Mu­sic au­di­tions aren’t just the pre­serve of ter­ri­ble TV shows

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SUNKEN TREASURE - Jim­Car­roll

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.

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