Sunday, August 31, 2003 @ 3:32 PM
Rock Never Stops Tour With Whi
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REVIEW BY: Jef Kors
What a night... I really didn't know what to expect from this show.
Most of you are aware of the ‘Rock Never Stops’ tour… yeah, the name is a little corny. I arrived a little late so I totally missed Slaughter. I found my seat and Kip Winger took the stage, which to my surprise was a solo acoustic set. I was expecting a "band" because of how "Winger" was on the bill. Kip was very good, although I would have preferred to see that portion of the show in a club setting, but he really belted out some great versions of some Winger classics.
After Kip's set, Warrant took the stage. I've seen Warrant many, many times, and this was not one of their better shows. Jani Lane sounded great -- he barely (if ever) sang out of key. My biggest disappointment of their set was Warrant's new lead guitarist. When you go to see these "reunion" tours, shows, whatever… you expect to hear all the old cool songs, which they did play, except for this guy’s solos he played... well... whatever…. My advice for Warrant would be to find a guy that wants to keep the integrity of a classic ‘80s band and play the songs the way the were written! I personally would have enjoyed the show alot more and had more respect for the guy musically.
After Warrant... Whitesnake took the stage -- WOW!!!!
They opened with "Bad Boys" and just totally blew me away -- not only musically, but this was one of the most classiest, professional shows I've seen in years. It wasn't a bunch of guys out playing half-assed versions of old songs, it was 1988 all over again --it totally gave me goosebumps. Reb Beach and Doug Aldridge played note for note as did the rest of the band. David Coverdale is a Rock Star -- the guy sang his ass off like he had to prove something. That guy is like a fine wine(yeah, that sounds corny too, but...) he has aged to his advantage… smooth vocals and he genuinely appreciated the crowd -- he was also in awe at the audiences response. Song after song this band had everyone singing out loud.
I would have paid double the ticket price to see this show over again.