Friday, May 22, 2015

The Prophets of Addiction - The Anchor, Kingston NY - May 21, 2015 Review and Photos

The Prophets of Addiction are more Rock n Roll than you could ever hope to be.  I don't want you to take that as a challenge, it's just pretty much a fact.

In the next few months they are probably going to travel to your town on their current tour.  They're gonna find a venue (in Kingston, NY they found the best live venue around - The Anchor on Broadway).  They're gonna come on late.  You're probably gonna have to work the next day and they're gonna rock your ass with more than a baker's dozen worth of songs they wrote.

They're gonna do this many times in front of few people because you never heard of them.  They'll hopefully get enough gas money to get to the next gig.  You should buy merch when you see a band like this.  They are living off of rider drinks, maybe a burger, the cheers you throw in the air, and one would hope many groupies.

I'll end it here.  They kicked Kingston's ass tonight.  Next time they come around join me and if you see them playing your town, go and rock.  

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kings of Chaos - Foxwoods Grand Theater, CT - May 16, 2015 Concert Review and Photos

"Super Group" is thrown around so often these days, it's a hard term to trust, but when you have a group made up of three current inductees in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and four members who long ago should have been inducted...well dammit, that friends is a super group called Kings of Chaos.

Kings of Chaos was brought together by Matt Sorum (of Guns n Roses - Rock Hall inductee) and includes his GnR bandmates Duff McKagan (also Rock Hall inductee) and Gilby Clarke (okay...why wasn't Gilby inducted into the Rock Hall with the rest of the band?!  Everyone else was including Dizzy Reed!  I call some serious bullshit here but I digress) to form the core rhythm section of the group.  He then brought on Steve Stevens (Billy Idol's guitarist and collaborator - who should be in the Rock Hall) for lead guitar.  He just needed to fill out the band with some killer vocalists.

Kings of Chaos has a triple threat in that department.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons (yep, already in the Rock Hall) plus Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and Glenn Hughes, most notably of Deep Purple.  Don't even get me started on the fact that Trick and Purple are not in the Rock Hall!

So shit.  That's a group kids.

These true rock super groups tend to tour every continent outside of North America pretty regularly during the last few years, but it's rare they make an appearance on these shores.  This was no different.  Kings of Chaos only did two North American shows.  One in Florida the night before this and this one.

This was another of those shows I didn't expect to go to.  I was selling incredibly cool stuff at the Rock n Roll Flea Market in Kingston that Saturday and thought I would be tied up until at least 5pm and even with a heavy foot on the gas pedal and no traffic, Foxwoods is still about a three hour drive, so I was going to pass.

Then about 2 days before the show, out of the blue Foxwoods emails me and says I can RSVP for a comp ticket.  So I did that, but knew I would still have to play it by ear.

The concert gods once again looked over me on Saturday and I was able to hit the road right at five and hauled ass to Foxwoods.  Got super lucky traffic wise and pulled into the parking garage at 7:55 (ticket said show was to start at 8).

I'm pretty sure Foxwoods is the largest casino in the United States (maybe the world) and it always seems the only parking I can find is in the lot lot where I have to literally walk through the whole casino to get to the newer section where the Grand Theater is located.  I honestly think it was about a mile walk through the busy Saturday night crowd.  I get there and have to get a new copy of my rewards card as I had lost my old one and you need it to pick up the ticket. Then I go to the box office and they said I never RSVP'd (I did) and eventually they print me out what ended up being an awesome seat - front row in the mezzanine.  It's probably about 8:20 at this point.

As I had my ticket scanned and was walking in I could hear they were in the middle of Cheap Trick's standard concert opener "Hello There"

Not bad, I only missed half a song (although one I love).

It became immediately apparent this was going to be a hits filled night when they went right into "Surrender" followed by "I Want You to Want Me".  Damn...the boys weren't playing around!

As I stated above, for most of the night, the core group on stage was Steve Stevens on lead guitar and Duff McKagan on bass.

Gilby Clarke on rhythm guitar and Matt Sorum on drums.

