The Babys Rock Cleveland Once Again!

Babys

The Babys performing at The Music Box Supper Club.

All photos: © 2017 Shannon Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

The Babys shook the ceiling of the beautiful Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Ohio with their Classic Rock hits, deep cuts, new material and the news about their PledgeMusic Campaign which even allows fans to be a part of the new recording on ‘Timeless: Anthology II‘! There’s no denying this band vibrated with fun and energy from the moment they stepped onstage. The sold -out show with fans from all-age groups were excited as The Babys tour hit Cleveland for the first-time since 1980.

The music of The Babys is truly timeless. The band proved they are relevant again with a concert performance that  made you smile and celebrate. I reviewed The Babys last year and was impressed. They are some of the nicest people I’ve met in the music industry! Vocalist/Bassist, John Bisaha was kind enough to interview with our Jennifer Colleen previously. On this evening The Babys were gracious to give us a interview after the performance for an up-coming Rock Lines video show.

The ambience at the Music Box Supper Club set the tone as the courteous and friendly staff were busy serving dinner and drinks to the customers. The sound system is superb at this venue. With close seating to the stage the evening was set for a blistering night of rock music!

Wally StockerLegendary Guitarist, Wally Stocker of The Babys.

All photos: © 2017 Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

With no opening band necessary, The Babys quickly woke the fans up with ‘Back On My Feet Again’. This band doesn’t mail-in its performances, the grit, passion and glory was quite evident! Fans sang-along, clapped and danced as if it was the late 70’s again. Lead guitarist, Wally Stocker delivered a searing solo, as drummer, Tony Brock added flair and pizzazz with his up-beat fills.

Joey Sykes moved about stage charismatically as he pushed the rhythm guitar chords, loud and proud. Keyboardist, Francesco Saglietti gave us the joyous tinkling of the ivories with spacious chords injected. The Babettes; Holly Bisaha and Elisa Chadbourne sang background vocals with bravado as the band put the fans on notice that The Babys are truly back in a big way!

 The Babys delivered a hard rock edge to the music, that was profound and inspirational!  The moxy was flowing between the lead vocals of John Bisaha (bassist), and the band feeding off of each other’s emotions. The Babettes sounded like the Chanter Sisters between their harmonies and tonality of perfect pitch. The rocker tunes were spirited with a British Hard Rock vibe as if it were the 1970’s again. The ballads were lush, powerfully crisp; as if an orchestra and choir were onstage. “Back On Their Feet Again” indeed!

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Tony Brock, one of the great British drummers.

All photos: © 2017 Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

The Babys kept the momentum building as the familiar guitar intro to “Midnight Rendezvous” created a small roar from the fans. The freshness of the tune was clearly punctuating throughout the room. The dynamics of the band were in full-throttle coupled with a spirited hand-clapping segment and a superb guitar solo. The younger members of the audience were surprised (if they weren’t familiar with the band), by the infectious musical appeal seldom heard from current bands.

The dynamics of “Give Me Your Love” took me way back to 1976 with its solid groove and mojo feel exuding from the musical belly of the band. John Bisaha  sounds eerily like original vocalist, John Waite; only Bisaha takes the tunes up a couple of notches with a slight edginess to his vocals. The rich blues sound added to this tight little rocker with its bridge and chorus resonated distinctly. The vocal trade-offs between John and his wife Holly were phenomenal and riveting!

The Babys kept the momentum going with “Postcard” from their 1980 , ‘On The Edge’ album released in 1980. The tune was breezy with its slightly haunting chord progressions. The chorus was quite prominent between John and The Babettes. A simple rock and roll laced tune with accented lyrics and rhythm, nicely done.

Next, “Isn’t It Time” blew me away. I’ve always been a bigger fan of the power rock tunes from the band, but I’ve got to tell you, this version was fantastic! The tender, sweet vocal intro with the smooth band accompaniments (along with the heavenly backup vocals of The Babettes) built into a crescendo of epic chorus of proportions. Amazing power ballad delivered so effectively convincing me to think differently on my favorite tunes!

The power rockin’, “Anytime” was raw with it’s accented structure from their fourth album, ‘Union Jacks’ of 1980. Wally Stocker gave us a robust guitar solo, then the band hit the third verse with a swagger reserved for kings!

