Sunday, May 21, 2017

PRECIOUS METAL version 2017 LIVE at THE ROSE 4.22.17

Precious Metal, the most charismatic all-female metal band of the 1980s and 90s is, after a successful 2014 reunion for ChemoWize cancer charity (LINK,) back via a fulltime working configuration as depicted herein. Added to founding members Leslie Knauer (vocals,) Alex Rylance (bass,) and (pre-Carol Control) Susette Andres (drums) are guitarist Jeff Mattern (The Wild Side) and multi-instrumentalist Aviva Maloney (The Monkees.) Note oodles of personality, pulchritude and confidence in both stage presentation and my new studio shots for them below.

 The Rose club in Pasadena featured a full house for Precious Metal opening for Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison) on 4.22.17. Their dynamic set rock and rolled PMetal favorites from their three major label releases of yore like "Right Here, Right Now!" plus fun new originals, including one sung by Susette.

 Below, America's (and Australia's!) favorite Heavy Metal Sweetheart, Leslie Knauer, once deemed "the 38th best rock singer ever, either gender" by some Brit trade rag. High praise indeed, and utterly deserved. Leslie's amazing vocals are still everything they ever were and more, alongside her always upbeat presence.
 The venue in Pasadena's Old Town area was a former high-end grocery, hence the all sheet-metal-walled backstage dressing room in its former meat locker (which given the current state of the music biz some might consider all too apropos...)
Precious Metal 1986 and 2017. Left, fair use © Julian Wasser. All Rights Reserved.
Right, re-staging for 2017.

Friday, May 5, 2017


 Anyone in the greater Los Angeles area May 6th...
Free. And early, 5 - 7 p.m. so that Saturday night revelers may continue with their plans. My music photography with almost 100 shots from 1967 - 2017. 

Also, my choice of band THE BLESSINGS perform at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA live at The Study 3.29.17

Ruby Friedman Orchestra, 3.29.17 at The Study, Hollywood. Amongst the plethora of good talent here, Los Angeles hosts two world class female singer/songwriters of indisputable greatness, Leslie Knauer of Precious Metal and Ruby Friedman of the Ruby Friedman Orchestra. Both specialize in all out emotion, but Ms. Friedman's smolders in as much darkness as celebratory revelations, intoning "I'm not your friend, I've killed a man..."

The venue was an old Art Deco, library-designed space repurposed for DJs and dancing, hence the odd lighting. But the evening featured new RFO bandmembers cutting loose, new songs from their release "Gem" and a whole lotta emotion emanating from onstage...

Ruby Friedman Orchestra is Ruby Friedman, vocals extraordinaire; Aubrey Richmond, violin; Nicholas Allen Johns, acoustic guitar; Topher Mohr, bass; Colin McGuinness, electric guitar, Craig Mcintyre, drums, and Robert Bundst Victor, keyboards.
   ←Art Deco ceiling...


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


   At Sunday's 2017 British Car Show: Mr. Twister in learned conversation beside Lotus Super Seven, automobile of Patrick McGoohan's #6 in The Prisoner.
                                        a "bug-eyed" Austin Healey Sprite says, "Smile!"

                                     a very small child with his or her own Mini

                          Vincent Black Shadow beloved of guitarist Richard Thompson
                                 and more...

Below, left to right: Mr. Twister,  yours truly, Carolyn and Chris Carradine, guest photographer: Rico Cardinale.

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