With crazy amounts of charisma, they really drew the crowd up to the stage. I have to admit, vocalist, Steven Berez and guitarist, Alex Kane were fun to watch as they are really animated on stage. – Musician Photo Journal
Sometimes a crowd, a venue or even the acoustics in a room can really change the atmosphere and performance of a show. I’ve never review a band again this quickly but I had such a different perspective this time watching Fuel at the Oneonta Theatre; I felt that it was worth revisiting with a new review. Don’t get me wrong, their show in Utica was good, but it had a completely different vibe and feel that may not be accurate to a typical Fuel show. Bands sometimes have off nights, sometimes there are technical difficulties that effect a performance. It may have been an off night and muffled sound as they came across more grunge during their performance in Utica NY. In the past, I’ve heard Utica being compared to Seattle; I never imagined it could influence a live performance! I can honestly say that I am really lucky to have been invited to catch this tour again.
The Oneonta show really brought back that feel and style I remember Fuel possessing when I first saw and photographed them so many years ago. They were a staple in the modern rock scene and clearly hold to that sound. Led by Brett Scallion once again, he is joined by Andy Andrews rockin’ out on the guitar, Brad Stewart (Shinedown) holding strong with the backbone rhythm on bass and Kenneth Schalk (Candiria) setting the pace behind the drums. Their set was a nice mixture of older favorites as well as some new refreshing songs. Fuel has recorded a new record that is slated to come out later this year. In the meantime, you can catch them on the road this summer and into September.
Preceding Fuel on stage was the Los Angeles based band, Venrez. With crazy amount of charisma, they really drew the crowd up to the stage. I have to admit, vocalist, Steven Berez and guitarist, Alex Kane were fun to watch as they are really animated on stage. No stranger to the scene, Alex is a former member of LSD (Life Sex and Death) and Marky Ramone’s Blizkrieg, while both guitarist Jason Womack and drummer Ed Davis performed with Juliette Lewis and the Licks. Their debut album “Sell The Lie” combines that classic sounds of the 1970’s classic rock with the 1990’s grunge, sounding live in the studio and not over-produced. Their latest single “Karma” has hit the radio stations and it won’t be long before Venrez is a house hold name. This was the last night on this tour for them. They will return home to California as they have several shows booked around Hollywood CA.