Warning: If you’re not from the Baltimore/DC area you probably won’t get any of this, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. When I heard Face Dancer was playing live, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to see them play. I mean, it had only been 20 plus years since I had last seen them. Even I was surprised to see they were back and performing, so I was not going to miss this chance. Playing at Club 66, Edgewood’s famous little secret club, only elevated my excitement. They opened the evening with Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down.” It was like watching the unearthing of a time capsule. Lead singer John West fits this new version of Face Dancer like a glove with a great stage presence and powerful vocals. Original guitarist Jeff Adams and original drummer Billy Trainor still look like they are having fun with the band they started back in the seventies. Rounding out the band are bass guitarist P.J.Lee and guitarist Charlie Thomas. Due to an injury, original guitarist David Utter could not be at the show. I could see the fire was still there in their playing. “Smashbox Symphony,” a new/old song got the crowd into it. It was just one of many new songs the 2016 version of Face Dancer played, which was a long overdue breath of fresh air, but everyone there knew what they wanted to hear. You had to pay your dues and listen to all the great new songs they played before they broke out the classics. “Time Bomb” and “Cry Baby” pretty much brought the club down and made me feel twenty something again. Then, without further ado, West promoted their biggest hit, “Red Shoes” to the crowd and the playing commenced. What a blast from the past. I had not heard this song live in over two decades and here it was. Adams’ meticulous guitar playing was just what I needed during this song and it was so great to hear this lost classic played live again. So, for all you readers out there in Shockwaveland who don’t know this band, go to your favorite electronic device or let me google this for you. And for you locals, catch Face Dancer playing more live dates the rest of this year and beyond.
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