Monday, October 12, 2015

Live Concerts - Rat Beach Party, Burton Cummings, Left Banke, Stories with original drummer Brian Madey,


Being a participant of the Rat Beach Party it is hard to be objective,  but our friends in POPGUN, those who performed in Love and Flame (which this writer is 1/7th of,) FOX PASS and LIZZY BORDEN AND THE AXES all performed with a professionalism and excitement that proves the Boston "new wave" of the 70s and early 80s band with their personality and drive are going to be hard for current bands to beat.

Overview and more photos soon.   6:56 pm  Monday, Columbus Day, October 12.


We Rocked Nantasket Beach 10/10/15

From GREG W:
Joe, sorry I had to take off near the end of your set. I was so impressed. You have a very personable stage presence that pulls people in -- I never really saw you perform before so I didn't know what to expect. It was fucking greAT! (quote at 3:18 am on 10-11-15; what do rockers do after  a show?  Go to parties we are invited to?  Hell no, we all run to our Facebook pages!!!)

Hey Greg, it must be all the practice making friends and going up to the podium at the Medford City Council week after week!
From Harry:
Thanks so much for all your support of Rock 
through the years! 


We were invited to volunteer our time for a college fund and it was great doing some hard work for a good cause.
    The old Rathskellar is now the Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square, but for the third year in a row we moved the notorious punk club down to Nantasket Beach and what a trip it was Saturday night. 

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      Of course, even though I know the area, I got lost going home, and a Visual Radio co-host throwing a party after the show in Hull is on the phone expecting me to pull an all-nighter.

    I don't think so!   

    "There's a beautiful man I want you to meet."

"How about a raincheck!" 

It sounded, you expect us to perform, videotape four bands and then...go to a party????    Honey it's not 1978 anymore!

    She wouldn't take no for an answer...but, thankfully, I was already on the highway...and here it is 2:08 am...and that party over the phone sounded highly inebriated.

    Johnny B on a later call agreed...get the heck out of the seashore...

One things for sure. Summer might be over, it was cold and windy on the pitch black beach, but four bands from the old days rocked the joint!

so much fun! 

Hey Babe, Take A Walk on the Wild Side
   What our pals from "the good old days" were surprised with is that we did mostly Lou Reed covers again, as we did in early September.  They were dancing to Lou, and we did something very different, our special guest star opened the show with the first song, not in the middle of the set, we turned the music inside out and upside down and it was a blast.   There were about ten groups playing on Saturday, ten bands a day/night for four days over Columbus Day holiday, with five bands rocking on the Saturday night.   

A splendid time was had by all!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Miscellaneous Notes June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fox Pass at Club Bohemia, Elsewhere at Model Cafe's Rock n Roll Social

Jim Peterik of Ides of March on Pop Explosion

3 PM June 10, 2015

at Rock n Roll Social June 9th Model Cafe

Fox Pass at Club Bohemia 
Saturday night June 6, 2015



Monday, May 04, 2015

Van Halen Live w/David Lee Roth

Van Halen - Live at the Tokyo Dome June 21, 2013


Warner Brothers
Records (manufactured by Rhino Entertainment)
released April 1, 2015
reviewed by Ed Wrobleski on 4-22-2015

Finally live album from Van Halen with David Lee Roth is out for their massive fan base, a
  double cd or 4-lp vinyl set, jam packed with familiar hit titles such as  "Panama," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "You Really Got Me," "Jump," " Hot For Teacher" while sprinkling a few newly penned pieces such as "Tattoo" and "Chinatown." sprinkled with a  few new penned pieces like tattoo, chinatown and more.    Though it's filled with goodies and delights, crammed with them actually, David Lee Roth and the boys might have wanted to pick a different night from the tour for posterity.  Roth is not in the best of voice here while belting out his classic rock favorites.  He chooses to talk his way through some of the songs, a far cry from many of the unauthorized tapes from the tour of 2013 where he sounded so much better.   Eddie, Alex and Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen sound close to the original recordings and were in prime form on television for both the Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen shows.
 Track 2
Running with the Devil
Track #22

Tokyo Dome Live In Concert Track List:
1. "Unchained"
2. "Runnin’ With The Devil"
3. "She’s The Woman"
4. "I’m The One"
5. "Tattoo"
6. "Everybody Wants Some!!"
7. "Somebody Get Me A Doctor"
8. "Chinatown"
9. "Hear About It Later"
10. "(Oh) Pretty Woman"
11. "Me & You" (Drum Solo)
12. "You Really Got Me"
13. "Dance The Night Away"
14. "I’ll Wait"
15. "Cradle Will Rock"
16. "Hot For Teacher"
17. "Women In Love"
18. "Romeo Delight"
19. "Mean Street"
20. "Beautiful Girls"
21. "Ice Cream Man"
22. "Panama"
23. "Eruption"
24. "Ain’t Talkin’’Bout Love"
25. "Jump"

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bobby McDonald with Apollo Blue at Club Bohemia August 16

Composer of Violet Intent CD rocks out with Apollo Blue trio 

by Joe Viglione

Club Bohemia in Central Square 

  One would think the spacey-psychedelic tones of Bobby McDonald teamed up with Hendrixian devotees - drummer Timothy Offiler, guitarist George Conduris and bassist

Ralph Bousquet of Apollo Blue  there wouldn't be the onslaught of intense raw riffing that this writer encountered when walking down the Cantab stairwell into the dark confines of Club Bohemia on Saturday, August 16, 2014.   At 11:05 pm the multi-dimensional jam was complemented with red, blue and green lights flashing on a metal snake, roller coasting their way along with the music.   

