Monday, June 17, 2002 @ 8:41 AM
Sammy Gets A "Jump" On Dave Wi
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REVIEWED BY: David Gene
First let me start off by saying that I have been counting the days till this show. In Detroit, first up was David Lee Roth. He started the show with “Hot For Teacher” and “Panama.” His back up band was excellent playing the solo's and the music as good as it could be played (Dave always has a pro band), and his set was about twenty songs, with “Yankee Rose” being the only song that was post VH. If you want to see a whole setlist it is listed on the KNAC website in the happenings/news column.
The show moved quickly, and parts of the songs were very good, and then some of the vocals were a little rough. Dave definitely has had his fair share of whiskey and cigs to push his voice. Even though the vocals were not perfect, Dave did put on one great show with the kicks and spins of the “Jump” video all through the set, and hearing songs that I never thought I would hear live was what I came for. He also had his trademark bottle of Jack with him. A few of the songs were “Mean Street,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “I'm The One,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Atomic Punk,” “Little Dreamer…” The list goes on...
The crowd was 15,000 strong which is standard for a DTE music center show just north of Detroit. To sum up, good show, but I think I understand Eddie's point about a live VH show. Vocals were spotty at times, but Dave put his heart into the show and that was good to see.
Headlining the night was Sammy. His show was about 50/50 solo and VH songs. His set was tight with great sounding vocals and musicianship. Some of Sammy’s songs were “Right Now,” “Finish What Ya Started,” “Mas Tequila,” “Heavy Metal,” “Top of the World,” “Poundcake,” “Dreams,” “Three Lock Box… the list goes on. He even had a Cabo bar onstage and half naked women bringing him drinks, and he even showed Detroit how to mix one of his margaritas. He did a hell of a job getting the crowd going, wearing his Redwings jersey that went perfect with his stage setup. It was definitely Sammy's night in the motor city. The other surprise of the night was Sammy getting introduced by Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. For and encore, Ted and Sammy played “Wild Thing.” To end the night, did not hear from Kid Rock… my guess is he was partying with Dave backstage.
I guess I want to say thanks to Sammy and Dave for putting together the show a lot of people want to see, and as far as the being in their late ‘40s and early ‘50s… hey we all age, but the one’s who enjoy playing are the true legends, and these two guys definitely deserve that title whether you love or hate them. They both entertained, and if you follow the rotation of each one headlining every other night, look at tour schedule to see who is first or second near you. It was a great way to start the summer.
Thanks Dave and Sammy.
I have never written a review before, so hope you enjoyed it.