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Gregg Rolie Band @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/18/2010)

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Artist: Gregg Rolie Band
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/18/2010
Label: Independent Artist

It’s without question that keyboardist Gregg Rolie is a legendary musician and how could you say anything less about a fellow who had an important role in the formation of both Santana and Journey. You would have to be living under a rock to not recognize the juggernaut status of each of those bands. While Gregg has not been involved with either group for decades he has not been sitting idly by and instead tours with his own group playing music that is very reminiscent of his earliest roots. As a matter of fact, in 2001 he would release his third solo album which was entitled “Roots” and delivered a sound that all of his fans knew very, very well. In my own musical life, I have to say that the earliest years of Santana with Gregg are the best ones of them all and nowadays the legendary guitarist seems disconnected with that which made him so awesome to listen to back in the day. His move over to Journey with guitarist Neal Schon was an interesting one and for those fans that are only aware of the Steve Perry years, you should really check out the band in its beginnings since it’s a lot more progressive than you might be aware. I first caught the Gregg Rolie Band at a private media event that I was fortunate enough to be invited to and it was such a blast that I hoped for some area gigs so the wider demographic of fans could enjoy it as well. Thankfully it would not be too long in coming and here we are at the legendary B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. A venue that was absolutely perfect for this kind of event.
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“Rain Dance – Live” by Gregg Rolie Band

Artist: Gregg Rolie Band
Title: “Rain Dance – Live”
Label: 33rd Street Music
Release Date: 6/24/2009
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4/5

Recently I was afforded the opportunity to enjoy a live performance of the Gregg Rolie Band who was on point to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rock documentary film “Woodstock”. Rolie was in the film with the band Santana, a group in which he was a founding member, and resultant of the appearance on this particular stage Santana was forever imprinted in the minds of generations of Rock and Roll fans. He left Santana in 1971 and would form the eventual juggernaut of a musical enterprise Journey with fellow Santana alumnus Neil Schon. Fast forwarding a number of years found him forming groups like The Storm and Abraxas Pool and eventually The Gregg Rolie Band where he and his compatriots deliver what amounts to the closest thing to the original Santana vibe that one can enjoy anywhere. For the rare opportunity I attended Rolie and his band delivered a rousing set of Santana classics much to the delight of the room.
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