Welcome to the Cult/X Brothers Reviews page!! Here I'll be gathering together all the Cult Brothers / X Brothers-related gig reviews, reports, images, clips - anything - that I've been sent to date.

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Mike Leonard

I saw the Cult Brothers play at Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY. September 9, 1988 - Jimmy Cacala was playing drums... it was so awesome!.

Actually I believe they (Joe) sang Light Years of Love and Debbie Denise was played (CD) at the end of the show...?

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip from this gig:

Mike Kolesar

Some additional information - Joe and the Cult Brothers were the headliners, with opening acts Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Leon Russell (solo), and Humble Pie (featuring Jerry Shirley).

Richard Carroll

07/02/1998: Cellsum Records Showcase, Brownie's, N.Y.C.

Helen Wheels and WORK:

  1. Break The Chains
  2. Room To Rage
  3. New York City Blues
  4. ?
  5. Get Out Of Town

David Roter Method:

  1. Run M.F. Run
  2. Unknown Tongue
  3. It Was Only a Hand Job Irene
  4. Joan Crawford
  5. New York, New York

X Bros:

  1. Wild Ones
  2. On Fire With Love
  3. Hot Time in Hell
  4. Run For The Sun
  5. Love's a Killer
  6. Dr. Music
  7. Hot Rails To Hell

Brain Surgeons:

  1. St. Vitus Dance
  2. Gun
  3. Baby Ice Dog
  4. Needle Gun
  5. A Kiss Is A Promise
  6. Laura's Plastic Swords
  7. Gimme Nothin'
  8. My Civilization
  9. Donkey Show
  10. I Play The Drums
  11. Dominance And Submission
Ed Wargula

First of all the 31st Street Pub is a strip bar during the day, and at 10 pm, the bands then play where the naked ladies dance during the day!

Anyhow The X Brothers played first and they did some Blue Oyster Cult as well - an excellent version of ETI(Exterrestial Intelligence) stands out in my mind. Joe Bouchard handled lead guitar and lead vocals.

The Brain Surgeons played next and included an awesome acoustic version of Astronomy. The night ended with both brothers and various members of both bands doing a Blue Oyster Cult set.

Highlights were Hot Rails To Hell, Me262, Cities on Flame (With Rock N Roll), Frankenstein (from Imaginos), The Revenge of Vera Gemini, Godzilla (where I got to jump up onstage and shout Godzilla into a microphone!) and closed with Al bringing out a huge cowbell for Don't Fear The Reaper.

Afterwards all members of both bands stuck around and talked to everyone, Joe Bouchard gave me a guitar pick and later when I was talking to Albert, he took a flyer for the show down off the wall, autographed it and gave it to me. Both were very nice and easy to talk to, no rock star attitudes.

Joe Bouchard

The actual place we played is called Wickham Park. I was asked to play a 90 minute set. We had another singer, Mike "Spaz" McGoorty, sit in for "Simple Man", "Born to be Wild" and "I'm Eighteen". He's a friend of Andy's from Detroit who pulled strings to get the X Brothers to headline the Reunion.

Since the show was running late I was asked to cut the set down to one hour. I said to the promoter that the best we could do was about 70 minutes. The promoter seemed to think that was okay. In reality we ended play for 100 minutes with encore! The longest set I think we ever did. Hmmmm....

It was an amazing experience playing for the Veterans. Most of them are about my age. Of course they would bring their families and even grandchildren to an event like this.

The reunion featured a replica of the famous Vietnam Wall Memorial. It was an intense experience seeing the Wall with over 58,000 names on it. One of my close friends from high school, Bill Brabant, has his name is on that wall. I dedicated "Don't Fear The Reaper" to him during the set. He never got to hear that song in his short life. He died in combat in 1968.

It wasn't all heavy stuff because there was a lot of partying and drinking going on. I'll send a photo of Jimmy drinking a Vietnam beer. In fact our fee was paid for by the beer concession! I got to hang out on a beautiful Florida beach and catch a few rays and eye some fine ladies. Mmmhmm...

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers show in Larchmont Mar. 4 was a two set affair. The club called Chat 19 is a nice suburban restaurant and it was packed to the rafters.

