Friday, June 14, 2002 @ 3:06 PM
Jason Newsted & Co. Rocked The
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REVIEW BY: Jim L. Keller, II
As I was standing in line for the doors to the Lincoln Theatre to open, I realized right then that most of the crowd that was going to be on hand to see our local stop of Echobrain’s Keep Me Alive Tour were going to be either:
A) sadly disappointed and freaked out at what they were about to witness
B) in for an education in music, freedom, and stellar musicianship.
Most of the crowd was there for one thing only, Jason Newsted to shred on his bass and kick their ass as he has for the last 14 years in Metallica. Boy, were they about to be surprised, disappointed, and impressed all at the same time. Make no mistake about it; Jason kicked our collective ass Wednesday night. But Jason wasn’t the only one to do it. It was definitely a group effort, group will, and group achievement.
The best thing I can say about Wednesday night’s performance was that the album doesn’t do the guys justice at all! While the album is slick rock, a bit Beatles-esque, and a melodic kaleidoscope of music, it does not have the energy and aggression shown on stage by the band.
Not only did the band play most of their entire new album, but they had several jams in between songs, as well as debuted a new song to boot. The band jammed on “Dazed And Confused” by Led Zepplin as well as “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent, but one of the highlights for me was Echobrain doing a great “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath, of course. Dylan’s voice was strong and powerful throughout the night but really shown on his tribute to Layne Staley in a quiet solo acoustic number. For a band that only has one album out, Echobrain played for a solid 90 + minute set.
The crowd (mostly Metallica fans hoping to see Jason jam on some old ‘Tallica stuff obviously) was won over by the end of the night by the sheer musicianship shown throughout the set.
The show ended with the band coming out and doing a Meet And Greet with everyone that waited for them in the foyer of the Theatre.
If you’ve heard the Echobrain CD and thought, ‘Eh, not really my cup of tea.,’ or maybe even, ‘What the fuck was that?’ Do yourself a favor and go check out Echobrain live.
No it isn’t Metallica, it isn’t Flotsam And Jetsam, and it isn’t Heavy Metal, period. But it is pure powerful music, from 5 guys who appear to be truly happy getting up on stage and pouring out everything they have in them every night for the shear love of music and the special sound they have created.
My Thanks to Toby, Chris, and Jason, for being cool, coming through, and being very gracious in granting an impromptu interview.
You guys rock.