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Rock Cellar Magazine Denny Laine House Concert

  • (Photos by Sal Gomez)
  • (Photos by Sal Gomez)
  • (Photos by Sal Gomez)
  • (Photos by Sal Gomez)

By: Sal Gomez


When Rock Cellar Magazine throws a house party…they don’t mess about! Held in the beautiful Box Canyon home of Kevin and Mare Wachs, those lucky enough to be in attendance were in for a definite treat. The headliner for the event was the legendary Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues and a member of Paul McCartney’s other band, WINGS! McCartney’s Band of the Run album would be played in its entirety, and joining Denny would be Jeffrey Alan Ross who himself had been part of that beloved band, Badfinger. One other additional special guest was Peter Asher, famed artist manager and producer who may also be famous for his 60’s pop duo, Peter and Gordon.
And as mentioned before, the treats did not start there. The opening act for the evening was a band voted one of the top 10 best LIVE bands in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly, King Washington. Although King Washington was short, due to traffic and scheduling confusion with their drummer, the 3 vocalist lead by George Krikes on lead guitar, Tyson Kelly on rhythm guitar and Billy Lee on bass, they began their set with an pseudo acoustic interpretation of music from their latest album, The Overload. Blending a driving pop heavy beat combined with rich melodic vocals, King Washington proved why they should be the next big music act to explode out of the L.A. Music scene.
Which brings us to the headliner of the evening. Mr. Denny Laine. Backed by Peter Ashers band, they exploded with a mighty crash beginning with the title track from the album of the same name, Band on the Run. The WOW factor scale went through the roof with every subsequent track of that icon McCartney album, which Denny Laine had an equally talented hand in producing. Special guest Peter Asher took the stage for a few Peter and Gordon songs, and entertained the audience with marvelous stories about his friendship with the Beatles and Paul McCartney.
There was a brief intermission, with the band returning and Mr. Asher introducing Badfinger member Jeffrey Alan Ross, who then once again WOW’d the crowd with their rendition of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” and Day After Day.” Denny Laine closed out the evening with invite surprise guest Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, and musician John Wicks for an All-Star version of The Moody Blues song “Go Now.” I will say it again…all in all the evening was indeed magical in its intimacy and its greatness. Visit Rock Cellar Magazine for more coverage of the evening’s events.

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