It’s not often we get to cover shows that effects everyone. Well anytime you are able to do anything regarding our military you jump at the chance. Guitar Legends for Heroes was to salute to the true heroes of the United States of America. This show was open to the public and tickets were also given away to veterans, service members and their families. It was also broadcast to be show on December 23rd on Tribune and Sinclair Stations (check local listings for Showtime). This year’s lineup consisted of some of the most recognizable names in music: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Robert Randolph, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, and Richie Sambora & Orianthi to name a few. The event was hosted by country superstar Trace Adkins and radio personality Eddie Trunk.

Trunk started the show talking about the various charity recipients: Warrior Canine, Veterans Education Challenge, Hope for the Warriors, Headstrong, Psych Armor, Operation Finally Home and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Shortly thereafter, the music started with Billy Gibbons, Joe Don Rooney, Lindsay Ell, Robert Randolph, and Orianthi doing the ZZ TOP classic “La Grange.” Each artist took a turn doing a solo within the track as Gibbons played musical director. Each artist came out and did multiple songs except Lindsay Ell, which only did her song “Criminal.” Each artist seemed to be having lots of fun especially Gibbons who at different times fed off playing with Navarro, Sambora and Ell. Their was a backing band so each artist were able to freely showcase their respective 6 string talents.

Nancy Wilson’s new project called Roadcase Royale was showcased a little as her singer Liv Warfield and her did a song called “Cover Me” off of their self-titled debut album. They also did the Heart classic “Crazy on You.”  Sam Moore was the only true vocalist who participated and was joined by Living Colour’s Corey Glover on “Soul Man.” It was a good mix of different genres as country was also represented by Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and solo artist Lyndsay Ell participated and fit right in.

One of the highlights of the evening was Richie Sambora singing acapella on “One Night of Peace.” It was a perfect song that fit the sentiments of the evening. His partner, Orianthi joined him for that song and they also performed “Walk With Me.” Both are under their new project called RSO. They will be releasing a new EP called “Making History” on 12/15/17. The show ended by most of the artists coming back out to do a tribute to Gregg Allman by performing the Allman Brothers song”One Way Out.”

What a night of music and the most important thing is that it benefits some wonderful organizations. Again, look for the show to be broadcast on 12/23/17.

Setlist:

Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top song performed by Billy Gibbons, Joe Don Rooney, Lindsay Ell, Robert Randolph, Orianthi)

Still a Soldier (Trace Adkins)

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover performed by Sam Moore)

Soul Man (Sam Moore with Corey Glover)

Cover Me (Roadcase Royale song performed by Nancy Wilson & Liv Warfield)

Crazy on You (Heart song performed by Nancy Wilson & Liv Warfield)

Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix cover performed by Robert Randolph)

Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover performed by Robert Randolph)

Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane cover performed by Joe Don Rooney)

Crossroads (Robert Johnson cover performed by Joe Don Rooney)

Criminal (Lindsay Ell)

One Night of Peace (Richie Sambora and Orianthi -RSO)

Walk With Me (Richie Sambora and Orianthi -RSO)

Mountain Song (Dave Navarro and Orianthi)

Le Grange (ZZ Top song performed by Dave Navarro and Billy Gibbons)

One Way Out (The Allman Brothers cover performed by Billy Gibbons, Joe Don Rooney, Lindsay Ell, Robert Randolph, Sam Moore, Orianthi, Richie Sambora)

 

 

Nancy Wilson and Billy Gibbons at the Guitar Legends for Heroes @ Terminal 5, NY, NY 11-29-17

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We would like to thank Marisa Hebert from MDPR for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.