Sorry this review didn’t get written yesterday, but I just got home from 26 hours in the hospital due to a massive headache and sinus infection. This will be a bittersweet article, as it will be the last AXS TV World’s Greatest Tribute Band concert that I will have the privilege of seeing live. We are moving to Montana next weekend, and moving on to new frontiers of music in the Missoula area.
It has been a privilege for my wife and I to cover all 12 of the Season One shows, and eight of the nine Season Two shows. I will be writing reviews on those last three shows, but will be using the photos of Renee Silverman and Chip Smith (Concertologist) and Lorn of YouTellConcerts.com to provide the insights and impressions of the shows.
This week’s show highlighted the music of Bon Jovi with a tribute band from Dallas, Texas called Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience, and a wonderful experience it was.
Blaze of Glory is composed on Trae Doss as Jon Bon Jovi, Wayne Stokely as drummer Tico Torres, Boris Korol as keyboardist David Bryan, Roy Lee Nelson as guitarist Richie Sambora and Dave Harvey as bassist Hugh McDonald. They truly captured the thrill and excitement of a Bon Jovi concert, and kept the packed Roxy audience involved and engaged in the entire performance.
After being introduced by the lovely Katie Daryl, who was stunning in her strapless dress, the band launched into You Give Love a Bad Name, and proceeded to rock the house with Bon Jovi hit after hit. They set list included Raise Your Hands, It’s My Life, Born to be my Baby, Blaze of Glory, Runaway, Living on a Prayer, I’ll be There for You, Wanted Dead or Alive and Bad Medicine, with Keep the Faith as their encore.
I was truly impressed with the entire band and especially the guitar licks and voice box antics of Nelson (Sambora). The guitar solos were well done and not overbearing, bringing out the rock and roll fun of Bon Jovi.
I want to give a special thank you to Katie Daryl and her crew, especially Sterling, as well as Roxy waitress Beth who took great care of me every week. This has been a truly memorable experience that I will never forget. In fact, I’m going to try and launch a Tribute Festival in Missoula next year, and I have a great list of bands to choose from as a result of my experience working with the World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will not be a show next week, but I will bring you a preview article on the very special ladies who will be performing on September 9 – The Iron Maidens, the ONLY all female Iron Maiden tribute band. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is broadcast live beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and available here