Years After Concert
With Opening Band -
B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
March 15th, 2006, 8PM
Written by Shareshten Senior
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas
Ten Years After Guitarist
If you missed 1969's
Woodstock (which most of us did), hearing the Woodstock
famed British band Ten Years After is a chance to
take a walk down hippie lane. One March 15, 2006
at B. B. Kings, the crowd was full of long haired
ex-hippies. Walking in off the streets, you might
have felt like you had left just New York City.
Lizards Patrick Klein
Lizards Mike Dimeo
The Lizards were the opening band;
they set the tone with their screaming guitars,
brilliant drum solos and leather pants. Drummer
Bobby Rondinelli has some smashing bangs. The keyboardist,
Mike Dimeo (also a vocalist) provided a good accompaniment
to the mostly drum and guitar solo oriented music.
Mike Dimeo has a powerful voice and delivers a message
with his music. However, due to its instrumentalist
style, it was almost as if the lead singer was the
backup for the other musicians. The guitarist, Patrick
Klein (who also backs the group on the harmonica)
and the bassist, Randy Pratt founded the Lizards.
The group was very in tune with each other and certainly
did not leave the crowd with the typical "opening
band" vibe. For more on The Lizards: www.thelizardswebsite.com.
Years After Bassist Leo Lyons
Years After Keyboardist Chick Churchill
So on to Ten Years After. If you missed the aforementioned
Woodstock, this performance wasn't an exact replica.
But Alvin Lee being replaced by Joe Gooch on vocals
is really the only big difference. Ten Years After
is made up of Leo Lyons (bass), Ric Lee (drummer),
Chick Churchill on the keyboard, and of course Joe
Gooch doing vocals as well as electric guitar. They
just toured Europe to promote their new album, titled
"Now." The band is now touring the U.
S., visiting a variety of cities including Detroit,
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Fishkill, NY (near Woodstock).
I have the album and it is great; it includes my
personal favorite the live track "I'd Love
to Change the World." In fact, about 70% of
their music was performed live before the group
went to the studio. The nearly four decades old
band is categorized as British blues/rock, but the
category is a limiting label for their unique and
artistic music. The band also has a bit of comic
flair and personality. "I know you could have
seen the Rolling Stones tonight," the drummer
says in the middle of the set, "but I think
you made a much better choice."
Ten Years After Drummer
You can visit Ten Years After's
website and post a question, comment or request.
They read and respond:
http://www.tenyearsafternow.com/ . If you would
like information on upcoming events at B.B. King's
Lounge, you can log onto: http://www.bbkingblues.com/.