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 .
Mentor, Ohio- The Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine opened up the patios and with that the curtains of dread started to lift and smiles appeared on peoples faces . This was the weekend that is a test for the state , would people comply and be socially distant when out and about ? From what this writer saw I would say the answer is yes .
The venue was the RollHouse in Mentor , Ohio. The venue delivered the three most important things in the restaurant business .A safe spacial distance between tables outside , servers and staff wearing masks, hand sanitizer stations at strategic locations and managers doing head counts to make sure they comply with the Governor’s order .I witnessed all this and a grateful serving staff happy to see customers and customers happy to be out and about .
The band was Big In Japan , a local band that has entertained audiences for over a decade. This was a stripped down version of them , bringing out the acoustic guitars thus taking a break from the electric guitars but believe me they still rocked. The band consists of Matt Cortorno on drums, Victor Bordelon on guitars , and R.Scott Vaughn on bass .The entire band sings various songs in the set so they exchange duties .
The band was not able to practice together during the pandemic but Scott wanted to give something back to the fans during the break . He is one of the co-creators of a gameshow show called FandoMadness which they host at various pop cultures and comic cons in the multi state region along with some bars and restaurants .He took lemons and turned them into lemonade by creating and online version of it via the Zoom application .This helped alleviate the stress of the pandemic and helped people in their time of need .
To sum up tonight , are we back to normal ? No I don’t think there will ever be a normal again but as Americans we will adjust , we will just see bands safely and learn to watch out for one another . Stay safe and keep rockin’.
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.
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.
The hits were played including my favorite ” Somebody To Shove ” along with ” Black Gold ” and the mega hit ” Runaway Train ”
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)
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/
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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.