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On stage: Tyketto



- Tyketto & Shotgun Symphony - Apr. 1994 - Hamburg (D) -
- Tyketto & Sequoyah - Nov. 2004 - Helmond (NL) -


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Tyketto & Sequoyah
- November, 19th 2004 - Helmond (NL), Plato -




I saw Tyketto several times in the 90's in always liked their music, so I decided to go to Helmond (Netherlands) to see the band again, coz there were no dates announced for Germany. Opener at the shows in Belgium and the Netherlands were the Dutch band Sequoyah. I already so the guys in April as support of Y & T, but still I don't know more about them. Beside that the band played some new tracks, but also songs from their 10 years career. This time they sound a little heavier. You can call their music biker rock, but it also reminds me a bit of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society... Anyway, it was fun to watch them. Good show which was finished with the Led Zeppelin cover version Immigrant Song.
Then it was time for Tyketto! The Americans come back to tour after almost a decade and for the first time they played on the European continent with the original line-up. They played with this line-up only a few shows as a support of White Lion in the UK. But bassist Jimmy Kennedy never made it to over the English Channel. After all those years it was the first chance to see the original line-up. Many rock fans came to see the Jersey boys again and as everybody expected they played only songs from their first 2 albums. Sure, they changed a little, got a little older, but as soon as they started playing the old magic was there. Songs like Rescue Me, Catch My Fall - time for guitarist Brooke St. James to show his ability, even if here and there he played a false note - , Seasons, Write Your Name In The Sky, Wings, Standing Alone and Burning Down Inside sounded fresh and even if singer Danny Vaughn seemed to suffer from a cold it was a great show. The guys had a lot of fun on stage and Danny was talking to the fans between the songs, explained things and told the fans how much fun it's too be back. It seemed that especially bassist Jimmy Kennedy was surprised about the warm welcome they got. When the four-some played Lay Your Body Down Vaughn tired to get some girls from the audience onto the stage to dance. Actually they first tried to talk a girl over to start stripping on stage... After several attempts Danny succeeded and a girl came on stage to get the chance to meet the guys after the show. But what nobody expected was that this girl was wearing 3 shirts! So it took time to convince her to take off one shirt after another, but when she was standing there with jeans and bra it was enough. Even if some would have wished her to continue, I would bet. Then more girls entered the stage to dance a little. Here the band put in a little Black Betty. With Sail Away they finished the set, but soon came back. After Last Sunset - here drummer Michael Clayton Arbeene could show again a little more of this talent - the band got a fan on stage to make a marriage proposal to his girlfriend. Finally the band presented Forever Young which was their big hit and ended this show. It was great to see them again on stage and I hope that these shows convinced them to continue. Danny Vaughn later told me that this tour was a kind of testing the waters, to see if there are still rock fans who want to see them and if the chemistry is right inside the band. But this was the last show, everybody was happy and it looks like they will start writing new songs soon. If they find a label there will be a new album somewhere in 2005.



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Tyketto & Shotgun Symphony
- April, 11th 1994 - Hamburg (D), MarX -




Right in time the New Jersey rockers of Shotgun Symphony entered the stage. The band presented themselves very professional, even if the stage been too small. Especially singer Tracy and guitarist Mick build up a relation with the audience. Also bass player Ed Avila and keyboarder Charlie Calv stand in the front and caught the attention, just drummer Ron Silvulich stand a little bit in the back. The band presented song from their debut songs like What Happens To Love, Broken Promises, Bitter Sweet Poison and Way Back Home. In other songs Tracy try to point out grievances or gears like in She's In Love where a girl married a man she didn't love, just because he is rich and that she couldn't really enjoy her life. Running is about trying to run away from problems which couldn't be solved that way. The song Highway To Tomorrow is about pollution, destroying our planet and that the world we live in won't be the same in the next decade. Shotgun Symphony are able to present serious themes in nice words and music. The guys are a melodic metal band which use keyboards to build a ground for the guitar of Mike Maino. When they play ballads or kind of ballads Tracy takes the acoustic guitar to set accents. Resume: A good band with ambition and ability. They are on the right way.
After a break the headliner Tyketto started with their anthem Forever Young and the fans went crazy. Most other bands wouldn't start with their most popular song. Next the band played Rescue Me and Strength In Numbers, both tracks from their current album. The audience sang the words which they seemed to know for long. Danny Vaughn and Brooke St. James (g) standing in the focus of the audience. The superb guitar work been build on the solid ground of drummer Michael Clayton and new member Jamie Scott on bass. In this band everyone can show his abilities. Danny ain't a bad guitarist which he proof by playing the acoustic guitar. Continuing with songs like Burning Down Inside, Meet Me In The Night, Lay Your Body Down to heat up. The atmosphere was so hot that water runs down the windows, the place was packed. To give themselves and their followers a break the guys play also ballads, e.g. Standing Alone, Why Do You Cry or Last Sunset. Between the songs Danny talked to fans and told about the feelings and the reasons. The former Waysted shouter promised to be back in summer to continue the tour. Again with them will be Shotgun Symphony, the fans welcome this. The boys gave everything, they know that their fans gave them the chance to tour in Europe, especially Germany. Through the fantastic reaction the band play more songs as planned. They had to return for more. The fans yelled and whistled until they were back. For Tyketto it must be a real good feeling to finish the first leg of the tour with a show like that. While playing Inherit The Wind, Sail Away or Seasons the fun and the enjoyment was obvious. They also played Write Your Name In The Sky, Catch My Fall and The End Of The Summer Days. This band loves to play and they knew who they have to appreciate for it.
Welcome back home, boys! We are looking forward to see you back on stage!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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