LIVE: Blue Machine @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 9/22/17

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Blue Machine’s Tommy Love

Review and photographs by Amy L. Modesti

If you were in the mood to rock out to classic rock and vintage British Invasion tunes from The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy was the place to be last Friday, for the return of Blue Machine. This was the first public appearance for the band since their debut at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy back in December, and their return brought out a packed house of fans for an entertaining and fun evening.

Blue Machine – which is Super 400 (Kenny Hohman on guitar/vocals, Joe Daley on drums and Lori Friday on bass/vocals) with the addition of front man, Tommy Love (vocals/harmonica) – have been bringing their own take on many popular classic rock and British Invasion tunes for over 10 years throughout Greater Nippertown. Love, who at times can sing like Robert Plant, Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison, is also a lead vocalist in another Local 518 group, Blue Hand Luke.

Blue Machine performed hit songs throughout the evening, starting with “Come Together” (The Beatles), followed by “Heart Full of Soul” (The Yardbirds), “Set Me Free” (The Kinks), “Badge” (Cream), “Tell Her No” (The Zombies), “Jumping Jack Flash” (the Rolling Stones), “Strange Brew” (Cream), “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Albert King), “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (the Rolling Stones), “Happy” (the Rolling Stones), among other tunes.

“We’re going to give you some trippy music,” Love called out to the fans as Hohman began playing the memorable chords to The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm.” The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” followed suit.

Then into the Allman Brothers Band with “One Way Out” and “Whipping Post” dedicated to the late Gregg Allman. Watching the band sing and jam out to these two tunes was captivating. As Love sang the first verse, the instrumental jam session began in full force. One moment, Hohman was playing a soaring guitar solo, then Daley would begin soloing on the drums, and Friday would take over soloing over Daley’s toned-down drum taps. As her solo ended, Hohman and Love reunited with the group to pump up the song to its exciting conclusion. Being as connected and passionate to these songs as they are, the band brought these classic songs come to life.

Closing out the first set was the anticipated Led Zeppelin tribute, starting out with a cover of “What Is and What Should Never Be” (Led Zeppelin II), followed by “Black Dog” (Mothership), “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Led Zeppelin) and “Thank You” (Led Zeppelin II). Closing out their encore performance with Love on lead harmonica and vocals, Love belted out the lyrics to “Bring It on Home” (Led Zeppelin II), leaving fans happy and satisfied to know that rock and roll is here to stay in Greater Nippertown.

BLUE MACHINE SET LIST
Come Together (The Beatles)
Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds)
Set Me Free (The Kinks)
Badge (Cream)
Tell Her No (The Zombies)
Jumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
All Your Loving (John Mayall)
Strange Brew (Cream)
Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (The Rolling Stones)
Happy (The Rolling Stones)
Riders on the Storm (The Doors)
Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
One Way Out (The Allman Brothers)
Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers)
What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin)
Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
I Can’t Quit You Baby (Led Zeppelin)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
ENCORE
Bring It on Home (Led Zeppelin)

Tommy Love
Joe Daley and Lori Friday
Kenny Hohman
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