In a surprise visit to KBCO's "Studio C", John
Popper announced today that the band would be announcing
their choice for the replacement of former bassist Bob
Sheehan as early as tomorrow. While playing a short set for
the Denver-based radio station, Popper said that they are
currently talking to the bassist in question and that they
were planning on announcing it at their show at Boulder's Fox
Theatre tomorrow night.
This announcement comes on the heels of a three-day run of
unannounced auditions, which had been originally scheduled as
secret "invitation-only" shows before the death of
Bob Sheehan on August 20th. The band decided to use the
unique opportunity to try out bassists Steve Manning, Oteil
Burbridge and Tad Kinchla in the live concert atmosphere
without the pressure of performing for a larger audience.
Popper joked that he couldn't announce it right now because
his drummer would "beat the crap out of me".
Early fan-based sentiment seems to be leaning towards
Burbridge, who tried out for the slot during a 90-minute show
at Chicago's Metro last Wednesday, though there is a show of
support for Tad Kinchla, brother of guitarist Chan and
bassist for the New York-based Dowdy Smack.