20/08/96, Hollywood Palace, Hollywood, CA
Thanks to The Atomic Chaser for this review.
On August 20th at the Palace in
Hollywood, Calfornia some of L.A.'s cutting edge rock bands got
together to pay tribute to one rock musics icon's, Philip Paris
Lynott: The Wild One.
The Thin Lizzy faithful were out in full force. Not only were
they going to be graced by artists that were set to perform, but
also to have the opportunity to meet Phil's mom, Philomena
Lynott. At 8:00 p.m. the Palace doors opened and as you entered
the venue I could here "Jailbreak" playing in the back- ground
that was accompanied by pictures of Phil flashing above the
stage. Watching those pictures flash accompanied by the music
reminded me of how much I loved Phil's work. It was definitely a
sad day for me when Phil left us. John Sykes was headlining the
show also set to perfom were OSLO, HUMAN NATURE, SOMA, RUDE
AWAKENING, PHANTOM BLUE, MARC FERRARI AND FRIENDS, STASH and
TRIBE OF GYPSIES featuring guitar extrodinaire Roy Z. who
recorded with Bruce Dickinson(who was also slated to perform).
Also set to perform after a two year hiatus was BANG TANGO.
8:30 p.m. the stagelights hit the stage and first up was OSLO a
three piece power trio that opened their set with "Bad
Reputation" and they did a damn good job! I remember thinking to
myself that these guys should have a record deal, they were that
good! All there members played complimented each other. OSLO
closed their set with "Chinatown" one of my personal favorites.
To put it simply, they ROCKED!!! Good job guys!
Up next MARC FERRARI AND FRIENDS, they were lots of great
performances that night, but there were only two sets that really
got my juices flowing, this set and the other I will tell you
later about. Joining Marc on stage were Ian Mayo(BMR) and former
SOUND BARRIER guitarist Spacey Tracey and vocalist Bernie K. I
was just floored and when they opened their set with
"Hollywood(Down On Your Luck) I was speechless. It was nice
seeing Spacey and Bernie perform again, According Spacey, "This
was the first time me and Bernie played together since our Sound
Barrier days, and man! did it feel great!" Marc Ferrari has to be
the busiest man in rock today, this guy has so many things going,
I don't know how he does it. More power to you Marc! They closed
their set with "Suicide" and what can I say, they were
Next at bat was HUMAN NATURE another local L.A. band that has
potential. They opened their set with "Out In The Fields" a song
that Phil recorded with Gary Moore off the 'RUN FOR COVER' album.
One guestion kept bugging me that night and it was, why aren't
these bands signed to record deals yet? And if they are who runs
their promotions department? These bands need to be exposed and
without good promotions there talents will be limited to playing
in bars and venues like the Palace and their talents wasted and
never to be heard of. The band closed their set with another
favorite of mine "Dancing In The Moonlight(Its Got Me In Its
Spotlight)". Good band with good musicians.
PHANTOM BLUE took their turned an opened with "Bad Reputation"
which they recorded on their cd 'Built For Speed' with John
Norum. This all female band proved that they can rock with the
best of them. I was very impressed by the musicianship of this
ladies. They closed their set with one of their own songs off the
'Built For Speed' cd. You ladies rocked! Great set.
STASH, formerly known as LIFE AFTER DEATH were next in line.
STASH features Gonzo Sandoval who pounded the skin for Armored
Saint. The band opened their set with "Genocide(Killing Of The
Buffalo)" what got me about this set was guitarist Terry Williams
from a distant he looks like Scott Gorham with his long hair
waving as he played his guitar and man can this guy play! This is
another band that has strong potential of making it big. They
closed their set with "Hey You".
The next set was perfomed by TRIBE OF GYPSIES, this was the
other set I considered one ot the best that evening. At first I
didn't know what to expect all I heard about the band was that it
featured Roy Z. I have always been curious about this band and
when I heard they were performing I got my chance to see what
they band was all about. They did not let me down! They opened
their set with "Johnny The Fox" and it was awesome! Roy Z. is
definitely one of the best guitarist around. Why haven't these
guys been signed yet?! TRIBE OF GYPSIES is a band that deserves a
record deal now! They closed their set with "Parisienne Walkways"
and Roy Z. hit each note dead on! For a moment there I thought I
was listening to Gary Moore. You guys are simply awesome.