     With the Neil Young tuning it sounded like a "Down by the River" change of pace from the neo-Cream inflections of the previous jam,  The chords morphed into Pink Floyd's 1975 classic, "Welcome to the Machine," 2nd track off of Wish You Were Here.    By 11:13, eight minutes later,  a 60s riff resembling The Remains rendition of Bo Diddley and Willie Dixon's co-write "Diddy Wah Diddy" (the riff not as pronounced on the Remains live video)  the riff growing larger

with George Conduris adding some wah wah, which also increased along with the concentration of power.


   McDonald played in a band, Strange Medicine, with Conduris circa 2008 in Hyannis, the Apollo Blue guitarist told me in an interview after the show. The "Dream Pop, Space Rock" as the Violet Intent website notes is chock full of lyrics  


This differs wildly from what Conduris explains Apollo Blue conjures up "we do stuff that's harder (rock,) Blue Cheer's "Babylon," Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses," but noted that with McDonald they do improvisational jams. 


Apollo Blue itself formed last September, 2013, with its first show at PA's Lounge in May and then headlining Church on July 19th.   Apollo Blue will return for their own show on September 6th at Club Bohemia, perhaps a first anniversary show. 


Go to for more info 

Apollo Blue

Review of Violet Intent

Bobby McDonald's Violet Intent
8 song CD!media/ct74

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Audioscam 3 reviewed by Joseph Tortelli


         On their third and latest release titled simply 3, the Australian band known as Audioscam delivers a four-song CD bursting with irresistible pop-rock.
        Multi-instrumentalist and band founder Brian Pitcher opens the disc strumming the ukulele to introduce "Bridgetown Girls."The ear-catching Anglopop is adorned with clever guitar riffs, sunny Caribbean rhythms, and a few synth-powered horn lines in the playout. "Bridgetown Girls" is a worthy update to the breezy calypso-pop pioneered by Bobby Bloom and Jeff Barry on the international smash "Montego Bay."  Audioscam closes 3 with the Afro-calypso-rock "Awayo." Pitcher uses his drums to crisscross musical cultures, grounding his blend of styles in earthy percussion and vocal chants.  
    Bass guitarist Brad Wallace sings his uptempo composition "Thank You," a melodic tune harnessing jangly guitars onto insistent power pop.  Brian Pitcher's "Hello" swings with a joyfully repeated chorus that calls out: "Hello! I can't resist your smile." 
     No listener who appreciates captivating pop rock will be able to resist Audioscam's "Hello."

by Joseph Tortelli  

Biography information

Joe Tortelli has written liner notes to "The Best Of Delaney & Bonnie" (Rhino Records) and "Ding Dong The Witch Is Back" by The Fifth Estate on Boston Skyline Records. He's completed the bio of Gary DeCarlo and Steam - "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - the #1 song from 1969; Mr. Tortelli is currently writing the biography of songwriter/performer Bobby Hebb

As host of his own TV program, ON TOPIC, Joe has interviewed:

Dominique LaPierre author of Is Paris Burning?
Senator George McGovern
Bobby Hebb
George Denham of WATD radio
Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits
Johnny Rivers
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night
Little Walter of The Time Machine
Moulty of The Barbarians
Guitar Shorty with Floyd Sneed (of Three Dog Night)
Judy Collins
John Lincoln Wright
Marshall Simpkins of Inn Square Men's Bar
Felix Cavaliere
Ian McLagan of The Faces
Wayne Wadhams of The Fifth Estate and many others 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Metal Pistol Live at Club Bohemia June 5, 2014

JUNE 5, 2014

Metal Pistol live at Webster Hall


The Hoochie Coochie Men were onstage at 10:22 pm, dabbling with something that sounded like "Riders on the Storm" but it actually evolved into a noteworthy cover of Jimi Hendrix meets Allman Brothers, a little more inventive than another cover of "Red House" which the band performed earlier.  Five guys with a woman on bass, two keyboards, two guitars and drums.  About 30 people were groovin' to tunes like "Annabelle" - and a song with a hook "When You're Young" sounding like a lighter version of The Band.
Metal Pistol, all business

Anatomy of a rock band with a serious attitude about being serious.

    Metal Pistol has the image, sound and a professional approach that indicates a vision younger bands sometimes lack. These industry veterans launching the music they love to a specific market, and displaying confidence that the market will respond in a big, positive way.

    At 11:34 PM the power trio went into "D.O.A." - Kelsey Kit's bass concurrent with Steve Stanley's heated guitar riffs under a memorable, movable melody bouncing off the cement walls and floor of the dungeon that is Club Bohemia.  There was a heavy rock festival on a Sunday a few weeks prior to this which Metal Pistol would have fit in nicely with.   The song swells up with an eerie backdrop, a kind of ballad/mantra all wrapped into powerful surges that keep the audience paying attention.

     The three-song set was like a Mountain concert where Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi would take the songs into deep extensions, before lighter "jam bands" turned it into an industry. Metal Pistol takes the listeners back to that time and gives this style its rightful place in 2014.  The seductive guitar lines in "Minefield" glide over Sunny Lee's vocals, Stanley's bursts of power from his amplifier outstanding on this tune.

   Sabbath IV ominous power chords ooze into a slow spin at 11:50 PM (and the band was traveling since 4 PM in the afternoon, almost eight hours earlier) for "Destruction in Action" - a sublime, exotic, mellow setting, like a boat sailing slowly on unknown seas, cruising by the stars in the moonlight, a chugging staccato blasts changing the mood quickly and efficiently, these three souls blending into a lovely morass of metal, metal Pistol that is, "Destruction in Action" plunging headlong into 11:56 pm and straight into midnight, to the closing of this Thursday night gig in Central Square.