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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.
The 80s metal weekend continued last night in San Antonio for the modern version of Quiet Riot which features only Frankie Banali from their definitive 80s era. The band also features Chuck Wright who played bass on the original recorded version of the song Metal Health and did backing vocals for that whole album. Jizzy Pearl and Alex Grossi round out the line up on vocals and guitar, respectively.
There were 4 opening acts. I missed the first one, Iron King Stag. Years Gone was up next and I had seen them before. They’re a tight band, but I had that type of rock. Lead guitarist is good though. Black Heart Saints were up next and I’d say that if you liked Tesla, Skid Row, Kix and Motley Crue minus some of the sleaze, this is the band for you. THEY WERE NOT THE BAND FOR ME. haha. Singer could fill in with Tesla perfectly. That vocal style grates on my nerves. The covered Come Together which I didn’t recognize until the chorus and covered Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. The Selfish Machines were up next and other than a weak version of We’re An American Band, I don’t remember anything else about them. Also, it was announced early on that if you bought the Quiet Riot documentary DVD, you’d be guaranteed to get your stuff signed. I hadn’t seen it yet, so it was an easy $20 to spend.
After the last set change, lights go down and Queen’s We Will Rock You is played as the band comes on stage. They opened with Run For Cover, Slick Black Cadillac and Mama Weer All Crazee Now. Listen, there was only one Kevin DuBrow (well, the singer for Slade as well), but Jizzy Pearl handled the vocals just fine. He’s got the vocal range that works perfectly. Alex Grossi handled the guitar parts just fine without destroying Cavazo’s solos. Frankie’s playing was solid, but Chuck’s bass work was pretty incredible. I never knew just how good that guy was. The set included pretty much everything that you’d expect. It was a fun show all around and odd that I didn’t know anyone at the show besides Helstar’s James Rivera.
A little backstory, the only other time I have seen QR was in 1999 in Norfolk, VA. They did a meet and greet that day at Mars Music and like an idiot I didn’t bring The Book to the signing or to the show that night. One of things I did bring was a WASP CD/EP for Sunset and Babylon. At the signing, Frankie asked me if he could have it since he said he had never seen one before. I said no and he got a little pissed off and said, “I’m not signing your stuff then.” Kevin DuBrow looked at him and said, “Seriously, Frankie? Sign his stuff!” Frankie signed it and we moved on. The show that night was $5 and this shitty old theater called The Riverview. When I had gone back home after the signing, I realized that I had a spare copy of that EP and brought it with me to the show. There may have been 50 people at that show, maybe less. It was the classic lineup as well. Pathetic turnout. During the end of their set, I held up that CD and pointed to Frankie and said, “It’s yours.” His eyes lit up and he smiled. Once they finished, they just stepped off of the stage and hung out with everyone. Frankie came straight up to me and I handed him the CD. He thanked me and apologized saying he was having a bad day. He handed me his sticks and we spoke for a little bit before us talking with the rest of the band.
Last night as I got through the line to have him sign the DVD and The Book, I asked, “Do you still have that Babylon and Sunset CD that I gave you?” He said, “Holy shit, that was you?! I totally remember that day. Thanks again!” He then marveled over The Book and asked how to get one, signed it and I moved on. Chuck Wright had just come out and I had him sign on the Black Roses section. “What book is this?” I told him how to find one and mentioned that he was listed in there several times. I forgot to get him to sign my Metal Health cover, but oh well.