Audience 'Under Siege'
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started first, prompting the crowd to move to the bluesy beat.
"Make some noise!" a backup singer yelled, as he commanded
people to get up and clap their hands.
Moments later, screams filled The Maryland Theatre Thursday night as actor
and musician Steven Seagal walked on stage with a guitar clinging to his chest.
The music continued, and so did the
crowd, which stood and danced along in their seats.
Seagal, wearing blue jeans and a bright yellow sleeveless shirt
exposing the muscles his movie fans have become familiar with, and his band, Thunderbox, didn't take to the stage until nearly
10 p.m., but the crowd didn't seem to care.
Steven Seagal & Thunderbox
Cheers of affirmation could be heard as the blues band played
its first number.
"That's what I'm talking about," Seagal said amid shouts from the crowd as the opening song ended.
"It's hot up here, y'all, and it's only going to get hotter!" Seagal encouraged the crowd.
Seagal is on tour
promoting the May release of his album, "Mojo Priest." Song titles on the album include "Gunfire in the Juke Joint," "She
Dat Pretty" and "Slow Boat to China."
Dave Schober of Union Bridge, Md., knew Seagal was in a blues band, but he never
had heard him play until Thursday.
"I know he's also a big collector of guitars, like me," Schober said.
said he attended the concert for a night out on the town.
The Stonebergers, of Hagerstown, are fans of Seagal's movies,
saying they have seen nearly all of them.
While Sandy Stoneberger joked that she and her husband have wondered how
many people Seagal would beat up within the first 30 minutes of a movie, she said they had no idea he was a musician.
didn't know he had a band until we saw it in the newspaper," Sandy Stoneberger said before Seagal performed.
decided to come out and see their action hero in person.
Bill Stoneberger said he thought Seagal's music would be
good even before the show started.
"I just think he has the voice, and the way he carries himself, he's going to be
good," Stoneberger said.
passes the blues test at Gold Country
By SPENCER K. ROUSE - The
Big-screen martial arts star Steven
Seagal, sporting a flying-V guitar, leads a spirited set of blues with his band, Thunderbox, June 8 at Gold Country Casino
OROVILLE -- Last Thursday night, arguably the
finest martial arts actor of our time revealed another side of himself at Gold Country Casino. Specifically, Steven Seagal
and his band Thunderbox brought some outstanding deep Delta blues to the nearly sold-out crowd.
what must be some of the best blues musicians from the Memphis, Tenn., area.
As Seagal and band opened their set,
the audience was a bit stunned, not knowing exactly what to expect. Then there was a gratifying awe after the first song as
Seagal announced, "That's what I'm talkin' about!"
After about four songs he took time to introduce his smoking band,
giving the nod for each to perform a lengthy and tastefully executed solo. Seagal's playing style was simple and his flying-V
guitar strapped snugly to his considerable frame gave a slightly awkward appearance, but he thrilled the enthusiastic audience.
The crowd's appreciative hoots and hollers were met by wide grins from the big-screen action hero.
I must admit I
was somewhat leery in my expectations of Seagal's musical explorations. However, his enthusiasm for the music itself as well
as the performance were clearly evident and contagious throughout the band and to the audience. That is, except for the 10
percent or so that were probably in their 70s who left within the first two songs. This was quite understandable as the sound
was clear, loud and absolutely guitar driven.
Thunderbox consists of three guitarists, including Seagal, trading between
rhythm, slide, lead and solo licks. One player sported a double rattlesnake-head hat. The intensity of the guitar interchanges
were sonically powerful but the expression from the players was of ease and joy.
Clearly leading the band was a young
drummer, obviously jazz-schooled, driving the driving the rhythm from the top while remaining crisp. The rhythm was complemented
by the bass player. He was up in the mix far enough, enabling him to ride the beat alongside the drummer without being drowned
Thunderbox's instrumentation is completed with a young keyboardist who Seagal introduced as on par with the recently
deceased Billy Preston, but for me the highlight of the band was Seagal's backup singers. While Seagal sang lead on most of
the first five or so songs, his backup singers took a larger role in the vocals deeper into the show. This male and female
pair had so much enthusiasm and talent they commanded the audience.
After an approximately 10 song high-energy set,
the "Love Doctor" handed his flying V off to a roadie and headed off the stage. Thunderbox finished the song to roars and
more cheers. Once the stage was clear, chants of "Steven, Steven" arose and spread quickly through the crowd. After a very
short interval they returned, eliciting more cheers for "The Mojo Priest" himself. Seagal emerged with a huge smile as the
crowd left their seats to come to the stage for a better look. Seagal and Thunderbox tore through a strong encore, leaving
with high fives for the crowd.
Steven Seagal's popularity is still very strong as a growing line of more than 100
was forming in the lobby for a meet-and-autograph-session after the show. But only those fortunate enough to purchase the
CD were able to get in.
Steven Seagal plays blues
concert at Pepe’s on the River
Monitor Staff Writer
MISSION — Without even hearing
a song from any of Steven Seagal’s two albums, Alicia Consiglio drove with two of her friends to the action star’s
concert at Pepe’s on the River on Saturday.
“He’s very good looking,”
she said, as her friends, Cris Corona and Eva Chipps, laughed.
The three women are big blues fans,
regulars at Harlingen’s Blues on the Hill concerts each summer. But they’re even bigger fans of the pony-tailed,
kimono wearing Seagal.
They packed in with hundreds of others
at Pepe’s, enjoying heaping plates of botanas and sipping on margaritas, Miller Lites and Bud Lights at the 2nd annual
Blues by the River Festival.
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