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The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge (2/23/2017)

A rare appearance by one of the pioneers of theatrical rock in the 60’s. Known as “The God of Hellfire”, Arthur Brown had a hit with the song “Fire” in 1968. The show opened up with Electric Citizen, who put on a great set of Sabbath-esqe riff rockers. Front woman Laura Dolan prowled the stage and kept the band visually entertaining while belting out powerful vocals. Ross Dolan (guitar), Randy Proctor (bass), Nate Wagner (drums) kept the engine running with chugging power ‘70s style psychedelic rock, with solid rhythms, and ripping solos. Arthur Brown took the stage and gave the sold-out audience a powerful, and energetic performance. At 74 years old, Brown has more energy and stage presence than people a third his age.

Brown is a consummate showman, which is no surprise considering he is one of the pioneers of theatrical, performance art-rock. Backed by a solid band with a tight groove, wearing psychedelic face paint, Arthur energetically dominated the stage. His presence was powerful and captivating, yet he connected with the audience on a personal and emotional level. Arthur’s vocals are incredibly strong, and his range is impressive. His vocals varied from growls, spoken word, to falsetto, and settling in with a soulful baritone. The set was a blend of recent material, and included the classic songs like “Fire” and a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell on You”.

Always engaged with the audience Brown took us on a grand journey of psychedelic rock and showmanship. Utilizing multiple costume changes to enhance the mood, and create even more visual grandeur.

At the end of the show, Arthur never left the stage, he stayed shaking hands, signing all sorts of memorabilia, and taking photos with his fans. This went on for a good half hour before a security guy made him leave the stage with the excuse that he was going to change into something more comfortable. All I could think was he couldn’t change into anything more comfortable, than where he is right now. Interacting with his appreciative fans, which seemed to energize him and kept a genuine smile on his face. Classiest thing I have ever seen.

Set List:
1. Zim Zam Zim
2. Prelude / Nightmare
3. Want to Love
4. The Unknown
5. Gypsy Escape
6. I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
7. Rest Cure
8. Kites (Simon Dupree & The Big Sound cover)
9. Sunrise (Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come cover)
10. The Tell-Tale Heart (The Alan Parsons Project cover)
11. Touched by All
12. Devil’s Grip
13. Muscle of Love
14. Fanfare / Fire Poem
15. Fire
16. Junkyard King
17. Jungle Fever

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Cactus @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/2/2008)

Cactus is often referred to as The American Led Zeppelin, and the band that found drummer Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert as their core membership was once again doing their thing at NYC’s favorite venue. PiercingMetal’s Joe Kaufman was on point to deliver the scoop in images and words so to learn more just click their logo below to see the item on the main site.

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Artist: Cactus
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Date: 5/2/2008
Label: Escapi Music

Those classic 70’s rockers, Cactus returned once again to kick off the summer at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC with their brand of hard rocking classics in front of an eager hometown fan base. If you had attended any of the bands earlier appearances at this venue then tonight would be a little bit of a surprise to you as there is a slight lineup change to be aware of. Original guitarist Jim McCarty is no longer playing with the band and in his place is the talented Werner Fitzschings. Werner had replaced Jim McCarty back in 1972 for Cactus’s ’Ot ‘N’ Sweaty” album so he is really no stranger to the material and he brought an additional amount of enthusiastic vitality to the band. Another last minute switch in the lineup would be the presence of Pete Bremy who was apparently filling in on bass for Tim Bogert who was not able to perform due to illness. Pete’s bass playing was right on the money and I caught how he was throwing in specific “Tim Bogert-isims” to make it sound more authentic.
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“Live At Rockpalast” (Boxed Set) by Rory Gallagher

Artist: Rory Gallagher
Title: “Live At Rockpalast” (Boxed Set)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 8/7/2007
Genre: Blues Rock
Rating: 4/5

Holy Smoke! This 3 DVD set is great! An awesome chronicling of Blues/Rock legend, Rory Gallagher’s live performances from 1976 through 1990 on Rockpalast (Rock Palace) a German television show with kick ass production values. So as a result this DVD has fantastic production values as well. Great sound and camera work. Raw and rocking performances. This is a must have collection for any Gallagher fan. This should also be of interest to any guitarists who appreciate great guitar playing, packed with killer blues jams.
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“Ultimate Guitar Zeus” by Carmine Appice

Artist: Carmine Appice
Title: Ultimate Guitar Zeus
Label: Escapi Music
Release Date: 8/15/2006
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 3

Carmine Appice’s “Guitar Zeus” and “Guitar Zeus 2” have been compiled into “Ultimate Guitar Zeus”. Drumming legend Carmine Appice teams up with old Blue Murder cohorts, Kelly Keeling vocals and guitar and Tony Franklin on bass. Boasting a long list of killer guitar players, Including Slash, Brian May, Zakk Wylde Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Sambora, Mick Mars, Pat Travers, Steve Morse and more.
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“Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History” by Martin Popoff

Artist: Martin Popoff
Title: “Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History”
Label: ECW Press
Release Date:
Genre: Rock Music History
Rating: 5/5

Everyone has a story, some get told, some never get told. One of the long overdue stories that needed to be told is the history of Black Sabbath as musicians. There has not been a really thorough chronicling of Black Sabbath’s influential career based on the music and the band. Until now, with Black Sabbath Doom Let Loose An Illustrated History by Martin Popoff
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