Wednesday, June 12, 2002 @ 1:55 PM
Bach & Friends Tear Up Irving
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REVIEW BY: Gary Fuller
With no opening act, the show kicked off abruptly around 9pm when Sebastian Bach stormed the stage like a hurricane with a penchant for volume! Irving Plaza detonated as the band plowed through "Slave to the Grind." Baz was decked out in Jeckyl &Hyde attire, wearing make-up much more reminiscent of a gothic Broadway character than any fuckin hair-band frontman.
Al Pitrelli and Paul Crook, both new "friends" to the band, dueled on crunching riffs galore as Bam Bam and Larry pounded out a thunderous rhythm. Sebastian Bach churned out a stadium-sized show on a club-sized stage. His live energy, charisma and antics place him in elite status. His unrivaled vocal range was displayed as he hit every single note on a ripping set which was Skid Row laced with a couple of his solo songs and Broadway performances.
Pitrelli and Crook closed "In a Darkened Room" with a synchronized solo that sounded like it was from heaven. In no certain terms, Baz dedicated "Piece of Me" to Osama Bin Laden. For the encore, "I Remember You" was a tribute for 9-11 before the show was closed with "Youth Gone Wild." Other highlights were "Monkey Business," "(I'll never turn my back on) Rock 'n Roll," "Done Bleeding" and "18 & Life."
This raw, edged and explosive display of noise will knock anyone still thirsty for hard rock 'n roll on their ass. Baz claimed that in all of the clutter between Jeckyl &Hyde, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a television series, all he really wants to do is make a CD. I can't fuckin wait!