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!
RATT & Roll returned to Cincinnati last Thursday Night. Two local acts opened this show, A Nervous Wreck, and Prizoner. I made it to Annies shortly after Prizoner started playing, so I can’t say how A Nervous Wreck’s set went, but Prizoner was on fire Thursday Night.
Prizoner’s set included covers by The Cult, AC/DC, Buckcherry, Kix, Cinderella, Puddle of Mudd, Skid Row, Tesla, Iron Maiden and a damn good cover of Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles, as well as their own original tune, White Knuckle Ride. Prizoner has been a staple in the Cincinnati rock scene since the 80’s, and they did a fantastic job at getting the crowd pumped up and ready to see RATT.
Prizoner was so good that I though RATT would be a let down, after their excellent set. This was not the case tonight. Prizoner set the crowd up, and RATT tore the roof off of the club.
I have seen RATT twice in 2007, and Stephen Pearcy with his solo band in December. Each time, I thought Pearcy’s voice was a little better than the last time I saw him. His voice was damn near perfect this time around. I made a point to stand on the side of the stage where Warren DeMartini was playing. I am quite glad I did. His playing and solos were quite impressive.
Robby Crane might just be the best bass player RATT has ever had. Does this guy ever stand still during a show? His bass combined with Bobby Blotzer’s drums sounded great all night.
John Corabi played rhythm guitar and sang backup to Stephen Pearcy. I never noticed how much Corabi was singing until this show. I hope he doesn’t leave the band as it has been rumored of late. He will be greatly missed if he does quit RATT.
RATT played a pretty good selection of their hits including Tug of War, You’re In Love, Way Cool Jr., Lack of Communication, Lay It Down, Wanted Man, Back For More, a cover of Aerosmith’s Walkin’ The Dog, Nobody Rides For Free and a few other tunes that I can’t recall.
They also did an encore of Body Talk and Round & Round.
I didn’t decide to hit this show until a couple of days before. It was a great concert for a club show. I was glad I went. If I had any complaints at all, it would have wished RATT would have played longer.
Don’t miss RATT if they head your way. They have a few shows left on this tour.
I have included videos from RATT’s encore of Body Talk and Round and Below.
Check them out!
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Jani Lane’s side project has finally seen the light of day, and has been released by Warrior Records. The timing of this release is kind of odd, with Jani recently reuniting with his former band, Warrant.
Nonetheless, The Saints of the Underground new disc is here, and I believe that this is Jani Lane’s most solid effort since the Warrant CD, Dog Eat Dog from 1992.
On this disc, you get two cover songs and eight original tunes. The first is American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. SOTU has increased the tempo on this song by a half step or so, and I like their version quite a bit, although it is very true to the original.
The second cover song is Moonlight Mile by the Rolling Stones. I didn’t really care for the Stones’ version of this song, and SOTU didn’t do anything to improve upon it. Their version is o.k. but It seems like an odd song for them to cover, especially when the Rolling Stones have so many great upbeat songs in their catalog.
The opening track, Dead Man Shoes sounds like a lost Warrant hit from the early 90’s. I like this tune a lot. Tomorrow Never Comes is another solid tune, and a good follow up to keep the pace going on this record. Good Times has a decent intro, which gave me high hopes for this song. It is a mid tempo number that came across as semi-average tune. It took a few listens for me to get into this tune more. I wish they would have made this one a little heavier, but it is, what it is.
The song Exit, didn’t really excite me too much. This sounds like an extra tune that was cut off of a Warrant album. Just when I was starting to lose faith in this record, Signs of Life came at exactly the right time. This tune has a heavier edge that some of the other songs on this record are lacking. It is a cool tune.
Bobby Blotzer’s drums stand out a little more to me, on the tune Bruised. I like the music on this tune, a lot more than the lyrics. Jimmy is a solid closer for this album. This song has a guitar lick that reminds me a whole lot of some old Thin Lizzy tunes.
All in All, Saints of the Underground have released a pretty good CD for the most part. Their are a couple of weak spots, but there are great songs here too.
Warrant and Jani Lane fans will eat this record up! For more information on Saints of the Underground, and to preview six of the songs from Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner, please visit the SOTU myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
Saints of the Underground is:
Jani Lane – Vocals
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
Robby Crane – Bass
Kerri Kelli – Guitars