Judge Jackson Live at The Whisky – Hollywood California

Written by on May 23, 2013 in Live Reviews, May 23, 2013, News To Shout About! - Comments Off on Judge Jackson Live at The Whisky – Hollywood California

Judge Jackson Live at The WhiskeyJudge Jackson formed in 1995, and recently released their sixth CD, titled ‘6’. Performing an astonishing number of shows, Judge Jackson has actually over 1,200 shows to date, with the band celebrating their 1000th show at the 27th Laughlin River Run in 2009. Judge Jackson has opened for National touring acts such as Tesla, John Waite, Gov’t Mule, Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Buckcherry, Army of Anyone, and UFO.

I had never seen them play live before, so when I found out that Judge Jackson was opening for Gilby Clarke (formerly of Guns n’ Roses) on May 2nd, I made sure I got to The Whisky early to catch their entire set.

As I waited for them to take the stage, I was proud to hear Slayer playing over the P.A. as a tribute to Jeff Hanneman. (Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, age 49, died from liver failure earlier that day.)
From the minute Judge Jackson hit the stage until the last note they filled the night with high-energy rock n’ roll. Their music was catchy, with choruses that stuck in your head and made you want to pump your fist in the air and sing along. They also had a lot of variety to their music. At times their musical style would sound like 80’s arena rock, and then 90’s alternative, and at times… They just jammed.

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For the last song of the night Judge Jackson performed a Fleetwood Mac song called “Oh Well,” that they stretched out and included a medley of various Led Zeppelin riffs including “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “How Many More Times.” The way vocalist/ Todd McTavish stepped away from the spotlight during this song and completely lost himself in the moment was simply mystifying. This was definitely a great way to end a fun and rockin’ performance!

Set List:

  1. Top of the World
  2. Done
  3. Dynamite
  4. Keep on Truckin’
  5. January Blues
  6. Rock n’ Roll
  7. Oh Well

For more information on Judge Jackson:
https://www.facebook.com/judgejackson
http://www.myspace.com/judgejackson
http://www.judgejackson.net

Keep Rockin’
Alison ‘MetalBabe’ Cohen