Dead West Headlines Local Band Showcase at Marquee Theatre

Dead West at Marquee Theatre on Audust 28th, 2021

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Lucky Man ( )
Venue: Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ ( )
Date:  Saturday August 28th, 2021

Dead West

Dead West at Marquee Theatre on Audust 28th, 2021

For tonight’s local band showcase, local Arizona band, Dead West was the featured band.  Per the band’s website, they are: “Harnessing a modern hard rock sound infused with gritty, whisky drenched rock ‘n’ roll, Dead West understand it’s a long way to the top but have signaled their intentions early with hard hitting music that is as much a musical experience as it is a snapshot of their lives.”

Vinny Sky, lead singer of Dead West at Marquee Theatre on Audust 28th, 2021

This was the first time I have seen Dead West and I was extremely impressed by their music and performance.  They reminded me a lot of Guns N Roses in their early days.  They have that beat and sound that just engulfs the audience.  Lead singer Vinny Sky was impressive as he belted out the songs and strutted around on the stage.  Guitarists Connor Sutton and Matt “Hot Rod” Peterson played off each other to provide the dual guitar heavy rock sound.  Bass player C.C. Daley laid down the bass line and drummer Donny “Madman” Matthews provided the band’s groove.  Together Donny and C.C. delivered the pounding rhythm and foundation for each of the songs.

When you hear “Tennessee” you can definitely hear the influence of ZZ Top in the song.  From “Wanted Man” to “How Love Really Feels” to “Little Old Mexico”, Dead West just keep the audience wanting more.  One of the highlights of the evening was when they did an acoustic version of “Heavens Full of Angels”.  You could hear the emotion in Vinny voice as he sang.  Just beautiful.  They ended the main set with “Helldorado”, a hard driving rockin’ song.  After a short break they came back out and performed their hit, “Whiskey, Women, Song”.

You can check Dead West on Spotify, but honestly, they are much better in concert.  If you like down to earth, hard driving rock n’ roll then I can highly recommend Dead West.  They are not flashy, but just lay down solid rock n’ roll tunes.  You can catch Dead West around the state at a number of different venues.  Go and check them out, I am sure you will enjoy the show.

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Dead West Setlist:                           (Album)
Dirty Outlaw
Wanted Man
Die Like A Rebel
Lover                                                 (Unhitched)
Diamond Queen
How Love Really Feels                      (Unhitched)
My Tennessee / Honkey Tonk           (Long Hard Road 6 song Ep)
Heavens Full Of Angels (Acoustic)    (Long Hard Road 6 song Ep)
Drum Solo
Shopping Cart Jesus
Little Old Mexico
Crossroads                                         (Long Hard Road 6 song Ep)
Helldorado                                         (Long Hard Road 6 song Ep)
Whiskey, Women, Song                     (Long Hard Road 6 song Ep)
Ride On

Tooloud (2 Loud)

Tooloud at Marquee Theatre on Audust 28th, 2021

In case you search for this band, you should use either Tooloud or 2 Loud.  This is a very young band from the greater Phoenix area.  From the look of them, I don’t believe any of them are in high school yet.  However, don’t let their age or size fool you, these kids can rock.  Currently they are doing cover songs, but I believe that if they can put half of their musical talent they showed on stage into writing, they will create some great songs.  Tooloud consists of lead singer Vedder Gabriel, guitarist Reno Lock, bass player Andrew Horlick and drummer Joey Romano.

It was great to see all of the family and friends that came out to see them perform.  You can definitely tell they have a good size and loyal following.  Tonight, was also a chance to allow them to perform on a larger stage and cut their teeth in front of a larger crowd.  Watching them, they seemed a little nervous at first, aren’t we all when we get in front of a crowd.  But once they got into their rhythm and started playing, they loosened up.

Each year Alice Cooper (yes that Alice) puts on a “Proof in the Pudding” contest where his Solid Rock organization selects one individual and one group as the winners.  The winners then get invited to Alice’s annual Christmas Pudding concert where they get to perform in front of a large audience.  I hope that when Tooloud is eligible (age requirement) to compete, they do.  I believe they have a good chance of winning.  Please check out this young band.  I believe that you too will be surprised by how good they are and that they can really rock.

