Lynch Mob invaded the Rock House in Indianapolis on Thursday, January 27th. Several local bands opened the show including Shadowbox, Caden’s Cry, Smoke Ring. All of the local bands were good, but I was anxiously awaiting to see George Lynch and Company. I haven’t seen Lynch Mob play live since 1991!!
Willie Basse took the stage, and most people from what I could tell were surprised. Not too many people knew about Willie Basse on this bill. It wasn’t well publicized (except for at Hard Rock Hideout). From Facebook, to the Indianapolis Star, no one mentioned Willie Basse, and this is a shame, because Willie Basse’s band is really good. The reason I knew about this show was from the Press Release that I received from Willie Basse, and I am grateful.
Willie Basse’s band was the true surprise of the night. Willie Basse’s (vocals and bass) band featured Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) on drums and new comer Patrick Abbate (Kee Marcello and Patrick Abbate band). Before this night, I have never heard of Patrick Abbate before, but he got my attention in a hurry. This Italian axeslinger plays in a style that would do Yngwie Malmsteen proud. Yes, he really is that good. His guitar acrobatics quickly got the attention of everyone at the Rockhouse. Needless to say, Willie Basse and company won the fans over quickly. The band did songs off the Willie Basse CD, “The Money Grind”. A Black Sheep tune, and “Breakway”, Basse’s new single which features George Lynch and James Kottak. “Breakway” is a very kick ass tune. If you haven’t checked it out yet. You can get it here!! I really like Basse’s vocals, and his band is super tight. If you haven’t check him out yet, visit WillieBassse.com. If you would like more information on Abbate, I highly recommend you check out his website at www.bandaner.com.
Lynch Mob was late, and took the stage after midnight. It was a long time of waiting for George, and company, but man oh man was it worth it. Lynch Mob sounded great all night. Oni Logan was in fine form all night. I can’t tell you how good it was to see “Wild” Mick Brown on the drums again. Robbie Crane rounded out the Lynch Mob lineup on bass, and did a fine job, and sang a lot of back up vocals as well. He is a pretty good addition to Lynch Mob in My opinion. If Ratt doesn’t reunite, George needs to keep Robby Crane on board.
The real star of the band, Mr. Furious George Lynch played fantastic, although I have to say, George looked pretty rough this night. His playing is all that really mattered to me though. The band traveled from St. Paul, Minnesota to Indianapolis, so they were in their bus all day, so I am sure they were pretty wiped by the time they got to Indy. Even though they were late, they sounded great. George Lynch busted out a plethora of guitars including my favorite, Mr. Scary.
Lynch Mob”s set included the songs, “She’s Evil”, “River of Love”, “Hell Child”, “21st Century Man”, “Madly Backwards”, “Into the Fire”, “Where Do You Sleep”, “Mr. Scary”, “Rain”, “All I Want”, “Street Fighting Man”, “Music Master”, Tooth N’ Nail”, and “Wicked”.
Overall, it was a great night of rock. I can’t wait to see Lynch Mob play again! Hopefully, it won’t be another 20 years before I get to see them play live!
Check out the Willie Basse / Lynch Mob Photo Gallery below. Click on the picture to view the larger image!
What a year – and then another one! Things have been moving fast and furiously for The New Black since 2009, with critical praise for their debut album, appearances at every major festival and incredible gigs everywhere. The German quintet opened up for the mighty AC/DC in front of 65,000 rabid fans, supported Alter Bridge on a sold-out German tour, played alongside Volbeat and Black Label Society and dominated at Wacken and at Rock Am Ring…
A pretty eye-opening story, considering that the band was basically formed by coincidence (and heavy drinking), solely for the love of rock, huge riffs and the power of a great song. The New Black’s tale proves once again that authentic music goes a long way – with real musicians, real songwriting and real sweat. There’s no juvenile fist-clenching going on here – it’s more like a knockout punch.
This uncompromising ethic anchors the band’s second release, II: BETTER IN BLACK. While their debut album was an enthusiastic exploration of new territory, these days the band are fully in tune with themselves after laying the crucial groundwork. Apart from the musical abilities needed to do the job, it’s the unmeasurable vibes within the band that really make them what they are – their groove, their sound, their vibe and (again) their songs.
With II: BETTER IN BLACK, The New Black continue their spectacular story, with a professional work ethic and a firm focus on the important elements – the music and the joy of playing it. And, of course, with a huge riff up their sleeves. Big boys just know how it’s done. Check out The New Black’s new clip “The King I Was” below,,
You can get three free downloads of the The New Black’s songs, “Batteries & Rust”, “Everlasting” & “Love is Blue” by signing on The New Black mailing list on the band’s Reverbnation page here!