Friday, January 29, 2016 The Greg Golden Band in support of their latest record, self titled “The Greg Golden Band”, played it’s first show of the year at Vinyl Lake Tahoe inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. The band is no stranger to the venue as this was their seventh show at Vinyl. There was one big difference this time though, the band has a brand new line-up. This is nothing new for the band as they have changed the line-up a couple of times before since the band formed in 2009. Golden just wants to find the best combination of players he can find. This examiner thinks Golden has put together the band he’s been working so hard to find, maybe the one at last.
The new crew consist of four of guitar legend Ronnie Montrose’s best former band mates from years past, two being singers, a bass player and a drummer. Add one of the biggest little cities best guitarist, who in fact may have taught many of Reno’s best axemen how to play guitar and then the man himself.
There was no reason given as for the loss of the two bandmates, Richard Wagner (bass) and Boris Tavcar (drums) for leaving the band.
The new band looks like this, Greg Golden (lead guitar), Randy Scoles and Paul Holdgate (co-lead vocals), Jeff Montgomery (guitar/vocals), Larry Hart (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
As usual attendance was great (even though it was raining all day in Reno and Tahoe) with around six hundred fans there supporting their favorite band.
The three hour set went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“Long Way Home”, “Cherokee”, “Helter Skelter” (Beatles cover), “Smoke On The Water” (Deep Purple cover), “Maybe I’m a Leo” (Deep Purple cover), “Born On A Bayou” (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover), “Rock Candy” (Montrose cover), “Rock The Nation” (Montrose cover), “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Elvis Presley cover), “Voyager” (Gamma cover), “Crossroads” (Eric Clapton cover), “Deep South”, “Back To Reno”, “All Along The Watch Tower”(Jimi Hendrix version cover), “Red House” (Jimi Hendrix cover), “Wishing Well” (Terence Trent D’Arby cover), “Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) “Man On The Silver Mountain” (Ronnie James Dio cover), “Day Of The Eagle” (Robin Trower cover), “Too Rolling Stoned” (Robin Trower cover), “Far Away”, Old School”, “Locomotive Breath” (Jethro Tull cover w/ StevenErich Schweizer on Flute), “Tush”(ZZ Top cover), “Bad Winter” and “Fortunate Son”(Creedence Clearwater Revival cover).
For being the (new) bands first gig together, they did an awesome set. You could tell they rehearsed many hours and it paid off very well, everyone was tight and sounded great. Even the lighting was fair, they need some work with putting more lights on the drummer though, but hey, that’s just me, I’m never happy with the lighting most of the time.
Just like the last show the band and venue at the end of the set just before the encore songs, raffled off the Fender Stratocaster. this time the winner was Philip Yelda from Reno.
If you missed this hard rockin’ show with the Greg Golden Band, you blew it. Don’t worry though, the band will be back at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe on March 25, 2016. They will also be doing a show at Pistol Pete’s Brew & Cue in Auburn Ca. on April 16, 2016.
Once again, a great time was had by all.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a great place to stay and see a show or two. Affordable room rates, a great venue with awesome bands and reasonable drink prices that leaves you with more money to try your luck at the video poker machines if you want. To see what up next (click here).
To see all the photo’s from the Greg Golden Band at this show (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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