JACKYL; House of Blues; Las Vegas, NV; 08/20/04

Reviewed by Richard Fenkel  

    Jackyl is one of those hard rock groups that gets lumped into the 80s hair band category despite the fact their first, self-titled CD wasn't released until 1992.

    Regardless of the date of their inception, Jackyl's sound is a blend of Skynyrd, AC/DC, and a unique Southern rock'n'roll sound.

    In addition to their Southern roots, Jackyl is a hard working band. I think they should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for most touring. The secret to their longevity is simple: playing great live music for their devoted fans. 

    Besides performing their unique style of hard rock, Jackyl uses only one prop on stage - frontman Jesse James Dupree is famous for using a real chainsaw during their live shows. 

    But, besides Jackyl's single prop, these guys are awesome to watch live. Their live show may simply be described as a pure rock'n'roll assault. This band exhibits lots of energy on stage.

    The lineup includes lead vocalist Jesse James Dupree (a very charismatic and cool frontman), guitarist Jeff Worley, drummer Chris Worley and bassist Roman Glick. 

    Jackyl hit the Las Vegas House of Blues stage armed with a great set list. Fans played air guitar right along with guitarist Worley.  Songs such as "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," "Down On Me" and "Dirty Little Mind" lit up the stage.

    But Dupree and company saved the best for last, when Dupree brought his trademark chainsaw for the encore and cut through a bar stool during the classic track "Lumberjack." It was a little unnerving watching Dupree play around with the chainsaw close to his face during the guitar parts. He is one brave lead throat. Fans jumped up, screamed and gave Dupree the horns during this classic Jackyl track. Pieces of the cut stool were thrown into the crowd. Now that is one cool rock'n'roll souvenir.

    Check out Jackyl on tour and look for a DVD from the band very soon.

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