Photos By Vince Anderson
This was the most amazing show I’ve seen in a while. John Guarnieri with his wife Rachel started the Fallen Blue to help raise awareness and money to help officers (of all types) and their families when injured or killed outside the line of duty. May 9th 2012 marked the first of many concerts to raise funds and awareness for fallenblue.org. A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister is the national spokesperson for Fallen Blue and performed tonight with just about everyone else at one point or another.
The talent on the bill was nothing short of staggering, whether it was local or national. The night started with Riptide covering all bases with their renderings. Then after a brief press conference the crowd was treated to the mastery of Bill Leverty (Firehouse) on guitar. Bill is obviously a little underrated and unknown for his guitar mastery.
This night seemed to have a never ending array of talent performing throughout the night. Local guys Thane Farace and Ronnie Peterson from Ghost of War performing together or with the nationals at any given time and fitting right in. Dave DeMarco and his buddy John Davis, legends in the local scene were obviously shining as they performed Zeppelin with Randy Jackson from Zebra. Rob Fahey of the Ravyns performed solo and local favorites King Belvedere tore through a blistering set of originals. They also officially announced signing a record deal with Jamsync Records who were also in attendance tonight.
I felt a little like Linda Blair from the Exorcist with my head left spinning from all the talent here tonight. Our good friends from up North, Wildstreet lived up to their name by delivering a “wild street” styled gritty Rock and Roll set.
Former Journey singer Steve Augeri performed a medley of Journey songs with everyone in attendance singing along.
Virgin Steele’s Jack Starr ripped through some covers and original tunes on his guitar and was joined on stage by his lovely counterpart Beverly Allgood. Jack and Bev are working on some things together while Jack continues with his other work. Beverly was dancing and singing with Jack with her provocative, gyrating movements. Watch for more from the two of them.
I’m running out of steam by this time until Miljenko Matijevic takes the stage again performing Steelheart favorites.
I have to admit I was really looking forward to Randy Jackson, I just love Zebra. For Randy to come out and perform Zeppelin with Dave DeMarco and John Davis was amazing, but then there was more. Zebra songs, jams with A.J. Pero and some blues numbers and ultimately a jam of Roadhouse Blues with Mili on lead…This was one of the most, scratch that, this was the most amazing concert I’ve ever had the privilege to be part of, and to watch. Special thanks to John and Rachel and the Fallen Blue. See ya In November.