It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had Cactus come a calling on us in New York City and you know that when they do so that you want to be at the ready for the kind of Heavy Blues Rock that they bring to the table. The show would be at the expected location of B.B. King Blues Club and if you want to see the review and all the photos you can click the logo below to be taken to our report on the main PiercingMetal.com website. Then come back to the blog to enjoy some side images and video that is only being presented in this posting.
Here is the venue marquee which has not seen the name of the Blues Rock kings for almost two years now. Welcome back boys, it’s great to have you here with us once again to deliver your signature sound.
I’ve mentioned that I love the posters that B.B. King’s puts up for their events and this has not changed yet. Check out this one for Cactus. Sadly I didn’t get my hands on one of the smaller ones which I love to keep for posterity. I think I have also suggested that these small cards are the perfect thing to get the band to sign if you happen to meet them after the show. Historically speaking, its usually pretty easy to meet the guys in Cactus after a performance in NYC.
I didn’t really have the ability to move around to get many “Tech” photos, but I did make sure to get a couple of snaps of Carmine Appice’s awesome drum set. This time around he had a gong on the kit and I was told that he needed it for one of the evening’s songs.
Lovely kit isn’t it? Sounded great as well.
The band was introduced by Leslie Gold “The Radio Chick” and she would do her best to get the crowd excited about the set that was coming up. She first gave a mention about the day’s passing of Dick Clark. Everyone applauded this Rock and Roll legend at this reference.
Leslie described Cactus as a band that would leave the stage in dust after they had performed. It was quite an intro to say the least.
There were some stage notes kept at the ready for the performance this evening. It is the more authentic version of a teleprompter with a Hard Rocking Blues band like this.
Some of the merchandise that the band had for sale was a couple of photographs, the latest CD and DVD. The CD is on the out of print side since Escapi Music went out of business a few years ago but the DVD can be found with relative ease. You should check both of them out.
Just to make sure you readers from afar are not feeling cheated by not being able to enjoy this show with the rest of us, here are a couple of videos from the show. First up is “Parchamn Farm”, which is one of my favorites based on its overall drive and intense groove.
Next up is the closing number of the night and a little lead into by singer Jimmy Kunes.