Concert Review: Jackyl at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA
Most fans who attend a Jackyl live show pretty much know what to expect – dirty, sleaze rock with a southern feel. Throw into it a bit of old school rap and you have Jackyl 2011 in all their glory. By his own admission front man and founder Jesse James Dupree did tell me that they have not played in the Northeast in a few years and it was about time to reconnect with his fan base here, specifically in New England. Still touring in support of last year’s record When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide the band put on a solid performance complete with special guest Darryl “DMC “ McDaniels who guested on the track “Just Like A Negro” from last year’s record and has been appearing sporadically throughout the band’s touring schedule within the past year or so.
Basically if you had a Jackyl must have checklist it might read like this:
Crown Royal to drink on stage-check.
Loud guitars-double check.
Jesse James red, shiny, ass-kicking cowboy boots-check.
Crude references to the male anatomy-check.
Yeah, this show had a little something to offer the outlaw in all of us!!
Dupree seems like he could pretty much carry a Jackyl show off single handedly if he needed to. In between shots of Crown Royal he plays a better than average lead guitar on some of the older Jackyl tracks such as “Down on Me”, ‘I Stand Alone” and others. This show was heavy on material from the first record with no less than seven of the albums tracks being showcased. Why not? The album, released in 1992, did amazing numbers during a time when hair bands/classic rock was on the decline. Jesse is proud of that fact and pretty much gives the fans what they want and always has.
He had his camera crew filming all night long for his TV show Full Throttle Saloon and personally invited the Foxboro crowd to join him and the band at Laconia the following night to kick off the annual “Bike Week” festivities and also the launch of his newest Full Throttle Saloon to open in Laconia, NH this summer.
His backing band was solid. Featuring brothers Chris Worley on drums, Jeff Worley on guitar and rounded out by Roman Glick on bass they do their best to keep up with Jesse and his endless amounts of energy on stage. The set really kicked into high gear when “DMC” entered for the first of his 3 songs in the set. “It’s Tricky “and “Just Like A Negro” had DMC really letting loose with his flamboyant style and flare for the dramatics in terms of his rap style meshing well with Jackyl’s southern style of rock. But when you heard the start of “Walk This Way”, the 1986 smash crossover hit for Aerosmith and Run DMC, the building was jumping as were most fans on the floor in Foxboro. Even caught myself waving my arm back and forth old school style!! “The Lumberjack” closed the set complete with chainsaw, boy those gas fumes do clear the sinuses!!
I had the pleasure of spending a little bit of time with Jesse preshow and he showed me a prototype to his new Jesse James Outlaw whisky bottle now in the production stages and also told me that his Outlaw Beer is selling so well he has had to consider moving production to a bigger brewery. His TV show is in pre production for another season and Jackyl has shows booked to some of the biggest festivals in the Midwest and southern areas of the US where Jackyl has a rabid fan base. But I told him not to forget his “Yankee” fans here in New England and he has no plans to forget his Boston area fans. Though maybe small in number as opposed to other areas of the country we make up for it with our passion. He told me how impressed he was with Patriots Place, our passion for all of our Boston area sports teams (proudly displaying our Black and Gold everywhere all night long – Go Bruins!) and naturally our beautiful women. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the outlaw Jesse James Dupree. Would you?
Mass opened with yet another solid 45 minute set blending songs from last year’s “Sea of Black” plus material from all of their previous albums. Guitar player Gene D’Itria seemed sufficiently healed from his recent arm surgery and played with his usual reckless abandon attitude giving his Les Paul the beating it deserves. Drummer Joey “Vee” Vadala always supplies the backbone of MASS with his hard pounding drumming that has made him a legend in the Boston area for years. Bass player Mike Palumbo was on maximum overdrive all night long. He either watched the KISS Alive II show from Houston 1977 (complete with Gene Simmons moves) or the History of the Miami Dolphins DVD set because he was on tonight. Vocalist Louis D’Augusta treated the Foxboro crowd well with his usual stellar vocal harmonies and a few piercing screams to boot! He even wished a Happy 13th birthday to a MASS fan attending the show with his parents bringing him up onstage for a wave to the crowd. Total class from a totally classy band. Kudos to Dunbar Entertainment for continuing to get this type of exposure for a band that well deserves it. Two more local area shows are coming in August in support of Cinderella both in Foxboro and at Hampton Beach, NH. Well done boys..as always.
For more on Jackyl read Roger’s recent interview with Jesse here.
Jackyl Set List
1. My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s Ass
2. Brain Drain
3. Mental Masturbation
4. Push Comes to Shove
5. Just Like a Devil
6. Locked and Loaded
7. Down On Me
8. Secret of the Battle
9. When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide
10. I Stand Alone
11. When Will It Rain
12. Dirty Little Mind
13. It’s Tricky (Jackyl and DMC)