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OWL / Hillbilly Herald

Viper Room – Hollywood, CA – 7/15/19

OWL the band, fronted by bassist Chris Wyse, performed a special show at the Viper Room in celebration of Chris’ 50th birthday. 

Chris along with drummer Dan Dinsmore and guitarist Eric Bradley, performed an hour + set of original music which was comprised of melodic grooves, heavy riffs, and on occasion felt almost psychedelic-like.  Not only is Chris a sought-after bass player (The Hollywood Vampires, Ace Frehley, The Cult, to name a few), he’s an entertaining frontman with a nice voice who really knows how to command a crowd.

Chris brought out his stand up electric bass and bow which is always a crowd favorite when he plays.  Eric Bradley, who mesmerized the crowd with his guitar abilities, also showed he can sing as well on background vocals and even sang lead on a tune.  Talented Dan Dinsmore on drums was a driving force and it’s always fun to watch his facial expressions.

Set list included:

Send

The Right Thing

Things You Can’t See

Charmed

Violent Center

Alive

Ghost (In the Starlight)

Lake Ego

Pusher

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Opening the evening was Hillbilly Herald.  This 5-piece band fronted by Jimmy Herald, gave the audience a highly energized rock & roll show with a good old 70’s Detroit Mid-West countrified sound in the vein of Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, Bob Seger, etc.

A nice surprise for the crowd was when guitarist (& band producer!) Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N Roses) came out on stage and rocked his guitar on a few tunes with them… one of which was “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf.  

 

 I highly recommend seeing this band if you have the chance.

Tommy Black, manager of the Viper Room, brought out his band, Double Cobra, for an enjoyable mini set.