I was lucky enough to attend the 100th Edition of The Ultimate Jam Night. Every Tuesday an all-star group of musicians gather to bring rock and roll back to the streets of Los Angeles. Most of these artists are from national touring groups, studio musicians, tribute bands, and local talent. Oh, and it's free.
|Paulie Z and the house band|
Jimmy Sakurai - All photos byThe Rock and Roll Princess
Joe Retta from Dio Disciples performed Rainbow's Man on the Silver Mountain follow by Dio's solo masterpiece Like a Rainbow in the Dark (one of the few dark metal songs about rainbows). Bass player and Kevin Dillion doppelgänger Sean McNabb backed the chaos. Besides playing in Quiet Riot and Dokken, McNabb played on the music tracks for the Dr. Phil Show and the McDonald's I'm Loving It breakfast commercials.
Cherokee Fortune from Absinthe took the stage in her 1970's inspired bell-bottoms to sing Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. Two female violinists joined providing a fuller sound for the classic. Jimmy Sakurai from the Led Zeppelin tribute band Mr. Jimmy mesmerized the audience with his licks and tricks. He stole the show with his staggering moves, big hair, and open shirt (a little something for the ladies).
|Acid Queen Debby Holiday|
Others joined the all-star band to play Ozzy Osborn, Metallica, Pat Benatar, and Pink Floyd covers. There wasn't much down time between songs. Which is impressive due to the number of musicians that came and left throughout the night.
|Go Go Dancer Go Going|
Paulie Z ended the night with The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil. The forty-nine year old song still holds up after all these years just like the Whisky A Go Go.
See you at the next show. I'll be the one looking for the go go dancer.