The Fab Four Beatles Tribute AXS TV The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands The Roxy 7/29/2013

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I’ve been disappointed by just about every Beatles tribute band I’ve ever seen.   From tributes at fairs, to relatively large venues, I never found a band that did The Beatles music true justice.     I am a huge Beatles fan.   They’re one of the best bands ever.  They may be the best – whatever that is.    I’ve seen “Love” three times in Vegas, I have a good collection of Beatles stuff and I really enjoy their multi-channel music (“Eleanor Rigby is glorious in surround sound).. 

I’d never heard The Fab Four play before.  Given my low expectations for a band paying tribute to the music of the Beatles, I can say I am completely shocked by how much they nailed the entire act and by how into the show the super-packed crowd was.  They played a sold out show the night before and may have the biggest fan base of all the tribute bands.  There was a sizeable line before the doors opened.

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They played 24 songs and pulled off several costume changes to represent different John, Paul, George and Ringo  time periods in chronological order during their performance.   Each song and costume change got better as the concert went on. 

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They started with “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and included “Please Please Me”,”Do You Want To Know A Secret”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “I Should Have Known Better”, “Eight Days A Week”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Yesterday”, “Day Tripper”, “She Loves You”, and “I Saw Her Standing There” before Katie Daryl  took the  first set commercial break with “Twist and Shout”. DSC02945IMG_0065

Everyone in attendance was floored.  What a fantastic tribute to the Beatles.  And the energy was at an all-time high.

The second set of the show saw the Fab Four come back dressed in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/ psychedelic period.  The bass drum even changed from “The Fab Four” logo to “It Was 20 Years Ago Today”.  

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To close out the telecast, the band came back out in their third costume and played “Get Back”, “Imagine”, “Here Comes The Sun”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Revolution”. 

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The Fab Four went off the air with “Hey Jude”:

The band is solid and the drumming may have been the best part.   This is a concert worthy of seeing over and over.

If you ever wanted to see a Beatles tribute band or relive a Beatles concert, then this is the band to see.

 

All-Star Jam James LoMenzo, Kenny Aronoff, Brent Woods and special guests Toluca Lake 7/29/2013

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Phil Soussan and Rafael Moreira jammed some Ozzy tunes.  Phil played bass and sang on “I Don’t Know” and sang “Crazy Train”.   Phil rocks.   It was cool seeing him play again.   He’s had some great jam nights in Sherman Oaks. 

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Some audio/ weak video (it was old school camera night):

“Freddie Mercury” (Gregory Finsley from Queen Nation) came out and jammed “Dragon Attack” and “Tie Your Mother Down” from Queen.  Awesome!

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Jamming “Wild Horses”

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Jamming with Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis:

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James LoMenzo’s daughter singing some Led Zeppelin”:

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Cara Lee rocking out with the band:

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The house band proper:

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Moby Dick Chas West and Sean McNabb rocking out:

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Brian Tichy joining the jam:

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World Classic Rockers Constitution Park 7/27/2013

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World Classic Rockers (WCR):
Nick St Nicholas – Steppenwolf Bass
Aynsley Dunbar – Journey Drummer
Greg Walker – Santana Singer
Randall Hall – Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitar
Michael Monarch – Steppenwolf Lead
David Coyle – Guitar
Mark Hoyt – Keyboard
Joe Retta – Sweet Vocals

Some of the tunes:

Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Black Magic Woman – Santana
She’s Not There – Santana
Evil Ways – Santana
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Lovin, Touchin Squeezin – Journey
Any Way You Want It – Journey
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
What’s Your Name – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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A.L.I.V.E. – REX BROWN’S BIRTHDAY BASH with BUMBLEFOOT RON THAL, REX BROWN, MARK ZAVON, and BRIAN TICHY 7/24/2013 pictures, videos and show review

 

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The sign alone should have had people lined up all the way to Universal City. 

This show was bad ass.   A.L.I.V.E.’s all-star tribute to KISS rules.     With the amount of talent in this band, this show was a no-brainer (even not being real KISS fan).

I grew to like KISS’ music through two things – the DETROIT ROCK CITY movie and soundtrack (Rex plays “Cat Scratch Fever” with Pantera on this recording, not KISS, but kind of close) and SPACEWALK: A TRIBUTE TO ACE FREHLEY.  These are all very worth checking out.

The funny thing is, these two recordings are KISS songs played mostly by other musicians and bands.

Needless to say, I found both of these to rock harder than actual/ original KISS recordings.        

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Here’s Tichy’s kit.  It was next to impossible to get any pictures of Brian playing with Bumblefoot in the way, but that’s a pretty good problem to have.   Like his Zeppelin/ Moby Dicks shows, he gave it his all and ripped on the drums throughout the performance. 

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The set list.    The last two songs got flip-flopped in the actual set. 

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Every song rocked.   The 8 best songs were easily “Shout It Out Loud”, “Shock Me”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Parasite”, “Cold Gin”, “Strutter”, “Deuce” and “Rock Bottom”.

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Bumblefoot was on fire throughout the performance and played his special insanely cool guitar parts.

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Bumblefoot handled most of the vocal duties, but Rex and Mark did sing a few songs as well.

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They had some fake Gene Simmons as a guest.  He looked cool, but nobody fell for it.

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From beginning to end, this was a FANTASTIC show.  A.L.I.V.E. is easily the surprise band of the year!

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Rare shots of Brian Tichy getting in range of the camera.

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A tattoo of Bumblefoot’s autograph:

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Speaking of cool tattoos:

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Brian plays EVERYTHING on this track (and this is the one extra song they SHOULD have played!!)

Best shots of the evening (not saying much, but here they are):

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