When Rock Cellar Magazine throws a house party...they don't mess about! Held in the beautiful Box Canyon home of Kevin and Mare Wachs those lucky enough to be in attendance were in for a definite treat. The headliner for the event was the legendary Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues and a member of Paul McCartney's other band WINGS! McCartney's Band of the Run album would be played in it's entirety and joining Denny would be Jeffrey Alan Ross who himself had been part of that beloved band Badfinger. One other additional special guest was Peter Asher, famed artist manager and producer who may also be familiar to most of you for his 60's pop duo Peter and Gordon.
The opening act for the evening was a band voted one of the top 10 best LIVE bands in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly magazine, King Washington. Although King Washington was short their drummer due to traffic and scheduling confusion, the 3 vocalists lead by George Krikes on lead guitar, Tyson Kelly on rhythm guitar and Billy Lee on bass they began their set with an pseudo acoustic interpretation of music from their latest album, The Overload. Blending a driving pop heavy beat combined with rich melodic vocals King Washington proved why they should be the next big music act to explode out of the L.A. Music scene.
Which brings us to the headliner of the evening. Mr Denny Laine. Backed by Peter Ashers band, they exploded with a mighty crash beginning with the title track from the album of the same name, Band on the Run. The WOW factor scale went through the roof with every subsequent track of that icon McCartney album which Denny Laine had a equally talented hand in producing and writing. Special guest Peter Asher took the stage for a few Peter and Gordon songs and entertained the audience with marvelous stories about his friendship with the Beatles and Paul McCartney.
There was a brief intermission with the band returning and Mr Asher introducing Badfinger member Jeffrey Alan Ross who then once again WOW'd the crowd with spot on renditions of Badfinger's “Baby Blue” and Day After Day”. Denny Laine closed out the evening by invite surprise guest Debbi Peterson of The Bangles and musician John Wicks for an All-Star version of The Moody Blues song “Go Now”. All in all the evening was indeed magical in it's intimacy and it's greatness. And a very special thanks to the impresario Greg Feo for his immeasurable hospitality. Visit Rock Cellar Magazine for more coverage of the evenings events.