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PiercingMetal Goes To The Brooklyn Springtime Guitar Show (4/7/2013)

Spring has sprung, or shall I say that “Spring Has Strummed” considering that we were not only celebrating the new season but also the twice annual Brooklyn Guitar Show at the amazing Brooklyn Bowl was taking place right here in Brooklyn. Yes I realize that you knew this considering the borough is mentioned in each specific reference but you have to indulge my prose every now and again. Check out the super cool poster, I am loving these artistic works and feel I should be collecting them.

Poster - Brooklyn Springtime Guitar Show - 2013
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PiercingMetal Goes To The Brooklyn Autumn Guitar Show (9/9/2012)

Just the other day, the Brooklyn Bowl once again played host to the Brooklyn Autumn Guitar Show and I made some time to take a look around and see what was happening for those of you who might not have been able to attend. Let’s get down to the adventure shall we…..

Poster - Brooklyn Autumn Guitar Show 2

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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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Good Rats @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/16/2010)

The Good Rats were back in NYC and doing another one of their reunion shows.  I caught them doing this last year and it was a very good time so I was not going to miss the chance to enjoy it once again.   If memory serves me, back in 2009 there were two shows being held and they were on different nights but this evening one would follow the other.  The early show held the most appeal for me so that is the one we are reporting on and you can enjoy the scoop about the whole show by scrolling on down below.

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Artist: The Good Rats
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New Yotk, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 4/16/2010
Label: Uncle Rat Music

While March had really blown the doors off for the Metal community, I had to say that in looking at the shows hitting us in April that the month was off to a pretty respectable start itself. So far it had been focused on the Rock and Roll side of the fence and given us some great memories to carry across the span of the whole year in terms of the music that it was delivering to the fans. This Good Rats performance at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club seemed to be the perfect treat for those that managed to get their taxes done and gone, and for those who chose to up their entertainment ante a little bit there would be not only one, but two performances this evening for them to enjoy. Last week we had the American Led Zeppelin guys of Cactus out and about at this same space and they really gave us a heavy dose of Blues laden Hard Rock to chew on all week. Tonight was more about the Classic Rock side of things as the “Greatest Band You Never Heard Of In Your Life” was reunited once again and prepared to dish out some really incredible tunes. Here is how the event went down should you have been one of the folks that missed out on the fun.
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The Good Rats @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/25/2009)

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Artist: The Good Rats
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 4/25/2009
Label: Independent Artist

If you are a fan of the Heavy Metal genre then I am rather certain that by now you are very well aware of the band Anvil a little bit more nowadays based on a movie that was done about their consistent struggle at fame and fortune in the music industry game. The film shed some serious light on just how hard this business is and showed that not everyone manages to find the success that they so richly seem to deserve. With that being said, what about those bands that have been at their craft for many years longer and didn’t have the luxury of a movie to help them snare some of that long overdue attention. One such band is the New York based Good Rats who were formed in 1964 and were one of those Long Island club circuit bands that played out over and over and based on their ardent support base would find almost every gig that was done being sold out with no room to breathe in the venue. The band’s most popular lineup consisted of lead singer Peppi Marchello and his brother Mickey (guitarist) along with John “The Cat” Gatto (guitar), Lenny Kotke (bass) and Joe Franco (drums) who together released a number of Hard Rocking and melodic albums. Despite the bands devoted fan base, the stratospheric heights that some bands manage to attain somehow eluded the Rats but I guess in the Rock and Roll world there are more stories like this than there are not and that is what made a night like tonight rather special because it would find the classic lineup of the band reunited and performing for the second of two sold out nights at Times Squares popular venue B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Having been from the generation that came after this bands heyday I was glad to be a part of the fun tonight since I had long been enjoying the music of the group on such great CD’s as “Tasty” and “Ratcity In Blue”. For those who might be in the unaware, the music of the Good Rats was at times very hard rocking and always very melodic with some cool backing vocals and hooks.
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