‘Operation Rock’ Featuring Cinderella, Sebastian Bach and Lynch Mob
DTE Energy Music Theatre / Pine Knob – Saturday 18th August, 2012
It’s billed as ‘Operation Rock’ to pay tribute and honour the US Military and the venue offered a special deal to members of the military forces or veterans, by offering free lawn tickets to those that presented their military ID.
Here’s the thing folks, with the show starting at 5pm, there was no way Rhonda and I were going to find a sitter to watch the kids from say 4pm – It can be up to an hour getting to and into Pine Knob, from where we live. – up until midnight, when we anticipated getting home, so … Didn't happen!
I really am not a big fan of ‘The Crue …,’ so suffice to say I didn’t mind missing John Corabi, sorry to fans of his …
Enuff Z’Nuff …, honestly, I have never heard their material, so can’t really comment, but obviously that meant, we’d give them a miss too.
We caught the very last two of their songs as we arrived and it sound OK, but nothing extraordinary. Sorry ...
Oni Logan is also a great lead vocalist, so I really didn’t want to miss this and that as it turned out, was absolutely the right decision.
Oni Logan is a class singer and George Lynch these days certainly seems very much on top of his game.
Robbie Crane (Ratt, Vince Neil, Adler’s Appetite) on bass, is a seasoned and solid addition, very strong.
Have to say, I’m not 100% on the drummer, as I know it wasn’t Brian Tichy, don’t think it was Scot Coogan either …?
George and the guys fire up ‘Into The Fire’ in great style. The band assumes their poses, like they’re the headline act so they are clearly enjoying themselves.
Another new track in ‘Slow Drag’ off the new E.P. and on first hearing, it sounds like a winner. Not bad in a live setting as one of the opening acts.
The band closes with probably their best known song in ‘Wicked Sensation,’ which is also emblazoned on the back of many Lynch Mob t-shirts being worn tonight, clearly much love here in Detroit for the former Dokken player.
Clearly Mr. Popular though … Sadly, to me, he really comes across as a wannabe Axl Rose and I know they are friends or acquaintances so, perhaps no surprise there …?!
A very strong backing band, no question at all, but boy, have they cranked the sound up?!
This is possibly the loudest show I have ever been to and believe me when I say that; I’ve probably been to more than a thousand in my life.
So I'm guessing it was ‘Kicking and Screaming,’ the title track off his last solo album.
He introduces his guitar player Nick Sterling(?) I’m guessing, although I swear he said Bret Woods …?
He then proceeds to make fun of the guy, saying that, ‘Yeah, this guy’s hair straightener broke, so that’s why his hair is such a mess tonight!’
Then he talks about Axl Rose having sung on the next song they’re about to play, then he says, ‘I’d like to bring out a special guest … Just kidding!’ Adding, ‘Even if Axl was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here yet anyway!'
His voice sounds alright, it’s just that I’m not familiar with the songs, but he certainly plays the front man role well, posing, swinging the microphone around all over the place frequently and then some.
Whenever he goes to hit the last note of a song line, where the album reflects him holding the note, well, live he’s singing and as he goes to sing that last note, he pulls the mic away and the sound guy holds the sustain on the last note, so he doesn’t have to and lets it fade out.
Clearly he knows he can’t physically hold those notes anymore on a regular basis. Clever live trick!
Then it’s back to the Skid Row era of his career and ‘Monkey Business’ from the ‘Slave to the Grind’ album.
With that we get ‘I Remember You’ from his previous band and brings out the bands guitar tech to play acoustic guitar here.
He seems to struggle on some notes in the chorus, but it’s still a great song.
The crowd seems to get a kick out of that …
He then tells us that this is the band’s last show on this tour – Cinderella only had one more date anyway … - and that tomorrow they go home.
He goes on to thank the band, the techs and the road crew and they wrap it up with ‘Youth Gone Wild.’
It’s been almost three years since the band played here last, opening for The Scorpions on their ‘Final Sting’ tour.
Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff Labar and Fred Coury still have what it takes to put on a great show and tonight is no exception.
The troops in the crowd duly oblige and then Tom says, ‘Now, everyone else standing next to someone with their hand raised, turn around, look them in the eye and say ‘Thank you!’
Wow! That just gives me goose bumps! Good one Tom, respect mate!
What a great night!
As well as carrying the songs well vocally, Tom really shows his talent here with some nice lead work, but taking nothing away from Jeff Labar, alongside Tom Keifer who’s done an excellent job throughout the set too and of course Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury keep the rhythm tight!
Special thanks as well to Patty in the Palace staff for all you did to make the night go smoothly!