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Reviews and News - August 24, 2013
Note from Nina:
It was great to be back at the beautiful Joint in Los Angeles Saturday night August 24 - to Rock It Up with the Waddy Wachtel Band. Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle, Jamie Savko, Blondie Chaplin and Keith Allison were happy to be there with us and made incredible magic on that stage. Were we happy? Yes! The club was packed with beaming, smiling faces.
Speaking of smiles.......
WWB started off the night with "I Can See For Miles" with Jamie, Waddy and Brett smiling into the mics as they provided us with amazing vocal harmonies. Their three voices blend and meld like sweet butter. I couldn't help but think of another lyric as they were singing: "I can see your smiles and smiles and smiles." :-)
Lots more smiles and applause as Waddy introduced those great band mates of his on the stage.
Jamie then took over the mic as we all got thrilled by his crystal clear vocals on "Misty Mountain Hop." To hear Jamie hit and sustain those notes is a banquet for the ears.
Next we got a song WWB hadn't played for us before. "Complicated" by The Rolling Stones. WWB had no complications wailing through that song. For those of you who asked..... Yes, "Complicated" is from the Rolling Stones Between the Buttons album.
Blondie Chaplin told me he was really happy to be back with us. We were happy to have him back too! He played maracas on "Complicated" then moved to center stage to sing "Lawyers, Guns and Money." Blondie has a remarkable voice and did a great job putting so much emotion into that song. Waddy was right on the spot with his guitar solos and harmony vocals. Well, Waddy played that song many times with Warren Zevon. He knows exactly what to do with it. Just to add....... it's been 10 years since Warren left this realm. He's sorely missed.
More Blondie! Yes, Blondie sang the song he sang lead vocals on for the Beach Boys recording of "Sail On Sailor." We were sailing with him! And lots of folks singing along.
The rhythm was sailing in, around and through all of us as Jamie picked up the tempo with his vocals on "Girl's Got Rhythm." There were lot of us girls up near the stage showing our rhythm! Haha! And the guys were doing a fine job of keeping up. Jamie and WWB ignite everyone with that song.
Time for some Keith Allison! When Keith came on stage, he said: "This is for J.J." then wailed through "Crazy Mama." J. J. Cale left our worldly realm just a few weeks ago. Even though Keith almost got teary-eyed, he gave a great tribute to that great rocker. Waddy played some wonderful slide guitar on that tune.
We got another Zevon song by Keith: "Poor Poor Pitiful Me." Keith always nails that one! And Waddy kept that slide on his little finger, as well as running his fingers along that neck for a delightful solo. In case you didn't know, Warren wrote that song about Jackson Browne. Warren's humor. Jackson got all the chicks! Well, not ALL of them.
How about us going to "Itchycoo Park" next? Okay! Once again, Waddy, Jamie and Brett delighted everyone with their superb vocal harmonies! "What will we do there? We'll get high." Oh yeah! If anyone didn't get high from those harmonies, they'd be deaf. Actually, even a deaf person would be able to feel the electricity booming out.
I have to tell you that when Jamie sings "Highway to Hell" backed by the incredible Waddy, Phil, Rick and Brett........ all sense of religion goes out the door. We're in the church of Rock 'n' Roll, and nothing can harm us. Take us down the highway!
Our sweet talented Brett Tuggle was back with us after his tour with Fleetwood Mac. Yes, we call him "ours." FM is very lucky to have him on their tour, but we really see his talent when he lets loose - like he did on the last song of the first set: "I Am The Walrus." His vocals are amazing, and add his keyboards and Waddy's burnin' solos........ Wow! We want more, please!
Okay! WWB is happy to give us what we want! Symbiosis prevails!
Sometimes I wonder if I'm writing too much in these reviews, so I don't always go through the second set as thoroughly as I do the first. But, WTF! It was a great second set, and you can stop reading any time you want. (Thanks to all of you who've told me you enjoy my reviews of this great band, so this is for you.)
After a regular short break, WWB came back in full force. We were all ready for it!
Our Jamie started the second set by taking us to "The Ocean." I don't go in the water, but this is a different kind of ocean - where we all swim together with WWB. Let's go there. Okay! And sing along! We did!
Waddy then sang lead vocals - Yay! I love his voice! - on one of my favorite Stones songs: "Let's Spend the Night Together." I don't think Waddy has gotten enough credit for his vocals. But we gave it to him! "I know you'll satisfy me." Completely satisfied by Waddy!
Have you heard the AC/DC song "Problem Child?" If you have, you'd love WWB's version. If you haven't, you'd love WWB's version. Exceptional playing by the whole band, and ........ No problems for anyone.
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" is a song WWB has played many times for us, but every time they do it gets us jumpin'! When Waddy sings lead vocals on it, like he did at this gig, it gets everyone.... Jumpin'!
Next a bit of soulful singing by Blondie. If Sam Cooke would have heard how Blondie sings "A Change is Gonna Come" he'd be clapping along with the rest of us. Sweet!
We got a treat when Ron Dzuibla showed up with his sax. The Stones "Bitch." You really need a sax on that song, and Ron made it happen. Ron said Waddy told him: "Just take that sax out, get on stage and blow." Yup, he did!
Then Keith reminded us to "Pump It Up." We were already pumped up! "Pump it up until you can feel it." Keith made us feel it real good!
Jamie took over on lead vocals for the last three songs of the night. What a way to go! Fantastic rockin', rockin' and more rockin'!
We're so very lucky to get these gigs. Many people who were there told me how happy there were to be there, and to tell Waddy "Thank you" for everything he does. I told him. He said to thank you all for coming!
On all songs:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar
Phil Jones - Drums
Rick Rosas - Bass
Brett Tuggle - Guitar / Keyboards
1. “I Can See For Miles” (The Who) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals; Brett Tuggle guitar and harmony vocals
2. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards
3. "Complicated" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals; Blondie Chaplin maracas
4. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Blondie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar
5. "Sail On Sailor" (The Beach Boys) Blondie lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
6. "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar and harmony vocals
7. “Crazy Mama” (J. J. Cale) Keith Allison lead vocals and guitar; Waddy slide guitar; Brett keyboards
8. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals and guitar; Waddy slide guitar and harmony vocals; Brett harmony vocals
9. “Itchycoo Park” (Small Faces) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
10. "Highway To Hell" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar and harmony vocals
11. “I Am The Walrus” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
1. "The Ocean" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar
2. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (The Rolling Stones) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
3. "Problem Child" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar and harmony vocals
4. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (The Rolling Stones) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Brett guitar and harmony vocals
5. “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) Blondie lead vocals and guitar; Brett keyboards
6. "Bitch" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar; Ron Dziubla baritone saxophone
7. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
8. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar and harmony vocals
9. “Honky Tonk Women" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals; Blondie harmony vocals; Ron saxophone
10. “Won't Get Fooled Again” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
And big thanks to the great WWB crew and Joint folks for all they do to make this experience so delightful. John Philbrick, Charlie McIntosh, Mark Nathanson, Ondrea Faillace, Fernando and the bar maids, bar dudes and security helpers.
We will keep rockin'!
We don't have a confirmed date for the next Waddy Wachtel Band gig, but I'll let you know as soon as we do.
Thank you for Rockin' It Up with us!!!!!!!!!!
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