For the second year in a row (and third M3 overall), Jetboy kicked off the M3 Music Festival in style. With a brand new lead singer in tow, there were several question marks about how their performance would go over. However, the question marks came from the fans and not the band. The band always knew how great their live
performance was going to be. Then Jetboy went onstage and proved it to the rest of the hard rock world.
Last year, Jetboy was one of the most underrated bands on the M3 bill. Their noon performance kicked off the 2010 M3 Festival in style and they had one of the best live performances. This year was no different. Despite the fact that Mickey Finn is no longer in the band, new lead vocalist, DK Revelle squashed any concerns that fans may have had about Jetboy with a new lead singer.
The band stormed the stage on Friday night with ferocious energy, ready to rock. The Kix-Off party found the Merriweather Post Pavilion pretty full by the 7:00 PM start time. While fans were still filtering in, most had found their seats (or spots on the lawn) when Jetboy took to the stage. And they came out with the force of a tsunami. Their high energy, hard rock filled performance was one to be remembered. DK Revelle’s impact was immediately felt.
DK’s vocal style is considerably different from Mickey Finn’s, but not in a negative manner. The gravelly, growly, singing style fits in perfectly with Jetboy’s sleaze rock sound. While fans may have been wondering where Finn was at the start of the first song, by the end of that song, their attention had changed. No longer were they focused on Mickey Finn. They were now asking the more appropriate question. Who is this DK Revelle? Simply stated, he was amazing.
The band behind him was typical Jetboy, but with a new found love for live performances. The addition of Revelle has helped the band gel in the live setting and finds the boys having more fun than they have in years. Sometimes a personnel change will do that. In the case of Jetboy, it has done it well.
Revelle filled in the lead vocalist role with ease. Coming off a tour of Europe, the band had time to bond and feel each other out on stage. While at times it was noticeable that DK is still finding his groove as the lead singer of Jetboy, their live performance receives a high passing grade.
While on the road, the band had time to write some new material. Two new songs were performed for the M3 crowd. The first, “Strip Down,” is a four beat, blues style, sleaze rock song that sounded amazing. If this song was available on a record, I would have bought it that night. This could be the best Jetboy song I’ve ever heard, and that includes “Feel The Shake.”
The second new song that the band graced us with was “Little Miss Sin Eater.” This song was equally as brilliant and performed in the similar fun, sleazy, Jetboy style. Hearing both of these songs live has me yearning for a new Jetboy album. Hopefully there were some record executives in the crowd that felt the same way.
The band closed their tight 30-minute set with their best known tune, “Feel The Shake.” DK was able to take the hit single and make it his own. It’s obvious that he was into the song as much as his band mates. “Feel The Shake” was performed with passion and the fans responded in kind, singing along as loud as they could.
At the end of their set, Jetboy received a well-deserved rousing ovation, and most of the fans had forgotten about the band’s past. They were more focused on the band’s future. And with the addition of new lead singer DK Revelle, some exceptional new songs, and a brand new attitude, the future for Jetboy is something the fans should be focused on.