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Amazing Journey @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/31/2006)

Logo - Amazing Journey

Artist: Amazing Journey
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: none
Date: 5/31/2006
Label: various

When one looks into the back catalog of The Who and takes good stock of their contributions to Rock music, the result is very simply a body of work that will stagger the imagination. Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Pete Townsend and Keith Moon changed the way Rock music was being delivered and their impact is felt to this very day. In its infancy, Classic Rock radio would be built on The Who and many of us grew up with these songs as part of our lives, even if we didn’t get to experience them in their heyday. For years, their influence in lyric and music have crossed genre barriers giving many of today’s greatest performers their pivotal influence. Bearing no slight to Townsend and Daltry, I can think of no Rock rhythm section that was not floored by the talents of Entwistle and Moon. There were no players like them in any other band and it would remain that way across the course of music history. The Who seemed to influence everybody when it came down to it and that was what would make this performance at the legendary venue B.B. King Blues Club all the more memorable. Tonight some of the greatest players in their own groups would combine talents and form “The Amazing Journey”, the ultimate tribute to The Who. Gary Cherone, lead singer for 80’s Rock sensation Extreme would handle the vocal duties as the main front person while guitar wizard Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) would become Pete Townsend for the night. He even appeared in a signature Townsend white jumpsuit for maximum effect. On bass would be one of the best choices of all as Billy Sheehan (Niacin, Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and so many more) would impressively bring the memory of John Entwistle to life for the room. Given the fact that no one can just play Keith Moon’s wild styles the job fell to Michael Portnoy of Dream Theater and to be honest I would have selected no other person to do it if it had been up to me to form this band. The level of individual accomplishments these players had behind them is extraordinary and now for the sold-out, standing room only crowd we would be treated to some of the best Rock ever written. An interesting observation was in the wide and varied differences the audience had to them, it was young and older, rocker and more casual and an equal mix of genders. I felt it was great to see the whole night
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