Most of you have probably never heard of COSHOCTON, OHIO, USA, but that is where I was finally able to see the Southern Rock Allstars perform for my first time, and what a great setting: a local bar with capacity for only a couple hundred people.
When I caught up with the band they were eating dinner but they took time out for introductions and a brief chat. We talked a bit about the touring life and some of the hassles and experiences that go with it. On my way to the gig I watched in horror as a motorcyclist right in front of me drove into a concrete median on a 6 lane highway at 60 mph and, apparently, survive.... I was shaking just from seeing it happen. They could empathize as in the course of their travels they have "seen it all". I asked them about playing in Canada some time, but they don't see it happening any time soon, expressing concern about their being able to cross the USA/Canada border without major hassles.
The night's show would open with an interesting Ohio band AMERICAN DOG, who consider themselves the "LAST OF A DYING BREED". They grew up on the likes of AC/DC, TED NUGENT, AEROSMITH, ALICE COOPER and of course THIN LIZZY. In fact, MICHAEL HANNON, lead singer and bass player for the band, made a point of coming over and talking music for a while before the show just because he saw my THIN LIZZY t-shirt and was impressed that there are still people out there who love his kind of music. They have two cd's to their credit and one was recorded with "NO OVERDUBS, NO CLICKTRACKS, NO HEADPHONES -- REAL ROCK-N-ROLL" in the spirit of their brand of music: Michael Hannon, Steve Theado and Keith Pickens --- AMERICAN DOG.