I didn't get to set up the minidisc, because we were so rushed setting up. The sets were typical X Brothers sets.

We started with RU Ready 2 Rock and ended with the Reaper, with a ton of Stones classics in the middle. The police came toward the end so we cut the night short.

Andy's brother Tommy ended up playing the whole night with us. He's strictly an air guitarist with a guitar ( It must be plugged in, but we don't turn on his amp ;P) He sings backgrounds too. "

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers shows went great. The benefit we played went really well. It was great playing for a younger crowd since it was an all ages show.

Andy gave away a ton of Jlo clothes that all especially the girls loved. The opening act was a young band called Ironcore. They rocked with that modern heavy metal sound."

Joe Bouchard

At the biker bar later that night we played two sets. It was a nice mix of tunes, lots of BOC. We also did On Fire with Love and Hot Time in Hell and a few covers.

One of the highlights of the night was Last Days of May, a song Billy Hilfiger used to sing. We dedicated it to Billy and it was a real emotional moment."

Joe Bouchard

No record of the actual set list.

Basically a good mix of BOC, X Brothers originals and Rolling Stones covers.

Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith sit in with me playing Under My Wheels and School's Out to end the first set.

For the second set Richie Ranno of Starz sits in on All Along the Watchtower and Fallen Angel (not BOC song, but a Starz song)

Joe Bouchard

Interesting night since it's the first time the X Brothers have played the pub. It's a very intimate setting for such a loud band, but the crowd loves the band and roars at Jimmy Cacala's intense drumming.

Patty G plays cowbell and percussion for the second set. She thanks me profusely for letting her sit in with a real "heavy" band

The set lists:

Set 1:

  1. Red & Black
  2. Are U Ready 2 Rock? (Born to be Wild teaser)
  3. Burnin for You
  4. Hot Time in Hell
  5. Dead Flowers
  6. Last Days of May
  7. Dr. Music
  8. ETI
  9. Break on Through (Paint It Black, Iron Man teasers)
  10. Cities on Flame

Set 2:

  1. Reaper
  2. All Over Now
  3. Last Time
  4. I'm 18 (with Ritchie Scarlet on lead guitar)
  5. Boogie Jam "Help Me" (with Ritchie Scarlet on lead guitar)
  6. Backdoor Man (with Ritchie Scarlet on lead guitar, Phil Butta on Harp)
  7. Let It Bleed (with Ritchie Scarlet on lead guitar)
  8. Break

Set 3 (Acoustic numbers while the band breaks):

  1. Jukebox in My Head
  2. Which Road is Mine?

Set 4:

  1. Astronomy
  2. Godzilla
Joe Bouchard

Here are the setlists from the X Brothers Gigs in July. Both gigs featured local musicians sitting in. I had a great time.

X Brothers Set Lists The Haunt, Ithaca NY July 14, 2005

Set 1:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. R. U. Ready 2 Rock?
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. ETI
  5. Cities on Flame
  6. Hot Time in Hell (with Kerry Wittig, vocal)
  7. Last Days of May
  8. Roadhouse Blues (with Kerry Wittig, vocal)
  9. Astronomy

Set 2:

  1. Reaper
  2. Walking the Dog (with Tom Trifoso, guitar)
  3. I Need to Know (with Tom Trifoso, guitar)
  4. Godzilla
Joe Bouchard

X Brothers Set Lists The RoadHouse, Big Flats (Elmira), NY July 15, 2005

Set 1:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. R. U. Ready 2 Rock?
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. ETI
  5. Cities On Flame
  6. Dead Flowers
  7. Roadhouse Blues
  8. Sweet Home Alabama

Set 2:

  1. Reaper
  2. Walking the Dog (with Tom Trifoso, guitar)
  3. I Need to Know (with Tom Trifoso, guitar)
  4. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (with Danny Phillips, guitar & vocal)
  5. Spider and The Fly (Jim Lovejoy, Trombone)
  6. Honky Tonk Women (Jim Lovejoy, Trombone)
  7. Godzilla
Joe Bouchard

Last year I missed the X Brothers performance on Long Island on August 20, 2005. Taking my place on guitars in the band were John McEnroe, tennis guy, and Michael J. Fox, actor. (see photo) Nice to know that it took two guitar players to replace me. ;-)!

