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Uli Jon Roth @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/16/2006)

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Artist: Uli Jon Roth
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Lizards
Date: 5/16/2006
Label: SPV Records

ULI JON ROTH! Those in the know just took a deep breath and a step back as they recalled the guitar playing impact this man has had on Hard Rock and Metal music. Yes, the original guitarist of the one and only Scorpions would return to the States for the first time in almost two years and while that might not sound like much of a big deal you need to know that before this Uli had not played in the States for some 19 years (1985 at L’Amour’s). Based on this information it would be an incredible piece of news for fans of the rock guitarist and to see him at B.B. King Blues Club would be the icing on the cake. When he last performed he played at the now defunct “Downtown” in Farmingdale and the also shut doors of “The Wreck Room” in Wallington NJ. He was part of the Michael Schenker Group tour that was coming through town but to be honest these venues were far too difficult to reach and as a result attendance suffered. Tonight in The Big Apple the reception for this talented player would be a different story altogether. I arrived with writing colleagues from The Sea Of Tranquility and while I expected a sit down setting, I was happily surprised to see no tables on the main floor. These have proven to get in the way of quality shots in the past but with no photo pit as well, I would have to fend off the ardent guitarist admirers in the audience. It would not be an easy task to say the least.
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Ronnie Montrose @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/18/2006)

Artist: Ronnie Montrose
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Lizards
Date: 5/18/2006

It’s a rainy Thursday in NYC and I am off to B.B. King Blues Club for a night of Rock. Tonight it was going to be Ronnie Montrose (I had just been here two nights ago for Uli Jon Roth so the surroundings were more than familiar). The show started off with The Lizards who would lay down a tight set of original bluesy American Hard Rock. A well executed blend of elements from 70’s and 80’s Hard Rock and Metal, sounding vaguely familiar, yet still fresh. The group is powerfully driven by drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult) and along with bassist Randy Pratt, they laid down a tight, dynamic foundation. The Lizards are a solid band who could easily get a great groove going.
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Krokus @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/11/2005)

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Artist: Krokus
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club
Opener: The Lizards
Date: 9/11/2005
Label: Reality Entertainment

On a day that is not always easy to get a New Yorker to do anything I decided to attend the appearance of Krokus at B.B. King Blues Club. I felt it would be a good way to find some amount of positive on this sad Memorial. It would also be good to lend some support to a band that has not been to our Country in 18 years. The band Krokus had a number of hits in the big 80’s Metal heyday and with their release of the live CD “Fire And Gasoline” they had reunited and planned some touring. Since that time however, guitarist Fernando Von Arb had decided to retire from the touring world and this show would see Krokus with a completely different line up that would be entirely new to this US crowd. Singer Marc Storace really has held his voice up over the years and can still belt out the notes, but I will address this in a few minutes. I want to bring a little bit of information on the opening band first.
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“Cold Blooded Kings” by The Lizards

Artist: Lizards
Title: “Cold Blooded Kings”
Label: Hyperspace Records
Release Date: 12/14/2004
Genre: Hard Rock/Blues
Rating: 8/10

The Lizards are not exactly a new band but with the addition of drummer Bobby Rondinelli and singer Mike DeMeo it took on a refreshing new feel. The two join Patrick Klein (guitar) and Randy Pratt (bass) to form a kick-ass Bluesy Hard Rock band. If you are a fan of music along the lines of Led Zeppelin and Gary Moore you will certainly enjoy the type of stuff that The Lizards are delivering. In songs like “Cold Blooded Kings” it’s pretty much straight ahead Rock, but when the tune “Hyperspace” begins its more along the lines of Edgar Winter or Deep Purple. Clearly there is a strong love for the classical styles in the members of the band. Klein’s guitar work is both stylish and full of feeling while Randy’s bass work is smooth works so well. Randy also plays harmonica at times and it works in the context of the music. Rondinelli comes to the band after several years working in Blue Oyster Cult. Rock fans around the world will remember Bobby also for his contributions in Rainbow as well as an album with Black Sabbath and Doro. He is a seasoned Veteran and his work on the album is come of the best drumming I have listened to from him. Vocals are handled by Mike DeMeo who was a member of Riot, a powerhouse Metal act. The music that the Lizards do really showcases the vocal abilities that Mike has. He is also singing very different from soaring Metal epics that require screams and yells. It’s an interesting change, and he does it quite well.
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Mountain @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/29/2005)

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Artist: Mountain
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Lizards
Label: Sony Music
Date: 6/29/2005
Genre: Hard Rock

The Legends of Rock music Mountain would be continuing their 35th Anniversary Tour with a stop at the famous B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. Supporting the show this evening would be The Lizards (a band that now features Mike DeMeo from Riot and Bobby Rondinelli from Rainbow/Blue Oyster Cult). Lizards would be featuring tunes from their last year release “Cold Blooded Kings”, and this music will appeal to any fan of Blues oriented Rock and Roll. There was some great Led Zeppelin feel to the piece and I am happy to report that it conveys very well in a live setting. I was able to briefly talk to the band before they went on and was sad to find out that they would only be playing for 45 minutes this evening. Still, despite this dilemma a good 6 tunes would be performed as well as a drum solo from Bobby Rondinelli. Mike’s voice is crystal clear in a performance and given he also plays the keyboards, the music is full at all times during the set. Patrick Klein had a great guitar tone the entire brief set and he is a stylish player who seems to have a very blues based origin. Bassist Randy Pratt holds it all in place and totally surprised me with the skill he demonstrated on harmonica during one of the numbers. Looking on Bobby Rondinelli I can say that he really needs no words. This man is perhaps one of the best Rock drummers in the business today and any day. His legendary work with Rainbow and most recently the Blue Oyster Cult has made him a welcome addition to the Lizards lineup. I am sure that The Lizards are on an even better path of success based on the addition to these two guys. The crowd reception of them was largely positive and that was nice to see since everyone was a diehard Mountain head in the sold out club. Sometimes those types are not too receptive of the opening acts so this was a great sign for me to observe. The Lizards are set to do some opening slots for UFO when the group returns to the States so if you are a fan of this kind of music I advise you check them out as well. You will not be disappointed.

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Mountain by Pete Parrella (2005)

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