Saturday night found me trekking over to the Dublin Pub to catch BAM, an acoustic trio made up of some very familiar faces in the local Tribute Band scene. The combination of a packed calendar of musical choices (most of them connected to the J-Fell Presents banner) and the fact that not enough people are aware of this very entertaining trio had a lot to do with a sparse crowd. Despite that, the trio of Brandon Cook, Andrew Greene, and Michael Killian did what they do best–they entertained the audience with a variety of classic hits and their usual sniping banter.
Three fifths of the Tribute mainstay, Appetite for Deception, it is not hard to see just how comfortable these three men are when they play together. There were a lot of highlights packed into this set. They opened the night with Hungry Like the Wolf-complete with erotic moaning at the end of the song. Highway to Hell-Greene gives some good Bon Scott sleaze in his vocals, and then shifts right into George Michael’s Faith. A radio car wreck is just part of why BAM is so fun, and Brandon Cook does everything but get up and wiggle his behind in jeans two sizes too small.
Innuendo abound in the chatter between songs. Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love is a VH classic made sweeter when all three members harmonize on the chorus. An EVH silo on acoustic guitar? No problem for Cook who has to be considered one of the most talented guitarists found in the Tribute scene with an resume that will make your head spin. Foolin’ — if you have seen Def Leppard anytime in the past several years, all I can say is that I wish Joe Elliott could sound as good vocally as Greene, and the chorus vocals are reminiscent of the live Eagles’ cut, 7 Bridges Road.
I Want Action-Brandon Cook gets to be Brett and CC for this one, and has no problems. White Wedding–Cook’s lead fills make you envious, and then he plays the big solo at the end and you need eyes with a fast frame rate to keep up with his fingers. Here I Go Again–BAM starts off making this song sound like a street corner ballad you might here around a steel can campfire, then Greene cuts loose with the “HERE I GOOOOO” Coverdale scream…
Wanted Dead or Alive was just plain good and a must for any 80s cover band worth a darn. 8 Days A Week–this song was not on the initial set list (a trend that would continue through the night as they played with the audience and took random requests). They just did it because, and it let all three of them sing together. Only BAM would follow it with Ace of Spades and then transition into the Dukes of Hazzard Theme. Talk Dirty to Me into Father Figure. Woould further solidify that BAM ignores any conventional set list, and they are not afraid to try a song on the fly just to see how it turns out.
Their cover of the Prince hit Kiss is a show stopper. For me, this is their Freebird. Greene kills this vocally and makes more than a few people do a double take when he goes full blown Prince on this number. I always enjoy when they dust off Faster Pussycat and it is even more fun because Killian takes the vocals on it. He simply exudes Rockstar cool both on and off stage, and when he is performing, you always feel like you are being let in on a special treat. (He was wearing the new Bad Ellie shirt which made me even more envious.)
As the night continued, the trio was more than happy to take random requests as well as fill in their set with some very entertaining Steel Panther covers. This is not a G-Rated show. Also not one to be missed. I suggest following them on social media and finding out when their next gig might be. I think I know who I want to have come to the house and play on my birthday this coming September. (Hint, Hint!)