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Hookers And Blow

Date: 04/27/07
Venue: Sterling Hotel Allentown, PA
Reviewed By: Stingray

Hookers and Blow anyone? I'm not talking about the illegal kind. I believe that this was the brainchild of Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses. Basically it's just a couple of (well known, and not so well known) guys getting together to jam out 80's metal cover tunes, and go on tour when their schedule permits. Friday, April 27th 2007, they were at the Sterling Hotel in Allentown PA making up for a gig that got canceled due to the blizzard on February 14th. I was expecting more of a crowd than what there was, I found out later that was because of lack of advertising on the bars part. At least Tori Thomas; DJ for WZZO 95.1, the local rock station; had members of the band in the studio to try and promote the show.

Dizzy Reed could not make it, so the band line-up for the night was: vocals - Jizzy Pearl (X-Ratt, Love/Hate), drums - Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion), bass - Chad MacDonald (Jani Lane Band), and guitar - C.J. Szuter (Magna Fi). They don't go by a set list, so I'm forced to try and remember the songs they did. Sorry if I miss any.

Set List: "It's So Easy"(G N' R), "Last In Lie" (Dio), ??? (AC/DC), "Welcome To The Jungle"(G N' R), "Rebel Yell" (Billy Idol), "Love Song" (Tesla), "Mr. Brownstone"(G N' R), "Mama Kin" (Aerosmith), "Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC), "Blackout In The Red Room" (Love/Hate), "Mob Rules" (Black Sabbath), "Fight For Your Right" with the drummer and singer from on of the opening bands Postal (Beastie Boys), Closing the show with "Sin City"(AC/DC). The guys put on a great show, just a party band jamming. In my opinion, they could have done less G N'R and AC/DC, and maybe threw in some Motley Crue, Great White, Twisted Sister, etc. etc. Or the Faster Pussycat that someone in the crowd wanted.

Being a child of the 80's, I found myself singing along with every song. Jizzy never missed a word, Troy never missed a beat, and Chad and C.J. never missed a lick. They put on a great show! However, there were a couple of disappointments; there was no encore, and I was hoping that the show was going to last longer. It was great hearing "Blackout In The Red Room", and I was also expecting to hear some White Lion, Warrant, and Magna Fi. At the end of the night, it left me wanting more. Maybe that's a good thing?

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