THE POLICE EXPERIENCE THE ROXY AXS TVs THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS

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30 years ago, The Police released one of the greatest albums and embarked on one of the most memorable tours of all time.  The Police also had a few more recent reunion tours that were equally fantastic.   They are truly one of the best bands ever!! 

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The music and performances of THE POLICE EXPERIENCE are so SPOT-ON that the band has earned the approval and endorsement of STEWART COPELAND, Drummer and Founder of The Police, Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, as well as many others in the music industry.   Over the last 10 years, both Copeland and Hawkins have even jammed with the band.   The show at The Roxy tonight proved why they’ve earned such important endorsements for their amazing recreation of a Police concert.

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The opened their set with “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE”.   The capacity crowd was rocking out as Jimbo Head played the signature guitar parts of Andy Summer. 

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The next song was “EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC”.   David Rasner does a remarkable job handling both Sting’s vocals and bass playing.  

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“SYNCHRONICITY 2” was the next song.  This isn’t an easy song to play and they nailed it.   Mike Nieland can play the intricate drum parts of Stewart Copeland to perfection.  It was a lot of fun watching Mike play Copeland’s parts on the drums. 

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The next song was “EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE” – perhaps the most popular of all of the songs by The Police (or perhaps second to Roxanne – I’m not sure).

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“KING OF PAIN” rocked the show into the commercial.  

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Katie Daryl came out at the end of the song and announced the band would be back in a few minutes. 

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Then, the curtain lifted and singer/bassist David Rasner came out dressed just like Sting during the video for “DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME”. 

That was a nice touch and a great way to kick off the second set.

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With a solid groove, they segued into “WALKING ON THE MOON”.  They performed a great version of it as they sounded like the real deal. 

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They then continued on with “DRIVEN TO TEARS” and had the entire room jamming.

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The very popular “DE DO DO DO DE DA DA DA” was next. It had the crowd jamming and it brought back a ton of memories. 

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They closed out the set with “ROXANNE” to a thrilled crowd.    

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Katie came back out again and had the band play out to “SO LONELY” (which was a bonus tune for the live audience)

 

An extra hour of Police songs would have been just fine with everyone in attendance.

Another great performance to keep the momentum up for the second season! 

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Next week?  The Fab Four pays tribute to The Beatles.  So many fantastic songs to choose from. 

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BUMBLEFOOT RON THAL, BRIAN TICHY, REX BROWN and MARK ZAVON join Aronoff/Woods and Lomenzo’s Monday Night Jam in Toluca Lake

It’s Monday night around 11PM at the open jam hosted by James LoMenzo, Brent Woods and Kenny Aronoff in Toluca Lake.

There’s already been enough cool jamming for evening.   Then, Mark Zavon walked in with Rex Brown.    A few minutes later, Brian Tichy shows up with Bumblefoot.   The next thing you know, the new band A.L.I.V.E. is playing their first couple songs in public just 2 days prior to their show at the Whisky.  

They jammed the 70s KISS tunes.   Parasite was awesome, as was Detroit Rock City and other tunes.

This band is going to ROCK on Wednesday!!

 

Bumblefoot stayed on stage while Tichy picked up a guitar, Brent Woods grabbed a guitar, James LoMenzo resumed his spot on the bass, while Kenny Aronoff rejoined on drums as they played some Zeppelin tunes with Chas West on vocals.   It was a full-on Moby Dicks/Bonzo Bash style jam.   

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RAY GOREN AND THE MOBY DICKS LUCY’S 51 TOLUCA LAKE – LoMenzo, Aronoff and Woods All-star Jam 7/22/2013

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There’s been a lot of talk about Ray Goren and has guitar playing abilities.  At 13, his singing and playing are way beyond his years.   Ray got up there and gave a commanding performance.

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After The Moby Dicks played for over 3 hours at the Viper Room last Saturday, Chas West, Brent Woods and James Lomenzo made their return and jammed a few more tunes with Kenny Aronoff on the drums (and were later joined by Brian Tichy, Bumblefoot and Lemmy’s son on bass as well)

THE MOBY DICKS

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The BoDeans with Kenny Aronoff and an appearance by John Waite The Canyon Club 7/21/2013

I honestly had no idea who The Bo Deans were.  I had heard of them before, but couldn’t name a song or even their style of music.

I had no plans of attending this show until I heard that Kenny Aronoff was playing the drums.   Then I heard about an appearance by John Waite at 7PM, so I made a mad dash to The Canyon and ended up being treated to a great night of music.  The BoDeans are an incredible band that put on a fantastic live show.   I’m shocked I never heard much about them.  And having a drum clinic right in front of you with Kenny Aronoff certainly was a bonus!!

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The second band was really good.  I didn’t catch their name, but they played some great tunes and are obviously very skilled musicians.

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Keesha Scott Hogan started the evening.   Excellent band!   Her husband is John Waite’s bass player.   John came out and sang on the last tune.   He didn’t do any of his own tunes.    Great band.  I’d see them again.

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METAL 4 BREAKFAST PRESENTS THE MOBY DICKS at THE VIPER ROOM 7/20/2013

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This show totally delivered a 3 plus hour performance of1977’s Day On The Green in Oakland, the last Led Zeppelin show on US soil.

This is the 3rd time this week I’ve seen lead guitarist Brent Woods play.   On Monday, he played at the rock jam in Toluca Lake with James LoMenzo (bass) and drummer extraordinaire, Kenny Aronoff.  The evening also included a special appearance by Brian Tichy as well.  Then Brent played in an All Star Band at The Canyon Club on Thursday with Chas West.    So, this marks the second time this week I’ve also seen James LoMenzo (bass), Brian Tichy (drums/guitar), Chas West (vocals) and Kenny Aronoff up on stage.  These guys seem to always be playing live somewhere and that’s a great thing.

The Moby Dicks came onstage a little after 10:00 and tore through the entire set list from the Oakland show.   As always, the band was on fire.  They deserve a lot of credit for delivering such great bass lines, drumming, vocals, guitars, keyboards and everything else involved in recreating a three hour concert .  Highlights of the set included an acoustic set with some mandolin playing by Stephen LeBlanc, a very cool improvisational section during “No Quarter”, the Moby Dick drum solo, a guitar solo and cool Theremin work, with special appearances by Rob Clores on keyboards and Kenny Aronoff on drums, which freed up Tichy to play the double neck on Stairway to Heaven and into the encore.  Stephen LeBlanc looked overjoyed as he grooved and jammed throughout.  And being a member of Jason Bonham’s band, he’s obviously the real deal.    The show clocked in at over 3 hours and was exciting throughout the set.   This band just keeps getting better and better.   Look for another set list-themed show again soon. 

The Moby Dicks also hung out with the crowd after the show.  

It was a great evening for Led Zeppelin fans and people who enjoy excellent musicianship. 

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Special appearances by East Coast Moby Dick/ Bonzo Bash participant Rob Clores and Bonzo Bash alum Kenny Aronoff (See the videos below on how Kenny was added to the show last Monday in Toluca Lake).

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  • INTERVIEW WITH ERIK HIMEL FROM MADE IN AMERICA

    VIDS FROM MONDAY:

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