Vocalist, Bassist, John Bisaha of The Babys.

All photos: © 2017 Shannon ‘Hammy” Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

John Bisaha told us earlier in the night, that many of the songs to be performed would involve the word, ‘time’, which relates to The Babys as their songs have stood the ultimate test. Which is coincidentally describes their upcoming release ‘Timeless: Anthology II’. The confidence, friendliness and personality between John and the fans was invigorating as he often mugged for cell phone shots during the concert. Just as Arnel Pineda is the closest lead vocalist to Steve Perry for Journey, John Bisaha is the perfect fit for The Babys!

The Babettes: Holly Bisaha (left) and Elisia Chadbourne (right).

All photos: © 2017 Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

“I See You There” from the 2014 release, ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’ was a beautiful excursion between a lullaby ballad building into a powerful moving song. John Bisaha rightfully put his signature rich vocals into the tune. The Babettes oozed with passionate harmonies. Francesco Saglietti was lavish with the synth dominant throughout as the band melted hearts.

“Love Don’t Prove I’m Right” with its driving musical persuasion was a gust of energy felt across Lake Erie. The punchy driving vibe was deep with Wally and Joey providing the gritty guitar work, John pushing the quarter-notes on the bass and Tony Brock graced us with his percussive swagger! The groove, punchiness and meaty drumming was strong all evening.

Keyboardist, Francesco Saglietti.

The piano intro of the ballad, “Darker Side Of Town” with John’s strong edgy tonal qualities was felt by every person in the room. As the band joined, the bond of powerful emotions are deep and slightly haunting. “Wrong or Right” (from the album, ‘On The Edge’) put the spotlight on the majestic keyboardist, Francesco Saglietti. As the song grew with its accompaniments into a Led Zeppelin type of groove. The power of The Babys was quite evident.

Joey Sykes

Guitarist, Joey Sykes.

Sunrise And Goodbyes” from their last album, ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’ written by Joey Sykes, with its cleverly induced Led Zeppelin power chords; is a gem! Catchy persuasive and the entire band shines with an underlying drive of soul, blues and rock! The British Rock style captures something missing in today’s music. The crispiness with added crunch that definitely makes a powerful awareness.

As the Babys progressed through their hits, deep cuts and newer material, you realize how lucky you were to witness those gone-by years. The professionalism, dynamics and music uplifted the crowd the entire show. “Run To Mexico” progressed into a nice jaunt with it’s up-beat shuffle, including another superb Wally Stocker  guitar solo.

“Everytime I Think Of You” was sensational. The band was on fire as they cut through the tune like a knife on butter. Having always been a fan of the rockier tunes of The Babys, I must say after hearing this power ballad and “Isn’t It Time” the band had me astonished at the richness, the orchestra type sound and of course, The Babettes!

“If You’ve Got The Time” was a romp through a vibrant pace with fiery guitar work. The lyrics and the catchy hooks throughout this song were snappy, sharp and poignant. “Turn And Walk Away” had the fans on their feet and some were dancing. The Babys actually played it a bit faster than the recorded version, resulting in a vigorating stretch of rock adrenalin!

The Babys Photo Gallery.

All photos: © 2017 Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton /TheRustBeltChronicles.com

As John said; “There’s only one thing left to do”,as the band launched intp a rousing version of  “Head First”. The fans showed their love and the Music Box Supper Club was rockin’. The fans wanted more but the band was spent as the house lights returned.

The Babys delivered a hard rock edge to the music, that was profound and inspirational!  The moxy was flowing between the lead vocals of John Bisaha (bassist), and the band feeding-off each other’s emotions. The Babettes sounded like the Chanter Sisters between their harmonies and tonality of perfect pitch. The rocker tunes were spirited with a British Hard Rock vibe as if it were the 1970’s again. The ballads were lush, powerfully crisp; as if an orchestra and choir were onstage. “Back On Their Feet Again” indeed!

Truly an incredible performance!

*On behalf of The Rust Belt Chronicles would like to personally thank Jenn Mitchell, Robert and The Babys for their patience, kindness, and professionalism in working with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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