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Reviews and News - August 2008
Review and Photos from 8/18/08 and a note from Waddy
Note from Nina:
The Waddy Wachtel Band was in top form last night - as usual. One thing all of us Monday night regulars know (and something you newbies are finding out) is that WWB ALWAYS rocks it up! I've never found anyone who's come to a Monday night gig being disappointed........ They just keep coming back for more... more... more!
I heard there was a rumor going around that last night was going to be WWB's last Monday night gig - it's not true! There will be rock 'n' roll Monday nights for a long time. Waddy said so!
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Brett Tuggle and Jamie Savko really tore up the place last night performing some verrrrry hot tunes. Perfectly! I could write pages and pages about how fantastic they are....... and I have...... many times. LOL I'll just tell you some of the new stuff from last night and let you get on to the set list and slide show below.
Al Ortiz flew in from Phoenix to fill in for Rick Rosas who's on tour with Neil Young. What an incredible bass player! Waddy found Al on their gigs with Stevie Nicks, and thrilled all of us by bringing him in when Rick is gone. Yay!
Keith Allison delighted us with 3 lead vocals. If anyone went to the Ringo Starr concert last week at the Greek, you would have seen Keith join the band on stage there for "A Little Help From My Friends." We're lucky to have him as a friend.
Blondie Chaplin has been showing up regularly to sing with WWB, and everyone gets thrilled by his performances.
Billy Squier was an unannounced special guest last night. (That's why we say "You never know who might show up at a WWB gig.") Billy sang with WWB on a Monday night about 2 years ago, and it was great having him back. Two of Billy's hits were "My Kinda Lover" and "Everybody Wants You." Everyone wanted him when he sang "Everybody..." last night. Great rockin' performance. Billy also played lead guitar last night on "Bitch" and did a guitar solo on "Stop Breakin' Down." He hung out all night and had a great time. Billy was in town since he's been touring with Ringo Starr.
As Waddy said, with all the different performers moving on and off stage all night it was like a Variety Show. What a Variety Show! You just don't get to see and hear people of this caliber in a venue this size. How lucky are we!!!!
Special thanks to the new sound and lights guy, Mark Nathanson, for doing a superb job last night. Do you think it's easy mixing the sound for a gig where you don't know who's gonna pop up on stage at any moment? Mark kept everything crisp and delightfully loud.
"I Am The Walrus" (Beatles) Brett Tuggle lead vocals
"Shot Down In Flames" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Blondie Chaplin lead vocals
"Everybody Wants You" (Billy Squier) Billy Squier lead vocals
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones) Waddy Wachtel lead vocals
"Cripple Creek" (The Band) Keith Allison lead vocals
"Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals
"The Rover" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"Won’t Get Fooled Again" (Who) Jamie lead vocals
"Kashmir" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"Rocks Off" (Rolling Stones) Waddy and Jamie vocals
"A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Blondie lead vocals
"Bitch" (Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Stop Breakin' Down" (Robert Johnson) Keith lead vocals
"Just Like A Woman" (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals
"Live Wire" (AC/DC) Brett lead vocals
"Down Payment Blues" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
Brett Tuggle will be away from us for a couple of months since he's rehearsing and going on tour with Lindsey Buckingham....... but he'll be back! We'll miss him.
Jason Sinay will be filling in for Brett at the next gig 8/18, and possibly other Monday night gigs too. I'll keep you informed.
Al Ortiz will be filling in for Rick Rosas until he returns from his Neil Young tour. If you're in the Phoenix area, you can catch Al playing with some local bands on weekends.
Waddy Wachtel will be starting the music score for a new film.
Have I forgotten anything?
Oh YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! The Waddy Wachtel Band will be back rockin' it up at The Joint on Monday 8/18. No gig 8/11, but I hope all of you will join us on the 18th......... to have a great Rockin' time.
See you then!
Video by Carl Encke
Click on any photo to enlarge......
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