Seriously. My weekend rocked! And it was largely thanks to Dr. Love and Poison’us. I was able to catch a music doubleheader consisting of KISS and Poison Tribute Bands. What was even more impressive was that half of Dr. Love also make up half of Poison’us. With as much energy as Mick and Roger (Paul and Gene in Dr. Love and C.C and Bobby Dall in Poison’us) expend in those combined sets, anybody who has gone onstage had to be impressed.
So, I always like to share some of my observations from these shows, as well as a few images. And this will be no different, but I am also going to pitch a plea to the band Dr. Love.
Dr. Love comes out in classic KISS Destroyer outfits and [play a collection of what you expect to hear in a “Greatest Hits” compilation. One of their strengths is the onstage banter. It is almost like they threw a party and you have been invited. The joking and witty retorts are a blast. They know all the classic KISS “choreography” and put it to use during the set. Their “Ace” does a great job pulling off his part both as a guitarist and a vocalist. He has that perfect register where his voice sounds very much like the man he is portraying.
“Cold Gin” is the first KISS song that I ever learned how to play and sing. It became a must for the various hack bands that I was a part of because it is one of my top 5 favorite KISS songs. (“Parasite”, “Let me go rock and roll”, “Cold Gin”, “Nothin’ to Lose”, and “2000 Man” if you were interested.) Having this song come out of the Ace solo is perfect. I may be biased, but I also feel that it is perhaps one of their tightest numbers across the board.
All in all, this is a fun set, and if you have a chance to see these guys, I highly suggest doing so. They are a party turned up to “11” on the amps. All you need is for it to rain confetti and it is like being taken back to the 70s when KISS was relevant. You even get a Gene bass solo complete with blood!
So, here is my request. One of my favorite concerts of last year was when Unchained came out and did the first Van Halen album from start to finish. Then they took a break and played a second set of classic Van Halen songs. How about a “Destoryer” event, or recreating “Alive” from start to finish? That would be so epic! Now, I absolutely know about the easier-said-than-done part. That takes a lot of time to learn and rehearse a full set, much less two. But considering how fast Mick and Roger have picked up the Poison’us set (Mick is damn near note-for-note on C.C.’s solos and sounds GREAT!), I figure you have the talent. So that leaves the time. As I said, just tossing that out. But it would be so amazing to catch Dr. Love at Hollywood Hot Rod Bar & Grill or some other venue where they do an album re-creation. In any case, I look forward to seeing them again.
What can I say about Poison’us that I have not said? Hmm…how about how it is darn near impossible not to end up staring back at the drum kit to watch Andrew Losli twirl and toss sticks around all the while keeping perfect time? Nope, I think I have said that. Still, it is worth repeating. He is simply incredible to watch.
This is another part band that invites you in to be a part of it. The only problem this group is going to have is finding a stage big enough. Seriously, there is a lot of movement going on. Slap a Fitbit on these guys and they all probably hit the 10,000 step goal just doing their set.
From the intro to the final chords of “Mama Let Me Go to the Show”, these guys are energy incarnate. Even after his Dr. Love set, Roger Jamie was a whirlwind on bass. He was perhaps not as playful as previous shows, but that can be understood after an almost 90 minute Dr. Love set. Still, that did not slow him down much, and he still put on a helluva show.
This was my second chance seeing Mick Hasson in the C.C. DeVille role, and he reinforces my belief that this was the final piece of the puzzle that was needed to send Poison’us to the next level. His addition, much like Roger Jamie on bass, allows Will Barnes to be the epitome of a frontman that Brett Michaels was for the band Poison. He plays the leads you remember and does it with the perfect amount of Glam flair. (That is an awesome coat, Mick!)
Much like my comments on Andrew Losli, what can I say that I have not already? He has a voice that is so much like Brett’s that he is able to bring the Tribute experience up a notch. He has always come out with front man energy, and now it seems that he is able to really embrace it. His cohorts interact with him and allow for some enjoyable banter that is spontaneous and fun.
I say this is the Tribute Band to watch in the upcoming year. As they figure each other out, tighten the backing vocals on the chorus, and learn more about each other…well, you will just need to see them for yourself. I know I will be catching them every chance I get.