Review and Pictures: Joe Schaeffer
Roadcase Royale performed at The Rose Theater in Pasadena, CA on 6/2/2017. It completed a small run of local So. California shows that included The Coach House Concert Hall (5/31) and The Canyon Club (6/1).
The band features Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Liv Warfield (Prince) on lead vocals. In addition to the powerful front women, their first rate lineup consists of lead guitarist
Ryan Waters (Liv Warfield) and current Heart members Chris Joyner (Keyboards), Dan Rothchild (Bass/Keyboards), and Ben Smith (Drums).
Roadcase Royale not only featured original songs such as “Get Loud” and “Not Givin’ Up“, they included lesser known covers of songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder (All in Love is Fair) and Colin Hay (Hold on to My Hand). Also sprinkled in were a handful of Heart tunes including “Even it Up”, “These Dreams” and “Crazy on You”. “The Dragon”, a song Wilson has had floating around since the ’90s and was originally written for singer Layne Staley
(Alice in Chains), was also played and dedicated on this evening to the recently departed Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave). An electric version of Prince’s “Controversy” was performed bringing the crowd to its feet, moving and grooving. Warfield especially shines on “Blackbird” from her 2014 solo CD “The Unexpected“.
If you’re a true rock and roll fan, Roadcase Royale is a band worthy of seeing perform live. Nancy Wilson is also stated to attend the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp as a counselor during the June 29-July 2 session in Hollywood (more info at www.rockcamp.com).
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This fall, Roadcase Royale will be out on the road with Bob Seger.
September 12th 2017, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester NY
September 14th 2017, TD Garden, Boston MA
September 16th 2017, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
September 19th 2017, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids MI
September 21st 2017, U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati OH
September 23rd 2017, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit MI
September 28th 2017, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh PA
September 30th 2017, Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
October 5th 2017, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville SC
October 7nd 2017, Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta GA
October 10th 2017, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines IA
October 12th 2017, Scottrade Center, St Louis MO
October 14th 2017, Sprint Center, Kansas City MO
October 19th 2017, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
October 21st 2017, Ford Center at The Star, Dallas TX
October 24th 2017, Frank Erwin Center, Austin TX
October 26th 2017, Pepsi Center, Denver CO
October 28th 2017, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix AZ
More dates to be added as well.
All Images ©Joe Schaeffer Photography