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Reviews and News - September 2010
Note from Nina:
We waited long enough to all get back together at The Joint for a Waddy Wachtel Band gig - almost 2 months. Were we all rockin’ it up happily last night 9/13/10? Oh yeah!!!!!!!!!
And we all get to do it again next Monday night 9/20/10. How lucky are we? The luckiest Rockers in the world!
It was great seeing so many of your smiling faces at the gig last night, and all the guys in the band were beaming right along with you. They all said......... “We love you soooo much! And we need you here with us.” Yes, and we need them toooo!!!!!!!
Waddy Wachtel demands 1000% from every performance they do, and he never lets us down. Incredible guitar playing, fantastic vocals, and leading the band through all those delightful tunes....... he does it all - exceptionally well. When he sang “Johnny Strikes Up The Band” he thrilled everyone, and said “Wish you were here, Zev.” He’s not only so extremely talented, but he’s a wonderful warm person. Rockin’ through those loud electric-charged guitar riffs and solos - or singing “Just Like a Woman” so tenderly - we just can’t get enough!
Brett Tuggle sang lead vocals on the first tune of the night “Till The End Of The Day” and he got us dancing our Kinks out. What a rockin’ voice - and when he plays the keyboard solo on “Won’t Get Fooled Again” you know he ain’t foolon’ around. Dynamite! And the Led Zep tunes? Oh yesssss! Brett also played guitar solos on “Bitch.” Sooooo much talent in one dude.
Jamie Savko showed why Waddy’s so happy to have him up on that stage with them. Such burnin’ energy - and a voice that gives you goose bumps all over. When he sings “Girl’s Got Rhythm” all the girls get rhythm. His vocal blends with Waddy and Brett are perfection, and he nailed “Honky Tonk Women.” The last tune of the night “Sin City”....... Incredible!
Rick Rosas sails through those bass parts - a true pro. When you hear him flailing those bass strings on “Eight Miles High” - it definitely gets you high. Rick has all the qualities necessary to be called “great” - durability, determination, diversity and ...... dance-ability. He lays it down. Oh yeah!
Jimmy Paxson sat in again for Phil Jones, and he’s about the only other person wo can hit those drum skins on all the tunes WWB play and make them sing! Jimmy lives and breathes drums. And it shows. He can segue from “Just Like a Woman” to “Pump It Up.” No problem for the incredible Jimmy Paxson.
Speaking of Phil Jones........ He was at the gig last night. Just watchig with all smiles - that’s our Phil ...... what a beaming smile always! Phil had been in the hospital with an attack of diverticulitis, but he’s on the mend now and will be back delighting us banging on the drums very soon. We’ve missed him, and I know you all send your love and healing vibes.
Keith Allison....... Never would I forget to mention Keith. Our Southern Rock Man always makes us smile and dance when he sings those wonderful tunes. The guy keeps on Rockin’. Rockin’ all of us. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” with Waddy playing slide guitar? Nothing poor or pitiful about any of us enjoying that!
Here’s the set list and see some photos below.
Hope to see you delightful WWB Rockers next Monday night!
1. “Till The End Of The Day” (The Kinks) Brett Tuggle lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy Wachtel harmony vocals
2. "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
3. "Bitch" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy harmony vocals; Brett guitar solos
4. “Johnny Strikes Up the Band” (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals; Jamie harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
5. “The Shape I’m In” (The Band) Keith Allison lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Jamie and Waddy harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
6. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals and slide guitar; Brett harmony vocals and tambourine
7. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
8. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
9. “I Am The Walrus” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
1. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards and harmony vocals
2. “Revolution” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy harmony vocals
3. “Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
4. “Just Like A Woman” (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals; Brett keyboards
5. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
6. “Start Me Up” (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
7. “Honky Tonk Women" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
8. "Sin City" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
And let’s not forget........
Big thanks to the guys behind the scenes who help make this all happen for us.
John Philbrick and Charlie Wood for being on hand to deal with the gear and make sure everything’s in order so we can Rock!
Charlie McIntosh who not only greets us at the door, but is there to help with so many things. We’ll be celebrating Charlie’s birthday next Monday along with Brett’s.
Sam Feig who took worked the sound board last night. First time for Sam, but he did a great job and was thrilled by the music.
See you on the 20th!!!!!!!!
Click on any photo to enlarge......
Note from Nina:
Before I tell you what a great time we all had last night 9/20/10 at the WWB gig, here’s the October dates the Waddy Wachtel Band will be Rockin’ It Up at The Joint in Los Angeles:
October 11, 2010
October 25, 2010
So........ don’t say you didn’t get enough notice to make your plans to come down and enjoy a night of GREAT Rock ‘n’ Roll with us!
Hope to see many of you in October.
As a newbie (or those we lovingly refer to as WWB virgins) wrote me:
“September 13, 2010 was the best show I have been to in my fifty four years of living. Thanks! Thomas Edwards”
How great was the Waddy Wachtel Band gig last night?
