Soul Asylum Rock Mentor’s New Amphitheater

Mentor's New Amphitheater
Mentor’s New Amphitheater

Mentor , Ohio – The 90’s musical  powerhouse known at Soul Asylum did something spectacular this last week.They played close enough to my house I could actually hear sound check from my backyard.I will admit that was cool but being able to walk to a venue and not have to worry about traffic and parking was even cooler.

Soul Asylum on stage
Soul Asylum on stage

Mentor , Ohio the crown jewel of Lake County is changing and for the better. In the second year of it’s Mentor Rocks summer music program  they stepped up their game and brought in some original artists and none other then Soul Asylum  to boot . Imagine a Blossom Music Center with easy access parking ,food and beverage prices that were reasonable and free music for the whole family and that is what Mentor Rocks is all bout about.

Soul Asylum on stage
Soul Asylum on stage

The hits were played including my favorite ” Somebody To Shove ”   along with ” Black Gold ” and the mega hit ” Runaway Train ”

Soul Asylum on stage
Soul Asylum on stage with a fan recording it

I had the chance to see them a couple of year ago at the Hard Rock ( see archives at bottom of article )  and I have to be honest I really enjoyed both performances but I think this one edged them out just a little more.

The band current line up is

  • Dave Pirner – drums (1981–1983); lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1983–present)
  • Michael Bland – drums, backing vocals (2005–present)
  • Winston Roye – bass guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Ryan Smith – lead guitar, backing vocals (2016–present)

To find out all things Soul Asylum check out http://www.soulasylum.com

 

 

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Jack Russell’s Great White Rocks Willoughby Rib Fest !

Jack Russell's Great White
Jack Russell’s Great White

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.

Jack Russell's Great White
Jack Russell’s Great White

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.

Jack Russell's Great White
Jack Russell’s Great White

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)
  • Tony Montana – bass guitar, backing vocals (1987–1989, 1989-1992, 2013–2014); rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, piano, harmonica (2014–present)
  • Robby Lochner – lead guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Dicki Fliszar – drums, backing vocals (2014–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 .

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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.

Jack Russell's Great White
Jack Russell’s Great White

To learn more about  Jack Russell’s Great White please see their official website at http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhite.com/

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Skid Row delights Cleveland Crowd !

 Skid Row on Stage
Skid Row on Stage

Northfield , Ohio- The late 80’s ,early 90’s powerhouse band Skid Row brought the noise last night to Northfield’s Hard Rock Rocksino and the fans could not have been happier. There was a charge in the air and I even saw people putting on concert shirts over their regular shirt just like the old Richfield Coliseum days.The band had many hits in their career and last night proved they still have the metal and drive to put on a stellar show .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

 

Detractors like the profess it is not the original band line up and I have the perfect response for that .Do you still have the same job at the same company you had 20 years ago.Life happens and people move on so just sit and enjoy the music and be happy that the majority of the band is the same , after all how many still live, work , love the same thing we did so many years ago .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

The night started of with ” Makin A Mess ” and  did not let up for 13 more songs. The hits included ” 18 and Life ” ,” Big Guns”, ”  Piece  of Me  ” ,” Slave to the Grind “.

The encore brought out two of my favorite songs ” I Remember You ” and ” Youth Gone Wild ” albeit very few youths were in the audience including myself .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

The bands current line up includes   Rachel Bolan – bass, Dave “The Snake” Sabo – guitar, Scotti Hill – guitar, Rob Hammersmith – drums ZP Theart – vocals  . I had the awesome opportunity to interview Rob a few years ago for another publication . He puts his all in all that he does.

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

This is one of the hardest working bands I have ever seen , touring the world and giving the music to the fans who definitely need the break from the rigors of life is just for a few hours to relive they glory days of youth. If you see them coming to a venue near you I highly recommend going.

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