I was on a rare vacation so I missed the date. I hope we can mix it up again this summer on the August 19th. There's no telling that those two will be there, but the guest list is a lot of big celebrities.

I'd love to jam with McEnroe's wife, singer Patty Smythe. I'll be taking photos. ;-)!

Joe Bouchard

Another great set of shows in Elmira. The opening act was The Brainbell Janglers, a young blusey group from Corning NY."

Interesting trivia, the Brainbell's bass player, Sean, is the son of Steve Monroe, one time roadie for BOC.

Steve Monroe was with us way back in 1972 when there were on two only roadies, he and Eliott Krowe. Son Sean showed me a framed picture of his dad and Elliott loading our truck, nicknamed Sal's Trucking, with an old Marshall cabinet that I just freshly painted in our garage in Dix Hills. It was a real flashback!"

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC Jan 19, 2006.

The X Brothers played a kickoff rally for Charlie King who is running for lieutenant governor for the state of New York. Charlie's wife Vanessa is a long time friend of Andy's so that was how we got involved with that event:

http://www.king2006.com/

It was a great gig. First of all, playing at the historic old hotel and location of the yearly Rock Hall party was exciting. The audience was mostly young businessmen and local politicians. I figured after the speeches, the crowd could have thinned out fast. But everyone stayed and really enjoyed the band.

The Set List:

  1. Burnin' for You
  2. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  3. Wish I Could Fly Like Superman
  4. Dr. Music
  5. Last Days of May
  6. Dead Flowers
  7. 2000 Light Years from Home
  8. Honky Tonk Women (Jimmy Koons, guest vocal)
  9. Godzilla
  10. Don't Fear the Reaper (Ted Cox, guest cowbell)
  11. Roadhouse Blues (Michael H, guest vocal)
  12. Under My Thumb (Michael H, guest vocal)

The next coming up gig for the X Brothers is a benefit for John Hall on an as yet to be determined date in March 2006.

John was the founder of the group Orleans and is now running for the US House of Representatives. (Are political rallies a growth market for distinguished [I won't say "over-the-hill"] classic bands?):

http://www.johnhallforcongress.com/index.html

After that we are playing the Watkins Glen Grand Prix on June 3, 2006.

Joe Bouchard

Thought I'd give you a scoop on the X Brothers set list. The gig was fantastic. First class all the way, great sound and a crowd of about 800 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore Harbor. Andy and I flew down in Tommy's private jet (It was like the old days, like the inside cover of SEE).

The event was to celebrate the fifth leg of an around the world sailing race:

http://www.volvoextreme40.org/

Tommy Hilfiger is sponsoring one of the boats. I got to meet the sailing crew, and they were leading the race so far. The band played a great set and everyone had a great time. I've included a few photos.

  1. Roadhouse Blues
  2. Burnin' For You
  3. (Wish I Could fly Like) Superman
  4. Honky Tonk Woman (Andy vocal)
  5. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  6. Godzilla
  7. Dead Flowers (Andy vocal)
  8. Cinnamon Girl
  9. Deadman Walkin
  10. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Jimmy Cacala vocal, unknown drummer)
  11. Reaper
  12. Satisfaction (with Tommy Hilfiger guitar)
  13. The Last Time (with Tommy Hilfiger guitar)

I hope we can do another one of these events.

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers are playing a private party in the Hamptons on Long Island on August 19th. It is a benefit for the American Red Cross. It's a huge event that will be the biggest party of the summer for the island crowd.

I'd love to jam with McEnroe's wife, singer Patty Smythe. I'll be taking photos. ;-)!

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers played Map Pang's party at the Cutting Room in NYC on Oct 29. It was the Sunday before Halloween and the band played a great set.

Patty G sat in with us on vocal harmonies and cowbell. It was a great night for classic hits and we got to hang with the ex-Wings band members, Denny Laine and Steve Holley.

Eddie Ojeda from the Twisteds played a fantastic set too. Lots of cool people to talk to and network with. Hope to do it again!

Quick Gig Facts
Joe Bouchard

Friday night (March 30) I played with the X Brothers at the Cutting Room. The show was super.

