Last weekend legendary vocalist Brian Howe made his return to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. This was a thrill for me because I have never saw Brian Howe live and always considered hs voice one of the best and most recognisable of the 1980's and 90's!
For those who may not know his history, Howe hit the music scene as the vocalist for Ted Nugent on his PENETRATOR album, featuring the radio hit, Tied Up In Love. From there he became the voice of Bad Company, recording four studio albums with the band, selling millions and having a handful of hit singles.
...and here we are now!
Hitting the stage, Howe and his band kicked it off with his latest song, Hot Tin Roof, a rocker full of hooks and magic and got the crowd ready. From there Howe took us through the musical history of Bad Company; the hits he recorded and the songs that made the band a household name in the 1970's. From Ready For Love, Good Lovin' Gone Bad, Bad Company and Can't Get Enough, Howe and his band treated the songs with respect and presented them the way fans wanted... lose and free flowing. The set shuffled in the song's Howe recorded with the band like Holy Water, One Night and If You Needed Somebody and proved not only they are part of the same history, but Howe sings them all with heart and soul.
In an era where our singing heroes still try to hang on, Howe's voice is still as strong as ever, despite not feeling well. He hit all the notes he had to and made every song get you right in the heart. As a performer Howe tells stories, jokes around with his band and the audience and has a lot of fun on stage and that is all you can ask for in your performers. We want them to enjoy what they are doing and you could tell Howe and the guys in the band were having a good time, because the audience was as well.
The show would not have been what it was if it wasn't for his amazing and talented band! Guitarists Paul Warren and Christopher Turnbow traded off classic riffs and leads while commanding their sides of the stage. Bassist Abe White was rock steady, holding it all down and giving everyone a solid foundation to play and show off. Finally, drummer Rick Brothers was a powerhouse behind the kit, laying down a solid beat, backing vocals and adding some nice fills here and there. Despite the individual personalities and styles, the band kept the songs almost exactly as we remember them and that was very important for everyone.
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Prior to the show I spent some time with Brian and wow... what a down to earth guy he is. You'll hear the interview in a future episode of Power Chords, but let me tell you this...as nice a guy as he is talented... and he sure is talented!
Hot Tin Roof
Ready For Love
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
Feel Like Makin' Love
Walk Through Fire
Good Lovin' Gone Bad
Can't Get Enough
If You Needed Someone
Hot Tin Roof - again!!!!
For more information on Brian Howe go to www.brianhowe.com
For information on shows at the Wolf Den go to mohegansun.com/events-and-promotions/schedule-of-events.mohegansun@venue_wolf-den.html
The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.