The Dude on the Right
Buddy Guy, Slash, & Others
A Concert Review
I saw Slash.
Yep, Slash from Guns 'n' Roses.
And you didn't.
It was weird, very weird.
It was a dark and stormy night, well, not really, just a little
cold. The evening began a couple of Saturdays ago, on a trip to the
Riviera. Lonesome George was playing, yes-sir-ree, George
Thorogood and the Destroyers began a Saturday night of music
for me. And for the Thorogood show, a buddy of mine who went with me
e-mailed me his review via internet (aren't computers great), so to
rest my brain for bigger and better things, here's a guest
review, by Homer Simpson. Well, maybe not Homer, but this guy
does work at a nuke plant, so here we go....George Thorogood and the
Destroyers played the Riviera the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
George took the stage dressed in his best Elwood Blues outfit, black
suit and tie, complete with sunglasses and pork pie hat. He opened
with "Born in Chicago" and then moved into his old show
opener "Who do you Love?", a Bo Didley number he used to
open his show for a long time and one that is quite popular with his
fans. He then covered Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues", which
George had recorded on one of his early albums. George joked about
stopping and listening to Albert Collins tapes for the rest of the
evening, in memory of Albert's passing three days prior. Another
legend moves on to Blues Heaven and will surely be missed. George
tackled his double header of drinking songs in "I Drink
Alone" and John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One
Beer" to a wild crowd response. Unfortunately he didn't add
"If you don't start drinking, I'm goin' leave" from his
last album and tour. George only played two tunes off his latest,
_Get a Haircut_ album, the title track and Willie Dixon's "I'm
Ready". Not quite what you'd expect if he is out promoting the
album. The slide came out and the band proceed to move into their
slide guitar repertoire highlighted by an incredible reading of Elmore
James' "The Sky is Crying". The Destroyers finished up
with a tune they called the "Rock 'n' Roll National
Anthem", Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." It was a
fast paced show that the crowd really seemed into. Larry McCray's
opening show was highlighted by his rendition of Albert King's
"Born under a Bad Sign"
So, how was that from a guest reviewer. Granted, not as flashy as
my writing, but hey, it saved me a lot of typing. But the night
wasn't over after Thorogood. South we traveled to Buddy Guy's
Legends, where our tickets said Jimi Hendrix was playing, but alas,
it was just a birthday tribute for the late-great Jimi who would
have been 51. And what a great tribute it was. We missed a few of
the opening acts, but were there for the important ones. It was
pretty cool. I saw the best bassist I've ever seen in the likes of
Billy Dickens, heard some rockin', screamin' guitar from a special
guest, Darryl Thompson. And then the evening kicked into high gear.
A reunion of the Band of Gypsies, Jimi's original band, took the
stage. Yep, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, and Riki Hendrix took the stage
and rocked. Then Buddy Miles started talking about this guy he met
while working on the tribute album, Stone Free, and alas, from the
depths of Buddy Guy's came none other than Slash from Guns 'n Roses.
Now, let's just say that although not bad, Slash was sort of out of
his element in this blues bar. He did a decent job, but then Buddy
Guy came out, and took Slash to school. Buddy showed that loud isn't
always better, but Slash just couldn't follow suit. You could sense
the frustration by Slash when during a Buddy Guy solo, Slash got on
the mike asking for a Jack and Coke. Only there for a couple of
songs, Buddy left the stage to the Band of Gypsies and Slash. Let's
just say it was a very interesting, but very cool, and the night
played on way past closing time. So, I can, for the rest of my life,
brag that I saw Slash and Buddy Guy playing on the same stage. Yea!
Then there was last Thursday of course, my normal fill of weekly
live music. It brought the return of the All Night Newsboys, and
well, it was definitely not a night to remember. The band was a mix
of electric and electronic, just like before. The evening was slow,
the Bog crowd was thin, and it seemed the Boys were just going
through he motion until people started dancing. I can't say they
were that bad, because they weren't, but I've seen them before and
they've been a whole lot better. The night was a mix of some new,
some old, and some originals. I really didn't get into it at all.
Maybe it's finals, maybe people are just to scared to venture out
into the cold to the Bog, but come on people, what's the worse thing
that can happen, you just might have some fun.
Oh yea, I almost forgot all of my ratings. Well, George Thorogood
and The Destroyers get TWO THUMBS UP from me. A definite rock-em,
sock-em show. The Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration gets TWO THUMBS
UP from me again, yep even Slash did alright. And finally, the All
Night Newsboys, well, they get barely a SHRUG. They were on their
way to a thumb down, but people finally started to get up and dance
so I guess they had that going for them.
And so, that wraps it up for me again for another week. I'm still
full from Turkey Day, and next comes Christmas. Oh Boy! This week is
the last band of the semester, with reggae filling the Bog. Be there
or be square. Don't worry about studying for finals - if you don't
know it by now, you ain't going to know it, so you might as well
have some fun. Until next time, Party Smart!! And as always, Rellim
Reeb, Rellim Reeb!!
The Dude on the Left
Well, That was weird! One moment I was reveling in what I considered
one of the best Meatloaf concerts I had ever seen and then all of a
sudden out of nowhere comes this huge mass of lights and POOF! I was
beamed onto a ship that very much resembled a flying beer bottle.
These little green guys came from out of the walls and started
speaking something in gibberish, I don't quite understand alien
talk. Then they pulled out a beer and drank it through their
fingers, it was weird. Then they started to try and communicate
through the world wide language of beer-speak. With which I was very
familiar, and to make a long story short they returned me back to
the Bog yesterday for the concert, safe and sound like nothin had
happened so everybody can stop holding their breathe for my return.
Odd thing about the whole deal is the fact that they knew where the
Bog was without me having to try and give directions. Scary thought,
Well, upon my return I headed down to my usual place in the Bog
and much to my surprise the Dude on the Right had not arrived yet.
So I quickly ran to the nearest phone to call him and make sure
those little beer drinkin aliens didn't get him next. I found him to
be in his room still mourning my disappearance. But everything is
all better now! Welp, the band in the Bog this past week was a band
that has graced the Bog walls many a time before, hell I think that
these guys have seen almost all of the Bog renovations through the
years. They were a band called All-Night Newsboys. They brought
their electronic simulated music mix down to the Bog. This three man
band played mostly alternative styled music and a little bit of the
Blues. They played songs like Pets by Porno for Pyros, 3 Princes by
Spin Doctors and Blind Melon's No Rain. And the stuff that they
played that was bluesy was mostly tunes from the great Stevie Ray
These didn't really impress me in the first set, especially when
they allowed a guest singer to sing Freebird. Now, I like to hear
Freebird just as much as the next guy but I hate it when the band
won't sing it and allow others to partake in their job. Well, in
order to try and keep this short, my partner had a lot to say anyhoo,
I am going to give All Night Newsboys ONE THUMB DOWN. I had a good
time and actually got up and danced to a tune or three, but the fact
of the matter is that electric drums and sampled music just doesn't
cut it in my book. Any computer dork could go out and start their
own band in that sense.
That gives All Night Newsboys a total of ONE THUMB DOWN. Everyone
really need to get their work done early this week as it is the LAST
Bog concert of the Fall semester. And I can only think of a couple
of better closing bands but Keith Eric and Waterhouse should really
kick some ass! That is right reggae will be making its appearance
once more in the Bog.
So until next week, study hard or hardly study but by all means
get your work done early, or blow it off we do have a study day to
use, so we can pack the Bog to the Walls. And I will C.U.Next