‘Anatomy of a set list’

mwasb_2014_setlist_thumbOn his “Hair-Breened Ideas” blog, MWASB Keyboardist Chris Breen peels back the onion and provides a peak behind the curtain about the inner workings of creating a Macworld All-Star Band set list. And if that didn’t throw enough metaphors at you, here’s a simile to consider: Set lists are like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made.

Says Chris: “Throughout the course of the night the MWASB has its highs and lows. The highs include just playing together—we’re friends and we share some common musical interests—as well as those moments when the band clicks. The inevitable lows are when a tune falls apart because we missed a change, we didn’t communicate adequately while playing it, someone got distracted, or the song was simply too ambitious and didn’t hold together under pressure...

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Paul Kent recalls MWASB origins on Macgasm

During a 2010 interview with Neal Pann on Macworld Conference and Expo’s changing focus, conference general manager and Macworld All-Star Band guitarist Paul Kent talked about the band’s beginning:

“Originally it was an idea of Macworld’s Chris Breen and myself. We wanted to put together a group of Mac industry people to jam at Macworlds. Ilene Hoffman had an interest in taking over the legacy of the Mac the Knife parties – so we now had a venue and the basis for a band. Ilene referred drummer Dave Hamilton from The Mac Observer, and bassist Chuck La Tournous from RandomMaccess– both very accomplished musicians – and we had a foundation. Bob LeVitus on guitar, Duane Straub on bass, were added to the group as we prepped for the first gig at Macworld NY 2001.

The band has truly becom...

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‘Where it began, I can’t begin to know’


Enough people have been asking about the band lately that it seemed like time to do something with the domain we’ve had laying dormant for the last decade or so. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve doubled our normal touring schedule this year (from one gig to two!) But whatever the reason, there are enough photos, videos, rumors and downright tall tales about us that we figured we’d try to gather some of it together in one place.

If you’ve never heard of us — or have, but don’t quite know why — the History page is probably as good a place as any to start. From our humble beginnings to our barely less humble present, you’ll get the inside scoop on America’s most beloved band of Mac-loving-tech-journalists-and-or-personalities-who-play-parties-at-Apple-centric-conferences.

Well, at least the stu...

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