We had a full crowd and played a set filled with new songs from the CD including Beyond the Valley of the X, BOC chestnut Dr. Music and Money Machine. Burnin for You was next , followed by Astronomy followed by Andy song's Downtown.

Albert made another appearance and sang Cities on Flame with us and we ended the set with Godzilla. I have played with my "adopted" brothers for nearly two decades, and Jimmy and Andy never fail to put on a great show.

Dennis Dunaway's band played after us and I came back out at the end for the "super" encore. What a great night!

We will do it again!

Ghostrider

What a great night! Most fun I've had in a long time. But y'all know ya gotta suffer along with me to get there.

Wasn't sure if I was going to make this show, Friday is always burnout day of the week for me & the worst possible night to go out; at this stage of my life I'm generally out of steam by then. But somehow I got a second wind from the idea of Joe B playing so close to home, at a cool little club I know not far from the Lincoln Tunnel with easy parking. I mean, it should have all been so smooth. So I went on line with my credit card at 7:30 & put myself on the will-call list.

An hour or so later I'm eating my roast pork fried rice & watching TV. One of those little bottom-of-screen banner notices comes on: "Lincoln Tunnel has been closed due to a serious bus accident." Shit! WTF?!?! This could blow the whole scheme.

I put on the radio to get the traffic reports. They say that a bus has split itself on a concrete abutment on the highway leading away from the Jersey side of the tunnel, the highway is closed, there are 60-90 minute delays getting through & gridlock in both Manhattan & the streets of Weehawken & Hoboken. Traffic at the Holland Tunnel, the usual alternative, is piling up fast. Traffic at the George Washington Bridge is still moving, but from where I live that's an extra half-hour drive.

I continue to listen to these reports every 10 minutes. I gradually realize that it is not at all clear whether they are talking about the highway being closed in both directions, or only the outbound NY-to-Jersey lanes. I go to the radio station's online traffic site, which usually has more clear & precise information; it confirms that the closures are outbound only, but that report hasn't been updated for over an hour.

Finally I decide to call the Shadow Traffic Tips line, which drivers can use to report problems. The guy answers: "Shadow Traffic, what's your tip?" I quickly explain that I don't have a tip, I've been listening to these hysterical radio reports about the bus accident & they're totally unclear about whether inbound traffic is affected & does he have any info. The guy immediately understands where I'm coming from & says, "Inbound is no problem, I'm looking at a camera shot of the tunnel entrance right now & traffic is light & just sailing right in." I thank him profusely. The gig is on!

Just as he said, I fly all the way in to the tunnel area. I pass the accident scene; there is a bus sitting atop a high concrete exit divider at what looks like a 45-degree angle & all kinds of floodlights & heavy yellow equipment trying to pry the thing off & lift it back down. Surreal.

On the NYC side I run into a stretch of that gridlocked traffic trying to get into the tunnel. It takes me 10 minutes to get half a block; then I break free of the gridlock zone & head south. I get to the club a half hour late & get into the back room not two minutes before Joe & the X Bros take the stage. Whew!

Joe is looking natty in a blue blazer, tangerine shirt & black leather slacks. Andy Hilfiiger has some sort of blue uniform coat over a brown jersey & jeans. Jimmy Cacala and I mean this in the best possible way looks like your classic tattooed shirtless speed freak whose pants won't stay up.

The coats come off quickly; the room is small and hot. These guys are all such great players & having so much fun with these songs, it's absolutely infectious. Most of the crowd was seated at the comfortably spaced tables, but I couldn't sit down & just stood at the back of the room rockin' out to the great beats they were laying down.

They tore through all of these songs in about an hour:

  1. Dr. Music
  2. Money Machine
  3. Burnin For You
  4. Astronomy
  5. Downtown
  6. Dead Man Walking
  7. Do It All For You
  8. Cities On Flame (with special guest Albert!)
  9. Godzilla

Yes, Albert came up to sing Cities &, after a quick switch, during which Jimmy almost lost his pants several more times, finished out the song on drums with those classic machine-gun beats. Man that was sweet!

It might be a little hard to imagine stripped-down power-trio versions of some of these BOC tunes, but trust me, they work. Joe's guitar work is so intelligent & informed, it gives you a new angle on every song. Andy & Jimmy are clearly having a blast and back it all up with serious kick-ass playing. A great set all the way around.

