Mentor, Ohio- The city that keeps on giving gave its local citizens a present in the form of Rock N’ Roll .Not just any gift but a hard rock icon of stellar proportions, they gave us Lita .Lita Ford that is , the music icon who started her career in the 1970’s with the star studded band The Runaways ( which also had members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie ) and continued with her own solo career including hits on MTV and a duet with the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne .
The weather was perfect after the crazy weather of the summer and the venue of Mentor Amphitheater is a perfect place to hear and watch a show . A show is exactly what this one was, which to a crowd of almost 7000 brought back memories of the big hair days and lots of fun .
The night started with the track ” Gotta let Go ” and continued for almost two hours .Her hits such ” Kiss Me Deadly ” and ” Close My Eyes Forever ” really delighted the crowd . Her versions of ” The Bitch Is Back “, ” Only Women Bleed ” and ” Black Leather ” surprised us but in a good way .
One of my favorite songs is ” Cherry Bomb ” from her old The Runaways days .( I even love the movie )
Lita is so popular still that a little girl in the audience was named after her by her father and it was very cute to see .
Lita’s band is as follows Patrick Kennison on guitars , Bobby Rock on Drums and Marty O’ Brien on bass guitar .
The 1980’s and 1990’s were magical times,the cold war was winding down and metal music was mainstream and on the radio and television. In the midst of all this bands like Guns N’ Roses , Metallica and Great White ruled the airwaves , but just like Metallica or any band for that matter personal change and like phoenix rising from the ashes so do great front men. Men such as Jack Russell . Ladies and gentleman let me introduce to the best rock album you missed last year, Jack Russell’s Great White ” He Saw It Comin'” .
The tracks start of with ” Sign of the Times ” and with it , the current trappings of modern society , including internet fame , fake facebook friends, and yes fake news , with a great melody and powerful riffs.
She moves me is a slow and sexy , bluesy song , a great song to dance too . I can imagine dancing and grinding with a beautiful girl next to me , or at least dropping dollars on stage for her to pick up and forget I ever existed except to make it rain .It has a mini rap in it but all in in all its a fun song .
Up next is ” Crazy ” which is about dating a beautiful but mentally unhinged person and the bad decisions we make because of them. I know I have been there so this son has a lot of meaning to me.
” Love Don’t Live Here ” is a steady progression of when love fades and the feeling we all have of loneliness. The intonation of Jack Russell’s voice along with the melody created by Robby Lochner’s guitar , is the perfect pairing , similar to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger , they just compliment each other .
” My Addiction ” is about the real life addition that Jack and millions of people face everyday . The current drug overdose crisis griping the nation makes this song the perfect time to release it .A big congrats to Jack for beating his addition and being able to create great music for his fans.
” Anything For You ” acoustic introduction and soft spoken lyrics , shows a maturity in song writing that can only come with the trials of getting older and living with the ups and downs of life and our own mortality.
” He Saw It Comin'” well to be honest I know a little bit of insite to this song .Its basically about knowing what you were going to be at an early age and no matter how many times you fall down you pick your self up until you finally reach you goal and prove the haters wrong. Who knew that Jack Russell is almost like a real life metaphor for Rocky Balboa.Its a cool song with rocking riffs and some sarcastic tones , in other words the perfect rock song.
” Don’t Let Me Go ” starts a little reggae riff , just a hint but slightly there but the song is about not wanting the perfect moment to change.Love the guitar solo in the bridge.
‘Spy Vs Spy ” name is taking from the old Mad Magazine comic of the of the same name. The into guitar lead shows the ferocity of Robby’s talent with the song going into a fast paced story like an action adventure , I can actually see this on a James Bond movie soundtrack . Check it out , the bridge is unreal and works well .
‘Blame It One The Night” The deep heavy riffs , along with lyrics , really go into the darkness of night. The monsters come out at night .The song is about child abuse and molestation as a girl becomes a young woman by her father , a powerful message. A dark and mysterious song that compliments the album.
” Godspeed” is a throwback to the days of old , do wop song sung in Acapella form , not what you would expect but it shows the wide range of Jack Russell’s talent .
The band consists of Jack Russell on vocals ,Robby Lochner on guitars , Dicki Fliszar on drums ,Dan McNay on bass guitar , and Tony Cardenas-Montana on guitars .
To order your copy or to see if they playing a show near you , please see the official website at http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhiteband.com
Willoughby,Ohio- The Willoughby Rib Fest was briefly a step back in time to a bygone era, when musicians wrote and played songs without the use of computers and auto-tune to the delight of fans. The mighty Capt. Jack Russell of Jack Russell’s Great White stopped by the rib fest with his band and proceeded to rock the house . The food and drink were flowing at the fest and fans were awaiting the music while storms threatened to ruin the fun but the rock gods high above said let there be rock and protected us from the weather.
The set started of with ” All Over Now ” and continued for 13 more songs to make this a night to remember. The set consisted of both classic tracks and some news ones off of the new release ” He Saw it Comin’ “including ” Sign Of The Times ” and ” My Addiction “. One of my favorite parts of the show is when Jack Russell explained how ” Save Your Love ” came about and made it on the record.
The crowd favorites were ” Rock Me” and ” Once Bitten ” with a stirring rendition of ” The Immigrant Song ” and two virtuoso level guitar performances by Tony Montana and Robby Lochner.
Jack Russell’s Great White are
Jack Russell – lead vocals, percussion (1977–2001, 2002–2005, 2006–2010, 2011–present)
Dan McNay – bass guitar, backing vocals (2016-present)
Drum and percussion where supplied by Stephen Mills on this date as drummer Dicki Fliszar was not able to make the show .
We will be doing a full album review for ” He Saw It Comin’ ” and some behind the scenes information about it in the near future but I suggest you get a copy now , as its destined to be an instant classic.
To learn more about Jack Russell’s Great White please see their official website at http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhite.com/