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Reviews and News - March 2008

Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 3/17/08


Hi again, rockers-

What a treat it is to be able to give you a review of the Waddy Wachtel Band concert at The Joint last night. The boys were away from us for waaaay too long, and we all were so glad to have them back Rockin' us! And they were as happy to see us as we were to see them - complete symbiosis.

Set List:

1st Set:
"All Down the Line" (Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Dog Eat Dog" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Johnny Strikes Up the Band" (Warren Zevon) Waddy Wachtel lead vocals
"I Feel Fine" (The Beatles) Waddy and Brett Tuggle vocals
"What's Next to the Moon" (AC/DC) Brett lead vocals
"Stop Breakin' Down" (Robert Johnson) Keith Allison lead vocals
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals
"Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who) Jamie lead vocals

2nd Set:
"Rocks Off" (Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Til the End of the Day" (The Kinks) Brett lead vocals
"The Loner" (Neil Young) Waddy lead vocals
"Ticket to Ride" (The Beatles) Brett and Waddy vocals
"Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals
"Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals
"Bitch" (Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Down Payment Blues" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals

There were lots of smiles last night - both on stage and in the audience. Everyone was so happy to be back together again, kicking up the dust and doing what we all love best........... Rockin' and Rollin' !!!!!!!!! There's just nothing like being at the wonderful Joint with fantastic performers playing fabulous songs in an atmosphere that's like a mini-concert. How lucky are we!!

Waddy's vocals and guitar solos brought new meaning to the word "electrifying". Whether he's playing his black Les Paul with the Bigsby, sending out sustained notes on his goldtop Les Paul, moving his fingers down the neck effortlessly with a slide or letting his heart come out in his vocals........ we all become mesmerized.
Phil's drumming left no gaps - what a TRUE rock drummer.
Brett plays with the keys, sings and caresses his guitar strings in a way that makes you wonder if there's anything he can't do.
Jamie takes that mic into his hands, moves to the front of the stage, and releases his vocal chords in ways that would make anyone's ears stand up and take notice.
Al jumps right in on bass like it's the most natural thing for him to be doing - and it is. Nothing laid back about Al - he's got Rock in his soul.

Special thanks to Neil McDonald for doing such a great job on the sound board since George hurt his hand. Neil's a true professional, having toured as sound man with many top artists, and it showed in the bright, full, rich sounds he got for the guys.

Lots of other performers show up at The Joint because the music is so incredible and the guys in the band are delightful to be around. Last night Bernard Fowler was having a great time hanging around with everyone, and the lovely Kelly McGrath was beaming with her beautiful smile.

Dats it, folks! Oh yeah, for those of you who weren't able to come last night, the Waddy Wachtel Band will be back at The Joint next Monday 3/24 to wake us up and give us what we all want. Yay!

See you soon-
Nina





Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 3/24/08


Hey rockers-

Yes, it was another incredibly delightful musical night at The Joint last night. Iím actually speechless! LOL Yeah, me!

I figured instead of telling you:
- Waddy Wachtel played his guitar in ways that sent electric impulses all over my body
- Phil Jones made my heart pump with every beat on his drums.
- Rick Rosas had me thumping with each quick pluck of the bass strings.
- Brett Tuggle made me feel alive - like a "Live Wire" - keyboards and guitar.
- Jamie Savko had my head delightfully soaring with his exquisite vocals.

Yeah...... Instead of saying all that....... Iíll give you the set list and some photos from last night.

Also.......... Keith Alison rocked like the true "Rock Man" he is, and it was wonderful to have Bernard Fowler thrilling us all with his vocals on "Heroes". Big thanks to both Keith and Bernard!

Oh...... And the Waddy Wachtel Band will be back at The Joint in perfect form next Monday night 3/31. If any of you can come but donít - youíre really cheating yourself of one of the most exciting experiences you could have. Donít take my word for it - just ask anyone whoís been there.

Rockiní it up with you.
-Nina

Here ya go...........


Set List:

1st Set:
"Johnny Strikes Up the Band" (Warren Zevon) Waddy Wachtel lead vocals
"Shot Down in Flames" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Misty Mountain Hop" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"I Am the Walrus" (Beatles) Brett Tuggle lead vocals
"All Down the Line" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Cripple Creek" (The Band) Keith Alison lead vocals
"CíMon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran) Keith lead vocals
"Eight Miles High" (Byrds) Waddy and Jamie vocal harmonies
"Rocks Off" (Stones) Waddy lead vocals

2nd Set:
"Wonít Get Fooled Again" (The Who) Jamie lead vocals
"The Loner" (Neil Young) Waddy lead vocals
"Heroes" (David Bowie) Bernard Fowler lead vocals
"Live Wire" (AC/DC) Brett lead vocals
"Bitch" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals
"Honky Tonk Woman" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals



Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Brett Tuggle
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Brett Tuggle

Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Rick Rosas
Phil Jones, Bernard Fowler, Rick Rosas

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel, Keith Allison, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle
Waddy Wachtel, Keith Allison, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle

Rick Rosas
Rick Rosas

Brett Tuggle
Brett Tuggle

Bernard Fowler, Brett Tuggle
Bernard Fowler, Brett Tuggle




Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 3/31/08


Hey, Rockers........