Overall the band was great but not really tight. It was obvious at times they did not have much rehearsal.  So sure, there were some missed lyrics here, some wrong notes there, but overall it was fantastic.  I think these two small shows in the US (I think the Grand Theater only holds about 2500 - and it was very close to full with a very energetic totally into it crowd) were basically their rehearsals before they head out on the real tour where they will be playing to very large audiences.  I'll take the warts and all show to get to see this lineup!

After the opening salvo of Cheap Trick songs, Robin introduced the mighty Glenn Hughes before leaving the stage.  It was time for a double shot of Deep Purple starting with "Highway Star" and then going into a massive crowd singalong for "Smoke on The Water."

Leaving the stage with the crowd on their feet, Glenn introduced Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.  Now ZZ Top easily have at least 10 HUGE radio hits and it seems like that was what this show was all about, so it cooled the crowd down quite a bit when the first two songs Billy played were the two slow blues openers of ZZ Top's third album "Tres Hombres" - first "Waitin' for the Bus" and then "Jesus Just Left Chicago"

The general consensus was Cheap Sunglasses, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers, Sleeping Bag, Gimme All Your Lovin or any of the other hit songs would have been perhaps been a better choice, but hell, I'm no Billy Gibbons and it's a minor observation not even complaint. 

I will say Billy never lost the crowd though, I think one more deep cut might have done it, but instead Billy said they were going to go back, way back for the next one and he started playing the instantly recognizable opening riff to Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady"

The Hendrix cover went right into ZZ Top's "La Grange."  Yep, now Billy had the crowd in the palm of his hand!

When the crowd calmed down after "La Grange" Billy said he was going to bring out Glenn to help with a tribute to B.B. King who had passed away the previous day.  Glenn's vocals on King's "The Thrill Is Gone" were outstanding.

Glenn and Billy then left the stage and Gilby took on lead vocals.  He said this song was also for B.B. and asked the crowd to sing along which they did quite loudly on the Guns n Roses version of Bob Dylan's "Knockin on Heaven's Door"


Robin Zander then came back out to join the band for GnR's "Mr. Brownstone"

Robin stayed on stage to do vocals on the Billy Idol classic "Rebel Yell"


and then another Cheap Trick classic "Dream Police"

Robin then left bringing Glenn back out for an amazing take on Deep Purple's "Burn"

Glenn then tagged Billy back in to end the main set with ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" followed by "Tush" (with Robin on lead vocals on the latter)

After a very short encore break, everyone came back out on stage and Matt Sorum introduced the band members

They then did a killer version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and ended the night with Guns n Roses' "Paradise City."


It was a solid two hour rock fest and I hope the crowd reaction to this show lets them know there is an audience for this in America.

Click on any of the photos to super size view them. If you dug this please go click like on the Most People Are Blank Facebook page to follow, comment and be kept up to date on any contests.  As always Rock on and Enjoy! - Paul

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Frank Hannon Band - The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY March 21, 2015 + GUITAR PICK CONTEST

Hot damn!  What a great surprise this show was!

I've seen Tesla at least a dozen times in the past three decades or so and they are always somewhere between good and great live depending on that night's setlist, so I should have hopped right on this one to see what guitarist Frank Hannon does on his own, but that was not to be...until some last minute plans changed and my buddy had an extra ticket.  He called and said Frank was hitting the main stage at the Chance at 10pm (moved from their smaller upstairs venue, The Loft) and hell, it was Saturday and hopefully it would be good.

We walked in right at 10 and had about ten minutes to grab a beer, check the merch table and say hi to a few other friends in attendance.  Then Frank himself welcomed the crowd and the curtain went up for over two hours of simply great music.

Frank's band is a power trio featuring Aaron Leigh on bass and Kelly Smith on drums that does not stay strictly within the confines of rock. The small crowd (Frank has played numerous sold out shows with Tesla at The Chance, but on this night the crowd was less than a hundred. Frank joked - or maybe not a joke- that two fans up front were the only two in attendance at his first solo show there and with the improvement in the size of this crowd, that by the time he was 80, he'd be selling out the place himself!) was fully engaged and there was a great connection between band and audience that had them play a very long set as we all wanted more.