If you were there, you KNOW. That’s why everyone keeps coming back on these Monday nights.
If you weren’t there, we all want to tell you....... It was FANTASTIC!
Picture the best pro musicians - on stage in a small venue - playing great tunes that make your heart leap and your feet jump - among a crowd of the most delightful rockers in Los Angeles (and from elsewhere). Got the picture? MMM HMMM!!! Sorry I can’t add the audio for you, but you’ll just have to get off your butts and come down to hear it. YESSS!
Some people have asked how Waddy Wachtel gets those great sounds from his guitar. He plugs his guitar directly into 2 Fender Vibro-King amps and lets his fingers do the talking. They speak volumes. Volume. Volumes. We love it! BTW - Waddy sang background vocals on Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” - the “we love it” parts. We love his vocals at these WWB gigs too!
I thought I heard a rhythm guitar playing on “Immigrant Song” last night, but it was only Waddy Wachtel on lead guitar, Jimmy Paxson on drums, Rick Rosas on bass and Jamie Savko wailing on vocals. What I was hearing was Rick’s bass. You gotta watch Rick - he sneaks all sorts of incredible sounds from that bass.
Jamie Savko burned through the two Who songs - Who? Jamie! We’ll take him as a “Substitute” for Roger Daltrey, but we “Won’t Get Fooled” ‘cause Jamie has his own way of singing all the tunes that are electrifying!
Brett Tuggle blew everyone away with his vocals and playing on a new song the band played for the first time - “Helter Skelter.” I’ve been a Beatles fan for a looong time, but Brett and the band added layers to that song that would have had John and Paul rockin’!
Jimmy Paxson - sitting in for Phil Jones on drums - banged those skins to everyone’s delight. You might have heard Jimmy wailing on tour with Stevie Nicks or other artists, but to hear him play with Waddy at these gigs really brings out the best in him.
Keith Allison brought out a song we hadn’t heard in a while - “Stop Breakin’ Down.” Okay, Keith! We will! Just keep singing and playing for us. Great harmonica too!
On stage all night were:
Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Rick Rosas - Bass
Jimmy Paxson - Drums
Here’s the set lists with notes on who else played what:
1. "Rocks Off" (The Rolling Stones) Jamie Savko lead vocals; Waddy Wachtel and Brett Tuggle harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
2. “No Reply” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Jamie harmony vocals
3. “Dog Eat Dog” (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
4. "Lawyers Guns and Money" (Warren Zevon) Waddy lead vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
5. "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin) Jamie lead vocals
6. "Stop Breakin' Down" (Robert Johnson) Keith Allison lead vocals, guitar and harmonica; Waddy slide guitar; Brett keyboards
7. “The Shape I’m In” (The Band) Keith lead vocals and guitar; Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals; Brett keyboards
8. “Substitute” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
9. “Helter Skelter” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards; Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals
1. “I Am The Walrus” (The Beatles) Brett lead vocals and keyboards; Waddy background vocals
2. “Start Me Up” (The Rolling Stones) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
3. "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC) Jamie lead vocals; Waddy and Brett harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
4. "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds) Waddy and Jamie harmony vocals; Brett rhythm guitar
5. “Just Like A Woman” (Bob Dylan) Waddy lead vocals; Brett keyboards
6. "Pump It Up" (Elvis Costello) Keith lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
7. “Till The End Of The Day” (The Kinks) Brett lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Waddy harmony vocals
8. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who) Jamie lead vocals; Brett keyboards
I didn’t take any photos last night - I was busy Rockin’ It Up! But I’ll tell you the guys looked as fantastic as ever. Handsome bunch of dudes!
Our other helpers:
John Philbrick - Guitar tech and equipment overseer
Charlie Wood - Equipment manager and set-up artist
Charlie McIntosh - Door greeter and overall peace keeper. Happy Birthday party for Charlie M. last night - cake!
Will Huneycutt - Sound master
WWB Rockers - Dancing, big smiles and lots of good vibes
Brett Tuggle’s Birthday is September 23. You can pop over to his MySpace or Facebook page to wish him a good one. Gotta love Brett!
Phil Jones is doing great and should be back to his drum throne in October. Yay, Phil!
September 27 is the release date for Ronnie Wood’s new album “I Feel Like Playing” which features Waddy Wachtel, Rick Rosas, Blondie Chaplin and Bernard Fowler on some tunes. Bernard Fowler also co-wrote some of the tunes and produced the album. You can find more details at this page on Waddy’s web site:
Click on this: ”I Feel Like Playing”
And for a special treat, click the link at the bottom of that page titled “Out of the Box” to hear a radio interview with Waddy and Bernard from earlier this year in NYC. Included in the interview is Bernard, Waddy and Robert Davis playing an acoustic version of “I Gotta See.”
Have a great week, you wonderful rock ‘n’ rollers!
I’ll be back with more updates.........
Then see you in October!!!!
Rockin’ love from all of us to all of you!
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