[AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following account of yesterday’s outdoor concert at The Maples in Manorville, NY is for blog promotion only. A full, more descriptive account will be forthcoming, upon retrieval of research documentation. Thank you and enjoy your Memorial Day holiday.]
After making the Powers-That-Be cancel the show on Saturday, Mother Nature finally cooperated with us and allowed the entertainment of the 2013 Summer season to proceed as (originally) planned. With a few major catastrophes to avert upon the initial cancelling, all the behind the scenes wrangling for all parties involved and the weather (which wasn’t summer-like but was nice enough) finally all peacefully co-existing, the first major show of the season was a delight for all that ventured to see it.
A late arrival notwithstanding, we pulled up after the first act (research unavailable at this time) was just finishing up their set. I will try to provide more details in the extended version of the story as to who they were and how they performed.
The first act that I did see, however, was one that I’ve enjoyed previously…the awesome cover band of Aerosmith known as Rag Doll. I have experienced their show many times now and yesterday’s performance was nothing short of stellar. Their set list, which included such mega-hits as “Toys in the Attic”, “Walk This Way”, “Sweet Emotion” and their namesake “Rag Doll”, was filled with enough Stephen Tyler nuances that we have all come to expect from this awesome tribute group. They are an excellent recreation of Aerosmith’s music and an excellent addition to any show, as they are consummate performers of this band.
The next act to grace the stage was a bluesy trio named Demon’s Eye, consisting of a lead singer/bassist, rhythm guitarist and drummer (again, research to come). Their performance, which was dotted by such blues classics as “Boom Boom”, “Evil”, “Young Man Blues” and “Baby Please Don’t Go!”, was a high-energy, sassy romp into how diverse the music scene really is. They were a nice addition to the lineup and should be considered for more shows in the future, really intensifying the music scene on the Island with their awesome, rockin’ exodus into the genre.
The final act of the day was the always entertaining group known as The Wizard of Ozz, the Long Island cover band of the immortal Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, who continued their 20th year ass-kicking in grand fashion yesterday. A consummate performer in his own right, lead vocalist John Traylor showed yesterday why the band has been doing this for so long. The band, which included long-time bassist Tommy Cardinal Dolan (instead of original Julian Simonelli) and originals Jay Nova Castronova and guitarist Virgil Varons, was the perfect accompaniment to John’s rendition of pre-90’s Ozzy…with a set list worthy of envy.
Including such hits as “Fairies Wear Boots”, “Never Say Die”, “War Pigs” and the ever-popular “Sweet Leaf”, the boys of The Wizard of Ozz showed the crowd (who, by that time, was at its zenith when they took the stage late afternoon) why they have been the go-to band for Black Sabbath covers in this area for twenty years. John’s vocals, though, take on a whole new meaning on hits like “Mama, I’m Comin’ Home” and “Bark At the Moon”, which are always crowd-pleasers.
Of course, none of this could have been pulled off without the behind-the-scenes road crew; Steve Houmis, Fred Johnson I, Nick Traylor and the other members of the gang diligently worked to make the show a rousing success for all involved; The Maples in Manorville and its’ staff for providing such a brilliant venue for an outdoor show; and, of course, the fans (like me and my family) for all turning a beautiful Sunday afternoon into a Memorial Day celebration for all to enjoy.
/,,,/ ROCK ON VET DUDEZ \,,,\