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Reviews and News - September 2007

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Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 9/3/07


It's been blazing hot here in L.A. for the last couple of weeks, but that didn't stop all of us from getting down to The Joint last night to rock with Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle and Jamie Savko. WWB kicks ass no matter what the weather! Dave had the AC pumping all day, so it was delightfully cool in The Joint (Thanks, Dave!), but we heated it up real fast - rockin' and rollin' with the best band around.

Some highlights:
- We got a real treat when Waddy sang his own song "High Maintenance Girlfriend" in the 2nd set. That song always gets everyone jumpin'. What a talented guy!
- Keith Allison did a great job on "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me", and Waddy played incredible slide guitar solos. Waddy told us that Jackson Browne sang that song at a tribute to Warren Zevon.
- Phil Jones didn't seem at all bothered by the heat, as he closed out the 1st set with some burnin' drums on "Dog Eat Dog."
- Phil and Rick had some fun doing "fanfares" on drums and bass as Waddy introduced the band members. Waddy said it sounded like the Letterman Show. LOL
- Brett really brought us to new heights with his vocals and keyboards on "Tomorrow Never Knows". What a wonderfully rockin' version of that song!
- Jamie did a fabulous vocal to "Bitch", and the whole band ended the night with so much energy - a perfect ending to the holiday weekend.

Other notes:
- Rick Rosas can be seen tonight playing bass on TV in Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" tour video.

Set List:

1st Set:
"All Down the Line" (Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Shot Down in Flames" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Misty Mountain Hop" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"What's Next to the Moon" (AC/DC) Brett Tuggle lead vocals
"Lawyers, Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy Wachtel lead vocals
"Cripple Creek" (the Band) Keith Allison lead vocals
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals
"It's All Over Now" (Stones) Waddy and Brett vocals
"Dog Eat Dog" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals

2nd Set:
"Eight Miles High" (Byrds) Waddy and Jamie vocals
"Honky Tonk Woman" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"Ohio" (Neil Young) Waddy and Jamie vocals
"High Maintenance Girlfriend" (Waddy Wachtel) Waddy voclas
"Tomorrow Never Knows" (Beatles) Brett lead vocals
"You Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Bitch" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals

I didn't take any photos or videos tonight - my fingers were too sweaty to work the camera. :-D

Keep Rockin' y'all!
-Nina




Review: Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint 9/10/07


We had all kinds of exciting things happening with the Waddy Wachtel Band at The Joint last night. Yes, Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle and Jamie Savko got us loose and lovin' it with their incredible performances of the songs. Never get less than the best from those guys, and they keep getting better! "How is that possible?" you might wonder. I don't know - but it's true!!!!!

I think this was the first time I heard them start off the night with "Sin City", and it was a great choice. Got everyone ready to go with them to Rock Heaven. :-) Yeah, Rock Heaven is Sin City. Jamie's exquisite vocals on that song perked up all our ears, and Waddy's guitar solo confirmed the fact that we were in heaven.

Who was that dark-haired man sitting at the bar with a big grin on his face? It was John Cowsill, drummer in a band called (oddly enough) the Cowsills. You might remember the Cowsills? Their big hit song was "The Rain, the Park and Other Things". John has recently been touring with the Beach Boys, and it was a real treat to have him jump on the stage with WWB to sing harmonies on "Cinnamon Girl". That boy can sing! He also treated us to more vocal harmonies in the second set on "Honky Tonk Woman". When John wasn't up on the stage singing and banging the tambourine, he was movin' and groovin' with us right up front saying "This is the best band I've ever heard." He's an old friend of Waddy's, and we were so happy to have him there with us at The Joint. Hope to see him again soon.

And we celebrated another birthday - Rick Rosas! We all got to sign his "surprise" B-Day card and let him know how much we love and appreciate his fantastic bass playing with WWB. We're truly lucky to have had them there with the band for all these years when he's not out on tour. Rick was definitely kicking up some dust last night - a true Rocker! He was having as much fun as we were. The "man in the shadows" came up front a few times and dazzled us. Nice!

I had a special dream-come-true last night myself. Waddy sang "Let's Spend the Night Together"!!!!!!! I'd heard Waddy sing that song with WWB a couple of years ago, and have been itching for it to come back ever since. I got my wish! Besides that being one of my favorite Stones songs, Waddy's vocals on it are delicious. And the rest of the band kicked ass. I'm a lucky girl.

I once asked Brett how he could "scream" like that with his voice and still sing the soft parts as well. He tried to show me how "easy" it was - LOL - but I'm not a singer. All I can say is that he "screamed" so delightfully last night that I'm still tingling. I just can't do without a dose of my "Live Wire". He's such a treasure.

Even though Phil Jones sits back on his drum throne with a big smile on his face, making it look completely effortless to whack on those skins and cymbals - I doubt many drummers could wield those sticks the way he does. He's consistently "there" all the time - never a misses beat. And with impeccable timing.

If you've never heard Jamie sing before, you might wonder what he could possibly add to the incredible line-up of talent up on the stage - until his first notes reach your ears. Then all you'd be able to do is drop your mouth open in amazement at his voice. Such crystal clarity with a rockin' edge. When he sings "Shot Down in Flames" - we all are! Actually, we're shot UP in flames. Burnin' vocals for sure.

Set List:

1st set:
"Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals
"Bitch" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals
"What's Next to the Moon" (AC/DC) Brett Tuggle lead vocals
"Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young) Waddy Wachtel, Brett and John Cowsill vocal harmonies
"The Rover" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith Allison lead vocals
"Stop Breakin' Down" (Robert Johnson) Keith lead vocals
"Shot Down in Flames" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"I Am the Walrus" (Beatles) Brett lead vocals

2nd set:
"Let's Spend the Night Together" (Stones) Waddy lead vocals
"Trampled Underfoot" (Led Zep) Brett lead vocals
"Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals
"Honky Tonk Woman" (Stones) Jamie lead vocals, joined by John Cowsill
"Lawyers, Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals
"Rock and Roll" (Led Zep) Jamie lead vocals
"Live Wire" (AC/DC) Brett lead vocals

It's with a deep sadness in my heart that I have to tell you WWB won't be at The Joint next Monday 9/17. As Waddy said: "What else are we gonna do on a Monday night?" I sure don't know. But we'll have all the guys back on Monday 9/24. And I'll let you in on a secret........ It'll be Brett's B-Day. Yeah, we're gonna party!

I'll post some other stuff next Tuesday since I won't be writing a review. At least it might help us all feel a little better about missing the guys Monday night.

Love ya all, and please keep rockin'

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



Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Jamie Savko, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Jamie Savko, Rick Rosas, Brett Tuggle

Waddy Wachtel, Brett Tuggle
Waddy Wachtel, Brett Tuggle

Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Brett Tuggle, Rick Rosas, Johnny Cowsill
Waddy Wachtel, Phil Jones, Brett Tuggle, Rick Rosas, Johnny Cowsill

Brett Tuggle, Johnny Cowsill
Brett Tuggle, Johnny Cowsill

Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel

Phil Jones
Phil Jones


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