CounterPoint is the band that impressed me, and I’m sure everyone else, the most at this years show. The brilliant musical virtuosos of each member was breath taking to hear. If I were to see them again at any other time in the future, then I’d be the first one in line!
The eye catching one on the stage for me was Chris Noto! I closed my eyes and it might as well have been Chris Squire up there playing with the band, no kidding! He had a classic Black Rickenbacker bass, playing through another classic blast from the past, a punchy Ampeg bass amp head. Sorry, but I didn’t get a look at his cabinet. I was too busy watching him play. He alternated from a pick (which I did not ask which one he used) to plain finger playing.
Joe Pawlowski was the man behind the kit! He was using the drums that everyone was using, but too bad that he wasn’t on his own kit. He sounded and looked comfortable on this communal kit. He brought along with him, his gorgeous looking bronze 6 1/2 inch Ludwig, John Bonham special snare. It honestly was nice to look at and I’m not a drummer! There was one thing that caught my eye about his sound, it was that he wasn’t using the chains on his snare. I asked Joe after the show about this and he said that he like the sound and the feel of it, humm.
So if these guys are playing in your area, it is most to go and see them! It is a huge bargain for any price that you will pay at the door!
Keep on Jammin’ CounterPoint