Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Label: InsideOut Music
It has been 22 years since the band Saga last played in the United States and because of this fact there are many of you are reading and saying “Hmmmm, Saga, it is just not ringing a bell”. For those people, let me bring you up to speed. In the heyday of the Eighties, the band had a resounding success with the songs “On The Loose” and “Wind Him Up”, but after those had peaked, they simply fell off peoples radar as they moved on to whatever other band was fashionable at the time. The “Hair Metal” and “Thrash” era was beginning for the Rockers and I admit not being up on my Progressive area of the time, so unless you were a hard core fan you would not have known these guys were still rocking. It was interesting to find that a group as Pop-sensible as they were mixed a number of Progressive elements to their songs. This practice made them a hit among certain circles but despite this, the touring just never seemed to happen for these parts as often as the fan base would like. During these years, the band enjoyed a healthy and productive career in their native Canada. Tonight they would get the chance to remind the people of New York exactly what they were about and be in support of their latest album “Trust”. The stage would be set once again at the well-known B.B. King Blues Club and under many conditions – this is the perfect setting for this kind of band. Progressive shows have been making a solid mark at the place but tonight would be a different story as attendees and the band would find themselves in a very sparse room. Without sounding too disparaging on the bands draw, I think a number of reasons were the cause of this happening tonight. The past week in New York had been a resounding heat wave and in parts of Queens, there was no power for several days with no apparent end in sight. Given the freedom of the weekend, it seemed like many people fled to cooler and powered spots for relief. I also feel that being absent from the public eye in this region for such a long time was also a key contributor but still I expected the Progressive folks to rally the night of the show. This would sadly not be the case and when the fact of no tables being setup at this show it made the room look all the more roomy. They had been removed in anticipation for the show by DMX (Rap) who was performing later that evening. It seems that the Prog shows are more sit down events than the Metal ones and I think had they left them up the place would have seemed a little fuller.
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