“There’s no change in the weather,” Popa Chubby roared, nearly swallowing the mic during his opening number at the Van Dyck. “There’s no changes in me!”
Well, the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd lyric was half-right: Even by Capital Region standards, the weather’s about as changeable as a bi-polar grizzly bear. But the force of nature that started life in the Bronx as Ted Horowitz is still doing what he’s been doing for nearly 20 years, which is lashing audiences with some of the filthiest blues/rock guitar that ever smacked you in the face.
“Welcome to the late show!” Chubby bellowed before lighting into the Skynyrd classic “They Call Me the Breeze.” Popa’s take had a little more rockabilly than the original, but the final product was completely unvarnished and utterly nasty. After getting the almost-full house sufficiently hyped up, he pulled out the ultimate jilted-lover’s-revenge tune, “Hey Joe.” Any piece associated with Jimi Hendrix is a gutsy choice for any guitarist, but Chubby’s facility with the icon’s material is well-documented on the tremendous 3-disc set “Electric Chubbyland.”