Ultimate Jam – Lucky Strike Live 7/1/15 by WILLIAM GREENBERG SIMIWILL
The Ultimate Jam avalanche just keeps gaining more and more momentum. And there are a lot of people dying to get caught up in its fury. Last night’s Jam was exceptional and as usual brought together an amazing assortment of top-shelf talent.
Anything that Joe Retta (The Sweet) was involved with: This man has pipes for days!
Joe took lead vocals on “Rainbow in the Dark”, with lead guitar by the returning Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), “Still Got the Blues” and a KILLER jam of “Kashmir”.
Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs): Where does this man get his energy from?! If you follow Billy on Twitter (@BillyonBass), you know that he shows up everywhere for a jam and his batteries never lack a charge. He brought the heat last night, and with Ray Luzier (Korn) on drums, they held the rhythm down for “Yankee Rose”, with Carl Restivo singing and a pounding version of “Highway Star” with Neil Turbin (Ex-Anthrax) on vocals.]
Leif Garrett: Once Leif was located…he took lead vocal duties on “It’s Only Rock n Roll” and a great version of Zep’s “What is and What Should Never Be”.
Matt Starr (Mr Big): Matt handled double-duty for a lot of the evening and came out from behind the kit to lay down vocals for “Rock the Nation” and a great Jam on “Dream Police”, as well as a few other tracks.
Chris Squire (YES) Tribute: While the rock community still mourns the recent passing of Chris, The Ultimate Jam paid a fitting tribute by laying out a 12+ minute version of the Prog Rocker’s, “Roundabout”. Billy Sheehan (bass), Walter Ino (Survivor), Steve Ferlazzo (keyboards), Joe Retta (background vocals) and Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard) on drums and vocals did the memory of the late bassist proud.
Betsy Bitch (Bitch) singing on “Rock Candy” and making the Rolodex in my tiny brain cycle back to all my 80’s Issues of Kerrang magazine.
Lukas Rossi (Rockstar: Supernova) bouncing around on “Rebel Yell”.
Cherokee Fortune and Todd Morse (Offspring) dueting on “Hard to Handle”.
Walter Ino with backing by the Dirty Rotten Horns on the “Paul McCartney and Wings version” of “Live and Let Die”.
The evening as always anchored by the incredible talents of Mitch Perry (Michael Schenker Group), Matt Starr and Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot).
Once again, another kick-ass night with top-class talent.