Category Archives: 2014-TOP

GENE SIMMONS THE HONDA CENTER LA KISS FOOTBALL 6/14/2014

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BLACK STAR RIDERS THE CANYON CLUB 5/15/2014

JOHN CORABI The Whisky A-Go-Go 3/19/2014

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As a huge Racer X fan in my teen years, I bought up any projects the former members of the band were involved with from the late 80s to the early 90s. 

A few years after Racer X called it quits, former members Juan/John Alderete and Bruce Bouillet formed a band called The Scream.

Their album release, “Let It Scream”, is a an incredible recording of great songs with the stunning vocals of John Corabi.   There are many gems on that album from touching balladry to all out rock.  Some of my favorite songs ever are on this album.    Still to this day, not many recordings compare to that one.    If only more people were hip to it at the time, it would have had the potential to be a huge album.

Ironically, with bands like The Scream, music didn’t have to go bad like it did in the 90s.. but it did.

A few years later, it seemed like the perfect choice when Motley Crue hired John Corabi to replace Vince Neil.   He was a GREAT replacement (and improvement) for the the self-titled “Motley Crue” album.    Still, John didn’t seem to get his due.  A true musical travesty, as he was once again overlooked.   By the mid-90s, the overall climate of music was in complete suck mode.  Again, it didn’t have to be.   

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John has carried on in various projects over the years (including being the guitarist for RATT for a while) and is one of the people on my short list that I’ve always wanted to see live and never had the opportunity to.    

Fast forward to 2014.  I’m sitting upstairs at The Whisky with my buddy when John Corabi sits at the table next to us.    We end up talking to him for a minute and he says he hasn’t played a note at The Whisky in over 20 years, as the Motley Crue album was released just over 20 years ago (March 15, 1994 to be exact).   He was very cool and posed for a picture with internet sensation Joe Dolan.

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John came out rocking the acoustic guitar and played an incredible 30 minute set that started with “Love (I Don’t Need It Anymore)”.    His guitar playing and singing were top notch as he tore through some solo tunes, some choice cuts off of the The Scream’s first album (“Man In The Moon” and “Mother, Father, Son – one of the best tunes ever/ a personal favorite that hardly anyone knows about).

Just before the show, John took some pictures with some guys that came all the way from Australia to see John in concert.  As evidenced by their shirts, they were there to see “Hooligan’s Holiday” from Motley Crue.   

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The next thing you know, the four Australian dudes are up on stage rocking out with John as he played their tune.   It looked like a pretty surreal experience for the guys as they took selfies and pics on their phones and had a great time onstage.   Good for them.

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The guys join in around the 1 minute mark here:

Full tune:

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The fact that talent like John’s has been so ridiculously overlooked is just proof positive that most people are complete morons when it comes to good music.  It’s really sad.

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The awesome set ended all too soon.   Mission accomplished.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Kenny Wayne Shepherd guesting THE CANYON CLUB 2/28/2014

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I happened to see Robert Randolph and the Family Band back in the summer of 2004 (almost ten years ago!) when they opened for Eric Clapton at the Hollywood Bowl.    I was instantly blown away by the music and performance.     At the end of the evening, I left the show liking their set the best. 

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A few years later, I was lucky enough to see them again opening for Dave Matthews Band.  Again, their set was the highlight of the evening.

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I was thrilled to hear that they were playing the Canyon.     

As expected, from the opening note of his pedal steel guitar to the end, the show was fantastic.   His guitar playing is unreal.   He broke a string and had to have it fixed while he was playing.  It was actually pretty entertaining to watch.   

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Very early on into the set, he went ahead and introduced Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  They jammed on three songs together.  Kenny just played The Canyon a few weeks ago and his band totally rocked, too.