During the intermission I spotted Joe wandering back towards the bar, so went over & introduced myself & said thanks for putting himself out there on the BOCFans boards. I then asked if we'd ever hear "Cagey Cretins" live; he just laughed & said he scarcely remembers that one any more, but you know, it might benefit from a remix.

I had to ask whether he remembered anything about the 1973 gig at Gaelic Park up in the Bronx, which was my introduction to BOC. He said sure, it was a real swampy place up there (that jibes with my memory that it was a particularly humid August night) that was a real breakthrough gig for them (RALPH! ALERT!!), they opened for Jeff Beck, and Flash was there too. He then mentioned a Central Park gig that had taken place earlier that summer as another breakthrough event.

Now: my memory of the Gaelic Park gig was that, yes, thinking about it, Flash probably was there, but BOC headlined. I had gone to the gig at the urging of an old college friend, who said we had to go see this band called Blue Oyster Cult: "They're punks from Long Island!" I've long had this memory of seeing Flash with this same friend, but couldn't quite place where, so I think this makes sense.

But: I'm pretty sure that I would remember seeing Jeff Beck a that stage of my life, and I have absolutely no memory of seeing him before the mid-1990s. That isn't to say absolutely that I didn't see him at Gaelic Park it was the 1970s, & I was a child of the 1960s, after all - but I wondered whether Joe might have been conflating those Gaelic & Central Park gigs. Anyhow, there may be some scope for research here.

Back to The Cutting Room: towards the end of the intermission, some friendly Germans at the table I'd been standing behind for the X Bros invited me to come sit with them. The fellow who spoke the best English looked remarkably like Richie Castellano. Turned out they had flown over to NYC for just one night, to seethe Heaven & Hell gig at Radio City, someone had mentioned to them that they should go to the Cutting Room afterwards. They were flying back to Germany tomorrow. Ain't that the life! Anyway I told my Ronnie Dio & The Prophets / Electric Elves stories & we had a good little chat.

The Dunaway Project came on. Dennis had this sweet lime-green bass. Rick Tedesco had the legendary cream-colored Les Paul that formerly belonged to Mick Ronson, and did he ever get a range of excellent tones out of that thing. They have a grey-haired madman on keyboards with a voice not far from Ian Gillan's. I thought he was wearing a rug that seemed to need a little more glue, but in retrospect he was probably just adjusting his headset microphone. I couldn't see the drummer, but he was good. They really brought it.

I don't know their material so can't do a set list. They did a couple of really epic pieces, including one featuring a belly dancer who emerged from the audience & was rather, err, mesmerizing. They played for well over an hour. The crowd kept dwindling as it got later; towards the end they were playing to around 20 people. That's kind of surreal in itself.

I felt myself fading pretty badly as the clock ticked past 1:00 &, not knowing what kind of traffic nightmare I might still be facing, I left while they were still playing, so I can't tell you either whether there was that monster jam at the end.

Emerging from the near-empty back room, I was shocked to find that the bar/lounge area in front, which had been deserted when I'd arrived, was now a meat market, drunken twenty-somethings packed wall to wall. What a scene that was! I think I had sex three times squeezing my way across the room, but it might have been four.

I walked the five blocks back to my car, fired it up and clicked on the radio for the traffic report; I wasn't going to move until I knew which way I needed to go. Naturally, it was no more edifying than it had been four hours earlier. I won't bore you with the details. I decided to head up to the Lincoln Tunnel area & case things, and if it looked too bad I hoped to be able to swing past it & take the long way home up across the George Washington Bridge. Happily, the Tunnel had completely cleared out, & I sailed on home, singing "Call the doctor!" in my fabulous falsetto to keep myself focused.

Ghostrider

So I get off work, zip home, wolf lunch, hop a train to Hoboken, take PATH under the Hudson to 14th & 6th, & emerge into the chilly 5:30 April sunlight. Walk up a block, hang a right & head east along 15th, a block I've walked literally a thousand times - this was part of my daily route to work for 18 years. But this time it's a little different. Do I need to explain how freaking cool it was, walking the last block towards Union Square, hearing Burnin For You bouncing off the buildings, faintly at first but louder with every step, until I emerged onto Union Square, where Joe & the Bros were already tearing it up?

