"Can you hear me/We ain't about to quit boy/The bands back in town, alright/…."
There was a time when I would have said, “UFO at The Wildhorse Saloon???” What the hell? Is Phil going to teach everyone some line dancing? However, all jokes aside about the Wildhorse, I must say the saloon was one of the nicest venues I believe I have ever been to and that’s including arenas. From the outside and because it is located on Second Ave you’re kind of thinking the venue has got to be tiny. This is the furthest thing from the truth!!! The main floor consisted of three bars, a huge one at the rear of the venue with two smaller ones either side of the stage. As you can see in the picture below there were also two other tiers above the main floor. I do not know if there were bars on the other two tiers or not. The staff was very gracious and went above and beyond the call of duty for us. Blast Magazine would take pleasure in the chance to work with the staff at the Wildhorse Saloon.
There were two opening acts. The first was an established band that performed all original material. According to them they even had a video that was currently being rotated on CMT. I say this as a question because I do not watch CMT and I am not about to in order to verify this. The second band was strictly a cover band. This, in the pecking order of bands performing live, should have opened the show. Off the top of my head I honestly cannot tell you one song they performed. I have to be honest I was there to see one of my top five all-time favorite bands for the first time. So the female back-up singers for the second band could have been naked and I wouldn’t have known it. Wait a minute… that I would have noticed.
As the band was walking on stage I could not help but notice how well bassist Pete Way had aged. Then it dawned on me that this was Rob De Luca (Spread Eagle, Sebastian Bach) and not Pete Way! Rob will be covering bass duties on the American leg of the tour. From what I have heard (an please do not hold me to this) Europe would not OK Pete a work visa do to a past drug charge. Something else I noticed was the shape Phil Mogg was in. There were times when I literally thought the mic stand is the only thing holding him up. With that being said, Phil did however apologize by sayingit was both Rob DeLuca’s and Vinnie Moore’s birthday earlier in the week and they had partied pretty much every day the first half of the week. With that being the case then it is perfectly understandable! On the other hand, do not let that fool you!!!! Phil never missed a lyric or queue. Phil, Paul,Rob and Andy aside Vinnie made the show! I must be honest to the Blast readers. Even though I had been in contact with Vinnie for several weeks, I could not help but feel this is the first and probably the last time I will ever see them. Cause, I’msure they don’t play Nashville often. And Schenker is not with them! With that being said, just as soon as Vin played the first note of ‘Mother Mary’ I completely forgot about Michael Schenker ever even being a member!!! Vinnie used Michael’s original guitar riffs as a blueprint and then improved it. In my opinion it is the equivalent of Edward Van Halen joining a band like Poison. Just imagine how the solo for songs like “Look What The Cat Dragged In” or “Unskinny Bop” would sound. And just think critics thought Vinnie Moore would not fit in….LMAO!!!! It doesn’t matter if you have to pay $25.00or $200.00 UFO with Vinnie Moore is worth every penny!!!!