Just another typical Uli Roth concert? Hardly. One major difference was that John West is no longer in the band. I thought that he did a fine job with them. His replacement was the third guitarist from last year’s show, whose name I don’t recall. He was on bass now after the passing of Elliot Rubinson. Wow, can this guy sing. I noted in the review from last year’s show that his backing vocals we stellar and his was great. There is only one Kalus Meine and both John West and this guy are fine performers.
This tour is dubbed Tokyo Tales Revisited and they played a great selection of Scoprions classics throwing in a couple of deeper cuts like Yellow Raven, Hell Cat and I’ve Got To Be Free. Overall a great setlist minus the Hendrix songs. Not much more to say except that Uli is still incredible and his touring band is great.
Found out at the Udo show that Hal Patino’s new band, Maryann Cotton was playing downtown Austin on Sunday afternoon at Key Bar. Weird spot for it but whatever. Hal played for King Diamond beginning on the Them album. I was fortunate enough to see that tour in 1988 at the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA. Great show!
I parked and walked to Key Bar and got there before the band showed up. A local rock band was playing at the time. After the band loaded in, they were just hanging out smoking and I walked up to Hal and asked if he would mind signing some stuff. “Show me!” So I whipped out The Book, a couple of CD covers and the Conspiracy album cover and he signed them all and took a photo with me. After I took everything back to my vehicle, I went back and bought a round of shots for the band. All great guys. Maryann is Hal’s son.
Maryann Cotton went on while the sun was still up and played a good rock set of mostly originals and a few covers. Robert Wagner, son of legendary producer Dick Wagner, is friends with the band and did a song with them. It was totally fun and that W 6th St crowd seemed confused about what was going on.
Would definitely like to see them again.
I’ve been slack on my reviews lately.
Friday night Udo’s band called Dirkschneider came to San Antonio on their Back to the Roots Tour. Udo stated that this is the last time he’ll do any Accept songs ever again.
We had to arrive by 6PM for the pre-show meet and greet and it was a crowd of about 30. I brought all of my Accept vinyl and “The Book” only to be told as we were going in that we were allowed just 2 items each. I recruited some people in line around us to help get stuff signed. Many were just there for the photo op. I appreciated their help and bought them all a beer once inside the venue. When it was my turn I had Fitty originally from the German band Bullet sign the Book and also had Rodney’s Bullet LP. He thought it was great to see and Udo and his son teased him about the photo on the back. As he was signing the book, I asked him to just across the Bullet entry as I’d likely never meet anyone else from the band. He said, “That’s right because they’re all fucking dead!”
Udo signed the Book and whatever Accept album I had in my hand and we did a quick photo. I mentioned seeing U.D.O. at Jaxx with Raven about 15 years or so ago. “That was a fun tour.” Nice fella.
We were ushered back out of the venue and we went to grab some food. Jessikill opened the show and we caught maybe their last two songs. Recently reactivated 80s San Antonio metal band, Syrus, was up next. They played a solid set of older and newer songs but the sound man was doing them no favors. Awfully mixed out front. Other long time SA band, Byfist, was next and played a solid set. They’ve got a strong fan base.
And then Dirkschneider. They opened with Starlight, Living for Tonight and Flash Rockin’ Man and the crowd was singing along to everything. The band was tight and at 64, Udo’s voice sounded absolutely fucking stellar. How is that even possible? He was spot on. Then London Leatherboys came on and the crowd went nuts, including me. They played song after song from the back catalog and I don’t think any album was left out except for the debut. They played 24 songs in total and his voice never wavered. Just perfect. It was a joy to hear all of those classics live and his band executed them perfectly. I would have added the song Russian Roulette, but it didn’t matter. It was a great show.
Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted a review. I’ve been busy working out of town and haven’t been able to see as much in the last 2 months.
I had never seen Billy Joel before but have loved him since I was a kid, especially The Stranger album. Great one from front to back. I was surprised whe I read up on his current band lineup that he has both Chuck Burgi and David Rosenthal playing drums and keyboards, respectively. They were both on my favorite Rainbow album, Bent Out of Shape. I sent a message to Chuck a week before the show to see if maybe we could meet and have him sign my Rainbow stuff, but never heard back. Worth a shot, eh?
We had seats behind the stage and while we had a great view of Billy, I could only see Chuck’s cymbals, which was a bummer. He sounded great though. The entire band was great and especially Billy’s vocals. I didn’t expect him to hit some of the notes he hit and to still sing so clearly.
He was pretty jovial with the crowd and in three spots, the crowd would get to decide on which song would be played next. He’d offer up 2 songs and the one with the loudest applause got played. He also played a bunch of snippets of Texas artists like ZZ Top, Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin. They also did Highway to Hell with one of the roadies on vocals and Billy played rhythm guitar. He played it in a couple of songs.
Overall the show was great and highlights were all 5 songs from The Stranger (unfortunately he didn’t play the title track), Sometimes a Fantasy which I hadn’t though about in 20 years, Vienna, Miami 2017, and The Ballad of Billy the Kid.
I’ve been a big YES fan since childhood mainly because of my brother’s influence. Fragile and Close to the Edge stayed in steady rotation with him. As the 80s rolled around, YES got super big with 90125. You couldn’t get away from it. Not necessarily a bad thing but Owner of a Lonely Heart got a little old.
I bought two tickets some months back on the presale and one of them ended up going unused. The show crept up on me and I didn’t get proper time to find a date for the show. Oh well.
Prior to the show I grabbed a quick dinner then met up with my friend, Armando, for a couple of beers. Good drummer and good dude. Show was slated to start at 8PM so we went to the venue, I bought a shirt and we parted ways to our seats. It was actually a bit nice to have some space next to me.
The band came on stage and opened with Cinema and Perpetual Change. Rick Wakeman was wearing a huge cape, of course. The overall show was fantastic and I was really surprised that this older crowd stood for most of it. They played a good cross section of YES material while definitely touching on the Rabin era often. They even played an ABWH song, The Meeting. Jon’s voice sounded absolutely amazing and it was great to finally see/hear Wakeman live.
During The Fish (I think), Wakeman and Rabin came out into the crowd and walked around the venue. That was pretty cool. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the show but as in the 80s, I can’t stand Rabin’s hyper-sonic guitar tone. He’s a great player though and his voice still sounds great. The lefty bassist primarily played Rickenbackers the whole night and a Fender for 1 song. Both he and the drummer were spot on.
Too bad that these guys, Howe and White can’t settle differences and do one more reunion tour.