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The entire show was awesome.    There were some catchy tunes off the new album – Lickety

Split and the band just flat out rocks all kinds of styles – it was funky, bluesy, raw and powerful.   I’d see this band again and again.   And I’m not usually a big fan of slide guitar playing and blues, but I can;t say enough about this group.        

http://www.robertrandolph.net

 

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Here’s the band’s EPK – it’s pretty awesome:

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GREGG BISSONETTE and COBUS POTGIETER LIVE SHOW DRUM CHANNEL DC LIVE DRUMCHANNEL.COM 2/20/2014

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Gregg Bissonette rocked some tracks on from his new album: “Warning Will Robinson” on the live show tonight on  DrumChannel.com.    In addition to playing all kinds of styles of cool drumming and a surprisingly good vocal performance by Gregg throughout, he also has some pretty wild dub step grooves in his tunes, which was a really cool curveball.  He delivered a stunning performance of several selections on the album.   The studio crowd was all smiles.

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After performing two tunes from the new album/ first independent release, he then hopped on the couch to discuss his aforementioned new CD release, his upcoming 3-day Groove Camp in Thousand Oaks, CA from March 14-16, 2014 , as well as other good things he has in the works.

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The new CD is cool in that there are 2 discs – the second of which has the music sans the drum tracks.   To accompany the purchase of the album (which can be purchased on iTunesCD Baby and Amazon), Gregg has also included the CHARTS for all the songs.    Very cool!

Later in the second segment, Cobus Potgeiter joined Gregg on the couch and they talked about his new band, Ventura Lights and they took some viewer questions from the audience on the Internet.  Cobus actually has a pretty convincing Southern accent.

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Gregg also acknowledged and gave some kind words to his buddy Dean Zimmer (of “Drummer Wanted” fame and DW endorsee), who was in the studio audience.

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After the break and to close out the show, Gregg and Cobus hopped on their drum kits and rocked the title track “Warning Will Robinson”.  

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Another fantastic Drum Channel performance!   This will be a great one to watch over and over again. 

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ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA The Canyon Club 2/7/2014

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    MORE PICTURES

    SET LIST:

    The Torture Never Stops
    Roxy & Elsewhere Set:
    Penguin in Bondage
    Pygmy Twylyte
    Dummy Up
    Village of the Sun
    Echidna’s Arf (Of You)
    Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?
    Cheepnis
    Son of Orange County
    More Trouble Every Day
    Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)

    Second set:
    Filhy Habits
    Teen-Age Wind
    Teenage Prostitute
    The Black Page #1
    The Black Page #2
    Florentine Pogen
    What’s New In Baltimore
    Zombie Woof

    Encore:
    Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow
    Muffin Man 
    Cosmik Debris

Infectious Grooves The Whisky-A-Go-Go

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Infectious Grooves have been a real favorite of mine since 1991.  I’ve seen them several times over the years in concert and still listen to the albums pretty regularly.  Every one of their albums is great.  Killer bass playing, drumming, funky and meal guitar, funny lyrics…. awesome.

I was at the Drum Channel when Stephen Perkins said they were doing the one-off reunion show at the Orion Festival last year, so it was very  exciting to hear that they were doing a show for the 50th anniversary of The Whisky.   After completing lagging when the show went on sale, it sold out before I could get tickets.   Luckily, I was able to get a ticket for the show.  

The band came on around 11:00  with Sarsippius and friends.   It took a minute to register that I was really seeing this show.   They did tunes mostly off the first two albums.  It was great to hear their versions of “Fame” and “The Immigrant Song” some 20+ years later.   Robert Trujillo and Stephen Perkins are an incredible rhythm section.   They just smiled and shredded all set long.  Dean Pleasants and Jim Martin (replacing Adam Siegel) made a fine, funky/ heavy guitar team and Mike Muir can still deliver on the vocals.  He never stopped moving during the set.  I have the blurry pictures to prove it.    It was a great show and I am very happy I could attend. 

SET LIST:

These Freaks Are Here To Party
Turtle Wax
You Lie …And Yo Breath Stank
Immigrant Song
Stop Funkin With My Head
Punk It Up
Fame
I’m Gonna Be My King

Green Eyed Lady/ Lights
Monster Skank
Violent & Funky
Boom Boom Boom
Do the Sinister
Therapy?

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Infectious Grooves

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