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Reviews and News - March 2009

Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 3/23/09


Notes from Nina:

The wind had been blowing everything around here in Los Angeles for a few days, but when the Waddy Wachtel Band hit the stage last night 3/23/09 at The Joint - all hell broke loose! That's the kind of rockin' wind we always love to be blown over by.

It was great to have the band back again after a few weeks, and everyone was ready to rock the roof off. And we did! The band was on fire - tight, mean and lean - giving 1000%.

Waddy Wachtel is such a great treasure. He not only keeps these gigs at The Joint going with an incredible bevy of performers and tunes, but he blasts through every tune on his guitar with electrifying force, wails through lead vocals and harmonies, and gives support and kudos to everyone who's up there with him. He also pleased us by singing one of his own compositions: "High Maintenance Girlfriend," and there were a few people in the audience singing harmonies along with him on that tune including Ellen Anderson and Greg Bell. And..... Waddy always makes us know we "got nothin' to lose" when he sings "Like A Rolling Stone." Are we lovin' it? Oh yeah!

Jamie Savko not only brought new meaning to Rockin' Vocals in all the tunes he sang, but he blew us all away on "Highway To Hell." He was on fire! Everyone was wide-eyed and asking: "Who IS that guy?" He's OUR Jamie! Lovin it.

Phil Jones is like the Energizer Bunny on drums. Once you turn him on..... he never stops! And we don't want him to. He's always there right on the beat adding so much to every tune...... With big smiles like there's no place else he'd rather be. Lovin' the drummin'.

Rick Rosas not only provides the basic essentials any great bass player must contribute to a band, but he uses his bass to fill in on riffs that make WWB a true Power Trio when it's only Waddy, Phil and Rick up there. No simple playing for Rick..... His fingers can move light lightning on those strings. Lovin' the lightnin'.

Keith Allison walks humbly on stage with a sly grin, then blasts through vocals and rhythm guitar, so no one can keep their feet from moving. Only Keith can do those tunes with such rockin' energy that everyone gets movin'. Lovin' the movin'.

Special guests......

P. F. Sloan was a surprise guest last night, and what a treat that was. He performed the song he wrote - "Eve Of Destruction" - with such delightful force and emotion! We have to thank Frank Howsen (a long-time friend of WWB and extremely talented person) for suggesting to Sloan that he might want to come down and sit in. nd Sloan was lovin' it! Lovin' the destructin'.

Jason Sinay sang and played guitar on "Like A Hurricane" - which not only reminded us of the blastin' winds we've been having here, but of how delightful Jason's vocals are. Lovin' the blastin' hurricane.

Here's the set list for the night, with notes fo who else was on stage with Waddy, Phil and Rick. Photos are below.

Set List:

1st Set:
1. "Bitch" (Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals
2. "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
3. "Rover" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
4. "Eve Of Destruction" (P. F. Sloan) P. F. Sloan vocals, guitar, harmonica
5. "Up On Cripple Creek" (The Band) Keith Allison lead vocals
6. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals, Waddy harmony vocals
7. "Like A Hurricane" (Neil Young) Jason Sinay vocals, guitar
8. "Shot Down in Flames" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals, Jason guitar
9. "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals, Jason guitar

2nd Set:
1. "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
2. "High Maintenance Girlfriend" (Waddy Wachtel) Waddy lead vocals, Jamie harmony vocals
3. "Honky Tonk Women" (Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals, Waddy harmony vocals, Keith guitar
4. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals
5. "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals, Keith guitar
6. "Highway To Hell" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals, Waddy and Barry Robinson harmony vocals
7. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals
8. "Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals

Note:
Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin couldn't be with us last night because of other commitments. We look forward to seeing them next week.

AND............
If you were foolish enough to miss last night's gig, you can rock it up with WWB next Monday night 3/30/09. We'll be looking for you!!!!!!

Click on any photo to enlarge.......



Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas

Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas
Phil Jones, P.F. Sloan, Rick Rosas

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Jason Sinay
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Jason Sinay




Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 3/30/09


Note from Nina:

I heard on the news yesterday that there's a 1 in 100 chance there'll be an earthquake on the San Andreas fault in the next few days. Hold on!!!!

I know for a fact that there's a 1 in 1 chance the earth will move when the Waddy Wachtel Band is at The Joint on a Monday night. That must have been the earthquake they were referring to....... because there was definitely some burnin' rockin' and rollin' by WWB last night 3/30/09.

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Jamie Savko and Keith Allison got the place rumblin' like a finely tuned roller coaster last night, and no one could sit still. No one wanted to!

Thank all of you wonderful rockers for coming down and getting heated up with us. You're the BEST!!!!!

Set List:

1st Set:
1 - "All Down The Line" (Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals
2 - "Loner" (Neil Young) Waddy and Jamie lead vocals
3 - "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
4 - "Rover" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
5 - "Up On Cripple Creek" (The Band) Keith Allison lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
6 - "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
7 - "Misty Mountain Hop" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
8 - "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals
9 - "Substitute" (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals

2nd Set:
1 - "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals
2 - "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
3 - "High Maintenance Girlfriend" (Waddy Wachtel) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals
4 - "Bitch" (Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
5 - "C'Mon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran) Keith lead vocals
6 - "Highway To Hell" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals
7 - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals
8 - "Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals

Upcoming gigs:

The Waddy Wachtel Band has confirmed they'll be rockin' and rollin' all of us at The Joint on 2 Mondays in April....... 4/13/09 and 4/27/09. Now you've got a bit of advance notice so you can make your plans to BE THERE!

Al Ortiz will be joining the band on those Mondays in April, playing some fantastic bass riffs. Rick Rosas - who will be leaving us for a bit to go out on tour with Neil Young again - said he loves Al's playing and is happy to have him take over his spot while he's gone.

Phil Jones will be playing with The Dogs at the Buffalo Inn in Upland on Saturday 4/4/09.

See you all on April 13th!!!!!!!





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