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Page 8 -- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 27, 1986
A living legend

By Alan Paul

Bluesman Buddy Guy took Rick's
by storm Tuesday night, turning a
curious crowd of over 200 into a pack of
frenzied devotees.
During his first set, Guy showed
that he can play heavy metal licks
with the best of anyone. I'm talking
anyone. Close your eyes for a minute
and Jimi Hendrix was jamming
away, blink and it's Jeff Beck. Now,
that's not to say that Guy was copying
or imitating anyone.
"I don't have Hendrix in me," Guy
said. "He had some of mine."
Guy played the licks with an ob-
viously true bluesman's flair. He was
grabbing the crowd, and converting
them with riffs they could easily
relate to.
"I can play fast and heavy," Guy
said after the set. "I just like to show
people that I can play with the other
dudes. I know a lot of the crowd's
never heard me before."
Guy ended the first set with a 20
minute jam out of "I'm Going Down"
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which climaxed with him playing on
the steps, almost out of the door of the
sweaty bar. He called for audience
participation on the chorus. At first,
only a few people sang along, but as
the song peaked with him sitting in the
middle of the crowded bar, the
audience pushing to get near him,
everyone in the bar joined in, clapping
their hands and shaking their heads in
disbelief. Few people had come
prepared for the power jams which
Guy kicked out.
Buddy Guy brought a bar to life as
few performers are capable of doing.
The fans were his.
During the second set, when Guy
asked for quiet, an utter hush fell over
the crowd. He turned off his amp and,
asking who liked the blues, soloed
without the aid of amplification.
"I'm gonna play a Jimi Hendrix
song now and show y'all some shit,"
Guy said launching into the opening
chords of an unidentifiable Hendrix
tune. Playing with a drumstick the
guitarist again ventured into the
crowd, this time sitting on a bar stool.
Gulping a glass of brandy, Guy
showed that he could indeed play to
the level of anyone.
Buddy Guy caught fire and he was
phenomenal. It's only a shame that
more people don't know about him. It
is incomprehensible that this man
does not have a recording contract.
"I'm dedicated to the blues and I'll
never quit playing them," Guy said.
"Any true bluesman would say that."
"uy is appearing tomorrow
night, at 10:00 and 12:00 at the
Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

David Crossland
University student David Crossland will be returning to The Ark tonight to display the talents that won him thir
last month. The performance starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $5.

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consciously enigmatic existence.
They intersperse tunes from earlier:
albums, notably "Dance With Me,"
"Russian Roulette," and "Live For:
Today," with some previously
unreleased originals and covers. Of=
the new songs, "Lord's Prayer"
elaborates on some of the churchs'
tenets. Lead singer Stiv Bator
whines There ain't no savior out;
there/your stairway to haven leads:
nowhere and other such anarchic,
phrases while drifting in and out of a|
trance-like chorus. The Lords also.
forsake their mysticism on several of,
the album's tracks and lay down some,
purely fun rock and roll. An unlikely|
cover of John Fogerty/Creedence's
"Hey Tonight" is handled in true Lor-
ds style: groin-injury wheezing froma
Stiv laid on top of4 lullabyish har-
monies, and a searingly simple solo
from guitarist Brian James. But wor-
th the price of the disc alone is the:
riotous cover of Madonna's "Like a;
Virgin," the last note of which is a
resounding message from Stiv to the;
Church's congregation. Overall'
Killer Lords is successful in giving:
new listeners a broad sampling of the
LOTNC's early work as well as giving;

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