Live music is great to see but sometimes you get more than you expected at a show. Whether it be a performance so unusual, unique, and awesome, or a legend on stage rocking out as hard as they always did. That my friends is what happened at the Tiki Bar March 1st when Dive Bomber took the stage and was direct support for Dizzy Reed.
You may have seen him out and about in LA or San Diego before a show. Painted from head to toe sporting his shorts, shoes and about 800 pounds of body paint. The man behind the paint is Nomad - Lead Vocals of the band Dive Bomber. The rest of the maniacal motley crue include: Catfish - Guitars / Vocals, Pane - Bass / Vocals, and Toad - Drums. One thing I have noticed about bands that have a powerful look is that they can go one of two ways. They can suck so much that the look is all they have or so awesome that their look takes a back seat to their performance. In the case of Dive Bomber, it is that the look takes a back seat to the show. This band is high energy and their set goes off like a bomb that blows the roof off the joint. I have seen this band more than a hand-full of times and I have never left disappointed. Also, no two shows are the same even when the songs are. I recommend this band to anyone who wants a visual and sound explosion. I also must add that as of last Friday, the date of this show, Dive Bomber was the #1 Rock band for San Diego on Reverb Nation, and #51 Nationally for Rock bands on Reverb Nation. Obviously, this band is on the rise and deservedly so. To see some of their live performance, click the following link for the video http://youtu.be/SYv_tF9Bh3E
Following a band like Dive Bomber is not easy so it takes something special to do it and sound right, but when you are Dizzy Reed (you may know him from Guns 'n Roses) this is not an issue. Dizzy came to the stage with an all star lineup including one of my favorite guitarists, Jeff Duncan (also a member of Armored Saint & Lead Vocalist/Guitarist for DC4). The whole band was amazing and played as if they were on a large arena stage. The drummer was a hard and heavy rock hitter and the bass player blew me away. It was a treat to see Dizzy take the stage because he is like a fine wine...he got better with time. Just when I thought it could not get any better he ripped out “I used to Love her”. If you get the rare chance to see this line-up they are a must see. I have seen over 67 bands so far this year and this one is at the top of my must see again list. It must also be said that Dizzy corrected the promotional flier that advertised the show, during the show. It stated that Dizzy was a "former" member of Guns 'n Roses. Besides Axl Rose, Dizzy is the longest serving member of the legendary band (since 1990), and like Axl, Dizzy is still a active member of the band. To see some of Dizzy perform live with his friends, click the following link http://youtu.be/1prXpsuoBLc
As always hit a show and support local music. You never know who will be on a stage near you!
Written by Melissa Anderson with Wes Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com