The SoulShine Reunion Gig

SoulShine (name change imminent) is a Rock/Blues band John and Reza put together. I play bass. We've been playing for a few years, and have a strange history of having drummers leave the band to go back to graduate school or join the Secret Service. Our latest drummer has improved the coolness factor of the band 10 fold and we've been playing a few gigs. Over the summer we didn't get to play together because John was touring the world for work. Saturday October 22nd we had our first gig in 4 months at the Gael House in Clinton Mass. Best gig ever.

The new tunes

We had two rehearsals before the gig, relearned 30 songs and 4 new ones. A fifth new song to SoulShine “Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard” was a rehearsal train wreck three times. We decided the day of the gig that since we couldn't play through it in rehearsal we'd leave it out of the set list. So the gig started and we were playing great! Given our unprecedented amount of preparation for the gig, everyone was relaxed and having a good time. All the other new tunes came off really well... And then... at the end of the night, after a little over 3 hours of playing a girl requests “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. And John just starts singing it as if he wasn't there in rehearsal when we had to stop 3 times in a row because the song just fell apart. The drums kick in and Reza starts shouting cords at me between the group sining sections...

It was the by far biggest hit of the night. A large group of girls that had been on the other side of the bar came running over and started dancing like well choreographed... well... strippers. That in turn got the guys in the bar interested. And for that night, we were rock stars...

John keeps singing

Somehow we made it through without a train wreck, and then Reza lost his mind and started playing Hazy Shade of Winter in F. F is the key the Bangles (a band of all women) sing it in. Even people like Simon and Garfunkel think that's high... They sing it in D. That meant the last 5 songs of the gig all required John to sing loud and above his range. After a full night of singing he would have been perfectly justified to throw something at Reza, but he decided to sing. And he sounded good. It was an amazing night.

Pictures & Set List

The pics from the night fell victim to our greatness as rock starts. As soon as we started playing the only person with a still camera stopped taking pictures in order to listen/drink/dance. These are the few pics of us during warm up and sound check.

The Band: This is a rare picture. There are only 3 minutes during the entire gig where John isn't behind the keyboard. Somehow this was the only full band picture we got.

Me & Reza: This is me and Reza. Notice I'm sportin a beard. It started when I took a week off from work and forgot to shave... So far I haven't remembered. This picture isnt reflective of the amount of time I spend laughing at near Reza or pretending to sing backup... We'll have to work on getting a picture of that.

Reza is the second greatest guitar player and ever. I'd say the best but he's to modest, and wouldn't accept that. Most of the songs we play are designed to get Reza to a guitar solo. He's been known to use a beer bottle as a slide and there's no one better at building a solo slowly into a frenzy. His 5 minute solo in Whipping post is my favorite.

John: John can cover any style of music as long as he's got a keyboard. He plays awesome solos in Southbound (Allman Brothers) and Jump (Van Halen).

Milosh: Milosh is to cool for this band... Look at him... This is during a warm up tune! Once he gets going its best to give him room.

For posterity this is what I remember of the set list:
Set 1: (warm up set)                Set 4:
Couldn't Stand the Weather Wish You Were Here
Just What I Needed Blind My Eyes (Reza Original)
Margaritaville (didnt go over well)
Set 2: Me Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (with guest co-drummer)
Hazy Shade of Winter (new) Impression that I get (new)
Sweet Emotion Centerfold
Piano Man Hard To Handle
Every Rose Has Its Thorn Pour Some Sugar on Me
Laid (new) Hazy Shade of Winter (again)
Sweet Home Jenny Says
Fat Bottom Girls Whipping Post
I'm A Believer

Set 3: Also in there somewhere:
Sample in a Jar I'm A Believer (I' pretty sure
Blvd of Broken Dreams (new: we played this twice)
John & Reza started Leave my Woman Alone (new Reza Original
singing Wonderwall over title may be wrong. We learned
milosh. Its basically the it that day, and I only know
same song. ) the chords so far.)
Comfortably Numb
You Shook Me All Night Long
Sweet Child 'o Mine
Summer of '69
Hard Days Night
Freebird to Heaven