Photo courtesy: Conni Freestone
Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son has been a little busy over the past few months...so we apologize for the lack of show reports.
But that's not a bad thing of course. In fact, 2014 was the busiest year the band ever had. So needless to say, 2015 was due for a big start.
The band took The Saint by storm Jan. 3, debuting a slew of new material and rocked Bar A in Belmar, New Jersey in honor of Clarence Clemons. But it would be Friday, Jan. 16 that would be etched in the history of Seventh Son lore. And nonetheless, it was for a good cause.
Just a couple of months after taking to Canada for the foundation, Light of Day brought itself to New Jersey for what has annually become one of the biggest weeks in the Tri-State area. And this year, the Seventh Son band was part of it.
Photo courtesy: Jeff Ross
Hundreds graced The Stone Pony in Asbury Park for the second-biggest show of the whole weekend. While of course Bobby & Co. would be featured, they would be a small footnote on a tremendous bill of some of the most talented rockers and songwriters in the world today. Names like James Maddock, Ten Ton Mojo, Willie Nile among others were there to help raise money to cure Parkinson's Disease, and as Canada showed, Light of Day truly is one of a kind.
It would be a short set for the guys, but nonetheless, one of the most exciting in the band's history. With barely any space to move in the audience, Seventh Son hit the stage with an explosive start. "New Age Outlaws," fresh with its extended introduction, kickstarted the five guys into a frenzy, with Bobby and Jon sharing the microphone as the song climaxed to an immense crash.
In keeping emphasis on power, the band launched into the recently-debuted ".38 Special." Hamming it up more than ever, Bobby motioned for Jon to "shoot [him] down," igniting a breakdown fueled by musical craftiness. The bass, interweaving with breaks left open by the guitars and drums, created a spectacle for the crowd.
A tight version of "Danger Dan" led way for the always powerful "Scoundrels," which was cut short due to time constraints. However, the band introductions allowed for a slowing down of the set, setting the perfect pace for what would be the finale.
Photo courtesy: Julie Grant
"Another Deadbeat Summer" took its familiar spot as the show closer, but this time, it was chaotic. Danny Gochnour of Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, "Mouth of the South [Jersey]" Gary Tripieddi, Johnny Pisano of the Willie Nile Band, Joe Rapolla, Eddie Mac of Projex and even Bobby's mother herself joined the band on stage among several others to set the table for what would eventually prove itself as one of the most epic nights of Light of Day.
It was one of those nights where you realize there's something special in the air. And whether it was the electricity of a Mahoney guitar solo, the high voltage brought on by a Marshall with some mojo, the showmanship of a man from Bleecker Street or the dedication of the tremendous Light of Day staff, it all just came together.
And we're just around the corner until next year.
1. New Age Outlaws
2. .38 Special
3. Danger Dan
5. Another Deadbeat Summer
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