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Re: Michael Angelo Batio Gig Report
7/26/2011 8:59 PM
Dave Magaro (1726) wrote:
The guy who put on this show was a photographer. He is also a guitarist and wanted to start promoting and booking gigs. This show was his first and it showed. However, I do give the guy an A for effort as he really worked hard to make the whole thing work. There were a bunch of models running around the bar which wasnt a bad thing. The show was six bands and then headliner Michael Angelo Batio. My band Steel was the last band slated to play before MAB. We were told that the soundman would be at the club at 3 p.m. and we were all supposed to show up at 4 to load in. We told them we would be there at 7p.m. I dont know about you but six bands all showing up around the same time and trying to load in sounds like a nightmare to me. All the bands were going to use our drummers kit. My drummer showed up at 5 p.m. to set up his kit. He asked if he could put it center stage and the soundman said NO YOURE AN HOUR LATE! SET THE *&%$ UP! He was set up on one side of the stage. None of the other bands wanted to use his kit because its so big. They set a smaller kit beside it which they all played.
I made the two hour drive to the club and got there about 7 p.m. I loaded my gear in and put it where I could keep an eye on it. I drank a ton of water before I was ready to order my first Heineken. All the bands were pretty good and it was enjoyable to watch them play. Just as expected the show was running long. The band that went right on before us got there set trimmed to five songs. It felt like there was going to be a Steel screwing coming on! It was a long drive and the air conditioning in the bar wasnt working so well. The stage was small and the crowd was light. The club itself was a decent enough place. But it had a wall in the middle of it behind the bar which made it seem smaller than it really was. I thought there would be more people there to see MAB. But, that just wasnt the case.
We took the stage and it was a bit strange at first. Our drummer was all the way to one side, I was right beside him, then my singer, and then my guitarist on the other end. The stage was so small my back was damn near against my bass cab. I couldnt hear any high end and was just getting a lot of low end. It made it hard to play as I do a lot of intricate stuff. The way we were set up made it strange to begin with. But, it just took a song to adjust to these things. We were kickin it and I was having fun. I dont know what issues my singer was having but we had two songs left and he called for one more. We dropped a song and just played the last song on the set. As soon as we finished the last song we were asked to play three more. But again our singer didnt want to. We played two more and got our gear off the stage.
MAB seemed like a nice enough guy when I spoke to him. I only spoke to him briefly so I dont have any wonderful stories to tell you about that. Before he played a dancer took the stage. I dont know what kind of dancer they were calling her but it wasnt stripper. But I know a stripper when I see one and this was a stripper! After the stripper (or exotic dancer for the politically correct) was done MAB took the stage. He didnt have a band and was playing to backing tracks. When I first saw his two Marshalls set up I thought he would be ear piercingly loud. He wasnt though and I thought his volume level was just perfect given the size of the club. He is a very talented guy there is no doubt. I know that not everyone likes speed demon guitar players but you have to at least appreciate the time and practice it takes to be able to do it. He was very clean and just dead on the money. He did what I think was an original type of medially. He did a tribute to Led Zep and Randy Rhoades with two other medially type things. Now I didnt see this happen but the guys told me later. Some guy was shooting a video of him and got a little too close. After the one medially MAB snapped out at the guy. Apparently MAB kicked the guys camera. I cant blame him if the guy was as close to his guitar as MAB said he was. He said he didnt mind people shooting videos but he didnt want anyone a foot away from his guitar while he was playing. I thought he went on about this a bit long as I worried the crowd would turn on him because of the extended scolding. He went back to playing and all was well. He was telling little stories in between songs which was kind of cool. I wasnt planning on staying for his whole set which I thought would be 90 minutes. He broke out the double neck and I figured I would watch that, finish my Heineken and hit the road. Playing the double neck was the last thing he did. His set was only about 45 minutes long. I finished my beer loaded out and made the two hour drive home. We had a gig the night before so that was a LONG ride home. It was also a bit painful playing both gigs. Two weeks ago I cracked my little toe on the rod iron of my coffee table. I could feel something sticking up which I thought was bone. So, I did my best to push it back in place. Now Im wondering if it wasnt dislocated and I didnt get it all the way back in. That thing is still sore as Hell and swollen after two weeks.
Sunday I am checking though emails and messages and I had a gig offer. I am quite happy playing with my band Steel and have no intentions of leaving. However, this was a most interesting and intriguing offer. The offer was to play bass for Paul Dianno Iron Maidens first singer and Mandy Lion. I would be playing in the band backing these singers. We will be doing 5 Iron Maiden songs with Dianno. Thats the gig I was offered and I committed to doing one of these gigs in Harrisburg, PA. So, well see if that all pans out. I tend to believe these thing when Im standing on stage doing them. Ive been left at the alter more than once! Ill keep you posted if that materializes.