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Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 2/11/08

Review by Nina:

Hey Rockers!

I'm gonna put my notes for the night after each song they played. A little variety. :-)

Set List:

1st Set:
--"All Down the Line" (Rolling Stones) - Jamie Savko sang lead vocals while Waddy Wachtel and Brett Tuggle sang harmonies. "Will you be my little baby for a while?" Yup!
--"Girls' Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) - Jamie always does great vocals on the AC/DC songs and Phil definitely gives all us girls the rhythm to dance to.
--"I Feel Fine" (Beatles) - Brett and Waddy make us "feel fine" whenever they sing this song.
--"The Loner" (Neil Young) - WWB hasn't performed this song for a while, but Waddy's lead vocals make us wish he did it more often. Brett played both guitar and keyboards on this one.
--"What's Next to the Moon" (AC/DC) - Brett's been singing this song with the band for a long time, taking center stage with his guitar and really wailing. Blondie Chaplin jumped up on stage to play tambourine.
--"The Rover" (Led Zeppelin) - How about this....... WWB became a "Power Trio" with just Waddy, Phil and Al playing while Jamie sang. Here's a perfect example of how Waddy can work magic on guitar - playing both rhythm and lead at the same time.
--"Ohio" (Neil Young) - The blending of Waddy's, Brett's and Jamie's voices on this song give me goosebumps. Three voices in perfect harmony.
--"Revolution" (Beatles) - Brett keyboards and lead vocals rocked us all through the revolution while Blondie again joined the band - this time adding vocal harmonies.
--"Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who) - More wonderful lead vocals by Jamie. Brett really shining on keyboard solos. Waddy sailing through guitar solos. Phil keeping it all together with the complicated drum parts. Al thundering on 5-string bass. Great way to end the first set!

2nd Set:
--"Honky Tonk Woman" (Rolling Stones) - Jamie opening the set with strong lead vocals backed by Blondie on harmony vocals and cow bell. Dave Steele offered up some keyboard parts and harmony vocals while Brett played rhythm guitar and Waddy nailed the guitar solos.
--"Dirty Deeds" (AC/DC) - Jamie's incredible lead vocals were counter-punched by Barry Robinson's deep voice on the "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" parts. Waddy joined in with harmony vocals.
--"Bitch" (Rolling Stones) - Jamie shined on lead vocals and Brett played delightfully rockin' lead guitar solos using a Cry Baby.
--"Johnny Strikes Up the Band" (Warren Zevon) - This is the second time the band has played this song at The Joint, and Waddy not only sings it with intense emotion but adds really beautiful guitar solos. Al picked up the bass parts with ease.
--"Till the End of the Day" (Kinks) - Brett got to center stage again playing rhythm guitar and adding lots of energy to the lead vocals. We were all "feeling good from mooooorning.......... till the end of the day."
--"Beast of Burden" (Rolling Stones) - This was the first time for both Jamie on lead vocals and Al on bass to be doing this song with the band...... and they nailed it! Bernard Fowler used to sing it with WWB, but Jamie made us all feel like we were hearing it for the first time. Very nice!
--"I Am the Walrus" (Beatles) - Brett on lead vocals and keyboards ain't no walrus. He's more like a gazelle. Sleek and fast and soooo.....Gooo goooo gaaa choooo. Listening to Waddy's lead guitar on this song is a treat no one should miss. He's all over the place...... my whole body was electrified!
--"Down Payment Blues" (AC/DC) - For the last song, you might think the band was slowing down a bit? NEVER! Jamie belted out this song from the depths of his lungs and heart. Waddy energized us all with yet another incredible, electrifying, fantastic guitar solo. Awesome! Yeah!

Needless to say, I was so pumped up by the music I forgot all about anything else. Lots of electrified smiles from everyone - on stage and off. What a night!!!!

Other notes:

No gig next Monday 2/18. Waddy's still working on the music score for another movie, but we're so verrrrry lucky to hear the Waddy Wachtel Band whenever we can.

WWB will be back the following Monday 2/25 (as far as we know right now) with Al Ortiz flying in again from Arizona to do the gig. Thanks, Al!

I've heard from many people that Waddy's music in the movie "Strange Wilderness" is fantastic. One of the songs written by Waddy, features Brett on vocals and piano with Waddy playing all the other instruments. Yes, it's fantastic! Check out some of that music on this page at Waddy's web site:
"Strange Wilderness"

Keep Rockin' It, my friends, and hope to see you all at The Joint VERY soon!

Click any photo to enlarge.........

Jamie Savko, Phil Jones, Brett Tuggle
Jamie Savko, Phil Jones, Brett Tuggle

Al Ortiz, Brett Tuggle
Al Ortiz, Brett Tuggle

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Jamie Savko
Jamie Savko

Jamie Savko
Jamie Savko

Brett Tuggle
Brett Tuggle

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