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2 Loud Setlist:                                    (Covers)
YOU COULD BE MINE                   (Guns N Roses)
SPACE TRUCKIN’                           (Deep Purple)
EVEN FLOW                                     (Pearl Jam)
HIGHWAY TUNE                            (Greta Van Fleet)
PLUSH                                               (Stone Temple Pilots)
WHEN IM GONE                              (Dirty Honey)
GYPSY                                               (Dirty Honey)

The Joeys

The Joeys at The Marquee Theatre on August 28th, 2021

Per The Joey’s web page: “Originating from Phoenix, AZ, The Joeys display a mastery of both traditional and modern rock styles with their shape-shifting sonic framework, alternating from punk rock to roots, rockabilly and blues. Comprised of Dean Cheney (Guitar/Vocals), Luci Cormany (Bass/Vocals) and Hayden Lamm (Drums), their sound is enmeshed in a world of variety, their strength lies in their diverse production styles, and with each release there exists an aura of innovativeness.”

Personally, I really enjoyed their performance.  They sounded and performed a lot like the Stray Cats.  Dean Cheney definitely has the mannerisms and sound of Rockabilly.  Luci and Hayden were very impressive with laying down the bass line and groove that drove the music home.  They even go as far as using Shure Super 55 microphones that provides the vintage-style look from the 50s and 60s.   If you like very high energy rockabilly music then I would highly recommend seeing The Joeys.

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The Joeys Setlist:                                           (Cover)
Rumble                                                            (Bad Intentions)
Phantom Bride of 13 Curves
I Don’t Have Time for You
I’ll Be Just Fine
Dangerous Dreams
Eyes Wide Open
T Minus Zero
Planet Z
Black Leather Jacket (Blue Suede Shoes)      (Punks from Outer Space)

Uncle Leo

John Gordon and Curt Geren of Uncle Leo at The Marquee Theatre on August 28th, 2021

Uncle Leo is a rock band that does covers of many different rock bands ranging from LS Guns, to Motley Crue and Green Day.  Uncle Leo consists of lead singer Doug McCoullugh, guitarist John Gordon, bass player Curt Geren and drummer Rob Reed.  As a cover band, you always compare them to the real band doing the song.  Well, Uncle Leo does a masterful job of recreating the songs.  With Doug jumping around on the stage, to Curt and Rob providing the soul of the music, this band can rock.  John Gordon recreates the guitar part with great precision.  This band is just fun to watch and listen to.  I really like their cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot”.  Doug was bouncing all over the stage and made it interesting trying to photograph him.  But the audience loved it.  Their cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” was spectacular.  Please check out Uncle Leo at one of the local area venues.  I am sure you will enjoy them and have a great time.

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Uncle Leo Setlist:                               (Covers)
Cure Me Or Kill Me                           (Gilby Clarke)
One More Reason                               (LA Guns)
American Idiot                                   (Green Day)
I’ll Stick Around                                (Foo Fighters)
Starry Eyes                                          (Motley Crue)
Don’t You Forget About Me              (Simple Minds)
Tijuana Jail                                          (Gilby Clarke)

Oddity Paradox

Scotty Grimes and David “Grizzly” Barcai of Oddity Paradox at the Marquee Theatre on August 28th, 2021

Oddity Paradox is a hard rockin rock n’ roll band from the greater Phoenix, Arizona area.  The band consists of lead singer and front man Ikky Stane, 2 guitarists, Horace Miller and Scotty Grimes, bass player and wild man David “Grizzly” Barcai.  Their normal drummer Matthew Taylor had an accident and hurt his hand, so this time they had Dylan Kidner playing drums.

I have to disclose that I have become friends with the band.  This is the 5th time I have seen them play and each time they do an outstanding job.  It is a shame that they are not more popular in the valley because they are really good.  David on bass is a madman.  He is constantly contorting his body as he plays one of his many bass guitars.  Ikky is masterful as he pulls the audience in and then pours his heart out for each song.  Horace is an extremely talented lead guitarist that shows each time he is allowed to do a solo.  And Scotty is just solid as the rhythm guitarist providing the body for the music.  In all they complement each other and seem to have a good time on stage.

If you get a chance to see Oddity Paradox, please go.  They put on a tremendous show.  You can see them at a number of the smaller venues around the valley including 44 Sports Grill & Nightlife in Glendale.

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Oddity Paradox Setlist:                    (Covers)
Join the Ride
New Attitude
Pain Experiment
Horace Guitar Solo
Lucky Stars
“So What”                                           (P!nk)


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