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!
Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has just uploaded his new single “Break Away”, featuring Dokken’s George Lynch on lead guitar, to http://www.myspace.com/williebasse. The new track features King James Kottak (Scorpions, Black Sheep) on drums, Mitch Perry (MSG, Talas, Black Sheep) on guitars, Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CSN) on Hammond Organ and Willie Basse himself on bass and vocals.
Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
Basse’s is preparing for the release of the follow-up album to his critically acclaimed debut, “The Money Grind”. The album is expected to surface in early 2011 through Basse’s own New Empire Media. The album is being recorded by producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Godsmack)
Dokken, Lynch Mob and current ‘Souls of WE’ guitarist, George Lynch has joined ’80’s Metal Pioneer Willie Basse in his Burbank, CA studio to record a new single, “Break Away” for Basse’s upcoming new studio album. The track and album is being recorded by Basse and Led Zeppelin engineer, Andy Johns and is expected to surface in late 2010 through Basse’s own New Empire Media, Inc.
“Working with George Lynch again is amazing and we’re enjoying lots of creative fun! We can actually do anything and go anywhere without limits,” commented Willie Basse. “His contribution to my project, along with unmatched professional musicianship enlightens me, and inspires me to new heights.”
“Ok. First you have Andy Johns… Hello Andy Johns?! He’s done a few records… Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones…” added George Lynch. “Then you’ve got Willie, who I played with back in the 80s, so we’ve got some history. Willie is so passionate about the music that he lives and breathes. Working on these tracks is liking going back in time, in a good way! It’s very reminiscent of Priest and other hard rock bands of that era. And everything starts out analog. You just can’t beat tape. I felt like I was back in 1987 recording a classic Dokken record!”
Basse is currently recording the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album ‘The Money Grind’. Basse, best known for his role as bassist/frontman for the LA based legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, and Randy Castillo.
For more information please visit: http://www.myspace.com/williebasse.
Ex-Black Sheep Frontman/Producer WILLIE BASSE Launches New Empire Media, Inc. With New Album “The Money Grind”
80’s Metal Pioneer, Willie Basse has launched his new label New Empire Media with the release of his new album “The Money Grind”. The album is now availible in stores and on iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes/jukebox now with a European release slated for September, followed by a European a tour in October/November 2008.
Basse, best known for his role as bassist/frontman for the legendary LA based metalheads, Black Sheep (the metal version, not the rap version who bought the name from him in the 90’s. Black Sheep and Willie Basse were mainstays on the Los Angeles sunset strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
Staying true to his his metal and rock roots, Basse flexes his abilities as a song writer on “The Money Grind” with 12 ear-crunching, classic metal songs that will bring him back to the forefront of the genre. His unapologetic approach to metal makes the “The Money Grind” a powerful musical statement that can’t be ignored.
“The term classic metal doesn’t really make sense to me,” says Basse when describing his new album, “because that implies that there isn’t anything current about metal music, which isn’t true. Alternative, Grunge, Punk, Emo, etc. – they all have their basis in the same metal music that I’ve been playing for years.”
Despite taking a hiatus to pursue real estate, Basse has remained active during his absence from the music scene. In addition to his own label, Willie has built several state of the art recording studio facilities. He’s worked for years as a Pro Audio Equipment Specialist and Technology Consultant. His studio is almost as busy as Willie is himself. Recent projects coming out his studios include, CANNED HEAT “Boogie 2000”, Finis Tasby “Jump Children” and several projects that feature DJ Ashba (SIXX:AM / Beautiful Creatures), Glen Sobel (Gary Hoey / Impelliteri / Beautiful Creatures) Carmine & Vinnie Appice (Ozzy / Black Sabbath / Dio) Phil Soussan (Ozzy), Tony Franklin (Jimi Page / Blue Murder), Jeff Pilson (Dokken / Dio), Randy Castillo (Ozzy / Lita Ford), James Kottak (Scorpions), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Mike Finnigan (Hendrix / CSN / Bonnie Raitt), Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power Horns).
Samples from Willie Basse’s new album “The Money Grind” can be heard online at www.MySpace.com/WillieBasse