According to Prophet:
We’re playing the Temple Beautiful album in sequence with an octet. For folks like me who weren’t exactly in school band, Temple producer Brad Jones informs me that a good shorthand reference for an octet is Eleanor Rigby. Basically an 8-piece string section.
At one point, we were thinking of doing a musical. Like with costumes and a real production. Imagine the players decked out as the characters? Pre-steroid era hero Willie Mays, martyr for gay rights Mayor Harvey Milk, Laffing Sal, Jim Jones, Carol Doda, Emperor Norton… and more. But you know, that started to look a little daunting. And we didn’t want our grandiosity to turn on us. Again. So we settled for a string section. It’ll still be plenty epic, trust me.
Chuck Prophet, Kelley Stoltz
Great American Music Hall
November 24, 2013