|Roll it Over/P.U.S.H./King Belvedere/Kip Winger/Z02/Bang Tango @ Recher Theatre 6-4-2011|
Ah, Recher Theater. I like it here. I always worry that a show with so many bands on the bill will either be too packed or not packed at all. This show was comfortably packed for quite a while, though. Not at first, since it started so early I assume, but eventually, the crowd rolled in. First up was Roll it Over, a seemingly new band with LOTS of energy to get everyone going. At first, I could hardly hear their singer. Chalk that up to not wearing ear plugs when I should I suppose. They started off with a version of Godsmack's "Voodoo", sped up and louder than the usual version, which I highly appreciated. Be on the lookout for these guys. I'm sure we'll see more of them.
If you're reading this in hopes of seeing a review on P.U.S.H., you came to the wrong article. (Sorry, PUSHies, for my own reasons, I think it's best that I skip reviewing them until further notice.)
King Belvedere took the stage and treated us to some serious candy for the ears next. I've said it before, and I'll say it now, I love these guys. I think their drummer Johnny Sexx should change his name to Johnny Sweats, because he was pounding away at the drums so hard, he must have sweat out at least 2 buckets. Seriously folks, one of the hardest working bands in Baltimore these days. And they're not just in Baltimore, they're everywhere lately. Chip, their bass player told me that his knee was injured but it didn't seem to phase him one bit. He, Josh, and Jonny B were all over the place while Jeff, on vocals, nailed every song, note for note. They even played some new, NEWER tunes for us, which seemed to be received well by all.
I was at the bar when Kip Winger started to sing. I didn't even realize it was him at first. Really. The man looked nothing like the dreamy guy I remembered from days gone by. And then....he sang more. Kip may not look the same, but he's definitely still got the pipes. Man oh man! I even shed a tear or two when he sang "Miles Away". (Don't judge me, I have feelings, too!) He also played a little ditty, sans guitar pick, which he kept in his mouth with his gum somehow, and joked with the audience during his set. I'd heard rumors of him being not so nice to people but he sure didn't seem to be a jerk as he interacted with everyone.
This was my first time seeing Z02, and I was really looking forward to it. I'd heard their stuff before but was told that they were great live. I wasn't lied to. These guys are pretty darn talented if you ask me. Their first song was Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll". Kip Winger joined them for it and I could swear he didn't know all the words, but who cares? Kip was singing again. I was mesmerized. (Again, don't judge!) After Kip left the stage, it was all Z02 from there. Playing and joking, joking and playing. By that point, I could hardly get close to the stage.
And finally, I got to see Bang Tango. I'd seen them before...sort of. But last time, I had my daughter with me and spent half the show outside. So, this time, my friends and I were right up front. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed myself thoroughly. But I only knew one of their songs, which they played at the end of the night. Oh, and they also played AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", which I think even my seven year old son knows by now. However, they DO put on a good show, and Joe LeSte can still sing like it's nobody's business. I hope to catch BT and Z02 again sometime soon. In the meantime, I guess I'll be learning more of their songs.