NRR returned to Ultimate Jam Night for another eveningÂ of Hollywoodâ€™s top talent turning in killer performances of all fans’ favorite songs.Â
Week after week, Ultimate Jam Night keeps pulling out all the stops, bringing the best of the best onstage and building a true rock and roll community in the process.
Week 35’sÂ first set started off with the house band (Chuck Wright, Mitch Perry, Matt Starr) opening the show with “Everlong,” along with Barry Pointer, and MC Paulie Z. on vocals. Â An inspired choice, considering the Foo Fighters had just played some epic local dates earlier in the week. Â Next up was Cherokee Fortune, making the “High Road Easy.” Â This was followed by a local spotlight on newcomer Derek Day, who melted hearts and faces with “Pride and Joy.” Â Fans can assumeÂ that we will all be hearing from him again.
Next up Mark Tremalgia (Michael Des Barres) and Randy Mitchell (Billy Bob Thornton,) aka the Disreputable Few, who brought “Hot Lanta” alive. Â The Who’s musical director Frank Simes, backed by Jamie Hunting (Roger Daltrey)Â brought us “Young Man Blues,” and then Alex Kane (Richie Ramone) joined in on “Seeker.”
The glorious and currently chart-topping Debby Holiday was up next, leaving it all on the stage with a killer rendition of “Dazed and Confused.” Then Carl Restivo (Rihanna/Tom Morello/Perry Farrell) stepped up to the mic, joined by the killer rhythm section of Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs/David Lee Roth) and Greg Bissonette (Ringo Starr/David Lee Roth,) and the epic shredding of Stephen Chesney (Waking Jonah) for “Shy Boy,” “Yankee Rose,” and a completely spontaneous “Hot for Teacher,” making their mini-set one of the musical highlights of the night. Â Then the house band, joined by Mandy Faddis and Mike Eyia on sax, closed out the first set with a fiery rendition of “Dude Looks Like a Lady.”
The second set started off with a bang and the most dangerous woman in Hollywood, Tonya Kay, bringing out a bullwhip and a brave Ferlazzo into the act. Â This was followed by August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung) joining the house band for Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police.” Â Next up, Rafael Moreira brought his band Magnetico to the stage, where they performed three original songs. Â Tyra Julliette (The Voice) was up next with the Beatles “Come Together,” which served as a teaser for next week’s announced the Beatles set. Â Next up, the “bank heist” team of Steve Ferlazzo, Johnny Martin (Adler,) Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat,) and Matt Starr (Mr Big) brought us a little Nine Inch Nails with “Hand that Feeds.”
Kara Britz (The Voice) followed, joined by Jimmy Kimmel’s Toshi Yanagi and Jorgen Carllson (Gov’t Mule) for “Love Hurts.” Next, Kenny Kanowski (Steelheart/Chillin’ Sun) returned to the Lucky Strike stage for an epic rendition of “Tiny Dancer” that had the crowd flashing back to Almost Famous. Â Marty O’Brien (Disturbed, Lita Ford, Methods of Mayhem) and Courtney Cox (Femme Fatale/The Iron Maidens) joined Kenny for “Last in Line,” and then Iron Maidens lead diva Kirsten Rosenberg absolutely destroyed the place with her amazing vocals on “Number of the Beast,” joined by Courtney Cox, Ira Black (Lizzy Borden/Death Division) and Marcus Klepaski (Breaking Benjamin.)
Tommy Vext (Snot,) Erik Tisinger (OTEP,) Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel,) Doc Coyle (God Forbidden,) and Stephen Brewer were up next, taking on Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” Â Then The Okai sisters joined Paulie Z., Zak St. John (B-52s) and Melissa St. John for some “Space Truckin’,” and finally,Â Debby Holiday brought the house down with “Honky Tonk Woman.”
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