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Bulletboys with Enuff Z'Nuff Live at the Vault at Greasy Luck Brewpub

Bulletboys with Enuff Z'Nuff

Live at the Vault at Greasy Luck Brewpub

New Bedford, Massachusetts

May 19, 2018

From Out of the Skies tour

Live review by Allyson Kingsley Music journalist with Boston Rock Radio


  I'll start by saying Greasy Luck Brewpub is fast becoming one of my favorite music venues nestled in the historic seaside city of New Bedford. Delicious food and drinks, professional and friendly staff and a modern sound system.

The pub/venue is located two buildings away from Purchase Street Records so while you wait for doors to open, stop by and shop to your heart's content in the vast array of rock and metal music.

  To start the night off was the performance by 20 Spot, hard rockers from Chicago, who formed in 2004. Featuring Ed Riley (vocals, guitar), Brian Laflamboy (drums) and Tony Medina (bass), these men churned out an energetic and eclectic set. With such songs as “Lies”, “It's Over” and “361”, we got a classic hard rock vibe mixed with a touch of alternative goodness. The vocals were rockin, the lyrics were catchy and of particular note was Tony's superb bass skills. I purchased their self-titled CD which was notably produced by Chip Z'Nuff and was greatly impressed. Nothing beats classic hard rock sound blaring on a warm day.


  The next set was performed by Pump 5, from California, and let me tell you, there was no denying their high energy. The musicians are Steven Barnett, Drew Cates, Andre Bonter and Dennis Hill and together they have this great chemistry to captivate their audience. With their creative shredding and fantastic drumming, I can only describe their sound as a mix of nu glam, punk and bluesy elements. Very personable folks as well and I purchased their CD currently available Full Service. A different and quite enjoyable sound from my usual menu.


  So then we come to Enuff Z'Nuff, who as you probably already know, have stood the test of time. Having formed in 1984, with 30 plus years in the music business and 20 albums, they are just an absolute good time. There is just that Something about them and they have amassed a loyal fan base for a reason. Although I was never a huge fan of their music, their dedication and their fun fueled performance this evening have earned them absolute respect in my book. Among the classic songs “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing”, a cover of David Bowie's “The Jean Genie” was performed to perfection. After the performance Chip Z'Nuff was out and about in the venue meeting with fans and just generally having a good time among us. That in itself speaks volumes about the nature of a true musician.


The final performance of the night was headliners Bulletboys and to be thoroughly honest I was not impressed.  Hell, we didn't even see the band members out and about in the venue like the other 3 bands were. The sound was pale in comparison to the others and for a once popular hair metal band, it just wasn't a fun set and the musicians seemed to lack their former passion. At any rate check out their latest release Elefanté currently available on Cleopatra Records.  The songs are definitely edgy and they have progressed from their former glam past. A very decent work.











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