Nazareth and The Artimus Pyle Band @ B.B. King’s NYC, 6/25/13
Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle chose to cover his ex-band’s music with his perfect two-guitar led band for an hour-long set last night at one of NYC’s best live venues. Opening for old time Scottish rocker’s Nazareth, the nearly sold out crowd was pretty stoked during hirsute Pyle’s set and stayed so throughout Nazareth’s two hours.
Original band members, Dan McCafferty on vocals and Pete Agnew on bass meshed perfectly with Pete’s heavy drumming son Lee and the blistering playing of guitarist Jimmy Murrison. We were treated to such mid 70’s classics like the opener “Telegram” and a bunch from the band’s biggest hit album Hair of The Dog; McCafferty screaming that unique scream of his on “Miss Misery,” “Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman” and the roiling “Beggar’s Day.” The band even managed their great cover of J. J. Cale’s “Cocaine” and a great song from their last release “Radio” from Big Dogz…utilizing great backing vocals from the father and son bass and drum team.
“Shanghai’d Shanghai” was given a go and the band ended with a prolonged “Hair Of The Dog” then encored with “Razamanaz” and their biggest hit “Love Hurts.”
Nazareth and Artimus Pyle truly entertained us all at one of NYC’s best clubs on a sticky summer night. Old dogs do still have know lots of tricks.