LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007
Buddy Guy, a living legend amongst many famous Blues artists and fans, is into his 7th decade on this earth along with his guitar, which was first played at the tender age of 5, and is now considered his best friend.
Buddy begins his set with “Going Down” while walking onto the stage whaling out scales and screaming high notes from his vintage, white Fender Stratocaster. Is it with any surprise that this infamous Blues man was awarded with a loud, standing ovation immediately following his intro? His crowd pleasing style goes along with true-aged Blues – with great feel as his fingers flowed across the fret board of his one, true companion, his guitar. Playing smooth, free flowing tunes with ease like “Dreams to Remember”, which turned into a medley of “Fever”, “Boom Boom” and “Voodoo Child”, Buddy continues to amaze audiences as he’s done for many years.
Near the end of his set, Buddy Guy decided to walk off the stage and into the audience, where he mesmerized fans up close and personal. While continuing to play, Buddy walked all around the bottom floor attempting to meet as many of his fans as possible and in a blink of an eye, he moved to the upper level to serenade more fans with screaming, high notes and gentle, caressing scales. Of course, special stops were made along his way whenever he spotted a beautiful woman in the crowd. A few of the lucky gals even got to strum his guitar for a few notes.
An hour and fifteen minutes into his set, the House of Blues was calling time on Mr. Guy. With great respect for his fans, Buddy Guy gave his thanks and left the stage. Upon his exit, the back up band was given the floor to show the crowd what they were made of by continuing to play and giving their best on riffs, scales and some great beats on the drums. On one remaining note, the band concluded the set with the audience cheering for more.
House of Blues Las Vegas NV
Thursday, September 4, 2008,
Prior to show time, I was wondering how Jerry Only was going manage opening for Motorhead by pulling off classic Misfit vocals while keeping the crowd’s interest. I was willing to give him a listen to see how well he and the other members chosen for tonight’s Misfits’ cast would do. Jerry is the last original member of the Misfits, who are one of many bands striving to find just the right replacements. Doing a little research, I found that Robo was the Misfits’ drummer during the recording of “Earth A.D.”, which in my opinion brought the whole genre of thrash metal to a new level. After recording “Earth A.D.” and a few shows, the Misfits parted ways with Robo, until this evening. This evening’s Misfits’ line-up consisted of Jerry Only, Robo and Dez, who played in Black Flag for a while. Robo also played with Black Flag and I completely understand Jerry’s choices considering the band Black Flag has many loyal fans and a huge following in the punk community.
The legendary Motorhead, a band that created their own genre of music that is still debated to this day by many as to whether the actual genre is to be considered Punk Metal or just Metal. If you ask lead singer Lemmy Kilmister, he would probably tell you the same thing he tells the crowd when he gets up on stage: “We are Motorhead and we play fucken Rock n’ Roll”. Never forget that. And after tonight, you will probably have no problem remembering.”
Tonight was no different, except Lemmy and the band had a special guest this evening. Las Vegas’ own Dario Lorina had a chance to shine with the metal icons as they played “Killed by Death”. Dario came out strong and showed his stuff as a performer, proving to the crowd he was no rookie on stage. Motorhead played all the classics fans have come to know and love and ended the night with an amazing three-song encore that started off with “Whorehouse Blues”.