Akron , Ohio- In what was described as the storm of the year and in all honestly a show that should have been cancelled due to extreme weather Akron was the place to be this weekend if you were brave. The Empire Concert Club and Bar ( not to be confused with the original Cleveland Empire Club from 1990-1991 ) hosted what could only be described as a legend ,Mr Jack Russell ! I have to give props to the Empire as it felt like a rock club , with easy parking and access to the highway and it treated patrons with respect, bravo Empire.
I have been a long time fan of Great White especially the Jack Russell version of it as I have seen them a few times , however this is my first acoustic/ stripped down version of it . Expectations were high to say the least .
Jack and his trusty guitar slinger Robby Lochner hit the stage about 10 pm and didn’t stop for about two hours .The evening was filled with music that everyone loved , almost like a giant sing along with friends and that is how it felt to the audience . The expected Great White songs were played and sung by the master vocalist himself such as “Once Bitten ,Twice Shy ” and ” Save Your Love ” but they also played some of the guys favorite songs by other artists . The rendition of ” Folsom Prison Blues ” by Johnny Cash and ” Going To California ” by Led Zeppelin are some of the best I have ever heard . I have to put this out there right now . Robby Lochner is one of the best and most underrated guitarists I have ever seen .He honestly should be a household name like Slash or Joe Satriani . His ability and graceful playing is a awe inspiring to watch , he makes it look easy .
It is no secret Jack Russell was a party man in his youth and his health has payed the price . He could have just sit at home and soaked up the California sun but the fact that he gets out there and tours and put smiles on faces across the world pays testament to the man he has become. I want to personally thank him for the great songs and to the many moments I sat there and enjoyed his music .If you want to see a music legend and to see the songs performed how they were meant to be done make sure you check out Jack Russell’s Great White when ever they are in a city by you . Please see the official website for a date near you http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhiteband.com/