Saint Rose Rocks Feelgood’s in Las Vegas
Tired of the massive hotels and casinos I found myself wandering off the Las Vegas strip (20 minute taxi ride West of Las Vegas Blvd) to check out Saint Rose at Feelgood’s Rock Bar and Lounge last Friday.
First let me say that Feelgood’s is not your typical Las Vegas celebrity rock bar (Read: Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood), but rather an authentic rock bar complete with a dark atmosphere, a second floor cage area for go-go dancers in leather and chains, large stage, motorcycle parking (in full use this particular night), and state of the art sound system. With the exception of the name and small shrine on your way to the bathroom you wouldn’t even know the owner is Vince Neil (Motley Crue).
Now onto the band. Sometime after midnight, Saint Rose took the stage (I believe this was the late show, with the band opening for FLAW earlier in the night). The band is made up of Mikey Lorenzo (vocals), Robert Zakeryan (guitar), Frank Sidoris (guitar), Jon Wozniak (bass), and Bryan Lorenzo (drums). The group characterizes their sound as Hard Rock mixed with Hard Rock, I conquer. Mixing it up with covers by Velvet Revolver, Skid Row, and even The Vines, Saint Rose played their original songs including “Alone With You” and “Showgirl”. Specifically during their originals, the band showcased their talent and charisma, especially lead singer, Mikey Lorenzo, playing to the crowd, and often in the crowd, think a young Scott Weiland (without the orange hair).
One thing that has to be pointed out is the two guys dressed as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band Kiss (make-up, costume, platform shoes). They were not part of the band, but rather the audience. Just sitting there with a reassuring Gene Simmons type nod. Maybe I was the one missing the joke, but It was pretty random, even in Vegas.
With raw energy, classic sounding guitar riffs, and a sense of humor, Saint Rose made it well worth the diversion from the strip. A great time and rock and roll set that I would recommend others check out. I look forward to seeing what happens next for this band and how they progress with their sound of Hard Rock mixed with Hard Rock.
For more information on Saint Rose go to: http://www.myspace.com/saintroserock
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