Thursday, March 21, 2002 @ 7:51 PM
Rob Rock, LA Guns, and Dokken
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I just saw Dokken at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. I have to say that ALL the bands put on highly energetic shows.
Starting with Rob Rock, I have to say that his voice never fails to impress me. I would even go as far to say that his voice actually sounds better live than recorded. The band is excellent with two very good guitar players and a decent drum player. I can honestly say that I never heard of the Rob Rock until I saw him open for Steve Pearcy at the same House of Blues location, and he has impressed me enough to purchase his album Rage of Creation.
Next up was LA Guns. This was the first time I had ever seen LA Guns live, and they were quite a bit heavier then I had expected. They put on a great show and Tracii showed just how good of a guitar player he is. The one draw back to their performance is that the singer is just not good live or at least at this show. He was very unimpressive and seemed to be purposely drowned out.
Then came Dokken. While I must admit that Don has lost some of his vocal ability and they don't have Pilson or Lynch, they still put on one hell of a show. Dokken never fails to give you your money’s worth. They always play long sets and cover the whole range of albums from over the years. For those worried that the new bass player just wont be as good as Pilson, you can forget that idea. The new bass player AND guitar player were fantastic. Wild Mick was his consistent self and also puts on a great show. Dokken is simply a great live band.
All in all, it was a great night for rock and roll… the show started at 8:15 and I left the house of blues at 12:30 – these were very quick stage turnovers. Was a great night, and I would highly recommend catching Dokken in the summer when they begin their summer rounds.