George Lynch has always been one of my favorite guitarists, songwriters and hair influences. Since his time in Dokken to his current work including Sweet/Lynch, KXM, solo work and his band, Lynch Mob, George Lynch constantly makes music he and his fans (like me) love. Last year, Lynch Mob released THE BROTHERHOOD, an album written and recorded as a band that brought back all the warm fuzzies that their classic WICKED SENSATION did... but this is when things fell apart.
THE BROTHERHOOD received rave reviews and a tour was planned to bring the unified Lynch Mob on the road. But as George Lynch told me prior to the show (in an interview you will hear very soon on Power Chords), it all fell apart. But this is where the magic and professionalism of George Lynch takes over!
Hitting the stage at the Wolf Den was a version of Lynch Mob that may not have been 'the brotherhood', but was an incredibly entertaining and talented version that gave the audience everything they wanted.
Joining George Lynch on stage was vocalist Robert Mason from Warrant. Mason had a difficult job considering he just joined up for this tour so the set list was modified to give him songs he was comfortable with, ones he performed as a member of Lynch Mob in the past. Mason did an amazing job and he was the slightest bit uncomfortable, it didn't show. Bassist Sean McNabb is a beast!! Not only does he play with passion and talent, he is an excellent showman and brought a lot of fun to the performance. Holding it all down from the back was drummer Scot Coogan who is not only an amazing drummer, but has a very good voice. The four make for a talented and very entertaining band.
And what can you say about George Lynch? Everything!!! He is one of the best out there that still has a style and flair that is so unique and exciting to watch. On stage and off he seemed so relaxed and enjoying what he is doing. His playing and solos are inhuman and full of electricity that made a guitarist I hold in high regards look at me and say..."wow".
Because of Mason just coming aboard, the set list (see below) was very heavy with older material he was comfortable with and songs he has performed on stage before, except for Alone Again... which still kicked it!!! Sure I would have loved to hear some of the newer songs like I'll Take Miami or Main Offender, but I got a lot off the debut album... so that scratched that itch quite nicely.
The only time I saw Lynch Mob in the past was in 1990 (their second show together in New Haven, CT) and they were so good it made me almost forget about the pain of Dokken breaking up. here we are 28 years later... and the band was as good now as they were then.
If Lynch Mob rolls up into your town...you NEED to go and see them for yourself. You owe it to yourself to see a talented band that really is the spirit of Rock and Roll... taking whatever comes and making a show out of it!!!
Set List - Mohegan Sun 3/15/2018
Street Fighting Man
She's Evil But She's Mine
River Of Love
Tangled In Love
All I Want
When Heaven Comes Down
Sweet Sister Mercy
It's Not Love
Tooth And Nail
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