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Rocktopia TV Double Feature: Steve Augeri (Firefest 2011) & Danger Danger (In Close-Up At Firefest 2012)!
04 October 2013
With headliners Warrant deciding to stay at home for Firefest 2011, WET were brought in as a last minute addition and former Journey / Tall Stories vocalist Steve Augeri elevated to headline status. There had been doubts cast on Augeri’s voice during long tours with Journey, but tonight he was on fine form, belting out all the Journey hits, as well as several songs from the long over-looked ‘Arrival’ along with Tyketto and solo tracks. With backing singers on stage, the sound was full and the performance a fitting finale to the Saturday night. See it here on Rocktopia TV.
As an additional treat this week, we will give you an alternative version of Danger Danger’s live show from 2012. The previous balcony shot video is already one of the most viewed videos on Rocktopia, but here you get a front row seat, hot and sweaty as Ted and the boys bring the house down. Again!
Watch the shows:
Steve Augeri - Live At Firefest 2011* **
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012 (Alternative Close-Up Version)*
** (scroll down to read a review of this show!)
Rocktopia TV has already shown you the following FULL shows:
W.E.T. - Live At Firefest 2011*
Gotthard - Live At Firefest 3*
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012*
House of Lords - Live At Firefest 2*.
Robin Beck - Live At Firefest 2012*
Unruly Child - Live At Firefest 2011*
Dare - Live at The Gods 2001*
H.e.a.t. - Live At Firefest V*
Alien - Live At Firefest 2011*
Coney Hatch - Live At Firefest 2011*
Johnny Lima - Live At Firefest 2012*
XYZ - Live At Firefest 2012*
Stage Dolls - Live At Firefest 2012*
Tyketto - Live At Firefest 2012*
But baby ... you ain't seen NOTHING yet!
A NEW FULL SHOW EVERY WEEK!
Over the next few months we'll be letting you see selected concerts on a weekly basis:
Classics from the old Gods days - remember that unbelievable show from Two Fires, where Kevin Chalfant, Jim Peterik and Keally Keagy blew us away with the best of Two Fires, The Storm, Night Ranger and Survivor? Add to that concerts from Wig Wam, Honeymoon Suite, FM, Firehouse and many more, and you KNOW there's only one place to get your fix of the best live AOR and melodic rock. Rocktopia TV!
*One has to be a registered member (click here to register your free account) to access the Firefest & Gods bootleg video section.
Please discuss what other FULL Firefest shows you want to see on Rocktopia.TV!
Steve Augeri review by Andy Nathan from www.getreadytorock.com:
"Warrant's withdrawal promoted Steve Augeri to headliner. He opened, huge Gretsch guitar strapped to him, with Jamie from his single album with Tyketto, but the unmistakable keyboard intro to Separate Ways, closely followed by Ask the Lonely, showed this was going to be a set heavy on classics from Journey, and why not as he fronted the band for eight years.
Although there were sometimes hints of the vocal frailties that led to his controversial departure from them , he was in good voice and comfortable in his surroundings, while he rearranged Stone in Love in an interesting, slowed and stripped down acoustic format before the band launched into the full version of a song that sums up the spirit of AOR.
I did hear a couple of gripes that a glorified Journey tribute was not a suitable Firefest headline but I would plead the defence on two counts. One was a generous helping of songs from Arrival, his debut with the band including Higher Place which rocked much harder than on record, ballad Kiss Me Softly, and the atmospheric Till We Meet Again.
The other is that his backing band Valentine - ironically given the similarities of their old singer Hugo to Steve Perry - carried off the classic Journey sound perfectly. In particular guitarist Adam Holland, as well as bearing a passing physical resemblance, stayed much truer to Neal Schon's original guitar solos than the man himself did with his distorted shredding on Journey's UK tour this year.
The middle of the set explored different directions with two as yet unreleased solo songs- Down by the Riverside uncomfortably close in style to Neil Young's near namesake song, and Rich Man's World which to me had a heavier, almost psychedelic feel, plus Tall Stories' Sister of Mercy.
But the majority of people were delighted by a closing string of Journey's best loved songs, all delivered fairly true to the original - Wheel in the Sky, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believing, Lovin Touchin Squeezin, with Adam stretching out on guitar, even with a snatch of Rocky Mountain Way, and the irresistible Anyway You Want it.
I am not sure what happened with the set pacing, but having established there was still time for an encore, Steve slipped Arrival's big ballad All The Way back into the set, and then they played Separate Ways a second time!
Always my favourite of the post-Perry singers, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him again, and with Journey now playing arenas in the UK, it was a particular treat to share these songs with a smaller hall full of international melodic rock fanatics for whom they were the holy grail when the melodic rock scene was driven underground in the nineties.
(photos by Marty Moffatt)