Music auditions aren’t just the preserve of terrible TV shows
Robert Burke Warren will never forget the day he nearly became RobbieRamone. Hisonlinepiece abouta1989try-out toreplace Dee Dee Ram on east he bass player in the band is a reminder of the part auditions play ins us sing out potential band mates.
Opencallsfor boybandsand thelike, whichoften attract hundredsof would-bes,mayhave us think that auditions are for LouisWalsh and co to enlist new pop stars, but the truth is most bands have an audition tale or two to tell. From Guns N Roses to U 2, manygreatline-upsbeganwitha newspaper or notice board appeal for new band members.
When Roxy Music were on the hunt for a guitarist, they placed an ad in music weekly Melody Maker seeking what they called the “perfect guitarist ”. Many answered and David O’ List got the gig. When he quit due to musical differences,the jobwenttoPhil Man zan era, who had originally appliedbut hadbecomethe band’ s roadie instead.
Max Weinberg( above) is one of the main stays of Bruce Springsteen’ s E Street Band but it was a 1974 Village Voice ad that broughthim intothe fold. History does not record who else an- sweredt head requiring“no junior Ginger Bake rs ”, but Weinberg did enoughtoget thegigandallow himtoquitschool.
As for Warren, he say she think she was lucky that his time as a Ram one lasted just the two minutes or so it took to play one of theirsongs attheaudition, seeing as so many band members died young. At least he got a great storyoutof it and one which may well provoke many other musician store call the day they nearly became a member of a famous band. There must be a couple of hundredwould-bemembersof TheFalloutthere forastart.