Sometime last year we were supposed to get a tour that was called “Three Guitar Heroes” and the event would feature Leslie West (Mountain), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and Michael Schenker (Scorpions & MSG) but complications prevented this from coming to pass for the foreseeable future. Fast forward to 2012 as our first month into the New Year comes to an end and folks that were hoping for that particular show would be treated to 2/3′s its coolness as both Leslie West and Uli Jon Roth would be delivering the goods for us. I’ve been trying to hit Uli’s shows whenever he comes to visit us in NYC and who from this region doesn’t enjoy what Leslie has given us over the years with Mountain and his solo projects so it was a very exciting thing to see this taking place. For this show I also decided to try something new and share the coverage with my colleagues who would be present and rocking out as well. Click the logo below to learn what Joe Kaufman, Skeleton Pete and I thought of the gig and then scroll down for some side visuals and video that you can only enjoy here.
You just knew that I was going to showcase the venue marquee for the world to see didn’t you? Good because here it is.
Between sets I hit the backstage area to catch up with some of the people I was there to help broadcast to the world about and met for the first time Mr. Keith St. John. Keith was singing for Ronnie Montrose for awhile and one of their performances at this very same venue was reported on the site for your concert archive indulgence. That night I learned that Keith was now the singer for the once again active Quiet Riot. They would actually be performing here tomorrow night and in case you were wondering we would be here to report on the show.
Here is Rev Jones in front of the banner and motioning for a friend to ring him up. We always love watching Rev play and remember him from a number of tour that Michael Schenker Group did. He kicks some ass on the bass that is for sure. He was a fine addition to the Leslie West band lineup and helped make it a power trio’s power trio.
I just had to snag a shot of Keith and Rev since they were in the same place at the same time.
Next up is Keith and drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Our friend Larry got himself in the photo as well but that is okay sometimes.
Here is Uli’s bassist Martin Motnik. I enjoyed speaking to him in the venue that night and was happy to be able to snare a candid shot of him in front of the B.B. King’s banner backstage.
At the close of Leslie’s set both he and Uli jammed for awhile and hypnotized the packed venue. Let’s face it, its one thing to play the same show at different sets and another thing entirely to see them rocking out together for everyone’s benefit. I shot a few minutes of this with the ever trusty Panasonic Lumix. I hope you enjoy it.
Here’s a taste of Uli Jon Roth and band doing “All Along The Watchtower”. What an amazing song in his hands, even though its already a very amazing song in the first place. I was way across the venue when I was shooting this so please pardon a couple of the flubs and movement. Still came out alright.