I continued down the path, wound up at stage right, and just stopped right there. Great side view of Joe, Dennis & Jimmy. Since I was in back of the PA speakers, the sound was mostly coming from the amps & the stage monitors, crystal clear & at a very comfortable level. Couldn't have asked for a better spot.

There was an onstage heater which blew hot air across the stage, since it was so damn chilly, but the varying hot & cold zones up there gave Joe tuning problems all afternoon, but he handled it all with good humor.

The band quickly warmed up and Joe's jacket came off.

Here's the setlist, that I heard, anyway. I dunno if there was an opener before BFY. I missed the first song, possibly two, of the second set because I had to walk up to a local bookstore to use the can, & am relying on others' memories here.

  1. Burning For You
  2. All Along The Watchtower
  3. Come Together
  4. Not Fade Away
  5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  6. Birthday
  7. Eighteen
  8. Godzilla
  1. Walking The Dog
  2. Back Door Man
  3. Roadhouse Blues
  4. I Wanna Be Your Dog
  5. Honky Tonk Women
  6. Jumpin Jack Flash
  7. Reaper
Joe Bouchard

Hey Ghostrider,

Thanks for coming to the show. It was an awesome show for sure. Just for the fans keeping score, here's the full set we played. You only missed a couple.

  1. Summertime Blues
  2. Burnin' for You
  3. All Along the Watchtower
  4. Come Together
  5. Not Fade Away
  6. Voodoo Child
  7. Birthday (Beatles)
  8. I'm 18
  9. Godzilla
  1. Purple Haze
  2. Walkin the Dog
  3. Backdoor Man (Phil Butta on harp)
  4. Roadhouse Blues (Phil on harp again)
  5. I Wanna Be Your Dog (duet with Cameron Eve from The Choke on vocals)
  6. Honky Tonk Woman (brother Albert on cowbell, Jimmy Koons from Cactus on vocals)
  7. Jumpin' Jack Flash (Jimmy Koons on Vocals, Albert on Drums)
  8. Reaper (Albert on cowbell, Jim Cacala back on drums)

It was a big thrill doing this gig for the ASPCA. The sound was excellent and the large NY crowd was especially warm on this chilly afternoon.

Ghostrider

Hey Joe, thanks for those details! I am BUMMED that I missed Purple Haze and Walking The Dog. The ASPCA shoulda brought a couple of Port-O-Sans for the humans.

So towards the end of I Wanna Be Your Dog, I notice a fellow walk up & stand next to me. I take a second look and realize it is Albert!

The song ends and I figure this is a good time to start my traditional yells for "Cagey Cretins." Albert looks over at me and laughs. I take this as a good opportunity to introduce myself. Not knowing what to say, it suddenly comes into my head to start babbling about hey, do you know Mark / Redcap out in Wisco, I'm a friend of his, yadda yadda yadda. Albert says "cool" and immediately starts walking away from me. I'm wonderng WTF, is Redcap's name now the kiss of death?

But no, it was simply that it was Albert's time to take the stage and whack some cowbell on Honky Tonk Woman. And so he did:

As Joe mentioned, Albert then took the drums for a blistering version of Jumpin Jack Flash. Unfortunately my phonecam chose that moment to run out of memory. By the time I figured out what I could delete & then did, the song was over. So, no photos of Albert at the kit.

But yes, they did close out the gig with a glorious dual-cowbell version of Reaper. They got one of the ASPCA staffers to play second cowbell.

What a great afternoon this was! It was a special treat to see Dennis work out with Joe & Jim on all those classic tunes. The rendition of I'm 18, oh man, that was right over the top; loved every second of it. But every song was great. And that Jimmy Koons has a voice! I gotta check out Cactus now.

At the end of the first set there were these two young black guys standing in front of me. Jim went into his drum solo on Godzilla and they were just bugging on it, yelling and urging him on. Then, after the point where Jim speeds up the tempo, the one guy turned to his friend and said "Whoa! That is just too fast now! I can not get my brain around that shit at all!" Jimmy noticed that they were digging it and would look at them and yell "Yow!" after he finshed a phrase, and they would go "Yow!" right back at him. This went on for some time. I don't think I've ever seen anybody have more fun with a drum solo.

