Monday, October 4, 2010

George Lynch - Lynch Mob Club Red

The legendary guitarist George Lynch performed with his band Lynch Mob at Club Red this past Friday night wowing us with his extraordinary musical abilities on the guitar that only Lynch can.

George Lynch is not just another guitarist. Lynch was one of the founding guitarist to use the art of tapping and pinching harmonics and has a very distinctive style all of his own. Lynch is always evolving as a musician,and has a hand in making quality products to produce unique sounds of the guitar. Many musical instrument manufacturers consult with Lynch creatively to produce equipment. The most notable is his endorsement with ESP Guitars. ESP has held George as their highest profiled endorser for close to 20 years. Electric guitar pickup guru Seymour Duncan has also honored George with his own signature series pickup called the “Screamin’ Demon.” Now a highly regarded standard in the guitar world, the “Screamin’ Demon” reigns as one of Seymour Duncan’s most popular items to date. Lynch also conceived the design for a triple amp selector switching system called the “Tripler” which is now being manufactured by Morley. And that is just to name a few.

Lynch has chosen these extraordinary musicians for this latest line up of his band Lynch Mob. This lineup includes vocalist Marq Torien (Bullet Boys), bassist James "JLo" LoMenzo (White Lion, Megadeath), and Brian Tichy (Tichy has toured/recorded with artists including Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes,Sass Jordan, Slash's Snakepit and his own band Ball.)

As the lights went down you feel the suspense of the crowd. You could hear Lynch before you could see him. When Lynch did hit the stage is was like a climax, a climax that kept surging from Lynch through the crowd and kept surging throughout the whole show. To see such a legendary guitarist so up close and personal as the venue Club Red can accommodate was exhilarating. Lynch Mob did not disappoint. The set list of the night included She's Evil, River, Hell Child, Into the Fire, Alone Again, Mr. Scary, Music Master, Where Do You Sleep, Tooth and Nail and rounded the show out with Wicked Sensation!! If you missed the show, then you missed a stimulating performance not to mention a Guitar Legend.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Faster Pussycat and The Hollywood Saints @ Club Red - Sept 24th

As the lights went out and the fog machine began to blow you could feel the anxious anticipation from the crowd. The curtain dropped and there they were, with the dehumanizing master himself, the true King of Hollywood Sleaze Rock-N-Roll Taime Downe.

Faster Pussycat came out like a slap to the face, then seduced you back into their web wanting more. They sounded just as good, if not better than 1987 when their debut album was released. Though they have been through some changing of members, this last line up of "band camp" Taime Downe - lead vocals (1986–1993, 2001–present) , Xristian Simon - guitar (2001–present), Michael Thomas - guitar (2007–present), Danny Nordahl - bass (2001–present), Chad Stewart - drums, percussion (2001–present), have been together long enough to have everything in synche, like a well oiled machine, or maybe I should say in their terms a girlfriend you have broken in and trained the way you want.

The set list included all the favorites Bathroom Wall, Cathouse, Slip of the Tongue, House of Pain, Poison Ivy, Glory Hole, Shut up and F*ck, Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll!. The musical talent in this band is surpassed by none. Faster Pussycat have been doing it longer and better than anyone and combined with the Rough-N-Sexy voice of Taime Downe that fits so well with the lyrics to the songs it is no wonder these guys are still out there making music and touring. Front man Taime Downe has remained true to himself and his music all these years. He hasn't sold out and remains to grow artistically and though larger than life to some, very real. Taimie is quite the character, but you would have to be, to be the King of Hollywood Rock-N-Roll Sleaze! The crowd was taken in, romanced, used, abused, spit back out and loved every minute of it.

The band currently has a new cd out which is called "Front Row for the Donkey Show". The new c.d. is the FIRST and ONLY live recording from Faster Pussycat. The new c.d. is the next best thing to being there, and if you are like me you would love to be "Front Row" for Faster Pussycat everyday, so I know I will be purchasing the new c.d "Front Row for the Donkey Show".

Faster Pussycat put on the show that night at Club Red that we have all come to expect and love. Don't ever miss these guys when they come to town, it's not just a show, it's an experience, from the Masters themselves and no one can deliver like Faster Pussycat can.

The hot local band The Hollywood Saints opened up the show for Faster Pussycat with their expertise in 80's rock.
The Hollywood Saints come at you hard and thunderous. The band consist of Geno Dellamorte-vocals, Nakd Dave-bass, Steve Conley-guitar, Matt Brist-guitar and Robbie Six-drums. The Hollywood Saints have opened up for National acts such as Y&T, LA Guns, Steel Panther, Firehouse and of course Faster Pussycat.

I spoke with Nakd Dave, bassist, who stated the band have been playing together for about a year. This band is full of talented musicians. Yes, they played covers, but not the normal covers you usually hear bands play. Each member played with skill and precision. The bass and drums timing was excellent and the guitar work in this band is perfection. The Hollywood Saints brought you back in time when music actually had killer dueling guitars and we actually got to hear some guitar leads. When speaking with Nakd Dave he also stated that the set list changes constantly. I like that, so each time you go to see The Hollywood Saints it will be different show with different songs so the WOW factor will always be there. The show I saw included the set list of songs such as Dokken (Tooth and Nail), Aldo Nova (Fantasy), Judas Priest (Hell Bent for Leather) and my favorite of the night Motely Crue (Live Wire) how could you NOT enjoy yourself!! The Hollywood Saints are a band you definitely need to see and do not want to miss if you love hard rock music of the 80's.