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:
The Right Thing
Things You Can’t See
Ghost (In the Starlight)
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.