Just when I thought Roy Z. was finished for the night. SOMA hit
the stage and opened with "Wild One" the band was good, but the
sound mix was not right, the guitarist for SOMA had his guitar
set up to high. Maybe it was just me, but my eyes and hears were
on Roy Z. I can't say enough about this guy. SOMA closed their
set with "Still In Love With You" . A good set, not a great set,
but a good set.
There were a few surprises that night, Billy Sheenan of Mr. Big
joined SOMA for a blistering version of "Warrior" and Rudy Sarzo
of Quite Riot famed came on stage and jammed with SOMA on "Cowboy
Song", It was a real sight to see two of rocks premire bassists
playing that night.
BANG TANGO was up next and after a two year hiatus from perfoming
live, I would have to say it showed. They opened their set with
"Cowboy Song" it was obvious that the time spent away from each
other showed in their playing, but they did try their best to get
the house rocking. BANG TANGO has been around for a long time I
will give them that. Maybe after a few more shows they will
recapture the magic they once had. They closed their set with
"Whiskey In A Jar" a song that they just learned to play that
evening and it showed. BANG TANGO is a good straighahead in your
face rock band, but that night they struggled.
RUDE AWAKENING blasted onto the stage with a song off the new cd,
'Scaring The Paper People", these guys were by far the heaviest
act that perfomed that night. to close their set out RUDE
AWAKENING belted out a killer version of "Sha-la-la-la". RUDE
AWAKENING has a promising future ahead of them and judging by the
reaction of the crowd its only a matter of time before the whole
world will know about RUDE AWAKENING.
As the set was being prepared for the next act, I had the
opportunity to meet Phil's mom Philomena Lynott. It was an honor
meeting her. A very sweet lady. I wanted to ask her so many
things but there wasn't enough time. Thanks for sigining the
John Sykes was scheduled to close out the show, but I overheard
someone saying that John was not going to show up. My heart sank.
I wanted to see John Sykes perform so bad and to hear this just
to the air out of my sails. I found out later that due to
unforseen circumstance John could not be there. Though I was sad
that he did not show up my night was not a total waste. Groups
like TRIBE OF GYPSIES, MARC FERRARI, STASH and RUDE AWAKENING
made up for it. All in all the show was great. I just wish John
Sykes was there, maybe next time.
In closing I would like to send a message to the record
companies. After watching and hearing the above mentioned bands,
I would hope these bands get signed and signed soon with a record
deal. These bands are playing night after night busting there
asses for that one break. Its sad to see that record companies
are signing bands that shouldn't even be signed and overlook the
true talented bands. I know that money is the is issue and it
will always be like that, but come on there are still some of us
who wanted to hear good hard rock music. That is why I support
the smaller labels that give these band a chance. As a fan of
hard rock music I cannot limit myself to what you want me to buy
or listen to. To all the bands out their that are struggling to
make it, keep the faith, your time is gonna come!
- Little Girl In Bloom
Marc Ferrari and
- Hollywood (Down on your luck)
- Bad Reputation
- Anti-Love Crunch
- Out In The Fields
- Dancin' in the Moonlight
- Killing of the Buffalo
- Hey You
- Cowboy Song
- Whiskey in the Jar
Tribe of Gypsies:
- Johnny the Fox
- Parisienne Walkways
- Wild One
- Still in Love with You
- Massacre w/Rudy Sarzo
- The Rocker w/Billy Sheehan
John Bainbridge and the
Philomena Lynott speaks:
- It's Only Money
- Sha La La
- Couldn't Give It Up
(an original song about Phil)
All Star Jam:
- Emerald (Roy Z. & SOMA)
- Jailbreak (John Norum, Carmine Appice & SOMA)