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip of "DFTR" from this gig (with Albert on cowbell and Dennis Dunaway on bass):

Here are some more youTube clips from this gig which will open in a new window:

Phil Butta

Here's a couple of pics of me (Phil Butta) jamming with Joe and Dennis Dunaway with Jimmy on drums, for a benefit performance at Union Square Park, NYC, April this year.

Benefit was for ASPCA. American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

I was the owner/bartender/bottle-washer (along with Paul Orofino) of Mary's Pub and Music Room aka Ale Mary's in Millbrook, New York.

We had lots of great talent there: Golden Earring, Frank Carillo, Joe Bouchard (solo, X-Brothers, etc.), Dennis Dunaway, Tommy Byrnes (Billy Joel), Richie Scarlet (Mountain), Eddie Kramer (engineer), and many others. The Pub was a happening joint back in the old days!

I used to keep a microphone behind the bar and play harp with the bands.

Joe, Dennis and I became, and still are, good friends... getting together socially and at gigs. Joe and Dennis frequently call me up to jam at their gigs and we usually do Road House Blues and Back Door Man... Doors tunes.

Always a great time. Joe's been to my house several times and we play guitars and piano... Joe's a really fine pianist.

I have some other pics of Joe and will post them when I can find them.

Ralph

Below is a link to a youTube clip of "Don't Fear The Reaper" recorded at The Zodiac Sessions open mic night, Dublin:

I presume this was on the night after the Dublin gig - so that'd make it on the 25th, because Joe said:

This is a real hoot.

I was beat from it being our last day in Ireland. I wasn't even going to go out that night, but there was an open mic around the corner from hotel. I got there about midnight and after several Guiness's, I was encouraged to get up and sing... little did I know there was a camera rolling...

I love Jimmy Cacala's improvised drum kit using a empty milkcrate. In the club it actually sounded much better because the whole pub was singing along. That's why I extended the "la, la" part.

Joe also reported that they had released an extended play single for Irish radio stations, consisting of the four songs (Wild Ones [remixed], Cities On Flame [live] Money Machine [remixed] and Don't Fear the Reaper [live]) that were on the X Brothers myspace site.

Ghostrider

Back from the Union Sq gig. No time for full comments but some extremely cool moments:

Another magical late afternoon in NYC on the nicest day of the year so far! Thanks to Joe and Everyone!

Joe Bouchard

With picture perfect weather ASPCA Day was fantastic. We had over double the crowd that we had last year.

Below are some rough videos taken with an amateur camera (sorry the sound drops out in spots).

Albert sang Cities, and played percussion on Reaper and Sympathy for the Devil. Jimmy Coons from Cactus sang I'm 18 with Dennis on bass.

My most exciting moment was launching into Blitzkrieg Bop and Sedated with Markie Ramone. What could be more New York than that?

All in all it was a great day for a outdoor show.

Joe Bouchard

The X Brothers played on Friday at a private party in Watkins Glen NY. It was an idyllic setting for the 4th. The band played on a stage on the edge of Seneca Lake to a huge crowd.

Free fireworks, boats on the lake and a picture perfect summer evening. We played until the police came.

All in good fun!

Ralph

Here's a clip from Saturday 10th January:

Now, I had previously thought that the X Bros played 3 gigs on the cruise, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and the Sunday 11th finale. But Joe said this at the time on his mySpace blog:

We did this on Saturday night in the ship's lounge. We invited the guys from Bang Camaro, a young band from Boston who have anywhere from 8 to 18 singers, to come up on stage and sing Godzilla.

The sound in the room that night was amazing as the singers filled the stage with their HUGE VOCAL SOUND.

OK - that was in "the ship's lounge" so maybe this wasn't an actual gig - rather a jam session or something like that... then I read a later blog post which said:

The Cruise was triple A-mazing!!! Just the best time was had by all. We met several new bands most notably Bang Camaro with their 7 lead singers. They sang with us on Godzilla on the second night of the cruise. Good fun!

On a very sad note we lost a good friend yesterday, the keyboard icon of Skynyrd Billy Powell. We got to see his last performance. He looked great on the cruise and it's way sad he left us too soon. RIP, Billy.

