The Hard Rock Cafe lived up to its name on April 29 when the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe’s own Jody Velletta and his band mates in DoDriver performed along with Lord Bishop Rocks.
After a late start due to a few technical issues, DoDriver brought down the house with their original Rock and Roll as they gave fans a preview of things to come when the band tours Europe in the fall. Lead singer Jody is not one to just stand in front of a microphone and sing, he is in constant motion all over the stage as he performs. Jody’s performance draws fans in and makes them want to rock along.
After performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh the previous night, DoDirver appropriately opened the show with “It Feels Good to Be Home”. And over the next hour the band never slowed down or let up as they performed “Smoke Bro”, “White Flag”, “Curve of the Earth”, “Alright Tonight”, “How We Roll”, “You Favorite Song”, “Foul-N-Frothy”, “Circus”, “Life Changes Everything”, and “Dozier”.
A true showman, Jody never missed a beat as he dealt with a bad microphone. He could teach lessons on performance to rock star wannabes.
After a short break the trio of Lord Bishop Rocks took the stage for the final concert of their U.S. Tour.
It was very appropriate that Lord Bishop’s merchandise table stood beneath the display of the Jimi Hendrix lesson on how to rock out a guitar. And he threw a little Blues in the mix for good measure.
Joined by TC holding it down on the drums and Rodrigo rocking it out on the bass, the set included “Senator Groove”, “Moonlight Serenade” – and it had the feel of the original work by Beethoven, “My Song”, “Symptoms of the Stone”, “Poor Boy”, the new song “Devil’s Eyes” – a song about 45, Gloria”, “He Joe”, and with Jody returning to the stage, an epic performance of “Whole Lotta Love” originally recorded by Led Zeppelin. The song has been performed thousands…maybe millions…of time over the pas 50 years, but it would be hard pressed to find a version that topped that of Lord Bishop Rocks with Jody on vocals.
And Lord Bishop Rocks himself jumped off the stage a time or two, even giving a one on one performance for one fan as he rocked the guitar.
The witching hour of an 11pm closing time came all too soon for rock fans at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on April 29 – a night that will not be soon forgotten by anyone who was in attendance.
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