Seven Bridges, Life In The Fast Lane, My Wife, Bodhisattva, Fanfare For The Common Man, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Rocky Mountain Way, Too Late The Hero, America, Boris The Spider, Reelin' In The Years, Taking It To The Streets
John Entwistle: Bass, Vocals
Simon Philips: Drums
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter: Guitar
Keith Emerson: Keyboards, Piano
Rick Livingstone: Vocals, Percussion, Flute
Joe Walsh: Guitar, Vocals
Angus Richardson: Backing Vocal
Fergus Richardson: Backing Vocal
Hamish Richardson: Backing Vocal
Additional infos by Margriet en Bert...
File this show under the heading "Hidden Gem". Discovering shows like as this is what keeps collecting fun.
I had never heard of the group or project and didn't know what to expect, but after seeing that it featured JE and viewing the concert, this has become an instant favorite of mine -- surely for many others too. It's a filmed concert from the short-lived supergroup with the principals consisting of John Entwistle, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Joe Walsh, Keith Emerson and Simon Phillips. The group apparently grew out of late-night jams at LA's China Club in 89-90 and they perform a mixture of well-known Who / Eagles/ Steely Dan and ELP classics.
All the material is played aggressively, suiting John's style just fine and this results in a lot of added muscle to the classics. It's great to hear him provide his signature bass-runs and counter runs to many of the numbers, especially to the Steely Dan material (just imagine what he does to the beefy basslines in Reelin' in the Years or Bodhisattva) and the throbbing bass on Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way. There's an extended jam on Life in the Fast Lane (no doubt LITFL on Eagles' boards!) which evolves into an AJ/ Sparks patterned frenzy. John's very prominent in the mix -- maybe here he could get away with turning up his amps to blast away with this bunch (hell, Emerson's behind him, Baxter's got headphones on while playing next to him, and Walsh on the other side of the stage -- I doubt that he cared).
JE is featured throughout, getting a lot of camera time -- much more than a typical Who video (and on an additional video side note, he was virtually ignored by the cameras/ producers for Pittsburgh/ 95/ DST show I just previewed -- this despite easily being the second most notable musician on the stage!). There are several featured bass solos, including a great one with Simon on drums during a break in ELP's Fanfare for the Common Man -- good stuff.
Each member gets turns in the spotlight -- Baxter's guitar sizzles (he sits on a swivel, barstool-type chair for most of the show) and Emerson has his massive vintage Moog set up from the early 70's, with the "console O' plug-ins" (yeah he does climb on top of it and beat it up a bit at one point) and Simon Phillips is powerful throughout. There are added interviews with each member (John says something to the effect "that we hope to tour again next year (1991), but plan to have an album out first").