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Jammin' with Sick Boy

Big Ed’s Bar & Grill has been picking up in spades lately. Once thought of as the Amelia gun & knife biker club, Big Ed’s has transformed more than any local bar I know of. Lately, word is finally spreading that Big Ed’s is the cool joint for the east-eastsider’s. Owner Richard, fixed the place up proper (Picture a Cancun Bahama Club). The talented-mild mannered-madman tattooed manager Charlie Pickle lets “Hey Mr. DJ” have his way with Friday nights, and books solid bands on Saturdays. “Sick Boy” was a new one (to me), I had to stop in and check it out. Turns out Sick Boy is the latest greatest Chris Wheeler creation (Floor 13).
Floor 13 was around barely long enough for people to notice. However, club owners loved them and they made fans fast. Chris’s new band Sick Boy has the same style set list and the same vibe. Mostly 80’s-90’s arena rock, namely Metallica!
I have never been privileged to walk in and hear a searing Kirk Hammett solo in many bars. Ride The Lightning, then Hits the Lights, then Blitzkrieg. It goes on all night like that with Sick Boy. Sure they play other popular bands from the day, but the Metallica sets them apart. And they do damn well, Flying V and all.
Today, it’s a rare thing. I travel the city, writing Jammin’, I know more band members than my own friends & relatives. It’s my livelihood. I go to J-Hall, Pirates Den, Rick’s, Knotty Pine, J&B, I’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believing” till I don’t wanna believe anymore. I’ve heard “Crazy Bitch” long after I thought that bitch died. I’ve been bumped by crowds jumping to a new Humpty Dance remix and I’ve laughed to myself at the pop that thrills the youngin’s at the hot clubs. Might as well be Glee to me. I prefer Metallica. Nowadays, nobody plays it. I understand why, it’s not what the youth wants to drink to. The bar needs sales, so the stage needs pop & hip hop bands to bring the cash loose kiddies. I understand and would book the same bands as they do. It’s business. But If I could get away with it, I’d book cool early metal style bands, 80’s rock and jam bands (hippie bands also suck at drawing big numbers and bar sales).
Sick Boy plays it like it is. It’s not depressive modern metal. It’s not hip hop, and far from pop. It’s not sweaty dance til you drop it low ass shakin’ shot sellin’ magic. It’s 90’s throwback thrash. Some may call it trash. I call it a breathe of fresh air. A band that plays the hot rock of 1989. What I grew up with. I forgot how good it was. They reminded me loud & proud of what we used to be.
I was 18 in 1989, I’ll never be 18 again. But I still feel like I am when I get the right vibes. If only for a moment. Isn’t that what rocks about? Feelin’ the vibe. Surfing the wave of youth? If only today’s youth could understand Justin Bieber sucks, we might all be riding a savage bright shiny new wave, all over again.
If you too can remember the Big Hair days when you played a few Poison tunes for the girls then a few Metallica ones for the boys then Sick Boy will bring back an old familiar feeling of freedom and carelessness. I’m glad I’m not 18 again, it’s just too metro for me. But then again at 40, by bar standards, I’m over the hill, and far out of the target age group.

 

 

 

 

 

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