So - if Saturday was the 2nd night of the cruise, then the first night must have been Friday...

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip of "Astronomy" from this gig:

Ralph

Here are some other relevant YouTube links from this cruise which will open in a new window, though I can't be certain of which of the three gigs they're from:

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip of "Simple Man" from this gig:

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip of "Cinnamon Girl" from this gig:

Ralph

Here are some other relevant YouTube links from this show which will open in a new window:

Ralph

Here's a YouTube clip of "Godzilla" from this cruise, though I can't be certain of which gig it's from:

Ralph

Here's a YouTube medley clip from this cruise:

Joe Bouchard

The show at Tags was great. We did two sets, the first a set of BOC covers where Last Days of May was a real standout. The second set was more of a jam, Stones, Doors etc. We had a great time.

The best part of the weekend: The X Brothers spent two solid days recording our new album at Big Time Studio in Interlaken NY.

We did 13 tracks for the CD that will be out this summer. The songs are all covers, some famous, some obscure, that to relate to the theme of clothing and rock and roll.

Since Andy's got a new line of duds, called Andrew Charles, I thought it was a no brainer to do a fun set of tunes that relate to what's been part of our routine for years.

It's a party record. Having a party? Want great music? Just put it on the old Victrola and get down!

You will hear it all soon.

Joe Bouchard

One of the more interesting gigs in a awhile. The X Brothers were booked by one on Andy's friends Danny Valentine, who is involved in the revitalization of downtown Wilmington DE.

Here's a photo of Andy and I with the Mayor and other city dignitaries.Attached Image: With the Mayor of Wilmington2.jpg

So from the reception at Danny's clothing store, we went to a classic old theater, The Queen, that was a key part of Wilmington's makeover.

In front of a sold out show, the X Brothers played our cover of 2000 Light Years from Home. The show at the Queen was part of a tribute to the Rolling Stones and each group played a classic stones number. The X Brothers covered that song on our last CD, a song that not too many bands play.

Here's a new video of the X Brothers playing Stones:

After the Queen show, we had a private party in the Queen Cafe upstairs room that rocked into the night. Nice to see so many fans and friends there.

Joe Bouchard

This show in Roscoe NY is open to the public. It's at the Boathouse Cafe and we start playing at 9 PM. Probably two sets.

Michael H will be sitting in for the second set.

Joe Bouchard

WIP X Brothers set list:

  1. R.U. Ready 2 Rock
  2. Burnin' For You
  3. ETI
  4. Matchbox-Blue Suede
  5. 2000 Light Years
  6. All for the Love of r&r*
  7. Cities On Flame*
  8. Jean Genie*
  9. Last Days of May
  10. Black Leather Jacket
  11. Don't Fear The Reaper
  12. Rock and Roll

* Mike H vocal

Great crowd. We wanted to play longer but we ran out of time. We'll play longer sets on the cruise.

Joe Bouchard

Simple Man Cruise 2012 1st Show (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Spinnaker Lounge - Norwegian Pearl)

  1. RUReady 2 Rock
  2. Cities on Flame
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Hot Rails To Hell
  5. Black Leather Jacket
  6. Last Days Of May
  7. More Cowbell
  8. Honky Tonk Women
  9. Godzilla
  10. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Joe Bouchard

Simple Man Cruise 2012 2nd Show (11:55 PM to 1:30 PM - midnight show Spinnaker Lounge)

  1. Matchbox/Blue Suede Shoes
  2. ETI
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Wish I could fly like Superman
  5. Deadman Walkin'
  6. Black Leather Jacket
  7. Astronomy
  8. 2000 Light Years
  9. More Cowbell
  10. Mississippi Queen
  11. Back Door Man
  12. Godzilla
  13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  14. Rock and Roll
  15. Roadhouse Blues
Joe Bouchard

Simple Man Cruise 2012 3rd Show (8:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Atrium)

  1. All for Love of Rock'n'Roll
  2. Burnin' For You
  3. Cities on Flame
  4. Black Leather Jacket
  5. Hot Rails To Hell
  6. ETI
  7. Last Days Of May
  8. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  9. Godzilla
  10. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
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