The Alex Skolnick Trio brought a blend of eclectic guitar riffs and grooves to Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan
10-Sep-2016: Guitarist Alex Skolnick, a.k.a head shred master and lead guitarist of the iconic thrash metal band Testmanet, is the driving force behind the incredibly diverse and highly acclaimed jazz, fusion group, The Alex Skolnick Trio. The crowd was stunned when the fret board maniac unleashed a melodic blast of guitar riffs that channeled numerous genres of music like bebop, country, funk, Bollywood, metal, and even some latin spice.
Note after note rang through the Token Lounge as the Trio covered popular rock classics like Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation,” all carefully crafted to include Skolnick’s unique guitar mastery and highlight the interaction between guitar player and rhythm section. Alex treated fans to a number entitle “Django’s Tango,” a previously recorded acoustic number, now electric. The song featured an ode to one of Skolnick’s longtime influences Django Reinhart.
The band continued with “Western Sabbath Stomp,” and a tasteful — yet jazzy — version of “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss. The band surprised fans with an unexpected, encore treat of a Judas Priest class, “Electric Eye.”
The band’s fourth album, and their first live venture entitled Live Unbound, comes out via Skol Productions on September 16, 2016. This album will feature tour mates Matt Zebroski on drums, and bassist Nathan Peck. Fans can also get the jazzy cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” on this album plus six more new releases.
Skolnick continues to tour with The Alex Skolnick Trio and Testament and support instructor to the G4 Experience Guitar Clinic. Check the Trio’s website for current tour dates and show times.
The Alex Skolnick Trio comes as a highly recommended concert-going experience, guaranteed to move even the greatest music purist out of their box.