# CXXIV…Up from the “crypt”…

{AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Please be advised that, because I am technically still on hiatus, I did not have the proper tools for a review (my notebook, etc.) so most of this review is from my ever-spotty memory.}

After announcing my hiatus almost three weeks ago, I considered this blog (for all intents and purposes) to be dead and buried.  I mean, truth be told, it was really starting to interrupt my concentration towards my almost 25 year career (which pays my bills) and, due to the fact that I was on here almost every day, my injury (I suffer from severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) was not getting any better.  That having been said, I am grateful to the Powers That Be for granting me at least one more opportunity to indulge my listeners of an awesome local event that really turned some heads last night.

At the Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville (which I went to before, as it used to be Ollie’s), I had a chance to witness some really talented acts which left even me at a loss for words.  The show last night featured a local, original band who, because we arrived at the scene after they graced the stage, I didn’t really have an opportunity to enjoy.  According to my “sources”, however, they did pretty well considering the fact that they opened for four local cover bands and, time and circumstances permitting, I will be able to inform you about at a later time.

The first cover band that played last night was an outrageously intense band based on one of the pioneers of metal, Megadeth, known as Killing Is My Business (in case you’re living under a rock, based on an album title)…and they really set the stage for what proved to be an awesome night of music.  They did an excellent job of their renditions of such Megadeth classics as “Rest In Peace/Polaris”, “Peace Sells…”, and “Symphony of Destruction” and, as a Megadeth fan myself, I was really impressed with their renditions.  They were also very high-energy and crowd-pleasing, which is something that this industry is certainly lacking these days.  They were not disappointing to this writer and I hope to catch them sometime in the not-to-distant future.

The next band that graced the stage was a nod to the late Layne Staley’s Alice In Chains, a group known as Love Hate Love (yes, again, based off of a song by the band).  As I will be the first to admit that I’m not “Number 1 Fan” status of Alice In Chains, I do appreciate their music enough to know that Love Hate Love did a wonderful job, as they covered the gamut from “Down In a Hole” to “Would?” and “Rooster”.  The lead singer also looked like an earlier version of Layne Staley, which, in a cover band, should be paramount because it only adds to the aura of the music being covered.

Third band of the night, and one of my personal favorites, was a band covering my Number 2 favorite, Metallica, known as Damage, Inc. and they, as well, were a nice touch, as the lead singer/bassist looked like the “St. Anger” version (cleaned up and clean-shaven) of James Hetfield.  Covering such Metallica classics as “The Four Horsemen”, the eponymous “Damage, Inc.”, and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, the band exuded the energy of their namesake, pandering to the ever-enthusiastic crowd which was clearly still awake and kicking when they came on.  They are a band that you’d have to experience to truly appreciate their rendition of the early Metallica works.

Last, but certainly not least, was the headline act, the ever-impressive and newly revised Wizard of Ozz.  As I’ve mentioned them quite a few times on this blog, I don’t really need to go “behind-the-scenes”, as their music speaks volumes that my words cannot.  For twenty years, this band has been the “cannot-miss” Ozzy Osbourne-era tribute band to see…but last night, they even caught me at a loss for words.

Picking up on the renewed interest in Black Sabbath (you know, the band that, after 42 years in the business, finally has the Number 1 album in the country), John’s show changed so slightly that even I was taken aback.  I mean, I know that Wizard of Ozz can play anything from the solo Ozzy stuff…but they really amped up the crowd, as they covered such classics as “Black Sabbath” (featuring his daughter on keyboards), “N.I.B.” and “Fairies Wear Boots”.  However, new to the show, and really well-done and appreciated, was the all-new “God Is Dead?” (from “13”) and watching the band play (which included Tommy Dolan on bass, who was very pleased playing his show) just gave a whole new aspect of Wizard of Ozz that I cannot wait to witness in the future.  It also shows how longevity plays a key in the industry, as John and the boys really gave the crowd everything and more.

Also, on a personal note, I had a bit of personal history, as well…my daughter, who turned 21 this past February, and I were in a bar for the first time since she turned of legal age…it filled me with a little bit of good pride knowing that I bought her (and myself) a drink to commemorate the event.

I’m not sure if this will be the last you hear from me…it may be a LONG while before I sit in front of this computer, blogging about things, as my career takes paramount importance (as I said, career pays bills…hobbies do not).  I thank you all for listening and have to thank the numerous people that made last night’s show possible.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\


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