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Cactus @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/18/2012)

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had Cactus come a calling on us in New York City and you know that when they do so that you want to be at the ready for the kind of Heavy Blues Rock that they bring to the table. The show would be at the expected location of B.B. King Blues Club and if you want to see the review and all the photos you can scroll past the logo below to our report on.

Logo - Cactus

Artist: Cactus
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Rickity
Date: 4/18/2012
Label: Independent Artist

It’s been just about two years since I last caught Cactus at the B.B. King Blues Club and while the band has not released any new recorded material since that time, it’s always the kind of smoldering Heavy Blues Rock that makes for a good time on the live concert stage so I had to make sure that I was in the B.B. King Blues Club venue this evening to see them do their thing once more. In 2012, Cactus features drummer Carmine Appice, guitarist Jim McCarty, vocalist Jimmy Kunes along with bassist Pete Bremy and harp player Randy Pratt. Tim Bogert, their legendary founding member seems to no longer be a part of the touring lineup and while Pete does a fantastic job there are many fans that wish he would be a part of these shows just one more time. Here is how the gig went for those who came on down.

The show featured one opening act and that was Rickity, a new band that was comprised of Randy Pratt and Patrick Klein who many might remember as being members of The Lizards at one time. The band was solid and very similar in feel to The Lizards and had a strong Blues base to their strong structure. I would see them again for sure. After their brief set, The Radio Chick or Leslie Gold to her close friends would take to the stage to bring out the guys in Cactus. She first sent a shout out to Dick Clark who had passed away earlier that day of a heart attack. Leslie would also describe the band Cactus as a band who would leave the stage in dust after their performances and this got the crowd riled up and ready for the band to come on out and get down to the practice of doing their thing. With that note, the opening tune of “Long Tall Sally” was started and this has been the bands opening number for the last few times that I have seen them. With no new material, the band focused on their classics and that was good thing to do because their legacy fans are not looking to hear new stuff as much as they are dying to hear the songs from the past once again. We see this often with this kind of band and have experienced similar reaction from the fans supporting Uriah Heep. Songs like “One Way…Or Another” still sound sweet and grooving and when it came to “Bro Bill”, Carmine took the microphone and dedicated it to the memory of Rusty Day, their original vocalist who will have been dead almost thirty years to the day of this show. The longtime fans of the group screamed louder at the mention of his name.
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