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Reviews and News - February 2013

Review: Waddy Wachtel Band 2/23/13

Note from Nina:

The Joint in Los Angeles was rockin', rollin' and reelin' Saturday night February 23, 2013 when the Waddy Wachtel Band hit the stage and blasted out 2 full sets of great songs. We were all flying high! Sooooo happy to be there!

If you haven't been to one of these gigs (poor you!) you might think I exaggerate a little when I tell you how incredible these WWB shows are. But I'm not. People in the audience tell me things like:
"They play these songs better than the originals!"
"I can't wait for the next show!"
"No where else can you get so close to such amazing players!"
"I love this band!"
On and on........ What a great audience.
Something Gerry said that stuck with me: "No excuses." WWB never makes excuses..... They deliver every time!

We had some delightful surprises Saturday night. Waddy and the guys played 3 new songs they hadn't done before.
Blondie Chaplin sang great lead vocals on Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," and I think Waddy came up with a great tone for that tune on his Les Paul.
Keith Allison got us all rockin' to the Beatles "Run For Your Life." Great version of that song!
Jamie Savko showed how versatile he is as a vocalist singing lead on Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" with Waddy playing some amazing solos and Ron Dziubla showing that he's not only a great saxophone player, but can play a mean rhythm guitar and sing harmony vocals.

More surprises:
Anton Fig settled onto Phil Jones' drum throne in the second set and let those sticks fly on the skins for The Stones' song "Bitch." Anton has been a member of the CBS Orchestra appearing nightly on The Late Show with David Letterman since 1986. He's also played on a ton of records and tours, and was the drummer when Waddy appeared with Warren Zevon on Letterman in 1991 and when Waddy appeared with Adam Sandler in 2008. Anton happened to be in L.A. and Blondie invited him to come to the gig. It was a treat for all of us, and very sweet of the incredible Phil to turn over his throne to him. Anton rocks!

Mark Pender also joined the horn section with Ron Dziubla to play trumpet on "Bitch" and "Honky Tonk Women." What a great player! He did a very cool solo on "Honky Tonk Women" and sang some harmony vocals too. Mark has played trumpet on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien since 1993. He's also played with many top performers and has his own band - The Mark Pender Band. Mark rocks!

Not a surprise:
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Jamie Savko and Blondie Chaplin have ALWAYS given 1000% energy, exceptional performances and earth-shaking sounds at these gigs. Sometimes I think there's a sort of magic that's at play, but then I realize - like when I hear "Eight Miles High" with Waddy and Jamie blending ethereal vocal harmonies, Waddy's fingers providing incredible sounds from those guitar strings with no effects or pedals, Rick filling the air with perfect bass notes and Phil so solid on those drums - the magic is because the players are simply FANTASTIC! True symbiosis. Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!
And I must add that Ron Dziubla has been a great addition to the line-up.

Please excuse me for using the word "great" so often, but I think those of you who have come to these gigs understand. :-)

Set List:
On all songs:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar
Phil Jones - Drums (except "Bitch")
Rick Rosas - Bass

First Set:
1. "Problem Child" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals; Ron Dziubla rhythm guitar
2. "All Down the Line" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie and Waddy lead harmony vocals; Blondie Chaplin harmony vocals; Ron saxophone
3. "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie lead harmony vocals
4. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
5. "In the Midnight Hour" (Wilson Pickett) Blondie lead vocals; Ron saxophone
6. "Sail On Sailor" (The Beach Boys) Blondie lead vocals and guitar; Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals
7. "Run For Your Life" (The Beatles) Keith Allison lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
8. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
9. “Live With Me” (The Rolling Stones) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Ron saxophone
10. "Highway To Hell" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Ron guitar and harmony vocals
11. "When the Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin [written by Kansas Joe McCoy, Memphis Minnie]) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy slide Telecaster guitar; Ron saxophone

Second Set:
1. "Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black]" (Neil Young) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Ron guitar and harmony vocals
2. “Ruby Tuesday” (The Rolling Stones) Jamie and Waddy lead harmony vocals; Ron flute
3. "Bitch" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Ron saxophone; Anton Fig drums; Mark Pender trumpet
4. “Itchycoo Park” (Small Faces) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Ron guitar and harmony vocals
5. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Blondie lead vocals
6. “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) Blondie lead vocals and guitar
7. “Just Like Me” (Paul Revere and the Raiders) Keith lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
8. "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
9. “Honky Tonk Women" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Blondie harmony vocals; Ron saxophone; Mark trumpet
10. "Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Blondie harmony vocals

Thank you, thank you, thank you to those who have helped make these gigs so great behind the scenes:
John Philbrick - guitar tech, Charlie Wood - equipment maintainer, Charlie McIntosh - greeter and assistant, Mark Nathanson - sound stylist, and Robie Banerji.
The great people at The Joint who provide such a delightful experience for us all - Ondrea, Fernando, George, Jim, Andy and the beautiful girls and gorgeous guys on the staff.
YOU rockers and rollers for coming and sharing your immensely appreciated energy and smiles!!!!! As Waddy says: "We can't do it without you!"

I don't know yet when the next WWB gig will be, but I'll definitely let you know when it's confirmed. Soooon!

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