Friday, October 4, 2002 @ 1:19 AM
Enuff Z'Nuff and The Eric Mart
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REVIEW BY: Jimbo
Hi music fans,
Thought I'd send a quick review for a show I caught over the weekend. I ventured to a rough neighborhood in the Dallas suburbs on Saturday night to see the Eric Martin Band and Enuff Z'Nuff at the Canyon Club.
Unfortunately, there were only a handful of people in attendance. I don't understand why there isn't more promotion or advertising for bands coming through town. Very sad. I only heard about this one within the last week.
A band called Transcendence went on first. I like to support the local music scene, but nothing to write home about here. Hey guys, unless you have a gig later at WalMart, why not stick around for the headliners? Their frat boy fan club cleared the stage and took half the crowd with them when they left.
Enuff Z'Nuff had the second slot, playing as a trio ala Rush. Donnie Vie was noticeably absent from the stage. Chip told the audience he was sick. All kinds of rumors are floating around on this now. They didn't miss a stride though. Monaco handled all vocals and sounded great. I've seen Enuff Z'Nuff several times, and honestly Donnie wasn't missed very much. I get a bit tired of his stoner act. This gave his band mates a chance to step up and show their stuff. They opened their set with “New Thing,” and went on to play “Heaven or Hell,” “Baby Loves You,” “For Now” (my favorite), “Vacant Love,” etc. Also included were two songs I haven't heard before, “Gina” (?) and “What You Bring To The Table”. Closed the evening with “Fly High Michelle.” Always a great performance.
I asked a roadie if they had any copies of the new CD (Welcome to Blue Island) to sell, but no luck. It's still available only as an import. Sorry, I'm a music fan with a budget. I can't drop $35 on one CD. Hopefully it will be released in the States sometime in the next few months.
The Eric Martin Band was the headliner. The former Mr. Big singer looks ver,y very young without his long hair. He had two guitarists, a bass player, and his new wife on drums to back him up. He was very animated, hopping all over the stage, and still has his trademark voice. I haven't seen Mr. Big since the Lean Into It tour back in the old days at Hammerjacks in Baltimore. Missing were the guitar wizardry of Paul Gilbert and blues of Richie Kotzen, but his new band sounded great. EMB played a mix of Mr. Big tunes (“Lost in America,” “30 Days in the Hole,” “A Rose Alone”) and songs from his latest CD, I'm Going Sane. Eric broke out the acoustic guitar for “Wild World,” “Superfantastic,” and “To Be With You.” The material from his new CD sounds much heavier live.
A great show. Wish more people could have seen it. I don't know how long these guys can last on the road if they don't improve attendance. Catch them while you can. I'm going to dig out my old EZN CD's to listen to.