are all very close friends and have been doing music together 15 years....Mecca is more than a band...it becomes family... And...Shannon and David will be literally fresh off their tour with Toto as their rhythm section...so I am SURE some Toto will be in the books...BUT I WON'T sing Toto stuff without Toto being there out of respect....but, I am sure I can get J
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Hey.... I just got out of the studio here in Nashville and we literally were discussing this earlier with Hungate and Shannon Forrest.... Protools...digital is EASIER THAN ANALOG....BUT, is inferior sound quality wise by a TON...those saying digital sounds better are uneducated as to what sonics actually are... Analog is way MORE expensive but the sonic improvement is such that it is wor
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Christian was the man....seriously... He kicked Mecca II into gear with me and was a great collaborator....he did a masterful job playing on Mecca II and also live at MRfest2...the two weeks he stayed with me were a blast... I feel horrible for his wife...his one year old son that will never know the wonderful splendor that was his Dad... I am personally very set back by this...I lost Dr
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Thanks Gooch!!! I never pushed him into music, but instead I just supported whatever he wanted to do...when music became that passion I was more than thrilled...playing MRfest3 with him was a blast...and the crowd was so supportive...other genres may be bigger, but this genre has the nicest most loyal fan base of any for sure...looking forward to MRFest 4!!!!!! Thanks again!!! JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Guys.... I normally would never post things like this...BUT...my son who plays with Mecca has first band of his own and here is the video...I helped out with the tune...but this is his baby...proud pop.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcNmyakpOh4&sns=em Andrew posted a blurb for them as well...thanks Drew!! Thanks in advance guys!!!! JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Hey Niv.... I have that Porcaro sound...his name is Shannon Forrest!!! Toto didn't pick him out of the blue BELIEVE ME!!! 15 years ago when recording Mecca I, and the guys went into playing Mushanga between a take I knew I was witnessing the one man on the planet who could bring it like Jeff...and anyone who sees this tour will agree!!!!! We are all in for something special!!!! JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
nivjourney Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Evidently, David posted on Facebook (in response > to the new tour announcement) > > "I'm playing that tour with Toto...last time I > toured with them--1980. It's going to be a > beautiful reunion....then I'm gonna retire!" > > Seems fitting. I'm hoping he'll be on the new &
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Irwin m fletcher Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Lol, this reversed thread has actually made me > realise how annoying fans can be. I guess some > fans do take the piss. I forgot to mention in my > thread that I met DEEP PURPLE last Oct and they > were really cool. I even got a photo with Steve > Morse, but there was a couple of guys there
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Well.... After MR3 a lady walks up and asks for a pic...we take...then she pulls about 6 items out to sign including a Mecca Calandar I had never seen!!! She was nice....then she goes....by the way, love your voice but you look nothing like you sound... So I said Thank you....and went on a diet!!!! Hahahahah.... JV
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Snake65 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Won't be missed by me. While I think he has great > talent he has an attitude he is better than > others. So hook up with all the mega stars and > leave us "little people" to our music. NO ONE on here is a little person my man....we all love this music, and even though the genre is shrinking
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Doug Wolfgang Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > > > > > Interestingly, he was also calling Tommy a > 'brother' while they were recording Mecca 2. He > could not praise him (or his playing) enough, all > through the process. This was not that long ago. > Now he comes here to bash the guy. Quite a man of > true integrity and
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Andrew Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Tommy tells just one side of the story of course. > > > I had no intention of posting any comment, I just > grew tired of Tommy's comments on myself, this > genre and several artists. > > He makes it very clear here all the time that he > does not need the AOR genre and that he makes h
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Honestabe30 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Oh, I wish you could have had a chat with Tom > Scholz about all of this before he made Life, > Love, Hope. I was surprised with what he did with > that one because he has turned out some terrific > sounding music in his time. But I think the > programmed drums really hurt that one. I have n
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
I will say this...I have heard good productions done digitally...but NEVER one with programmed drums...that is "grid rock" we call it...and the word groove and programmed does NOT equate!!!
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
A great SOUNDING record and a great record are not always the same thing....love and caring and all that are great things...but I will take an SSL in a World Class studio over a home studio and a bucket of love any day.... A great song done with programmed drums, with all guitar plugins and everything to the grid is a great song in demo form...if your doing a record, DO A RECORD!!!! Again..
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Well it is all a matter of opinion... However, a digital recording will never sound as deep and rich as an analogue (2" tape) recording that is done by equally talented engineers....and if you think a plug in of a vintage LA 2A compressor sounds the same as a real vintage unit than you should definitely stick with a home studio and get your ears checked. Recordings of today ARE cheaper to
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
bmg Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Really looking fwd to new Boston album. > > I sometimes wondering why so many bands / artists > dont catch on to the importance of taking time to > produce a quality album. Quality is sacrificed as > albums are rushed - churned out - Because they get their asses handed to them by media and fans al
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1 year ago
Joe Vana
Brian... Your words and more than kind...and it is my honor that you dig Undeniable!!!! I am beyond words with what you said...thank you so much...Fergie is fighting...I have faith...and as far as my voice I was about 75% at the show but that was 15 weeks after surgery and they told me a year...so I am way way ahead of schedule...and I have glimmers if it all being back so within probably a fe
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