How long?  The set ran about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

I thought it would be filled with Tesla covers (I did not realize how many solo albums Frank has), but actually the only Tesla cover came during the acoustic set (The show was about 70 minutes electric, then 30 acoustic, then last 30 or so electric again) when he played the 90 second acoustic intro to "Love Song."

That's not to say the show was short on covers.  One of the best was a nod to one of the greatest power trios of all time when they covered "Working Man" off Rush's debut album.  Sweet! Throw in some Johnny Cash, James Gang, Santana, classic blues and snippets of Led Zeppelin, Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Montrose and some amazing standards including a beautiful version of the instrumental "Sleep Walk," the 1959 hit by Santo and Johnny that you all know even if you don't recognize the name.  Go ahead and youtube it...we'll be here when you get back. 

Most of the show concentrated on Frank's solo work, especially his newest album "World Peace" of which he played 9 of the 13 tracks.  Now reading that, I know what you might be thinking. "Ugh!  I go to see the guy from Tesla and he plays his whole new album I don't know!"  I've been to plenty of unfortunate shows like that where the new material was crap, but this show was the exception.  I didn't know any of this material going in and it's just catchy killer rock (from hard to southern to acoustic to guitar jammy.)  Frank is the singer as well as guitarist and has a great voice.  I was totally blown away and then add in the cool mix of covers and standards from as far back as the '20's and I'm telling you this show was as good as any Tesla show I've ever seen (and better than quite a few).

Here's the setlist:

  • Born Free
  • The Picture
  • New York City
  • World Peace
  • Train / Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) / Brand New Shoes ("Train" is all I wrote down.  I know it was a cover but I'll be damned if I remember which "train" song he did)
  • Love Is Like A Fire
  • Electric Chair
  • Working Man (Rush)
  • Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)
  • Mobius Flip
  • Love Song (Tesla - acoustic intro Only
  • Gypsy Highway
  • Cocaine Blues (Luke Jordan via Keith Richards version)
  • Instrumental (didn't know this one)
  • Heavy Metal Hippie
  • Montrose snippet (A guy in the pit was wearing a Montrose shirt and the band kicked into about a minute or two of a tune for him when his buddy yelled out "Montrose!"
  • Down The Road
  • Funk #49 (James Gang cover but so much more.  Opens it playing the solo from Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker right into the intro/main riff of Funk #49 and then the band jammed out on this throwing in bits of Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give It Away", Parliament Funkadelic's "Thank You" and "We Got The Funk", Some of that Peter Frampton tube guitar talking thing...just an epic jam)
  • Sweet Southern Sound
  • Electric Warriorz
  • Hope You're Feeling Better (Santana)
  • Eye of the Mind

I caught a pick during the performance and after the show Frank and the band came out to meet the fans and I got another guess what gang... 

 *****CONTEST TIME! *****

Win Frank Hannon's Guitar Pick and Photo (your choice) From The Show!

My contests are easy.  Go to this link to the MostPeopleAreBlank Facebook page and simply click Like on the page (not the photo set or any of the pictures - Like the actual page so you're following us).  That makes you a follower of the page and you are now entered into the contest.  If you're already a member of the page then just like this posting or post a comment or shoot me a message and I'll enter you as well, contest is not just open to new members.  In a week or two I'll randomly draw a name and that person will get the guitar pick as well as a photo I took at the show (If you win and have a favorite, let me know which one).  No cost to the winner, I'll pop it in the mail so it doesn't get messed up and pay the postage.  Just a thank you to the readers!

Now not included in the contest is this Tesla setlist I've had from one of the aforementioned sold out shows Tesla has played at the Chance.  I dig the phonetic spelling of Poughkeepsie at the top.  Frank was nice enough to sign this and it is now framed on my wall.

Below are a ton of pics from the show.  Click on any of them to super size view them.  I can't stress enough how much you should go see The Frank Hannon Band on this tour.  I know next time they pass through I'll definitely be back.  If you dug this or want to enter the contest for the Guitar/Pick and photo just go click Like the Facebook page to enter and as always Rock on and Enjoy! - Paul