10th - 16th April 2017 Jameson's Diary No.
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midnight on Thursday, local time, here in Pattaya
by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 20th April 2017
Happy Songkran Festival at Jameson's.
Generation Axe at Moonstar Studio 8, Bangkok - Starring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.
This is a concert that you serious Rock 'n' Rollers out there in Bangkok do not want to miss. Anyone of these artists on their own could fill any concert hall in Bangkok so getting them all together is quite superb.
The ticket pricing has been cleverly done, with the first 300 Tickets selling at the Early Bird price of 2,200 Baht. After that it is 2,600 Baht at the normal cost. Then, for those turning up on the night, 3,000 Baht.....quite a difference. If you take your Rock 'n' Roll partner, that could make the difference of 1,600 Baht between you. Enough for food and drinks for the evening, so get your tickets now.
As the concert title suggests, this is Generation Axe Guitar Show. The tour has already covered most of the World and is now coming to Bangkok. I shall give a quick description of the Guitarists on display that evening as according to the billing, not necessarily in ability.
Please do not arrive late as starting out proceedings will be Nigeria's most famous export into the World of Progressive Rock Guitar, Tosin Abasi. He has already released 4 Albums, all of which are worth a listen. So straight down the front as soon as the doors open.
Next up is Funk Rocks Extreme's Guitarist Nunu Bettencourt, putting on a show so expect some really upbeat Funk/Rock to get down to.
Then for the heaviest section of the night, we have Zakk Wylde who is probably most famous for being the Heavy Metal Guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzy once advised everybody to wear ear plugs as Zakk gets seriously loud). Zakk played with Ozzy from 1988-2007 and has at the same time run his own Heavy Metal Band Black Label Society from 1999-2014.
Following Zakk on will be Yngwie Malmsteen, the Swedish guitar genius, famous for mixing his Heavy Metal leanings with Neo Classical styles. Yngwie Malmsteem has often been favorably compared to Ritchie Blackmore in playing style . He has already released twenty one albums under his own name every one a Smash hit in Europe. His showmanship alone is something worth beholding.
Topping the Bill is none other than Steve Vai who has already played two sold out shows in Bangkok in recent years. Steve has an incredible pedigree starting out with Frank Zappa, then moving onto Alcatrazz from 84-86 before leaving and being replaced by Yngwie Malmsteen (Bit of a coincidence that). He then was enticed to go and join The Dave Lee Roth Band, playing the Eddie Van Halen part of the partnership with Dave Lee Roth, where he co-wrote and tore up his guitar on two of the greatest Rock albums on the Mid Eighties - Eat ‘Em & Smile (1986) and Skyscraper (1988).
During this time he also got to play Jack Wild: The Devil's Guitarist in the movie Crossroads. Steve Vai then jumped ship to join David Coverdale in Whitesnake for two years 1989-91. Since then he has released 9 solo albums.
At the end of the show all five Guitarists come on together for a Jam. I know what the song is. You do not want to leave before they rip through this.
If that was not enough to convince you, the rhythm section is worth seeing on its own.....Derek Sherinian on Keyboards, Pete Griffin on Bass guitar and JP Bouvet on Drums. Even if they were playing in Bangkok alone without a Guitarist, I would still go. They are that good.
Moonstar 8 is also one of the best settings to see a Live Band with a good sound system and great facilities.
Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
For more information on this Guitar Extravaganza Mott The Dog can often be found chatting over a beer at Jameson's Pub, Nova Park , Soi AR North Pattaya.
Mechanical Resonance - Live.
What better way to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of your debut album than by releasing a live album of it. All songs that were on the debut album by Tesla, Mechanical Resonance are here on this live album. Plus as a bonus their single Save that Goodness written and produced by Band friend Phil Collen of Def Leppard.
The Running order of the songs may have been changed to suit a better live set. But for that they lose none of their punch and dynamics.
Tesla are probably not a name that drops off everybody's tongue when asked for a hard rock band. But as they have been around for thirty five years, (apart from a break between 1990-96) have released seven studio albums, (Bust a Nut from 1994 being probably their best received), two well received Cover Albums, five Live albums, and sold over Fourteen Million albums, perhaps they should be.
From Opening song Rock Me To The Top you know you are listening to a first rate Rock Band, masters of their craft.
The dual guitars of Frank Hannon and Dave Rude weave in and out of the mix sometimes combining, and sometimes breaking out into screaming solo's of their own.
Jeff Keith has long been recognized as one of Rock's most original Vocalists as well as front man that has to be seen to be believed. Choreography has never been a word in his vocabulary, the rest of the band whilst playing live are to be commended by keeping out of his way most of the time.
But where Tesla really hit the groove is the Rhythm section. There probably isn't a better Bass guitarist in Rock Music than Brian Wheat his thumping Bass notes holding each song together. His impact is most keenly felt on the mid set high light We're No Good Together which starts off almost as if it is going to be a ballad until it breaks into a Rock ‘n' Roll Celebration of a relationship breaking up. Making you both smile and rock at the same time. But Its Brian Wheat's change of tempo and key that sends the song into the stratosphere. That's not to say that Troy Luccketta is any slouch on the drums. He is keeping up with Brian Wheat on every beat. Giving Tesla the Rock to build on to give them the Tesla sound.
