Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Talking Stick Resort – Pool
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018
Almost everyone that has lived in Arizona over the past 20 years has probably heard of Roger Clyne. He started out with a band named The Refreshments and then later changed the band’s name to Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers or popularly called RCPM. They are known for their Southwest Americana with a Reggae/Mariachi flare. Personally, it is just fun Rock & Roll music to listen to. The are best known for creating the theme song for Fox TV’s “Kill Of The Hill” show. They are also known for their annual 3 to 4-day music festival called Circus Mexicus in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (Rocky Point). They have talent from all over the Southwest of US and Northwest of Mexico at the festival. It has become so big that it is hard to locate a hotel room if you wait too long. This year the festival will be from June 7th to the 10th.
RCPM is current a quartet made up of Roger Clyne on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Dalton on guitar and backing vocals, Nick Scropos on bass and Roger’s longtime friend, P.H. Naffah on drums. We are lucky because Roger has 3 members of The Jons joined them for shows in the Phoenix area. For tonight’s show, Jon Villa, James Peters and Javier Gámez joined RCPM and provided horns and percussion.
I am not going to just repeat my old reviews, but instead give you a flavor for the show. From the very beginning RCPM came out rockin’. Roger was pumped and took control of the audience from the very start. He had them singing and dancing along to every song. The crowd was a mixture of both males and females include up front. Since I was the only person in the pit, I had the honor/pain of passing drinks from the audience to the band and retrieving picks and passing them to someone in the crowd. The drink thing is something special for RCPM. Roger has created and sells a special set of Tequilas called Mexican Moonshine. It is very popular and some members of the crowd will pass shots up to the band during the show. It is also not uncommon to have the band pass a bottle around during the show. For tonight’s show, the band either drank beer or water for most of the show. Tonight’s show was well over 2 hours and about 30 songs. At the end of the show, Roger put down his guitar and picked up a mic and harmonica. He then jumped into the pit and started to shake hands with the crowd. Unfortunately, the mic cable got tangled up and he had to return to the stage. I had fun jumping out of the way during this time.
This is my 5th Roger Clyne show and it does not get old. If you ever get a chance to see RCPM, it is definitely worth it. You will have a great time and get to listen to some really outstanding Rock ‘n’ Roll music. If you are lucky enough to go to Circus Mexicus, have a couple of Mexican Moonshine shots for me.
Prior to the show, Wayne Marcus and Danny Zelsiko came out and did their normal, “These are the upcoming shows”. But they also had a gentleman from the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame who announced the 2018 inductees. Local KUPD DJ, Dave Pratt will be honored, along with the Tempe band, The Pistoleros fronted by brothers Mark and Lawrence Zubia. He then announced that Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers would be inducted. The crowd went crazy, yelling and screaming. Personally, I can not wait of the Induction Ceremony.
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2018, All Rights Reserved
This setlist is the one from the band. However, Roger and the guys love to mess with the setlist and my review. I know that “Mexico” was later in the show and they also played “Girly”. They also played 2 songs by Jim Dalton. One was a song that he wrote and will be played by the Jim Dalton cover band, BRO at Far From Folsom in Prescott Arizona on May 2nd. RCPM will also be playing at that show. The other was ZZ Top’s “La Grange” that they played while Roger’s guitar was restrung, 2 strings broke during the performance. If you have any corrections for this setlist, please let me know and I will change it.
RCPM Setlist: (Album)
Hello New Day (No More Beautiful World)
Hello Tiger (Native Heart)
Down Together (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
Beautiful-Disaster (Honky Tonk Union)
All Over The Radio (iAmericano!)
Suckerpunch (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
Shadyside (Native Heart)
Mexico (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
Lemons (No More Beautiful World)
Heaven On A Paper Plate (Unida Cantina)
Barons to Break (Native Heart)
Fonder and Blonder (The Bottle & Fresh Horses)
Goon Squad (No More Beautiful World)
Sunday Drivin’ (Native Heart)
Ain’t Got The Words (The Independent)
Mekong (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
Banditos (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
iViva Love! (Native Heart)
Nada (Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy)
Arizona Night (Native Heart)
Green and Dumb (Honky Tonk Union)
Flowerin’ (Native Heart)