September 13, 2011

Leslie West: Unusual Suspects

Leslie West has a resume as long as the neck of his the Gibson Les Paul Jr. Member of the legendary rock trio Mountain, and the influential, short lived supergroup West, Bruce and Laing, his signature tone has been a major influence, especially for those who are into blues rock and heavy metal. Still going strong after being in the business for more than 40 years, he made a few calls to ane ended up with an impressive list of guest guitarists for his new album Unusual Suspects.

Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons and Steve Lukather brought their own egos to the recording studio, but they never forget it's West party. Gibbons can throw him a curve ball with his Southern Rock swagger, but West is waiting for him, hitting back with a few choice notes. West isn't really a fast player, but he makes every note count. Check out the Third Degree guitar duel between friends with Joe Bonamassa. The Beatles' cover I Feel Fine changes pace a couple of times, after starting out as a high energy blues stomp, as if West is unsure if that approach actually works. The partly acoustic Turn Out The Lights is a logical closer. with West singing "The party is over". Too bad that the record company decided to include a weak bonus track. Beetle 'I Don’t Know' sounds like an unfinished, murky demo.

Leslie West: guitar, vocals
Fabrizio Grossi: bass
Phil Parlapiano: keys
David 'Squigie' Briglin: piano, acoustic guitar
Kenny Aronoff: drums

Unusual Suspects is released on Provogue Records. Release date: September 19th.

  1. One More Drink For The Road (Ft. Steve Lukather)
  2. Mudflap Mama (Ft. Slash)
  3. To The Moon (Ft. Billy F. Gibbons)
  4. Standing On A Higher Ground
  5. Third Degree (Ft. Joe Bonamassa)
  6. Legend
  7. Nothing’s Changed (Ft. Zak Wylde)
  8. I Feel Fine
  9. Love You Forever
  10. You & Me
  11. Turn Out The Lights ((Ft. Slash & Zak Wylde))
  12. Beetle 'I Don’t Know' [Bonustrack] (Ft. Richard Christy & Lester "Beettle" Green)

West is a lifelong sufferer from Diabetes. His leg was amputated above the knee in June during a life-saving surgery in June. Despite all this, he is adamant to tour behind his new album.

Live dates:
  • 10/06 Norfolk, CT @ Infinity HalL
  • 10/07 Albany, NY @ The Egg
  • 10/08 Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 10/09 Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey
  • 10/12 Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live
  • 10/13 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
  • 10/14 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 10/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
  • 10/16 Westbury, NY @ NYBC Theatre at Westbury
  • 10/19 Baltimore, Ma @ Soundstage
  • 10/20 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
  • 10/21 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
  • 10/22 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
  • 10/26 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
  • 10/27 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
  • 11/04 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
  • 11/05 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
  • 11/11 Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Hotel & Casino


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