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Old Nov-23-2003, 10:41 PM
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Icon33 House of Blues Drum off 2003 Review....

What a strange and wild night, that took more bizarre twists and turns than I would have liked. First off, on the way to Hollywood, a Mercedes decided he absolutely would not put up with me in front of him, so he proceeds to chase me down the freeway...So I ended up going back towards home down the ten freeway east, then getting off the freeway suddenly and headed back towards LA. Thankfully I lost him...just another wild day of driving. Thankfull my kart school and racing training pays off in these situations. Then I get to the venue, and I had not purchased a ticket, stupidly, and it seemed that every wannabe drummer and musician and whoever was lined up all the way up around the block onto Sunset Blvd...I hear the sound check, and it's Glenn and Chad and John sound checking on You Fool No One.....sounded fantastic...if only I could get in. While waiting to get in, I spot ex Skid Row's Sebastian Bach getting out of his car, and I say to him "You sing your ass off man" and he puts his fist to mine and says "thanks"...what a cool guy, not like his mercurial reputation. Funny he was doing a show near my home town recently but I wouldn't have dreamed of trying to meet him.

So I just waited for the right moment and walked into the gig. So I get in, just ten minutes before Glenn hits the stage. Burn is utterly fantastic, Glenn is in great voice and Frusciante is just nailing those Blackmore parts note for note. These Chili Pepper guys grew up with this album and it shows. Glenn does the screams on the You Know We had No Time bridges, rather than holding the end notes, but it sounds totally fantastic. The sound is awesome, the mix is perfect. Sail Away is next, and John just nails that guitar sound on the riff, which is using a special harmonizer pedal or whatever, the sound is exactly like Ritchie. Another treat, John is nailing the Coverdale low vocal on this song, and Glenn is playing some bass notes that sound like they are lifted off the album. What a rare treat to hear this song again live. Mistreated is next and the only issue is John didn't quite grasp the feel of the intro, the way Ritchie just shakes the note, it was more mechanical than soulful, it's really the only criticism I could have of John all night. Great vocals by Glenn here of course.....Next up is what I think was the highlight of the set, Lay Down Stay Down....This was a simply awesome version, of a little played classic, Glenn was hitting the notes perfect and the band was smoking on this.....It was even better than the singing on Cal Jam!!!!!! A rousing You Fool No One ends the set. What a fantastic trio these guys made up....great chemistry....Chad Smith was just totally rocking those drums hard, nailing the Ian Paice parts with enthusiasm and vibrancy....what a great player...I'm not a Chili Peppers fan, but they are great players. Chad was just nailing it man!!!!!! John just really nailed the Blackmore feel and parts for the most part. What a fantastic night!!!!!!! Glenn was beaming when we spoke to him after the show...Thank you Glenn!!!! Gabi looked glamourous and fantastic also! We also spent about 10-15 minutes chatting with Chad Smith, what a fantastic bloke he is!!!! He was so enthusiastic about playing with Glenn and playing these songs off of Burn. I was just blown away by his lack of jadedness and how funny and cool a guy he was about this gig. He was as excited as teenager!!!!!! Had a great time hanging out with David as well. It was great for Glenn also to be exposed to the mostly young audience that showed up for this special Guitar Center drum off. His fantastic screams throughout this short set really electrified many in the crowd. I am constantly amazed, inspired and warmed at Glenn's abliities as a fantastic performer and singer. Tonight was one of those nights, and Glenn is so much better than he was in 1974! I managed one or two shots with David's camera, so I hope one of them turns out. I would have taken more, but didn't want to get thrown out after all I'd been through.

JH
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