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Reviews and News - October 2011
Note from Nina:
Did you have fun last night? All of us Rockin' It Up with the Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint in Los Angeles sure did!!!!! What a great night of great music performed perfectly. That's what we always get from those fantastic guys up on that stage, and that's why we all keep coming back for MORE!
The night started with WWB wailing through "Immigrant Song" - not an easy tune to play live, but these guys can do anything. Yup. Jamie Savko's vocals sailed to those high notes crystal clear while Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas and Robert Davis rocked through the changes in that tune with complete ease. They definitely got us rockin' then........
Bernard Fowler took the mic for the next song and sang what we were all feeling: "You Got Me Rockin'." It's always great having Bernard join WWB up there and thrill everyone with his masterful vocals and stage presence.
Next...... "I Can't Let Go" a song originally done by The Hollies in 1966. This was the first time WB played that song for us, and what a great addition to the set list!
A fun song for Halloween - Keith Allison sang "Werewolves of London" which was written by Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel and Leroy Marinell. They got us all singing "Ahhhooooo!"
Blondie Chaplin made it to the gig after returning from some concerts in Europe and soulfully sang "A Change Is Gonna Come" - everyone really likes hearing Blondie do that one. Great vocalist!
Waddy made it an even more perfect night by singing his own composition "High Maintenance Girlfriend." We're all so lucky to get to hear that song! And Waddy's vocals on "Mr. Tambourine Man" made us all feel like we were on that magic swirling ship. Ahhhhh!!!!! Guitar? Yes! Waddy's solo on "Eight Miles High" definitely gets everyone HIGH! What can you say about Waddy's guitar playing? Never enough. The man's a genius!
Robert Davis joined WWB for most of the songs on rhythm guitar, and he really rocked through them. You've gotta be good to get up on that stage with WWB, and Robert kicked ass! He also used an EBow on his guitar on "Heroes." If you don't know what that is: The EBow is a hand-held electronic bow for guitar. This small battery-powered unit replaces the pick in the right hand letting the guitarist mimic strings, horns, and woodwinds with unbelievable sensitivity.
The players and set list........
On stage all night:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar
Phil Jones - Drums
Rick Rosas - Bass
1. "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Robert Davis rhythm guitar
2. "You Got Me Rockin'" (Rolling Stones) Bernard Fowler lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals, and slide guitar; Blondie Chaplin harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
3. "I Can't Let Go" (The Hollies) Bernard lead vocals; Waddy, Jamie and Blondie harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
4. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
5. “Love Hungry Man” (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
6. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Blondie lead vocals and rhythm guitar
7. "Werewolves of London" (Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel, Leroy Marinell) Keith Allison lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy slide guitar
8. “Just Like Me” (Paul Revere and the Raiders) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar
9. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
10. "She's So Cold" (The Rolling Stones) Bernard lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
1. “You Shook Me" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
2. “Itchycoo Park” (Small Faces) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Bernard harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
3. “Heroes" (David Bowie) Bernard lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm and EBow guitar
4. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (The Rolling Stones) Bernard lead vocals; Waddy and Blondie harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
5. "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie lead harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
6. “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) Blondie lead vocals and rhythm guitar
7. "C'Mon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
8. "If You Can't Rock Me" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
9. "High Maintenance Girlfriend" (Waddy Wachtel) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
10. "Down Payment Blues" (AC/DC) Bernard lead vocals; Blondie harmony vocals; Robert rhythm guitar
Thanks to all of you who joined us last night...... You keep these gigs going and make the guys in the band so happy to see your smiling faces and dancin' feet. You Rockers..... ROCK! And folks from all over the world show up for these gigs - so glad to be here. Mike brought Ryuji all the way from Melbourne Australia.
No news on the next Waddy Wachtel Band gig yet. None in November, but I'm hoping for one in late December - a holiday show. Fingers crossed!
Be back soon!.
Photos by Rich Saputo. Click any photo to enlarge.....
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