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Marco Mendoza - Olympia Conference Centre, London (UK) - 12th of March 2011.

Although I was just attending the new London Bass Guitar Show out of curiosity, two songs in from the marvellous Marco Mendoza show and I felt urged to write a few lines to share the wonderful performance in the place. Mendoza, who played with legendary acts such as Whitesnake and Ted Nugent and still holds strong his role in Thin Lizzy, appeared courtesy of Yamaha to showcase his talent, not just as a bass player but also as the extraordinary singer he is. He is indeed a mind-blowing vocalist with a very wide register and a feel that is only comparable to that of The Voice Of Rock, Glenn Hughes and the super gifted Richie Kotzen. It was the latter who produced his second solo album, the superb 'Live For Tomorrow' (released on Frontiers in 2007) and it was with the title track that he opened the set.

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Backed by the English band Swans In Flight, for whom he recorded two tracks on their self-titled album, the sound on the venue's theatre was of high quality and the outcome well enjoyable. The second track selected ('Look Out') was also taken from Marco's aforementioned album, before playing four tracks by other acts, including Ted Nugent's 'Hey Baby' where Marco got everyone involved clapping and singing, Neal Schon's 'Hole In My Pocket' from the 1999 'Piranha Blues' album, Thin Lizzy's anthem 'Cold Sweat', where Flights In Swan singer Hugo Montgomery took over the lead vocals, and James Brown's happy ending 'I Feel Good'.

This was a great taster of what a future UK tour by this prodigy of a musician can bring to a venue near you, so look out!

Mónica Castedo-López

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