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Reviews and News - June 2010
Note from Nina:
First......... It looks like we’ll be getting some Waddy Wachtel Band gigs at The Joint in July. Yay!!!! I’ll let you know the dates asap.
We really rocked in the first day of summer here in Los Angeles last night at The Joint with the Waddy Wachtel Band!!!!!!!!! Great musicians, great tunes, great audience, great techs, great venue.... what more could a rock ‘n’ roller ask for? We had it all. mmmm hmmmm.
On that stage thrilling and electrifying us all were:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Brett Tuggle - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Jamie Savko - Vocals, Percussion
Al Ortiz - Bass
Jimmy Paxson - Drums
Keith Allison - Vocals, Guitar
Bernard Fowler - Vocals, Percussion
Waddy Wachtel has a list of recording credits that fills many pages - as a guitarist, producer, composer and singer. To watch and listen to him performing live doing tunes he chooses is a wonderful experience. People have asked how he gets those sounds from his guitar - like there’s some tricks he uses in the studio or special effects. But when you see him live on stage bending those strings and watch his fingers move over that guitar neck like they’re coated with butter (they’re not), all you can do is stare wide-eyed in amazement, let your ears tingle with enjoyment and..... Rock out! Waddy played and sang brilliantly last night. Well, he always does. Lucky Waadsters we are!
Brett Tuggle made a lot of people happy last night singing and playing some great Beatles tunes and rocked out on vocals and keyboards on “I Am The Walrus.” But that’s not all, folks. Brett can also play great guitar and sing incredible harmonies on all the tunes. Listening to him playing the keyboard part on “Won’t Get Fooled Again”....... perfection - and he’s playing it all live - no syhth loops. No fooling! No fooling around.... Brett’s the real rockin’ deal.
Jamie Savko (also known as “Who IS that guy!?!?”) once again made everyone’s ears stand up and take notice. Jamie hits incredible notes with his voice and sustains them so perfectly you’d think it was some sort of studio effect, but it’s not. It’s just Jamie doing what he does so well naturally. Give the guy anything to sing - from the Stones to AC/DC to Led Zep - he nails them all. And his vocal harmonies with Waddy - like on “Eight Miles High” - ahhhhh!!!
Al Ortiz was happy to fly in again from Phoenix to sit in for Rick Rosas on bass. And we were HAPPY to have him! Al is one of those guys who won’t give less that 100% - and he sure did last night. Watching Al, you can see he’s totally into the music, and he knows exactly how to use that bass. Al always rumbles and rocks us!
Jimmy Paxson kicked ass on drums, filling in for Phil Jones. You could feel the energy exploding from his drum kit, which is just what we want in our rock ‘n’ roll, and Waddy wouldn’t settle for anything less. This is the first time Jimmy has played a gig with the Waddy Wachtel Band, and he rocked through every tune. One special moment for me was when Jimmy and Waddy played off each other on “Misty Mountain Hop.” Big smiles on their faces and perfect symbiosis!
Keith Allison has completely recovered fom his recent back surgery, and was definitely up to showing us all how rock ‘n’ roll not only heals but keeps you young. Keith looked and sounded great! He asked to do Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” for the second set - and got us all singing along. The guy’s gotta ROCK! And we’re all glad!!!
Bernard Fowler added to the fun when he took control of that microphone and sailed through “Sin City” and “Heroes.” His stage presence is so all-encompassing that he makes everyone feel like he’s singing directly to them. High energy, fantastic vocals......... Bernard always rocks the roof off!
1. "All Down the Line" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals; Brett Tuggle rhythm guitar
2. “Dog Eat Dog” (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
3. “Revolution” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
4. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
5. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
6. “The Shape I’m In” (The Band) Keith Allison lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Jamie and Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
7. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals and slide guitar; Brett harmony vocals
8. “I Am The Walrus” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
9. "Sin City" (AC/DC) Bernard Fowler lead vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
1. “Start Me Up” (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
2. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
3. “Heroes” (David Bowie) Bernard lead vocals; Brett keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
4. “Till The End Of The Day” (The Kinks) Brett lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
5. “Just Like A Woman” (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals; Brett keyboards
6. "C'Mon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
7. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
8. “Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
This was such a long review - because WWB is soooo great that I had to share the night with you, and it’s been over a month since the last gig - I won’t add any other stuff.
I’ll just say........ We hope to see all of you at The Joint in July!!!!!!!!
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