Do not expect any of Tesla's Ballads on this album because there aren't any. If you want a Tesla Ballad look no further than Love Song from The Great Radio Controversy (1989). There was a Hit Single from Mechanical Resonance the great Modern Day Cowboy which closes out the Live Concert on this album and can rightly be considered Tesla's theme song. It's the one song they would probably be lynched for if they tried to get off the stage without play it. (For me it would be We're No Good Together.)
Tesla a band well worth looking into.
Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
Frank Hansen - Guitars
Brian Wheat - Bass Guitar
Jeff Keith - Vocals
Troy Luccketta - Drums
Dave Rude - Guitar
Rock Me To The Top.
Ez Come Ez Go.
Before My Eyes.
2 Late 4 Love.
We're No Good Together.
Modern Day Cowboy.
Save That Goodness.
Jeff Beck - Loud Hailer.
Jeff Beck's first album in six years since Emotions and Commotions. What a dramatic change in direction too (What a surprise from this man of surprises). Back to being more of a Rock album with No Cover versions. Jeff Beck is adept at covering great songs remember his version of A Day in The Life by the Beatles? It is not a rock album like back in the bad old days of Beck, Bogart & Appice (1973) Not to say that was a bad album, just an album of it's time. But a Rock album none the less with sculptured songs and aggressive guitar work.
It is an album of the Love of Power, and the Power of Love.
In Jeff Beck's own words seeing the state the world has got itself into and not being able to contain his emotions over the events. He felt he had to at least say something with his given talent.
“I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the World today, and I love the idea of being at a rally and using the Loud Hailer to shout my point of view.”
This objective is more than achieved with a great album. Rosie Bones has been employed as the Front Girl for the album and she sings with such charm that you feel yourself willing her to be right. Her singing is at the front of every song, which in no way detracts from Jeff Becks playing right alongside her. Centre Piece of the album is a song called Right Now about the Youth of Today, Co-written by Jeff Beck at 72. The Lyrics scream at you.
Sign up for fame and sign up for money.
They don't want to work. They think it's funny.
Famously famous for nothing at all.
Perfectly packaged, No distinguishing feature.
You Plastic, Fantastic pretty little Creature.
I want it Right Now, Right Now.
Strong Lyrics, but overall not as strong as the music that backs it all up. Jeff Beck is the master of the guitar all the way through. Probably not the greatest Rock ‘n' Roll Guitarist these days, but without a shadow of a doubt the Greatest Electric guitarist on this Planet of ours making the guitar wail, scream and talk like no one else can. As well as being backed by the amazing Rosie Bones who surely has a huge career ahead of her. Jeff Beck has also pulled around him a crack team to play this collection of songs.
The band consisted of Carmen Vandenberg on guitar, David Sollazzi on Drums and Giovanni Pallutti on Bass all masters of their class. You'll notice for the first time in simply ages, no Keyboards.
Jeff Beck is always best listened to in the live environment, but this is as close as it gets to perfection in the studio. Long may the music pour out of him. For the latest Live experience listen to Jeff Beck Live +
Written by Hells Bells and Mott The Dog.
The Revolution will be Televised.
Live in The Dark.
Pull It For The Children.
The Ballad Of The Jersey Wives.
O.I.L (Can't Get Enough Of That.)
Jeff Beck - Guitar.
Carmen Vandenberg - Guitar.
Rosie Bones - Vocals.
David Sollazzi - Drums.
Landlord's Wife gets ready for some Rock ‘n' Roll.
Jameson’s Weekly Menu (24 - 29 April 2017)
From 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m.
THREE COURSES 395 BAHT
Home Made Bacon and Mushroom Soup with Hot Bread
Jameson's Pate and Toast
Prawns sautéed in Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes, White Wine, and Chili.
Jameson's Mixed Grill
Beef Steak, Pork Loin, Chicken Breast, Pork Sausage, Slice of Black Pudding,
Fried Egg, Corn on the Cob, Jameson's Chips or Straw Chips, and Salad.
Served on a Wooden Chopping Board.
Abbott's Lancashire Hot Pot
Best New Zealand Shoulder of Lamb cooked in it's own stock in layer
with Potatoes, Onions and Carrots, flavored with a little Rosemary
served in an Earthenware Bowl.
John Dory Fish Fillet
A Large John Dory Fish Fillet poached in a light Pernod Sauce served with
Sauté Potatoes and Green Peas.
Recommended Dish from the Regular Menu
A Giant Portion of Ribs served in Barbeque Sauce on a Wooden Board with
Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob, grilled Tomato and a separate Coleslaw Salad.
Selection of Ice Creams
Thai Fresh Fruit
“This is our new Take Away Menu. Obviously all the Food at Jameson’s is also available for Take Away (including the Weekly Specials). But these are some of our suggestions at prices that vary from the Regular menu as we have cut some items from dishes out. Like the Hamburger if you would like that to Take Home without all the Salad, Fried Eggs, etc. that is now easily available, adding what you want as you go along. The Jameson’s Home Made Pate is now sold by the slice so you can easily take it home and then make your own accompaniments. Don’t forget to order your Jameson’s Pickles at the same time.....”