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Reviews and News - December 2012
Note from Nina:
YES........... It was a great Rockin' Holiday party with the Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint in Los Angeles Saturday night, December 22, 2012!
YES......... The next Waddy Wachtel Band gig has been confirmed for Saturday, January 19, 2013 at The Joint in Los Angeles! Yay! I'll get you more info on that show later, but make your plans to join us now, okay? Okay!
As for what transpired on 12/22/12.......
By the time Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas and Jamie Savko hit the stage for the first song of the night, the beautiful Joint was filled with beautiful people - rockers one and all - smiling and sharing Holiday warmth. Then the Rock 'n' Roll began!
When WWB blasted into "Substitute" it was hard to believe there were just 4 guys on that stage - Waddy, Phil, Rick and Jamie. It was a full, rich, room-filling blast of rockin' bliss! Only the best dudes can carry off a song like that with only guitar, drums and bass. We got 'em! Add Jamie's flawless vocals - Bliss for sure!
Jason Sinay (guitar) and Ron Dziubla (saxophone) joined the band for the second song "If You Can't Rock Me." There was no doubt about it - WWB CAN rock us! And they always do.
The first set was filled with 11 incredible songs performed to perfection. There's no way to express the excitement and electricity of the music in words - if you were there you know what I mean. If you weren't there...... Poor you! I'll tell you some stuff that went on.
Jason Sinay has joined WWB many times in the past for these shows, and it was great having him playing guitar and singing. He sang lead vocals on "Like A Hurricane" and "Powderfinger." Everyone loved it!
Blondie Chaplin was happy to be back with WWB, and we were glad to have him. After giving an exceptional lead vocal on "Lawyers, Guns and Money" he sang a song very familiar to him and us: "Sail On Sailor" Blondie actually sang the lead vocal on that Beach Boys recording. The Beach Boys weren't happy with any of their vocals on it, so they asked Blondie to sing it. Good decision!
Ron Dziubla played saxophone with WWB for the first time at the last gig on 11/24/12. He did a great job, and Waddy asked him to return. What else can Ron play? Hmmmmm. Well, he not only played alto and baritone sax, but also showed he can get down on guitar as well. What else? Waddy had a great idea of adding flute to "Ruby Tuesday" - so Ron did and nailed it!
Closing the first set, WWB did a song they hadn't done for us before "When the Levee Breaks." Wow! Led Zeppelin recorded this song written by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. They made this acoustic blues song rock, and so did WWB. Jamie wails on lead vocals on all the Zep songs, and was fantastic on this one. Also...... Waddy brought out his Fender Telecaster (the first time he's used it at a WWB gig) and played a mean slide guitar!
After a short break......
The second set was as spectacular as the first.
WWB got us high - "Eight Miles High"!!!! Waddy's guitar solos on this are something everyone should get a chance to hear in their lifetime - awe inspiring! An aspiring guitarist said: "Thanks for the guitar lesson, Waddy!" Rick plays some incredible bass licks on that too. And not to leave out..... Jamie and Waddy perfect harmony vocals. Phil rocks the roof off on drums!
More great tunes followed, then.......
An old friend came on stage to join in singing harmonies on "Honky Tonk Women." Ivan Neville! Ivan is a very well-respected and talented performer. He's put out his own solo albums, has a band called Dumpstaphunk and played in the X-Pensive Winos with Waddy. Ivan sang lead vocals on the next song "Bad Boy." You'd know the song from the lyric "Now, junior, behave yourself." It was written by Larry Williams and later recorded by The Beatles. It was so nice having Ivan up there rockin' for us!
What a totally fulfilling night of Rockin' it was! It made the Holidays brighter for all of us! Thank all of you who came to share in it with us. Waddy and the guys were so happy you came. If you couldn't make it, come on January 19. I promise you'll be glad you did.
Happy New Year!!!!!!
On all songs:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar
Phil Jones - Drums
Rick Rosas - Bass
1. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals
2. "If You Can't Rock Me" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason Sinay guitar; Ron Dziubla alto saxophone
3. "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar
4. "Like A Hurricane" (Neil Young) Jason lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
5. “Shot Down in Flames” (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Ron guitar
6. “Live With Me” (The Rolling Stones) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Jason guitar; Ron alto saxophone
7. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Blondie Chaplin lead vocals; Jason guitar
8. "Sail On Sailor" (The Beach Boys) Blondie lead vocals and guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
9. "Bitch" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar and harmony vocals; Ron baritone saxophone
10. "Desiree" (The Left Banke) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar; Ron baritone saxophone
11. "When the Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin [written by Kansas Joe McCoy, Memphis Minnie]) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy slide Telecaster guitar; Jason guitar; Ron tenor saxophone
1. "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie lead harmony vocals; Jason guitar
2. "Highway To Hell" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar
3. “Ruby Tuesday” (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar; Ron flute
4. "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals; Jason guitar
5. “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) Blondie lead vocals; Jason guitar; Ron alto saxophone
6. “Honky Tonk Women" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy, Blondie and Ivan Neville harmony vocals; Jason guitar; Ron alto saxophone
7. "Bad Boy" (Larry Williams) Ivan lead vocals; Jason guitar
8. “Itchycoo Park” (Small Faces) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Jason guitar and harmony vocals; Blondie harmony vocals
9. "Powderfinger" (Neil Young) Jason lead vocals and guitar
10. "Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
Big thanks are also in store for:
John Philbrick, Charlie McIntosh, Mark Nathanson, Norm Sancho and Robi Banerji for their valuable assistance in making everything run smoothly Saturday night.
And to Ondrea, Fernando, George, Jim, Andy and all the good people who make The Joint such a cool place to put on these shows.
And........ Thank all of YOU rockers! You're the best!
I also want to personally thank all of you wonderful rock 'n' rollers for taking the time to tell me you appreciate my updates for WWB. You're very welcome. It's my pleasure to turn everyone on to WWB! :-)
See you next year! 1/19/13
"Lawyers Guns and Money"
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