One battle is over
On a stage where one stood
Their instruments wielded
A band well rehearsed
They look not unlike
And as leadership proves
The blueprint he's forged's
For this battle plan
And just as in life
Still at last they emerge
That said, here's a tale
The Whiskey Bar
Brian and the boys quickly got the attention of the crowd with an instantly appealing song that debuted only late last year, "Shoot The Moon"...
"Shoot the moon, the man had spoken,
...which was followed by an older but no less appealing tune, "Cross That Line"...
But I ain't left you
But one of these
Brian then took a moment to thank The Fiendz and Michael McDermott for sharing the bill with him on this occasion, before adding, "Somebody gave me a disc the other night. I haven't heard anything that bad since my first album!" Given the sample of the material from Brian's first album that followed this statement, however, I can only conclude that the disc he'd been given was in fact, very, very good. In any case, the sample I'm referring to is a song I've mentioned many times as truly one of my faves, "I Can't Be Your Savior"...
"I ain't too good
They tend to
But I don't
Next came that always welcome cover, "Kung Fu Videos"...and as the songwriter whose original that tune happens to be (Michael McDermott) was present, Brian called him to the stage to join the band in playing it...
The result was an energetic...
...at times... uh, should I say, intimate(?!?)...
...and, just plain overall fantastic performance...
"I'll rub your back, babe, and I'll rub your feet,
This was followed by yet another fantastic performance, of course, as the Fitzpatrick originals resumed, with the less than a year old, yet already classic, "Further Down The Line"...
"I was halfway up
I was reeling
...and the ethereal (and still newer) future classic, "Valhalla"...
Returning to a more upbeat theme, the band next embarked upon their "Irish jig", "Sweet Maria"...
"Oh, sweet Maria,
She knows what
...and their tribute to a friend and former owner of the band's "home" club, The Underpass..."Thinking"...
As the set began to wind down, at last came the very newest of Brian's creations, a truly great rocking tune called "Madonna In Rags"...
...and what's become a tradition to close out nearly every Brian Fitzpatrick show, "North Woods"...
"I want to thank you for your time,
Actually, I think those lines could have as easily been spoken by the audience as sung by Brian, since surely all present were grateful for the music, and the understanding expressed therein, that he and his band had shared with us this night.
And, with that in mind, I'd like to officially add my own...
...thanks much, as always, to Bri and band!
And, of course...
See you next time!