Those individuals that follow my writing know by now that I’m not much a “going-out” type of person. However, when a show arises that I have to make an appearance, I am more than happy to write about it. Last night’s show at Lulu’s in Port Jefferson was no different.
The lineup of last night’s show was a “triple threat” of the most kick-ass music that Long Island has been hoping for; the all-original bands Station (who, for my first time seeing them, were REALLY impressive) and Panzie (my readers know I’ve seen them before) and everyone’s favorite cover band, 20-year veterans The Wizard of Ozz.
The opener, Station, was a nice surprise because I’d never seen them play before. Being that they’re an 80’s type band (meaning the notes and nuances of the music reminded me of all the “hair band” rock groups around that time), they really played an awesome set. Their set list, which included songs like “Everything” (thanx for the download, guys), “Speak” and “Don’t Take Heaven Away from Me”, was a perfect blend of music mastery and their stage performance was the crowd-pleaser that you would come to expect from a rock band.
The next act of the night was, of course, the staple of the Long Island rock scene that we’ve all come to know and love…the omnipresent Wizard of Ozz. From lead singer John Traylor’s eerily lifelike performance to the band’s mastery of the music of Black Sabbath, these guys are always impressive and loved by everyone in the venue last night. The Wizard of Ozz, if you’ve never seen them, have the most fun on stage and again hit the nail on the head when it comes to being a “cover band”; whether it’s crowd interaction or the music, you can’t find a better tribute artist than these guys.
The final group of the night, Panzie, I had seen at Lulu’s back in December of 2012. However, unlike that night, the sound quality was so much better that I actually heard the entire set list from beginning to end. Of course, my notes on the music are a little sketchy (I didn’t have my notebook handy) but I do remember that they performed “Jezebel”, “Angry Man” and the ever-popular “ABC (Alphabet Soup)”. They are definitely a no-nonsense, kick your ass group that I’ve really come to enjoy and you will too, once you see them.
Being that this is my blog entry on the show, it’s only being done to whet your appetites for the experiences that I’ve had…although a more detailed account of last night’s excursion will be forthcoming in the future.
A great night out with my family that continues to expand my knowledge of the industry…and many more endeavors will be coming!
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\