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If the name Bobby Keys doesn’t ring a bell, well, don’t worry – the sound of his saxophone certainly will.
The Texas-born giant of the sax is best known for his work with the Rolling Stones, and rightly so. But Keys is also responsible for some of the most memorable sax lines in rock, via work with John Lennon, Dion, George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, B.B. King, Elvis Presley and many more. His huge, broad growl of a tone is instantly identifiable, and the raw enthusiasm he brings to stage and studio has been elevating other artists’ work for some 50 years.
That a musician of Keys’ stature will be bringing his new outfit, the Suffering Bastards, to Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St., at 8 p.m. Saturday is something we should be celebrating – Keys’ band is comprised of such luminaries as Georgia Satellites guitarist/vocalist Dan Baird and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, among others.
Keys and the Suffering Bastards will be tearing the roof off with fresh blood interpretations of songs that “the other Big Man” has been associated with all these many years. Buffalo’s own Geno McManus will open. Tickets are $22 in advance, through Showclix.com or via ECEpresents.com. Admission at the door will be $25.
– Jeff Miers