I'm gonna post the set list first, just in case that's all you want to read. My notes on the gig are down below.

Set List:

1st Set:
"Dog Eat Dog" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Ticket to Ride" (Beatles) Jamie and Brett Tuggle harmony vocals
"All Down the Line" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Johnny Strikes Up the Band" (Warren Zevon) Waddy Wachtel lead vocals
"What's Next to the Moon" (AC/DC) Brett lead vocals
"Walk Away Renee" (Left Banke) Waddy, Jamie and Brett harmony vocals
"The Loner" (Neil Young) Waddy lead vocals
"Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"I Am the Walrus" (Beatles) Brett lead vocals

2nd Set:
"Dirty Deeds" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Rocks Off" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Til the End of the Day" (The Kinks) Brett lead vocals
"Just Like a Woman" (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals
"Revolution" (Beatles) Brett lead vocals
"Bitch" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Down Payment Blues" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals

Are you still with me? Okay........
What a great set list, huh? The band was all over the place with different moods and tempos last night, even adding 2 new songs: "Walk Away Renee" and "Just Like a Woman".

I have to admit when I heard them starting up "Walk Away Renee" I went WTF? But as soon as I heard those luscious harmonies Waddy, Jamie and Brett came up with, I was going "YEAH!" What a beautiful blend of voices! As I've said before....... 3 incredible singers in one VERY Rockin' band........ We're the luckiest audience in the country. Nah - in the world!!!!

Waddy blew us away with his vocals on "Just Like a Woman." Yeah, he's a fantastic guitarist (my fave!), but if anyone calls him "a guitarist", they haven't heard him sing. Clarity, depth, emotions..... It's all there! Did I say how lucky we are? :-D

All the tunes were played and sang to perfection. Of course, I like the way WWB does them better than the originals. Oh, you think I'm a bit biased? Hehe. All you have to do is listen to them live....... And come ALIVE!

Phil Jones arrived a bit late for the sound check, but without even taking off his jacket he was on that throne banging the skins like like he'd been doing it for hours. That's what a true professional - and Rocker - does! And Phil does it!!!

Rick Rosas came out early in the first set and welcomed us all. Rick doesn't come up to the mic that often, so that was a treat...... Then he picked up his bass and made thunder, sometimes matching Waddy's guitar note for note. Watch his fingers!

Brett Tuggle really wailed on his guitar solo on "Bitch". And his keyboards on "Just Like a Woman"...... ahhhhh ohhhh! He's not only a fantastic musician and vocalist, but one of the sweetest men you'd ever meet. Yup - lucky us!

Jamie Savko totally slayed me with his vocals, especially with his sustained notes on "Down Payment Blues" last night. And his harmonies? Killer! He's one of those singers who can learn a song in a few minutes then walk up to the mic and let it all come out without one off note. We're definitely lucky that he's in the Waddy Wachtel Band.

Waddy Wachtel....... What more can be said about such a musical genius? He was playing guitar on stage alone during the sound check with his back to us, and it was like a symphony. I kid you not. Donna turned to me and said "I can even hear a bass drum." He doesn't need a slew of pedals and rack mounts with special effects....... He can get all those wonderful sounds using just his magical hands. I'm always in awe and humbled.... And electrified!

Other notes:

During sound check, poor Waddy got a real jolt from the mic - any of you who've had that happen know how unsettling it can be! John Philbrick was johnny-on-the-spot trying to correct the error, and Waddy was ready to knock down a plank of the wood Dave just had put up on the stage so they could get to the wires causing the short. LOL Well, Charile (previous owner of The Joint) came up with a fix, and we were all happy to have our Waddy safe again.

Let's see...... What else? Oh, I almost forgot. Stevie Nicks dropped by earlier to say hi to the guys. No, she didn't sing. She left before most of us got there.

Yes, the Waddy Wachtel Band will be at The Joint this Monday 4/7/08! What a great way to start off the week Rockin' it up! The band probably won't be at TJ the following Monday 4/14/08 as Waddy will be doing a few out of town gigs with Stevie.

Sooooo. ....... I hope you enjoyed reading this and that you'll come down and Rock it up with us next Monday. If you wanna Rock and smile at the same time...... This is the place!

Rockin' Love-
Nina





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