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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 had a ticket and flight booked to see Joe Lynn Turner (JLT) at the Whisky in West Hollywood a couple of months ago and had to cancel the trip. That was a major bummer. That blow got lessened recently when Sean McNabb, bassist for George Lynch, mentioned to me that he was also playing with JLT and that they were playing in San Antonio. Shortly after that Lynch show, the JLT show was announced.
Also announced was Blackfoot as the opener. A quick check to see who was still in the band led me to their website which showed that they had no original members but were still managed by Ricky Medlocke. Alright then. I’ve never been a big fan fan of southern rock although hearing Strikes takes me back to being a kid as one of best friends, Petey, always loved that record.
After some time bouncing around San Antonio record stores, Rodney and I grabbed some dinner then headed to the venue to meet up with Matt who had tickets for another friend, Diego, and me. The weather was complete shit. The show was originally scheduled to be outside rain or shine but the rain was pretty heavy and it was moved inside. Upon walking in, the place was packed, uncomfortably so. I stayed inside for part of Seance’s set then just decided to wait out Blackfoot outside. I could hear them perfectly and they were solid. This new lineup had been together for 4 years. It was weird after seeing them arrive to think that they were Blackfoot. They looked like kids and 2 of the guys in the band were sporting mohawks. Even prior to them finishing their set, I noticed some people leaving making comments about the lineup as they were walking out.
Then it was time for JLT. I was pretty excited since I hadn’t seen him since he sang on Odyssey tour with Yngwie Malmsteen, one of my favorite concerts ever. The band hit the stage to a thinned out crowd opening with the snippet of Over the Rainbow and going right in Death Alley Driver. The band was tight and Joe’s voice sounded great. I Surrender and Power were up next. The crowd was really into it. Unfortunately they were plagued with some technical difficulties throughout the night but they worked through them and completely rocked. Street of Dreams was a highlight as were Stone Cold, Spotlight Kid and Malmsteen’s Rising Force. JLT has Steve Brown from Trixter on guitar and he was pretty damned good, even handled the Yngwie guitar solo pretty well. It was a fun set.
After the show was the meet and greet with Joe. It was inexpensive and I wanted Joe added to The Book. They were letting us in 2 at a time and Matt and I went in together towards the end of the line. Joe was very talkative and inquisitive about the patches on our jackets. He was loving Matt’s Riot patch and mentioned how much he had loved that band since their early days. I mentioned as I was pulling out The Book that I brought Riot’s Privilege of Power CD cover with me. “Whoa, let me see that. I haven’t thought about this one in years.” I mentioned seeing the 1988 Yngwie show at The Boathouse and he said, “I remember that place. A bit of a dump.” Most bands say that. haha. We talked briefly about his time with Yngwie and both agreed that there should have been a second album with him on vocals. While finishing up the signing and photos, I mentioned that he was my favorite singer for Rainbow. I know that is not a popular opinion but whatever. Totally true. I like the Dio era a lot but it’s the JLT era for me any day. He was also quite pleased to see the Odyssey album.
What a great show although I’d prefer not to see another show at this venue.
It’s the 4th of July weekend, what better band to see than America? I missed their Austin show a few months back and was happy to see they booked a San Antonio show.
It’s been a busy day. I had just had the first rehearsal with my new band and then went to meet Stryper.
My beautiful friend, Margarita, met me at the show and in we went. The Tobin Center is a great venue. Absolutely gorgeous and not a bad seat in the house.
I’ve always loved the band since I was a kid. AM radio gold type stuff. The band consists of 2 of the originals, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley. And as no surprise, the backing band was incredible.
They opened with Tin Man and You Can Do Magic. Sandman and You Can Do Magic were my 2 faves of the night. They sounded great, especially Dewey’s vocals. Gerry’s were a little rough but those harmonies get tough at their age. The set was mixed with everything from their famous greatest hits album to a few deeper cuts and a couple of newer songs. It was a great show overall and was sold out.