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  GEORGE LYNCH'S MOB MAKES A GOOD EFFORT BUT STALLS OUT IN SACRAMENTO
The Boardwalk, Sacramento, California


Tony Conley

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Keith St John saved the night. A last minute addition to Lynch's mob, St John stepped in and did a great job in an otherwise extremely lacklustre night at The Boardwalk in Sacramento.

In what seems to have become a recurring theme George Lynch again found himself without a lead singer on the eve of a tour. Whether Tad Gonzales walked, or was shown the door, no one seems to know, but regardless of the details, it certainly doesn't look good, and it doesn't make for great rock and roll.

It wasn't that long ago that original Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan bailed on the band just hours before a flight, and had to be replaced by LA veteran Chaz West. It begs a few questions, but first, some praise for Keith St John.

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St John normally fronts Burning Rain, the long running side project of Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich - now that's how it reads for the press, but Burning Rain is actually a very strong entity of its own, and their 2013 album, 'Epic Obsession' rocked as hard as anything released last year.

On this evening, St John stepped up and essentially pulled a performance that would otherwise have been a snooze and made it a rock show. Mind you, George Lynch played great guitar, as always, but the band seemed under rehearsed and I sense no chemistry between its members. This appeared to be West Coast cash run, so maybe the title 'mob' does fit in a sense?

George Lynch is soon to be making big news with his new band, KXM, which includes King's X legend dUg Pinnick, and Korn drummer Ray Luzier, and he looks healthy and happy, so I think this jaunt might be excused on some level, but I'm not thrilled to have spent my own money to see this show.

Sure, George played great, and Keith St John put up a tremendous effort, but this never looked like a band on this night. Arrangements weren't always tight, and Lynch and St John weren't exactly engaging one another. Thankfully there was enough old catalog material to keep the fans satisfied, but there was none of the fist pumping sing-a-longs that we saw here last month with Michael Schenker's Bridge The Gap tour.

KXM will do Lynch a world of good, and while it won't be a full-time band, it will allow him to re-solidify his place as a bonafide guitar god, and hopefully it will give him some time to re-think where he's going and what he's doing with his solo career. No guitar God is an island, God knows we've learned that from Malmsteen, and Lynch needs a solid partner.

He's went back and forth for years with original Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan, and if they could see eye to eye a reunion would be welcome, but regardless of who fronts George's next band, it has to be a true partnership. It's gotten too hard to make a buck in this game to think that you can throw a rag tag team together and tour more than once.

Fans don't have the money they once had, and they are more careful about where they spend what they do have. I heard too many comments as I walked out that there was some disappointment in this evening's performance - sure, half the crowd thought the show just great, but that's a given you can't depend on.

Maybe the best way to frame this would be to say that Keith St John stepped in at the last moment and did a fantastic job of making this look and sound like a professional top-rate tour, and George Lynch played, well, he played like George Lynch. However, I don't think anyone is helped by peddling bullshit.

There's no question, but that if Lynch takes a bit of time and care, he'll be back and better than ever the next time his Lynch Mob makes an appearance, and if nothing else the world has a new rock star in Keith St John. St John's pop star good looks and melody filled vocals would work well with Lynch's hard edged rock, so who knows what happens next? My assumption is that it will outshine this evening at The Boardwalk, because this was not the great show it should have been.

Time will tell, but my prediction is that KMX will ignite new fire in Lynch's heart, and the legendary six-stringer will be back stronger than ever the next time around. Everyone can have a rough tour, it builds character, right?

Rock Ain't Near Dead, nor is George Lynch - the man was playing great under what was not apparently an ideal situation, and I'm looking forward to many more years of Mr Scary.

See - I didn't even mention his old band, which did supply the hits on this night and saved the band's fans from disappointment. Maybe George should give Don a call...


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belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

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